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Kaduna govt. begins transformation of teaching from analogue to digital

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Dr Shehu Usman-Muhammad, Kaduna State Commissioner for Education on Wednesday said the state government has commenced transforming its teachers from analogue to digital.

He made the disclosure in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on the sideline of a transformation workshop organised for teachers in Zaria.

NAN reports that the workshop was organised by the sate Ministry of Education under GPE World Bank Programme to facilitate smooth movement of teachers from analogue to digital.

Usman-Muhammad said: “The training workshop is intended to move our teachers from their old analogue world to digital world.

“Our teachers are used to writing what they call lesson notes or lesson plan, they will sit down and write introduction, content, time, summary, references and come to the students and train them.

“Now, through these taking exercise, some intelligent people sat down to look at all the content of the curriculum and developed the content, share with others, went through critiquing and put the agreed content into a mini pad.”

According to him, the mini pad is going to be the resource material for every teacher to be used to teach, assuring that it will lead to uniformity of teaching across the state.

“This is because all teachers will be teaching the same thing, what somebody in Zangon Kataf, in Makarfi, Sabo, Kudan and all other place is teaching, is the same thing others will teach.

“And they are all teaching within the same time frame using the same methodology and probably using the same teaching aids but they can improve their local content if they have other better teaching materials around the environment.

“This is intended to improve the quality of teaching in schools to reduce the hardship on teachers, to make it easy, lively and very enjoyable,” he said.

Usman-Muhammad said that the first batch of the training was ongoing at three different centres in Kaduna, Zaria and Zonkwa and assured continuation of it in batches with a view to capturing all the teachers.

“Our intention in government is to continue the training in batches, after this batch, another set will come gradually until we introduce all the teachers to the process.”

While appreciating the efforts of the facilitators for doing what he described as a good job, the Commissioner also thanked the teachers for accepting the new initiative.

He observed that it was very difficult for people to accept something new, but however, expressed satisfaction that the teachers had accepted the new process and were putting it into practice.

The commissioner urged parents to also complement the efforts by asking their wards on the impact of the new process.

On monitoring and evaluation, the Commissioner said they had a process to monitor the teachers when teaching through a feedback mechanism from the teachers and the parents.

“We have a process of getting feedback from the teachers, we have a process of getting feedback from the parents too and these are going to be put together when we come to review the validity, the efficacy, the efficiency of this process that we have introduced.

“Our expectation from the teachers is very great, I have a lot of expectation from them and I have told them that I want to see a difference in terms of passing of exams, in terms of comprehension and understanding.

“I want to see it on the faces of the children and they have promised me that I will see when I come back to do the monitoring in the next few months, ” he said.

Edited by: Folasade Adeniran/Maharazu Ahmed

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