TETfund to share N300b to 226 schools in 2021.

Kashim Ibrahim-Imam, Chairman of the Tetfund Board of Trustees, announced this in Asaba during an audit and accounting reconciliation meeting with beneficiary institutions in Delta.

He stated that TETFund was committed to improving the education sector by training academic professionals and constructing projects that would improve teaching and learning conditions.

He claimed that the 10-year-old organization had over 10,000 projects spread across the country’s postsecondary institutions.

Our performance impact is visible in every institution. At the University of Lagos alone, we have completed and ongoing 75 projects.  At Lagos State University, we have 68 projects.

“There is no tertiary institution that I have visited that does not have at least minimum of 50 completed and ongoing projects fully funded by Tetfund and I want to assure all the institutions that we are going to do much more than we have done in the past.

“In the last ten years, TETFund has successfully trained more than 30,000 academics across the country for Masters and PhD programs both locally and internationally,” Ibrahim-Imam remarked of academic staff training and development.

“This year alone, the overall budget of TETFund is about N300 billion: each university will be accessing overall budget of about N900 million, each polytechnic will be accessed in excess of N800 million while the colleges of education will access in excess of N700 million.

“We have about 226 tertiary institutions on our records as at the last count and we are counting more; for academic staff training and development, each university will access about N150 million, Polytechnic and colleges of education N120 million each this year.

He said, although, TETFund places premium on academic staff training and development, more funds are deployed to infrastructure.

He said it is necessary to ensure lecturers and students have a conducive learning environment.

His words: “For this reason, physical infrastructure takes up of about two-third of our annual intervention but we place our premium on training of lecturers and that is why you have so many beneficiaries of our training programme here and we are here to see you physically and hear from you’’.

Mr Muhammad Sulaiman, Head, Academic Staff Training and Development, TETFund disclosed that no fewer than 1,127 lecturers have been trained from nine tertiary institutions in Delta State by TETFund at the cost of over N5 billion between 2015 to date.

Suleiman said the visit is to harmonise the records with beneficiaries of the programme and also to interact with returnee scholars to tap from their experience particularly those that have travelled overseas in the period under review.

“From inception, TETFund has invested over N161 billion for staff training and over N32 billion for conference attendance and teaching practice and out of this investment, we have trained both local and international more than 30,000 academic staff across the country.

“We also sponsored over 68 conference attendants and over 79, 000 for teaching practice outings. The essence of the exercise cannot be over-emphasised because there has never been an attempt since inception by the fund to look at both end in terms of record keeping”.

Some beneficiaries of the programme lauded the fund while asking for the expansion and timely releases of fund to beneficiaries.

Source: The Nations newspaper