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FG to attract intelligent youths to teaching


ABUJA – The Minister of State for Education, Prof. Viola Onwuliri, has expressed the determination of the Federal Government to attract intelligent Nigerian youths to the teaching profession to develop the education sector.

Onwuliri, who said this while addressing journalists on Saturday in Abuja, added that the action would involve strengthening of teacher’s education through overseas training.

According to her, the strategy for the realisation of the goal will involve strengthening teacher’s capacity, provision of additional learning and research facilities, among others.

She said it would not be business as usual, whereby students who scored low grades in their examinations were sent to colleges of education to pursue certificates.

She added that government would evolve incentives whereby students with high grades in their examinations would be awarded scholarship to further their education and teach the children at the end of their education.

The minister urged teachers to impact positively on their students, saying that teaching was not just about reading notes but also making impact.

She described the promotion of the girl-child education as an essential part of the transformation agenda of the present administration.

Onwuliri said that such education system would promote the eradication of violence, rape and abuse of the girl-child in schools. (NAN)

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