Ezekwesili Promises Teachers Houses
Teachers in Nigeria may have to opt for the rescue mission of the presidential candidate of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili, for and take hold of their dream to have a decent home they can call their own.
Dr. Ezekwesili has promised teachers that her administration would accord priority attention to the issue of providing befitting accommodation "when she emerges President of Nigeria".
This assurance was contained in a statement by the spokesperson of Obiageli Ezekwesili Presidential Campaign Organisation, Mr Ozioma Ubabukoh.
In that document, Ezekwesili expressed concerns over why it has been difficult for teachers to enjoy comfortable accommodation, regretting that poverty had also crippled the standard of education in Nigeria.
The statement read: "No teacher in full-time employment should be unable to live in comfortable accommodation, within reasonable distance of his or her place of work.
"This initiative serves as a financial inducement towards teachers becoming house owners.
"Housing for teachers tackles poverty, which currently plagues workers in this field and discourages most from aspiring to be teachers".
The ACPN presidential candidate also highlighted the need to reduce the number of out-of-schoolchildren, stating that her administration would reduce it by 20 per cent annually.
She said: “We will cut out-of-schoolchildren number down to 5.4 million by 2023, build teacher efficacy and teacher expertise.
"Obiageli “Oby” Ezekwesili, in her ten-month tenure as minister of education ensured a reduction of (500,000) out-of-schoolchildren.
"Using the Universal Basic Education Commission’s incentivising funds to states once again as our handle, our ACPN administration will seek to attain gender parity in education concurrently with our goal of reducing the number of OOSC.
“This approach will embed the diversity of girl-child education initiatives within our obligation to Sustainable Development Goals4 on ensuring universal access to qualitative education to all citizens".
On education for special pupils attending public schools, Dr. Ezekwesili said she would act on "the knowledge that between 15-20 per cent of children who attend public schools have one type of learning disability or another, which the poor segment of our country are seldom able to handle alone".
According to her, the ACPN administration would "reopen the Policy on Special Needs Education, which was ?rst comprehensively formalised during the tenure of Obiageli Ezekwesili as minister of education".
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