The Taraba State Government has approved N75,000 as medical and housing allowance for National Youth Service Corps members posted to schools in the state.
This was contained in a statement issued by the state Commissioner for Information and Reorientation, Zainab Usman.
In the statement on Sunday, Usman said: “The surge in new enrollments witnessed in our primary and secondary schools over the past ten working days has necessitated immediate action.
“As an emergency response to the education situation, His Excellency has approved significant allowances for National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members serving in Taraba State schools, and they include; Additional ten thousand naira will be added to their monthly allowance.
“A one-time payment of fifty thousand naira as a medical allowance. An accommodation allowance of twenty-five thousand naira per term, totaling seventy-five thousand naira for three terms.
“Also, Exceptional Youth Corps members who distinguish themselves while serving in schools will be offered automatic employment opportunities.
“Uniforms, shoes, socks, and books will be made available by January to support students in their pursuit of education.
“Commencing this term, an ICT-based registration system will be introduced. This will apply to Teachers, and both new and returning students. Ensuring that they are registered will guarantee the provision of essential school materials upon their arrival.
“Schools that have reached their maximum capacity in terms of facilities will implement a shifting system temporarily while additional buildings are provided to meet the increasing demand.
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“In the coming year, the State Government will cover the examination fees for all SS3 students, enabling them to write both WAEC and NECO examinations. Exceptional students will be eligible for sponsorship and scholarships.
“Also, adult learners seeking new enrollment should be directed to the various Mass Education Centers, ensuring accessibility to education for all.”
Usman said Governor Darius Ishaku has tasked the Ministry of Education and Youth and Sports Development through their Commissioners to ensure the prompt implementation of the new measures approved by the state government.