NTI DISPATCHES 45 OFFICERS TO SCREEN ITS 7,611 CENTRE MANAGERS AND FACILITATORS NATIONWIDE
Mr. Yakubu Akaaba Momoh, Ag. Director FOSS
Mr. Yakubu Aka’aba Momoh, the NTI Acting Director of Field Operations and Students’ Services (FOSS) Department has said that the Institute had between July 17 and July 22, dispatched no fewer than 45 officers to screen its 7, 611 Centre Managers and Facilitators of its programmes nationwide. Momoh, who made the disclosure to the NTI Bulletin recently, said the officers were expected to screen 914 NCE, 101 PGDE and 88 BDPs Course Facilitators in the North-Central Zone as well as 324 NCE, 48 PGDE, 131 BDPs and 147 Pivotal Teachers’ Training Programme (PTTP) Course Facilitators in the North-East Zone. According to him, 784 NCE, 97 PGDE, 264 BDPs and 208 Course Facilitator are to be screened in the North-West Zone while 280 NCE, 80 PGDE, 76 BDPs and 31 PTTP Course Facilitators are to be screened from the South-East Zone.
“We have 683 NCE, 103 PGDE, 195 BDPS and 47 PTTP Course Facilitators to be screened from the South-South Zone while a total of 361 NCE, 117 PGDE, 316 BDPs and 40 PTTP Course Facilitators are to be screened during the exercise from the South-West Zone of this country. For the purpose of the exercise, Mallam Mahmud Muhammed Usman, the NTI Registrar and Mr. Ibrahim Mohammed Aminu, the Acting Director, Quality Assurance and ICT would monitor the North-Central Zone. Mal.Yakubu Aka’aba Momoh, the Acting Director FOSS and Mr. Ndem Ndem his counterpart in the Academic Services Department of the Institute, would monitor the North-West and South-East Geo-Political Zones. Mallam Yunusa Labaran, the Bursar and Mr Bashir Mamman, the NTI Director of Examinations were deployed to monitor the South-South and North-East Geo-Political Zones”, he said.
According to him, Dr. Hafsat Lawal Kontagora, NTI Director of the National Centre for the Strengthening of Mathematics and Science Education (SMASE) would monitor the South-West Zone and Dr. Ahmed Iliyasu, the Special Assistant to Prof. Garba Dahuwa Azare, the NTI Director-General and Chief Executive would monitor the North-West Zone. He told those engaged for the exercise during briefing at the SMASE Complex hall of the Institute, on Monday, July 16, that dispatching them for the exercise among others arose from the recent Monitoring and Evaluation Exercise by the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) and Affiliation discussions with some universities. He explained that the exercise was necessitated by the need to screen and, or re-screen the Academic credentials of NTI Centre Managers and Facilitators across the country pointing out that the exercise would also determine their situation and requirement.
“The exercise would in line with the Institute’s requirements screen them to find out if they meet our adequate requirements; their qualifications and areas of specialisation should correspond with the subjects/courses taught. It would also identify unqualified Centre Managers and Facilitators in each centre and replace them with those that are qualified from available applicants”, he said.
According to him, each screening officer is to ensure that aside from being qualified, each Centre Manager and Facilitator must be physically present with his/ her original credentials for verification.
“Centre Managers for Pivotal Teacher Training Programme (PTTP)/ Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) must hold a minimum of M.Ed, MSc Ed or M.A. Ed; Centre Managers for the Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE)/ Bachelors’ Degree Programmes (BDPs)must be holders of Ph.Ds in Education. Facilitators of PTTP should have a minimum of B.Ed or equivalent , while those for NCE should have a minimum of B.Ed but holders of M.Ed and equivalent are preferable. In the same way, PGDE/BDPs Facilitators should have a minimum of M.Ed, but holders of Ph.Ds should constitute majority. Areas of specialisation should match subjects/courses taught otherwise Facilitators with irrelevant areas of specialisation must be dropped. On no account shall screening be done by proxy and Higher National Diploma (HND) is not acceptable”, he said.