US Embassy trains teachers in Gombe

Rebecca Mu’azu, Gombe


The US Embassy is holding a training session in Gombe State for teachers, aimed promoting teaching excellence and ensuring result based achievements.

The Deputy Governor of Gombe State, Dr. Manassah Daniel Jatau, who represented Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, told journalists after the opening of the workshop, that the backward trend in education in the state was attributed partly to lack of qualified teachers in the profession and as such, it was never too late to begin now to correct a wrong.

Dr. Jatau said the present government in Gombe State had resolved to revert the roles of teachers back to primary duties, by reminding them of some of the things they had forgotten.

“It is now that we want to see that teachers revert to their teaching roles, we want to remind them of what they might have forgotten. We also want to give them motivation and that the teaching profession is not the least profession, because  if you see boys and you ask where are you working, they will say, ‘I am just managing teaching,’ which means you have underrated that profession. Teaching is one of the noblest professions,” Dr. Jatau said.

The two-day training by the US Embassy in Gombe is one of the Collaborative efforts by the Gombe State Government, which focuses on resuscitating the education sector.

Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, who was represented by his Deputy, Dr. Manassah Daniel Jatau, said part of the resuscitation process of the education sector, was giving the teachers the needed motivation and assurance that the teaching profession was not the least of all professions, but one of the noblest professions on earth.

Dr. Jatau said after inspecting the facility at the Education Centre, that the government was also upgrading the Education Resource Centre for more inclusion of people willing to learn.

The Gombe State Deputy Governor pledged to support anyone that was out to enhance education in the state, making it the second top priority area in the administration after healthcare.

Dr. Jatau said their welfare would be improved so as to enhance their productivity.

The Permanent Secretary, Gombe State Ministry of Education, Alhaji Sule Bappaji, said the theme of training, which is “Promoting Teaching Excellence and Achievements,” had been carefully chosen to reflect the role and expectations of teachers in addressing all forms of nonchalant attitudes of students towards learning.

Alhaji Bappaji said both the themes and the sub-themes of the training were issues of immense importance in the education business.

He said the training was timely and apt, now that the state government had declared a state of emergency had been declared in the education sector.

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