The Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) in Borno said it sponsored 400 grade two teachers in distance learning to enable them to meet up with the national teaching requirements.
The Chairman of the union in the state, Alhaji Bulama Abiso, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Maiduguri that the sponsorship would enable teachers with Grade Two certificates to upgrade their teaching skills.
Abiso, who said that the union paid N800,000 to the National Teachers Institute (NTI) as part of the sponsorship package, added that the gesture was to assist the teachers to obtain the National Certificate of Education (NCE).
He said “teachers with Grade Two Certificates were hitherto employed as good teachers for primary schools but now, only those with NCE or higher diploma in education are considered as teachers.’’
The chairman noted that under an empowerment programme, the union bought 100 hectares of land for teachers and asked interested teachers who applied for the land to pay in 15 months.
The union was working toward ensuring the wellbeing of members with a view to enhancing the quality of education in the state, he added.