29 November 2012

Nigeria: Experts Make Case for Teachers' Training, Quality Education

The Vice Chancellor,Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State, Professor Oyewusi Ibidapo-Obe Ezekwesili, Tiina Raatikainen who is a Lead Expert with EduCluster Finland and a host of experts in the education sector over the weekend spoke with one voice, calling for training and retraining of teachers to enhance productivity. Ibidapo-Obe has said that to get the best from education sector, "we must train new teachers continuously as well as retrain older teachers."

Ibidapo-Obe who spoke during a plenary session on "what makes a good teacher," said, "If we want more teachers, invest more into them because teachers themselves need to be motivated.

Speaking in a programme organised by Incubator Africa in conjunction with Edu Cluster, Finland, held at Oriental Hotel, Lagos, the former University of Lagos', Vice Chancellor, pointed out that, for people to value the teaching profession, teachers should be treated well.

According to Professor Ibidapo-Obe, students seeking admission in the university are not willing to choose education as discipline because they feel there is no good prospect in it. "Most of the people offering education in the university ar dong it as a last resort." he said.

Meanwhile, former Minister of Education, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili who was the special guest of honour had earlier said that we should endeavour to educate for character, aptitude and needs, adding,"Without character, we are wasting our time."

Lamenting the drift from education sector to oil sector, the Former World Bank Vice-President for Africa Region said: "Oil is not the destiny of Nigeria, It creates a rentier mentality that keeps us impoverished."

On her part, the Director, Corona Secondary Schools, Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo noted that teaching is a holistic thing noting that students are taught today by reluctant teachers. According to her, teaching is career pack just like it is in Finland, adding that in Finland, teachers are the most value profession.

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