Monday, January 14, 2013

FG to spend N12b on micro-teaching laboratories

The Federal Government (of Nigeria) is to spend N12 billion to build micro-teaching laboratories to improve the quality of teaching in schools, the Minister of Education, Professor Ruqayyatu Rufa’i, has said.
Rufa’i announced this on Monday in Abuja when she received a delegation from the UK-based GEMS Education Solutions, a family owned organisation, which offers global basic educational needs.
She said that N6.6 billion had also been earmarked for the development of technical and vocational education, which had been identified as critical to the technological advancement of the country.
The Minister said in spite of the frequent training of teachers, there was still a long way to go in getting quality teachers critical to driving the education sector. She said the ministry would continue to partner with international organisations such as GEMS to identify and develop various approaches to solving the country’s educational problems.
“I am sure you will agree with me that if the quality of teachers is improved, half of the problems in the education sector would have been solved,’’ she said.
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