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Sustainability Of The FG Approval Of Stipends For Education Students

In the word of a former president of the United State of America, John Kennedy  ‘’education is a means of developing a nation’s greatest abilities, because in each of its citizens, there is a private hope and dream which if fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for the nation.’’

Education incorporates any form of learning that transforms and add values to an individual’s life for the benefit of his family and society at large.

No nation can achieve meaningful socio-economic, political, technological and cultural advancement without solid educational investment in its citizens.

It plays significant roles in shaping the lives of individuals towards contributing their quota to the development of the nation.

Over the years, the nation’s educational system had witnessed a decline in its standard which is as a result of the various challenges confronting it, which is inadequate personnel who studied education in their chosen field.

To reawaken the hope of the future generations and restore the value of the educational sector, federal government has approved the sum of seventy-five thousand naira as stipend per semester for students undergoing degree programmes in education in public universities in the country.

Also, the Nigeria Certificate in Education, NCE, students will get fifty thousand naira as stipend per semester as part of the deliberate effort of the government to attract the best brains into the teaching profession.

According to President Muhammadu Buhari the measures was part of ongoing moves to revitalize and reposition the teaching profession.

The president noted that a review of teachers’ development policies had revealed huge gaps in quality and quantity of teachers at all levels of the nation’s education system, adding that the status and morale of teachers were currently at their lowest ebb.

Part of the review include the tertiary education fund, tetfund, will now fund teaching practice in universities and colleges of education, special salary scale for teachers in basic and secondary schools and provision for rural posting allowance for science teachers.   

No doubt, this is a right step in the right direction given the fact that education is the bedrock of excellence in all fields of human endeavour.

Successful countries of the world had gotten it right as a result of huge investment in their education system.

The approved funds, if properly channeled, would alleviate the suffering of indigent but brilliant students and encourage aspiring students to consider a career in education, thereby strengthen the foundation for a greater Nigeria.

It is pertinent that government put necessary machinery in place to ensure that funds allocated for this purpose is not diverted into the wrong purpose.  

Fawzeeyah Kasheem

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