Vanguard (Lagos)

22 September 2011

Nigeria: NTI Reels Out Monitoring Vehicles for Teacher Training

Detemined to improved the quality of teachers across the country, National Teachers' Institute, NTI, an institute set up to train and re-train teachers has launched its first batch of monitoring vehicles to three states for properly monitring of teachers training.

thje vehicles launched Kuduna recently by Barr Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, Minister of State for Education, would be distributed to Katsina, Niger and Zamfara states respectively.

Wike who commended the Kaduna office of the institute wished that the same quality nd friendly environment in the headquarters would be provided for teachers' training centers.

Wike said that learning environment is a factor to work performance of any desiring teacers, added that he was pleased with what he saw on ground at the NTI Kaduna office

"I will not only concertrate in Kaduna where the environment is beautiful but will visit other sates office unawares to see if the NTI has maintain the same quality and neatness".

He said, "The success of open and distance learning system depends largely on the quality assurance mechnanisms which include regular and effective monitoring of the programmes".

"He procurement and distribution of monitoring vehicles by the institute is therefore a commendable gesture which l wish to be identified with"

However, the education minister also commissioned NTI's rebranded computer center that would ensure that results of teachers are ready in two months weeks.

Wike while commissioning the computer center noted, "To a reasonable degree, it has been able to satisfy that need. It has continued to train manpower for the crucial primary and junior secondary school levels of the nation's education sector".

"The rebranding and equipping of the computer centre with some scanners and printronix printerd will surely go a long way in facilitating and enhancing quality and standard of examination results processing in the institute"

The director-general of the NTI, Dr Aminu Ladan Sharehu, said that the major challenge that has continued to agitate the minds of educational planners, administrators and the government has been how best to cope with the increasing population of students as well as provide well-qualified teaching personnel that would help empower the individual students through the acquisition of knowledge and skills and would enable them to participate fully and actively in nation building.

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