By Stephen Adeleye.
No fewer than 100 teachers in Kogi would be trained on effective classroom management by the National Teachers Institute (NTI) in collaboration with Kogi Government.
The Kogi Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mrs Rosemary Osikoya, disclosed this to journalists at the flag-off ceremony of the 3-day training at Holy Trinity School on Monday in Lokoja.
Osikoya said the training was organised to build teachers’ capacity for effective classroom management and transfer knowledge to their students maximally while teaching.
She congratulated the participants for being part of this year’s training of 100 teachers, saying the training was also organiaed for another 100 teachers in 2018, which was a cascade training or train the trainer.
Osikoya urged the participants to utilise the golden opportunity to improve their skills, urging them to upgrade their knowledge regularly.
She noted that Kogi Budget for education in the past had not provided fund for teachers’ capacity building, but commended His Excellency, Gov. Yahaya Bello for his focused attention to education.
She added that adequate provision had been made by the governor in the 2019 state’s budget, for teachers to building teachers’ capacity.
“At the end of this training, we expect teachers who have been trained and skilled in effective classroom management to delivering the mandate we have for such training.
“Not just training them but also giving training materials to them for their various schools for reference, and as resource materials,” Osikoya said.
The commissioner further said that he training for head teachers, principals and heads of schools and institution will hold from Feb. 6 to 8, this week.
Earlier, Mrs Mercy ThankGod, Centre Manager, NTI, who spoke on behalf of the Director-General of the institute, Prof. Garba Azare, the training was under the aegis of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) project.
She said that the training would also enhance participant’s knowledge in Language Communication Skills, Teaching Methods and Techniques, Effective Management Skills, Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
ThankGod said that training was taking place simultaneously in all the States of the federal including FCT, saying official National flag-off was done today in Calabar, Cross River State.
She added that the national closing ceremony would hold in Kogi on January 8.
She, therefore, urged the participants to give rapt attention to their facilitators to enable them performed optimally on their job.
Mr Abdullahi Suleiman, the NTI State’ Coordinator, thanked the commissioner for the turnaround she has made in education ministry since her assumption of office last year.
Suleiman advised the participants to put in their best, saying, “to whom much is giving, much is expected, you must justify your coming”.
One of the participants, Attah Abel, said that the training was very okay, adding that it would upgrade the knowledge of both the teachers and students.