THE Federal Government, through the National Teachers' Institute, Kaduna, has trained well over 40,000 primary and secondary schools teachers across the nation in the last 12 months under the 2012 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) teacher-training programme.
Minister of Education, Professor Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufa'i, disclosed that the training programme was conducted by the NTI in 109 designated training centres across the country, even as government expressed concern over the poor quality of education both in terms of delivery and outcome and has pledged to give more priority to teachers' training and retraining in 2013.
Speaking at the post-training review meeting organized by NTI, Rufa'I commended NTI for having successfully conducted the retraining exercise despite initial challenges, adding that government is more determined to equip teachers with basic skills and knowledge that would enable them improve on their professional practices.
it would be recalled that the leadership of Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) had opposed the training programme and ordered its members to boycott the exercise over unpaid allowances to teachers who participated in 2011 edition of the programme to the tune of N1.44bn.
The training programme was, however, carried out in December, 2012 after series of mediatory meetings by both Ministers of Education and the commitment of the government to pay the outstanding allowance this year.
Minister of State for Education, Barrister Nyesom Wike, stressed that the Federal Government was seriously concerned about improving the quality of teaching and learning in schools in Nigeria.
He urged NTI to collaborate with relevant stakeholders to scale up the teacher-training programme so as to accommodate more teachers during the 2013 edition.
In his remarks, the Director-General of NTI, Dr. Aminu Ladan Sharehu, noted that the exercise recorded huge success despite challenges posed by the short notice and other logistics.
He expressed the commitment of the Institute to continue to provide requisite training programmes for Nigerian teachers for enhanced quality of education in the country.