The Bauchi State Government said it has accessed $50 million (about N8.5 billion) grant from the World Bank for the improvement of the standard of education in the state.
The state project coordinator, Alhaji Abubakar Tilde, made this known when he spoke with newsmen on the implementation of the fund in Bauchi on Friday.Tilde said that the state government had already spent 10 million dollars (about N1.7 billion) for the execution of the project in 2013.
He said that 30 per cent of the grant had been spent in 2014 and promised that the balance of 70 per cent would be released soon.
The coordinator said that the grant which had four-year lifespan started in 2013 and would end in 2017. He listed benefiting states to include Bauchi, Anambra and Ekiti States.
Tilde disclosed that no fewer than 1,090 primary and junior secondary schools’ science teachers have been carefully selected for deployment to rural or urban schools to balance the equation of the teachers in the state.
He said the affected teachers would enjoy 10 per cent of their basic salary for the rural posting in addition to 5 per cent of their basic salaries for teachers who teach core subjects.
Tilde said that other teachers who would be affected by the deployment to rural areas would only enjoy 10 per cent.
He said the aim was to make teachers available to rural schools as well as teaching materials in the primary, secondary and vocational and technical schools in the state.
He disclosed further that 40 selected schools would enjoy N500, 000 monthly grant through their School- Based Management Communities to improve their infrastructures and other basic materials.
The Commissioner for Education, Alhaji Aminu Mohammed, said the state government had employed 3,000 teachers for the Sate Universal Basic Education Board and 2,000 teachers for the Junior Secondary schools.
Aminu refuted claims by some teachers that the World Bank had increased salaries of some teachers while others were neglected.
He said that teachers whose salaries were increased were those affected by the project while the increase only affect allowances and not salaries.
Aminu assured that state government would sustain the project after the withdrawal of the World Bank in 2017.
The commissioner called on benefiting teachers to reciprocate the gesture by the state government to improve the welfare of teachers in the state.
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