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FCTA okays N7 billion for primary school teachers’ salaries

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The secretary for education of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), Danlami Hayyo, says N7 billion has been approved to offset 25 per cent of the outstanding arrears of salaries of teachers in public primary schools.

Mr. Hayyo said this during a familiarisation visit to the management of the FCT Universal Basic Education Board on Thursday in Abuja.

He said the FCTA would pay 40 percent of the outstanding arrears, while the area councils pay 60 percent.

He also said the administration had directed the area councils to pay the money within three months, likewise FCT, adding that the money would be deducted from the source and sent to them.

The education secretary said this was to ensure that the teachers went back to the classrooms.

He affirmed that FCT UBEB was a key agency in the FCTA and has proven its commitment to the core mandate of ensuring that every child of school age in the Territory is given access to school.

He said the board with over 1000 schools still suffers from shortage of teachers.

Mr Hayyo, however, said the administration was studying the challenges with a view to finding a solution to it.

“The essence of this visit is to see how the secretariat can collaborate with the Board towards achieving its mandate. I am thankful to God that the Board has counterpart funding in addition to the BESDA account.

“I promise that the available resources from UBEC and UBEB will be used to address the challenges,” Mr Hayyo said.

He said the secretariat would ensure the take-off of Karshi Model School adding that maximum support would be given to Karshi and Korea model schools to showcase FCT to the world.

Mr Hayyo said when the FCT minister approved the recruitment of teachers, the method of recruitment would be based on area councils.

According to him, one cannot be from Bwari and apply for a teaching appointment in Kuje, this will reduce the issue of lack of teachers and complaints of insecurity in some of the schools.

 

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