By Moses Kolo/Bashir Rabe Mani
Musa Garba-Maitafsir, the Director, National Teachers’ Institute (NTI) Kaduna, said the institute had trained more than 18,000 primary school teachers in Adamawa, Yobe and Borno on e-facilitation.
Garba-Maitafsir, made this known this on Tuesday in Kaduna at the opening of the 1st NTI Annual National Conference 2023.
The theme of the conference was: ”Re-directing the Focus of Education Stakeholders Towards Modern Process of Producing Competent, Dedicated and Professional Teachers in Nigeria.
He explained that the objective of the training was to make the teachers be in tune with the extant global digital trends and enhance their efficiency.
‘’It is no longer tenable to spend billions of naira on producing books and other educational materials while the world has gone almost paperless.
Garba-Maitfasir stressed the need for Nigerian teachers to urgently overcome the phobia of computers and embrace digitisation.
‘’This fear is uncalled for as nobody will be eased out even with the use of computers.
We will sustain and expand our efforts in this direction, ‘’ the director added.
He stated that the institute was not more than a Post office dispatching question papers when he assumed duty over two years ago.
‘’The institute was not more than a mere Post Office when I was appointed to head it but I have transformed it into one of the leading teacher training institution in the world in the last two years.
‘’It is now an academic institute of repute boasting of over 100 Phd holders.
All the stakeholders should do the right thing to get the desired change.
‘’ If all of us do so, there will be a change in the next decade or more.
If I leave this place without bringing the desired change, I will be doing an injustice to myself.
He, therefore, advocated enhance funding for the education sector, saying, ‘’ this is necessary as there are funds for other sectors.
” We have to change what is wrong with the education system.
This is for the betterment of tomorrow that may not come immediately, but in the next ten years or more.
‘’But at last positive changes will be recorded to impact on professional teacher training in the country,’’ Garba-Maitafsir added.
Edited by Bashir Rabe Mani