630 teachers are to be trained in content language integrated learning approach in Kogi State
The training is sequel to the signing of a memorandum of understanding by the Kogi State Government and the British Council.
The State Government as part of the training program have also directed a selection of some teachers in higher institutions in the State to serve as observers and be part of the training program in content language development.
Performing the signing agreement, the Kogi State Governor, Capt. Idris Wada, said the need to train teachers in content language development followed the inability of most teachers to comprehend the use of English language.
Capt. Wada, who was represented by Prof. Olugbemiro Jegede at the signing ceremony, said the training will place emphasis on content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge and pedagogical content knowledge, adding that it becomes difficult to impact knowledge when a teacher cannot comprehend the use of the right terminology in teaching.
While describing education as the centre piece of his administration, Capt. Wada, assured that no stone will be left upturned in providing the right environment for teaching and learning in the State.
Capt. Wada commended the British Council for also accepting the request to upgrade language laboratories in schools across the State, solicited other partnership support from the council in moving the State forward.
Also speaking, Amir Ramzan, Deputy Director British Council in charge training of teachers, commended the commitment of the Kogi State Government in improving teachers. He disclosed that the plan to improve level of teachers in the State will assist greatly in improving the quality of teaching and learning.
Earlier in his speech, Dayo Akande, Special Adviser on Strategic Planning said the training of teachers in the State is a re affirmation of the present administration’s stand on education.
Other stakeholders who spoke at the signing agreement included, the Representative of the Commissioner of Education, the Technical Adviser to the Kogi State Governor, and Chairman of Teaching Service Commission and the Representative of State Universal Basic Education Board, described education, as the key solution to the nations problem, praised Capt. Idris Wada, for his emphasis in improving the quality of teachers in the State.