Northern states give scholarships

Temitope Mustapha, Abuja

Five Northern States participating in the Nigerian Partnership for Education Project, NIPEP, have given scholarships to girls in the states, to boost enrolment at the basic education level.
The States are; Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Sokoto and Katsina.
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu made this known in Abuja on Tuesday, while receiving reports on the take off of the project.
“The five states have also given grants to pre primary and primary schools to make the schools conducive for teaching and learning… They have equally given scholarships to female teachers to support their professional development,” the minister said.
He emphasised that replication of the NIPEP across the Federation would address the issues of quality, access and equity at the basic education level.
“A total of 12,179 schools across the five states are expected to benefit from the school grants, while over 95,000 female teachers are expected to benefit from teachers development programme initiatives across the NIPEP states, to improve professional knowledge, quality of classroom instruction and teacher assessment skills.
“Also 18,421 female teachers are expected to receive scholarships and act as role models for the girl child,” Adamu explained.
The Minister stated that NIPEP was concerned with the problems of absence of accurate and credible data.
“The entire implementation of the project will be at the school level, while the ministry of education will ensure effective coordination and monitoring to guarantee smooth execution,” he stressed.
The project will support the repositioning of the Nigerian Education Management Information System.
On the supports provided so far by development partners, Adamu added that all the projects and programmes coordinated by the World Bank and others have continued to make impacts in the Education sector, as they compliment government’s efforts towards improving quality and standard in basic schools.
The objective of NIPEP is to promote school effectiveness and improve learning outcomes. The project has direct beneficiaries on girls in public schools at the basic level and those at Islamic schools, while the indirect beneficiaries are Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC and the State Universal Basic Education Boards of the five states.
NIPEP is designed to run from 2015 to 2019 and funded with a 100 million Dollar from the Global Partnership in Education.
Mercy Chukwudiebere