By Mohammad Ibrahim
Kaduna (Nigeria) — Nigeria’s foremost teacher training institute with centres across this country is graduating 18,000 students who took teacher education courses in its 2014 academic year.
Director General of the Institute, Dr. Ladan Aminu Sharehu told journalists in Kaduna, Northwest Nigeria, the convocation ceremony scheduled for Saturday will issue certificates to those who studied Post Graduate Diploma in Education PGDE, National Certificate of Education NCE and Advanced Diploma in Education.
Sharehu who emphasised the need for teachers to upgrade themselves educationally, added that the NTI is ready to partner state governors across the country in building capacity of their teachers.
“We must pay attention to teachers training so as to improve on their standard to be able to teach properly. People should stop comdenming teachers without improving on their welfare.
“They need to be paid regularly and also allowed to upgrade themselves academically, followed by regular training, if at all we want them to teach properly. Until we do that we will continue to have low standard teachers across the country,” he said.
He said the institute currently run Degree programmes in Education, Mathematics, Physical education, Social Studies and integrated science.
“Teachers desire to have degree certificates because there is so much outcry in the country on the low quality of our teachers. We believe our teachers desire opportunity to upgrade themselves to next level of education qualification,” he said.
The NTI boss added that the institute have 500 centers across the country and fully functional for teachers to acquaint themselves academically.