The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, on Friday says the Federal Government, under President Muhammadu Buhari was committed to training of teachers for a functional and effective education sector in the country.
Adamu gave the assurance in Lokoja, at the closing ceremony of the 2018 Nationawide Capacity-Building Workshops for Teachers at the Basic Level.
Adamu, who was represented by his Minister for State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwukah, said that the government had ranked teachers’ continuing professional development and training as paramount.
“This is why the present administration is giving all the necessary support to build the capacity of teachers through initiatives such as the SDGs project.
“Teacher output level is expected to be enhanced after participation in seminars and workshops.
“So, we are hoping that the participants of this year’s edition will help to share their experiences with their colleagues back in their work stations,” he said.
He said that the federal government was planning to support states to generate accurate data of their teachers in terms of their quality and quantity.
According to him, this will assist in determining the skill gaps and the corresponding training needs of teachers across all states of the federation.
“The implication of this is that NTI will have quite a lot to do in terms of floating relevant trainings and workshops for teachers in Nigeria.
“We are aware that the Institute has an impeccable record of training teachers and we are ready to give the institute all the needed support to discharge her statutory mandate,” he said.
Adamu appealed to relevant stakeholders and agencies to lend their hands to the Institute to collectively take education sector to higher pedestal.
In his remarks, Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi, appreciated the privilege of hosting the occassion, saying it was a very great honour for him and the good people of Kogi.
The governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Folashade Arike, commended the federal government’s effort for making the nationwide capacity-building workshops for teachers an annual event, saying “it is a good step taken in the right direction.
“The continuing professional development of teachers is key to ensuring the much-needed solution to the problems bedeviling the education sector.
“On our part as government, we are working to transform education sector in Kogi State by providing all the necessary supports and logistics to schools and other educational agencies.
“We are commtting a lot resources to provide infrastructural facilities in our schools as well as enhance the take-home package of our teachers to help them improve on their classroom performance”, he said.
The governor restated his commitment to partner with the National Teachers’ Institute (NTD), Kaduna, in the upgrade of teachers in Kogi state.
“We are working to identify their skill 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,” Bello said.
Earlier, Mrs Rosemary Osikoya, the state’s Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, thanked the governor for partnering with NTI to train 100 Kogi trachers.
She added that the State Government had also partner with NERDC, NTI, National Productivity Centre (NPC), FME Dept. of Quality Assurance for the training of 600 principals and head teachers of private and public schools across the state.
“This is the first of its kind in Kogi and it is a well packaged training, as the building blocks to revive Kogi education sector.
“I am grateful that today, we have 700 people that had been given quality training.
“I am hopeful that after this programme, Kogi will record more support.
“Unlike other states in Nigeria, Kogi is yet to development partners’ support, and we are still thankful that we will now have more targetted support,” Osikoya said.
Prof. Garba Azare, Director General, National Teachers’ Institute (NTI), said about 3,700 teachers have been trained on the four thematic areas in the past five days.