National Teachers Institute has graduated a total of 58,320 students who have successfully completed the institute's academic and professional programmes from 2005 to 2011.
Giving a breakdown of the graduating students, NTI Director General Dr. Aminu Ladan Sharehu, said 13,382 completed Post-graduate Diploma in Education, 44,060 for Nigeria Certificate in Education and 878 in Advanced Diploma in Education.
Sharehu said the institute's programmes were handled by well trained professionals mainly using Open Distance Learning (ODE).
He said the institute adopted this mode because, "it is a major cost effective alternative to education in Nigeria. It is also a means of taking education to the doorsteps of people."
NTI has stepped up the Continuing Pro-fessional Development Programmes for pri-mary school teachers by training over 40,000 teachers from 2009 to 2012 across the country, he added.
"There has also been an upward review (by 300%) of the allowances of course tutors and centre managers in the Institute's programmes with effect from 1st January 2010 to boost their morale," he said.