The Vice Chancellor, National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Prof Abdallah Uba Adamu, has said training of teachers must be prioritised for quality and standard to be achieved in basic and secondary educational institutions.
“This will open window for teachers to be more professional and ready to drive the sector with purpose”, he said.
Speaking Tuesday in Sokoto at the opening of a three-day workshop for Head Teachers and Principals of Junior Secondary Schools, Adamu said building teachers’ capacity was critical in view of the growing challenges in the nation’s basic and secondary education levels.
The workshop held at the auditorium of the Sultan Maccido Institute for Quranic and General Studies was organised by NOUN in collaboration with the Sokoto State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).
However, the workshop is coming on the heels of a date line issued by NTI for teachers to be professionals.
According to him, such training would broaden the scope of teachers contributions and as well strengthen their efforts at delivering quality and standard teaching as professionals.
“It will also boost and smoothen learning process of pupils”, he said.
Adamu, who was represented by the DVC Academic, Prof Joy Eyisi, said it was imperative to build teachers capacity to support the drive for attaining development in the education sector.
“It will guarantee the success and future of generations,” he said.
Declaring the workshop open, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, represented by the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Dr Muhammadu Jabbi Kilgori, said the state government had always accorded priority to education through robust approach to ensure quality teaching in schools at all levels.
“We have made training and retraining for capacity building of teachers a no going back priority.”
Besides, Tambuwal explained that motivation, teachers’ welfare, and promotion, prompt payment of salaries and provision of basic facilities in schools were key and dear to his administration.
“Making all these available would have solved over 70 per cent of the problems.
“We have also effectively put in place an active monitoring and evaluation mechanism to assess performance for routine reports”, he stated.
Earlier, the SUBEB Chairman, Alhaji Bello Yusuf Danchadi, disclosed that it had concluded plans to train 3,374 teachers to improve their capacity in teaching and learning.
According to him, SUBEB accords importance to capacity building for teachers to meet the dynamic challenges, stressing that the training programme in liaison with NTI would further improve their skills and provide platform for better learning by pupils.