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FG to evolve specialize funding policy for teachers’ welfare

The Federal Government has said that the Teacher Education Development Funds Account (TEDFA) will not only benefit the education but would also benefit other sectors…

The Federal Government has said that the Teacher Education Development Funds Account (TEDFA) will not only benefit the education but would also benefit other sectors in the society.

The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, said this yesterday in Abuja at a one-day stakeholders’ meeting on the implantation of the Developed Framework of TEDFA.

According to the Minister, the TEDFA is a pool of funds expected from several sources and dedicated to the execution of Teacher Education Plans (TEDP) covering pre-service and in-service teacher education and Continuous Professional Development (CPD) as provided for in the National Education Development Education Policy (NTEP).

Adamu represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Arc. Sonny Echono, said the objectives of TEDFA include supporting teachers across the nation who wish tp deliver effective teaching and learning opportunities in the classroom, and motivate teachers and provide opportunities for their continuous professional development, advancement and improvement in their career.

“The world that teachers are preparing young people to step into is changing so rapidly and the teaching skills required are likewise evolving, no initial courses of teacher education either from colleges or universities of education can be sufficient to prepare a teacher for a career of 30 or 40 years.

“In addition, as the student body continues to change due to demographic issues, there is a continuous pressure on teachers not only to have mastery of their subjects but also to understand their students,” the minister said.

While saying that though education being on the concurrent legislative list and is finance by government mainly through appropriation, he said that funding through budgetary process is affected by many constraints including revenue, budgetary delays and non-cash backed appropriations, hence the need to look for alternative source of funding teacher education like the TEDFA.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Arc Sonny Echono, represented by the Director Tertiary Education, Mr Joel Ojo, said nations that achieved greatness and economic prosperity have all invested in human capital development, which has put them among the comity of progressive economies.

He therefore call for modalities to source and promote the implementation of the TEDFA to enhance international best practices and expectations.

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