Bauchi State Government Gets $50m World Bank Education Grant:
The Bauchi State Government said it accessed 50 million dollars about N8.5 billion grant from the World bank for the improvement of the standard of education in the state.
The state Coordinator of the project, Alhaji Abubakar Tilde, made this known when he spoke with newsmen on the implementation of the fund in Bauchi on Friday.
Tilde said that it spent 10 million dollars about N1.7 billion in 2013.
He said that 30 per cent of the grant had been spent in 2014, while the balance of 70 per cent would be released soon.
The coordinator said that the grant which had four years lifespan started in 2013 and would end in 2017, and the benefiting states were Bauchi, Anambara and Ekiti.
Tilde said that no fewer than 1,090 primary and junior secondary schools science teachers would be either redeployed to rural or urban school to balance the equation of the teachers.
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 teaching core subjects.
Tilde said that the 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.
Tilde said 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 elevated were those affected by the project while the increases 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 being made by the state government to improve the welfare of teachers in the state. (NAN)