By Bashir Rabe Mani
Professor Musa Maitafsir, Director General of the National Institute of Teachers (NTI), Kaduna, reaffirmed the institute’s commitment to producing quality, better, responsible and modern teachers for the country.
Maitafsir told Maiduguri during the closing of a training course for 250 teachers from the local government areas of Marte, Monguno and Nganzai of the state.
This is contained in a statement issued Sunday in Abuja by the institute’s public relations manager, Mr. Yusha’u Muhammad.
Teachers learned “Efficient Records Management and Electronic Documentation”.
The Director General congratulated Representative Mohammed Tahir (APC-Monguno / Marte / Nganzai) for sponsoring the training.
Maitafsir said: “The MP pledged to promote teacher training in his constituency, despite the vulnerability of communities, which were plagued by insurgency.
“I am really upset to see what I saw, to hear what I heard and to appreciate what is going to be delivered.”
He said the teachers really benefited from the gesture, which is part of the dividends of democracy in the state.
The Director General therefore urged teachers to make the gesture precious “in their own way”.
“The main objective of the training is to reiterate the importance of documentation and record keeping in schools.
“It also aims to develop the skills and competencies of school teachers to effectively document and maintain various documents in accordance with global standard practice,” the statement said in part.
At the end of the training, the 250 teachers received 50,000 naira each in stipends and 50 of the teachers returned home with laptops.
The training, organized by NTI, was a collaboration with Maiwada Global Concepts Limited, as a consultant, in strict compliance with COVID-19 protocols.
Maitafsir had previously addressed the institute’s students at one of its distance learning centers, Arab Teachers College in Maiduguri, before the first semester exams began.
The visit was part of its nationwide monitoring exercise of ongoing examinations in the first half of 2021 for the institute’s programs, the statement added.
While in Maiduguri, Maitafsir also made an unscheduled visit to some centers in the state to assess the development and conduct of the exams.
The exams, which began on Friday, were part of the national exercise for the Nigerian Certificate in Education (NCE) and Bachelor Programs (BDps).
Others are the Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE), as well as the Advanced Diploma programs and the Pivotal Teacher Education Program (PTTP).
While at the College of Arabic Teachers in Maiduguri, Maitafsir said, “What I have seen from the teachers is that they are motivated.
“Teachers, who are mostly grade two products, have been teaching for a long time.
“You teach just to take up the space, now is when you are going to be professional teachers.
“You are in the process of becoming professional teachers. “
The boss of NTI explained that teaching is a technique that “if somebody doesn’t have it, they can’t do it successfully.”
Following an interactive session with student teachers, Maitafsir focused on the rules and regulations governing exams at the institute.
He warned that NTI would not compromise on the quality it has set for itself now.
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