Reps to amend NYSC act to retain corpers in schools after service

A teacher with pupils in a classroom (File Photo)

The House of Representatives has revealed its plans to amend the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Act to provide for willing corps members to be employed as teachers after completion of service.

Speaker of the house, Femi Gbajabiamila on Thursday revealed this development at the “Special plenary for out of school children in Nigeria”.

In his remark, he said, “We have come here to consider the matter of the millions of children in our country who are out of school and who as a result are denied their fundamental right to receive the training and skills acquisition opportunities that will allow them have better lives than their parents before them and provide a better future for their offspring.

“I will seek legislation to amend the National Youth Service act to allow the Corps to establish a “Teaching for Nigeria ” pathway which will allow for the identification, recruitment and deployment of willing, capable and promising young Nigerians to serve as teachers in underserved areas during their service year and for a number of years after.

“This will also be in exchange for a Federal Government commitment to fund their post-graduate education in addition to whatever allowances they might receive during their deployment.”

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It is not immediately clear if this proposed law amendment would consider other laws making certain qualifications mandatory for anyone to teach in a school.

The Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) act mandates that only those registered with the TRCN and have obtained appropriate qualifications are allowed to teach.

Over the past three years, TRCN registrar, Olusegun Ajiboye had frowned at the deployment of corps members without education background to classrooms. attempted getting his reaction to this latest proposition but could not as at the time of filing this story.

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