By Ado Hassan, Sokoto
THE Vice Chancellor, National Open University of Nigeria(NOUN), Professor Abdallah Uba Adamu has observed that for quality and standard to be achieved in basic and secondary educational institutions, effective and efficient capacity building for teachers must be prioritised.
He described education as key to national development, noting that the world was on the tripod of knowledge driven mechanism, training and moral responsibility to the young generation.
” This will open window for teachers to be more professional and ready to drive the sector with purpose”, he noted.
SpeakingTuesday in Sokoto at the opening of a 3-day training workshop for Head Teachers and Principals of Junior Secondary Schools, Adamu said building teachers capacity was critical inview 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 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 trainings will further broaden the scope of teachers contributions as well strengthen their efforts at delivering quality and standard teaching as professionals.
” It will also boost and smoothen learning process of pupils”, he pointed out.
Professor Adamu who was represented by the DVC Academic, Professor 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”
Declaring the workshop open, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal represented by the state 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, 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% 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 Chairman of the SUBEC, Alhaji BelloYusuf Danchadi disclosed that it had concluded plans to train 3,374 teachers as measure to improve their capcity 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.
” We are in working synergy with relevant stakeholders and authorities to reposition the sector inorder to ensure the success of the emergency declared by the state government”, he added.
He commended the state government for owning up to its responsibility of ensuring quality and standards in basic and secondary education in the state.
In her remarks, the State Coordinator of UBEC, Hajiya Mairo Ismaila who represented the Executive Secretary, noted that education was dynamic hence the need for capacity building for teachers to improve on their knowledge and methodology of teaching.
She commended the zeal and political will of the state government for its attention towards developing the education sector.