Prof. Azare Emphasises on Professional Development of Teachers
Centre: Prof. Garba Dahuwa Azare, DG/CE of NTI with management staff at the opening ceremony of Cycle Four, First Cohort Capacity Building for Mathematics and Science teachers at SMASE Hall, recently.
Prof. Garba Dahuwa Azare, the Director-General and Chief Executive of the Institute has emphasised on the need for continuous professional development of teachers in the country.
Azare disclosed this in his address during the opening ceremony of the Strengthening of Mathematics and Science Education (SMASE’s) Cycle Four, First Cohort capacity building workshop for the states of Gombe and Enugu, held at the SMASE’s hall on Thursday, July 25, 2019.
He said the Institute is very much concerned in upgrading the quality of Nigerian teachers generally and takes much pride in retraining teachers of Mathematics and Science.
‘’Our role at the SMASE INSET Centre is to take the teachers from across Nigeria through the principle of ASEI/PDSI and turn them into master state trainers, who will be fully groomed to pass on the skills to core teachers in their various states,’’ he said.
He urged the participants, who are Mathematics and Science teachers to put in their best, so as to reap the best results of the training.
Earlier in her welcome address, Dr. Hafsat Lawal Kontagora, the Director SMASE said the two weeks intensive Cycle Four training workshop is built to expose Mathematics and Science teachers to sessions, individual and group activities.
She said the participants are expected to engage in effective discussions and peer-to-peer learning experiences.
‘’ The sessions are structured in a way to keep the participants deeply engrossed in practical experiences that will leave them to re-energised with new ideas, knowledge and skills that will make their teaching more effective.
‘’ The participants will be examining topics /problems in significant depth to re-appraise their skills in order to update them to address identified problems and areas of challenges by the time they complete the training,’’ she added.
She further disclosed that Cycle Four training has been prepared to ensure that all the participants are equipped to provide quality Mathematics and Science education to all.
Also speaking at the event, Prof. Shem Ishaku Binda, an evaluator from University of Jos, expressed his happiness on the improvement he witnessed from the performance of the National Trainers.
The event, which commenced July 21, 2019 is expected to end August 2, 2019.
The opening ceremony had in attendance Mal. Bashir Mamman, the Institute’s Director of Examinations, Ndem Y. Ndem, Director Academic Services and Ag. Bursar , Mal. Yunusa Danbala Labaran . Others are the representative of the Registrar , Mal. Yusuf Idris Aliyu and Director Quality Assurance and ICT, Mal. Shehu Dalhatu, among other important guests.
Source: NTI News Bulletin Bi-Monthly Edition, June-July 2019 Vol. 1 No. 19, Page 9