Nigeria’s teachers training institute, NTI, has embarked on a four day monitoring and evaluation exercise of educators under the Universal Basic Education programme in Cross River State.
The exercise, which is to ensure quality and standards of teachers’ training programmes, was conducted in collaboration with the National Commission for Colleges of Education, NCCE.
The Director General of the Institute, Professor Garba Azare, said that the exercise would enhance the efficacy of the National Certificate of Education, NCE, programme for teachers.
“Part of the NCCE mandate is to ensure quality and standard and to achieve these, the institute schedules regular monitoring and evaluation of its centres across the country,”Azare stated.
He said the NCCE were particularly focusing on academic activities in the States.
“In order for NCCE to be fair, every study centre would be visited, the process examined, the facilitators evaluated to establish quality of training given as well as check the courses materials, especially since our programme is through distance learning, we need to know how efficient the courses materials are,” he explained.
The DG noted that the institute would commence the awards of higher degrees and post graduate diplomas as also train teachers on Information and Communication Technology, ICT.
“The institute is trying to minimize the use of all these hard copies manual. We need our students to get accustomed to ICT, so they can easily access manuals through their phones, laptops, Ipads and desktop computers.
“In the next one month, we are starting with the Higher programmes, that is the award of Bachelors degrees and the postgraduate diplomas. So, we would be at the three NTI centres in Calabar, Ugep and Ikom,”Azare stated.
A representative of NCCE and the team leader, Dr. Jonathan Yock stated that the monitoring and evaluation exercise would include all NTI and NCE awarding institute.
“This exercise also involves inspection of Federal Colleges of Education, State, private, polytechnics and others. Our mission is to check lapses and proffer solutions in our report.
“We are also determines to purge our schools of teachers with fake certificates. It is the duty of NCCE to ensure quality and we assure you that henceforth the teachers in your schools will be qualified to teach,” Yock said.
The Chairman of SUBEB, Dr. Stephen Odey commended the efforts of the Cross River State NTI co-ordinator Dr. Esu Nsan for partnering with the board to sanitise the system.
“NTI and NCCE have vital roles to play in upholding standards. Recently, SUBEB conducted a personnel audit and uncovered teachers with fake certificates. We had to demote and redeploy over 1,000 people,” Odey noted.
He urged the institutes to continue the partnership for sustainable growth in the sector.