The Executive Secretary of the Universal Basic Education Commission, Hamid Bobboyi, yesterday said the Federal Government had disbursed N57,165,751,416.12 to states for teachers’ professional development programme within the last 13 years.
He disclosed this in Abuja at the National Conference on Teacher Professional Development.
Bobboyi said the conference, themed ‘Transforming Teacher Professional Development in Nigeria for Improved Learning Outcomes in Basic Education’, testified to Federal Government’s commitment to shoring up level of knowledge in the subsector.
He expressed concern over the low number of teachers that had undergone training programme in recent years.
He challenged state governments to live up to expectations in teachers’ capacity building schemes.
“The UBEC 2022 NPA reveals that 67.5 per cent of teachers in public schools and 85.3 per cent in private schools have not attended any in-service training in five years (2018-2022). This prevailing situation has implication for quality education delivery, “ he said
He said the Federal Government’s contributions to professional development between 2009 and 2022 was grossly inadequate to cover the training needs of the teachers.