By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Research has shown that majority of head teachers and teachers of National Commission for Nomadic Education, NCNE, don’t keep proper school records, among others, the Executive Secretary of the Commission Prof. Bashir H. Usman, has relayed.
Prof. Usman made the revelation in a speech at a Training Workshop on the use of Curriculum Guides, Record Keeping, multi-grade Teaching Techniques and Guidance and Counselling For Nomadic School Head teachers and teachers in the South-South Zone at Benin City, Edo State, from 6t 10th March, 2018.
In a statement made available to our correspondent in Kaduna, Usman said “You will recall that similar training workshops had been organized for this zone by the Commission, in order to update teachers’ knowledge, skills and competencies. Such training programmes are intended to expose our teachers in the nomadic schools to variety of innovative strategies and child-centered methods of content delivery towards attainment of the goals and objectives of the Nomadic Education Programme, NEP.
“Findings from recent survey and monitored by staff of the Commission across the country have revealed that majority of our head teachers/teachers do not keep school records properly, among others. The organization of this workshop by the Commission is, therefore, predicated on the findings,” he stated.
The ES stated that the objective of the teacher training workshop is to develop participants’ knowledge and competencies on effective use of curriculum guides; equip participants with techniques of proper record keeping; train participants on how to prepare scheme of work, lesson plan and lesson notes in different subject areas.
Other objectives of the workshop, according to Prof. Usman, includes “Training of participants on variety of instructional methods that will engender effective lesson delivery in practical situations; develop participants’ capacities on the concepts and techniques of multi-grade teaching methodology and acquaint participants with issues relating to the environment and culture of the target groups; and strengthen participants’ capacities on the skills and techniques in guidance and counseling.”
He told participants that the achievement of the objectives of this workshop is very important for the enhancement of Nomadic Education Programme, adding that the Commission is passionate about improving access and quality of tuition in nomadic schools, and has always given teacher training its pride of place.
“We shall all work hard to be able to come out of the workshop determined more than ever before, to do everything possible to improve the quality of instruction in our nomadic schools and environment.
“Permit me to assure all participants that the Commission is committed to giving you the best in terms of working environment and content of the training. I therefore urge all the participants to give in your best in achieving the set objectives of this workshop.
“It is expected that you reciprocate this by putting hands together in the active delivery of quality education to the children of the marginalized groups, through your improved knowledge, skills and competencies to be acquired through this training.
Earlier in a Welcome Address, the Acting Director Department of Programmes Development at the opening ceremony of the National Teacher Training, Dr. Rose Nwaji, stated that the workshop is very important because the main purpose is to ensure that teachers’ knowledge and skills are sufficiently upgraded for the laudable goal of Nomadic Education Programme (NEP).
“As we are aware, the main goal of Nomadic Education Programme is to make basic education accessible, functional and relevant to nomadic groups (Pastoralists, Migrant fisherfolks and Farmers) in Nigeria. It will not be possible if we do not have adequate and well trained teachers, who are sufficiently grounded in primary school subjects and, more importantly, in the values and lifestyles of the nomads. Suffice it to say that teachers hold the key that unlock the wheel of progress in any country’s development.
“It is our hope that the capacity building of the head teachers/teachers would be achieved so as to engender a fast track delivery of quality education to the target groups,” she stated.