The Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Gozie Anwukah has described the recently concluded 2018 Nationwide capacity building workshop for teachers at the basic educational level organised by the National Teachers’ Institute, Kaduna, as a success.
Addressing the combined closing ceremony of NTI’s capacity building workshop for teachers and the Kogi State Workshop on Curriculum Delivery; Effective Quality Assurance Management and Improved Efficiency for School Managers held at the Government House, Lokoja, Kogi state under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Minister said the two training would boost teaching standard in Nigeria.
Prof. Anwukah, who declared the ceremony closed said: “the Federal Ministry of Education has worked closely with NTI to ensure that the 2018 edition of the workshop is successful. The project being handled by NTI is entrusted in good hands.
“It is necessary for me to acknowledge the presence of members of the State and National Assemblies in sponsoring bills that seek to improve the quality of education in the country,” he said.
Chief host at the occasion, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state appreciated effort of the Federal Government in making the nationwide capacity building workshop for teachers an annual event, noting that the continuing professional development of teachers was key towards ensuring the much needed solution to the problems bedeviling the education sector.
Bello, who was represented by the Secretary to the state government, Dr. Folasade Arike said: “at this juncture, let me reinterate the commitment of my government to partner with NTI Kaduna in the upgrade of teachers in my state. We are working to identify their skills gaps in order to determine the kind of training intervention to be given to them. As soon as this is completed we shall get across to NTI to plan the way forward,” he said.
The Director General, Chief Executive of NTI, Prof. Garba Dahuwa Azare, in his welcome address, said that the annual capacity building programmes was a good omen for Nigerian teachers.
Azare said that within the five days period of the training, 3,700 teachers nationwide have been trained on the four thematic areas of language communication skills, effective classroom management skills, basic classroom teaching methods and techniques and ICT.
“It is our hope that the participants will step down the training to those that were not nominated. This reminds me of the need for all the stakeholders, especially the state ministries of education and state universal basic education boards, to step up effort in that direction,” he said.
The NTI DG, while reiterating the need for teachers in -service training programmes for the overall development of education in Nigeria, noted that NTI was willing to partner Kogi state government and other state governments to further improve the cutting edge of their teachers.
Also speaking at the event , the state Commissioner for Education, who is also a Governing Council member of NTI, Madam Rosemary Osikoya said the state was living in the reality of what should be done, that was why it embarked on the training of its teachers with partners like NTI, Kaduna.