Daily Trust (Abuja)

26 December 2012

Nigeria: FG Flags Off Training of 40,000 Teachers

The Federal Government has flagged off the 2012 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) training of 40,000 basic education teachers on current innovative strategies and techniques of teaching.

Education Minister Professor Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufa'i, who opened the workshop in Lagos, said the training would hold at 109 centres nationwide.

Junior Secondary School (JSS) teachers will receive training on the four core subjects- English, Mathematics, Social Studies and Basic Science and Technology; while primary school teachers would be trained on Language Communication Skills, Effective Classroom Management Skills, Basic Teaching Methods, Information and Communication Technology.

She said the government would continue to support the National Teachers Institute (NTI) to undertake programmes tailored towards teacher education development.

Director General of NTI, Dr. Aminu Ladan Sharehu, said the initial arrangement was to train 120,000 teachers, but funds available to the institute accommodated 40,000 teachers only.

Sharehu said the teachers would also receive training on Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and faith based HIV/AIDS initiative which would take place at three designated centres in each state, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

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