The Minister of State for the FCT, Dr Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has said that the administration will ensure that teachers engaged by the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) who are teaching in secondary and primary schools across the territory are converted to permanent staff during recruitment exercise by the Universal Basic Education Board (UBE).
She disclosed this when she received members of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the National Parent-Teacher Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN) led by the FCT chapter Chairman, Alhaji Abubakar Usman, during a courtesy call on Wednesday.
Represented by the FCT Permanent Secretary, Mr Adeshola Olusade, the minister noted that the PTA teachers had been making sacrifices towards impacting knowledge on children, hence the need for the administration to give them priority anytime recruitment of additional teachers commenced.
The minister, while appreciating the NAPTAN executives for the visit, said the administration had always ensured that payment of teachers’ salary and other benefits were given priority.
Earlier, Alhaji Danjuma informed the minister that the association decided to pay her the visit to present members of the national executive of the association to the administration.
While informing the minister of the abysmal performance of the scholarship scheme in the FCT, Danjuma said, “In most cases, this scheme is no longer functional. Where it exists, the funds budgeted for it are too small to cater for the multitude of students in the higher institutions.”