Nigeria to start recruiting 500,000 teachers

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari. PHOTO | FILE 

Nigeria will soon start employing about 500,000 teachers to work in the country's public schools.

The recruitment, which is among government measures expected to reduce country's unemployment, will be conducted online starting June 11.

The initiative is one of the social investment programmes president Muhammadu Buhari announced in his May 29 Democracy Day broadcast.

The others are: N-Power Knowledge, which will train 25,000 Nigerians in the area of technology, and N-Power Build, to train another 75,000 in construction, hospitality and other services.

All trainees would be paid while undertaking their courses.

Under the teacher training programme, unemployed Nigerians selected and trained will play teaching, instructional, and advisory roles in primary, and secondary schools, agricultural extension systems across the country, public health and community education-covering civic and adult education.

The N-Power Teacher Corps Programme is expected to plug the human resource gap in public schools.

Also to be rolled out is the Conditional Cash Transfer, which will provide $25 monthly to one million Nigerians.

It encompass the Micro-Credit Scheme for more than 1.5 million Nigerians and the Home Grown School Feeding programme that will feed about 5.5 million Nigerian pupils in primary school.

It will also include a free hot meal per day.

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