The introduction of Professional Diploma in Education (PDE) Programme in Nigeria will help address the current dearth of teacher education institutions in the country, a teacher training consultant, Dr Dahunsi Najeem has said.
Addressing the Flag-off of Professional Diploma in Education Programme for Staff of National Board for Arabic and Islamic Studies (NBAIS) on Monday in Kaduna, Dahunsi said that the programme will provide the candidates with general education skills and knowledge, while the teachers will benefit intellectual, professional and moral rights that set them apart from quacks.
“PDE helps to inculcate leadership skills and good practices at all levels of education, equip staff of NBAIS with the knowledge and skills of new technologies, leads to certification and career advancement, leads to improved quality in evaluation and assessment of teaching profession, enhances productivity and facilitates registration with the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria.
“The current quantity of teacher education institutions is grossly inadequate to accelerate the professionalisation of teaching in the society. The programme has the benefits of giving the candidates the knowledge and skill in general education and also in specialised fields.
“The PDE of NBAIS is a professional programme designed to equip the enrollees with the necessary modern teaching skills to enhance their ability to support staff quality for effective evaluation and output for policy making. It is designed to be a year programme structured into two semesters.”
The academic stated further that the PDE training will improve the capacity and enhance performance of the staff, raise standard of education in the society and qualify them as professional teachers.
The Registrar of National Board for Arabic and Islamic Studies (NBAIS), Prof. Muhammed Shefiu Abdullahi in his remarks said that, “this capacity building programme is another milestone in the efforts of the National Board for Arabic and Islamic Studies (NBAIS) to enhance the quality in the conduct of examination and monitoring and control of teaching and learning in Arabic and Islamic Secondary Schools across the country.
“The Professional Diploma on Education (PDE) is necessitated by the need to equip the board’s staff (who do not possess certificate in education) with the techniques of monitoring and control of teaching and learning in schools,” the registrar added.