NTI D-G urges FG to sanction unauthorized teacher training institutions

By Abdul Hassan/Bashir Rabe Mani

The Director-General National of the
National Teachers’ Institute (NTI), Prof. Musa Maitafsir has called on
the  Federal Government to sanction illegal teacher training
institutions in the country.

Maitafsir made the call on Friday in Abuja on the sidelines of the 2022 Nationwide
Capacity Building Teacher Training Workshop organized by the institute.

He decried, ”many  unauthorized organizations  have hijacked the
training of teachers at the expense of mandated and professional
institutions in the country.

“There is proliferation of private firms with no business in
education and mandate to train  teachers, but patronized by state and
federal government agencies in training teachers at the detriment of
the institutions established by laws.”

Maitafsir urged that the earlier these firms are regulated, the
better teaching profession will be saved from intruders in the
business of teachers production.

The Director- General said, ”over the years , the institute has been
active in the training  in line with the mandate and  federal government
act of 1978  that established it .

“ We have designed to train over 2000  Nigerian teachers this year ,
they will be introduced to the techniques of learning recoveries
through Basic Education Support Funds from UBEC,

“ Already, 2000 teachers  from Kebbi and Sokoto states had received a
similar training by the institute in collaboration with the Commonwealth
in 2021,’’ he said.

Maitafsir further said 100 teachers would receive training on digital
literacy this year  apart from 148 teachers already trained by the
institute in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Education.

He stated that the institute had orgainsed a train -the- trainers
capacity building workshop for distance learning  system  centre
managers in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.

“ The same training will be extended to over 500 teachers in this
type of training this year,’’ the D-G assured.

Maitfasir said that  the institute had trained over 69,000 students to
become qualified  and certified teachers through NCE, BED, and PGD
programmes  by Distance learning system across the country.

On collaborations with Sustainable Development Goals Office, (SDGs),
Maitafsir said that the institute  has concluded arrangements to train
1,850 teachers on Information  and Communication skills, effective
classroom management, language and communication skills.

He thanked the Federal and state governments as well as development
partners for their contributions towards improving  the quality of
teacher education in the country. (NAN)