Posted by Timige, On 20 Nov, 2023 | Updated On 20 Nov, 2023 No Comments »
The Cross River State Government has emphasised the need to develop the capacity of teachers in the state as an important step towards improving the education sector for its citizens.
Commissioner for Education, Senator Stephen Odey, made the declaration at the official opening of a three-day workshop for science and mathematics teachers organised by Teacher’s Continuous Training Institute, TCTI, Biase, with the theme, ‘Innovative approaches in teaching science and mathematics subjects in secondary schools’, stating that the emphasis on teacher education and retraining will continue to play an important role as civic education ranks high among the current administration’s efforts.
“Let me commend the progenitors of the TCTI initiative and the present administration for sustaining the institute. I believe that other states and countries would come and see what we have in Cross River (TCTI) and take advantage of its world-class facilities to train their teachers,” Odey remarked.
The education commissioner also lauded the institute for its initiative to train 100 science and mathematics teachers from selected secondary schools in the state.
He urged participants to take the training seriously, as it provides an opportunity to learn about modern innovations and technology in the teaching profession.
Speaking on the importance of the workshop, the former senator said, “I am glad that there will be practical sessions during the training. I am happy for you, and I believe that at the end of the day, you will have learned new teaching methods.
“I implore you not to keep knowledge gained to yourselves only, but pass it on to your colleagues who were not opportune to be part of the training in your respective schools,” he added.
Speaking about the importance of the seminar, the former senator said, “I am very happy that there will be practical exercises during the training process. I’m happy for you, and I believe you will eventually learn new teaching methods.
In his speech, the Institute’s Director General, Prof. Taoheed Adedoja, said that the workshop was aimed at building the capacity of 100 science and mathematics teachers across secondary schools in the state, pointing out that TCTI’s well-equipped laboratories would serve as the practical components of the training, as laboratory practicals are requisite parts of all science disciplines.
“I believe that knowledge gained from this workshop would also be cascaded to your colleagues who could not make it to the training,” Adedoja said optimistically.
He also thanked the National Union of Teachers, Cross River State chapter, headed by Comrade Gregory Olaji, for being a strong ally of the institute in the retraining of teachers in the state.
“I want to thank Governor Otu for making it possible for the Institute to carry out various programmes with a view to strengthening teacher capacity in the state,” adding that “the governor has assured us that his administration would continue to support TCTI and its laudable programmes.”
Also speaking, the Chairman of the National Union of Teachers, NUT, Cross River State chapter, Comrade Gregory Olayi, thanked the management of TCTI for organising the training, as teaching is a profession that entails the continuous education of its practitioners.
Olayi, represented by his Vice Chairman, Comrade Eyam Oyama, commended TCTI for its strengthened partnership with NUT in building teachers’ capacity in the state, namely Nigeria.
He praised the governor and the commissioner of education for their keen attention to teacher development, stressing that capacity building must go hand in hand with improving the working conditions of teachers.
In separate interviews, Mr Emmanuel Igri, a mathematics teacher at King Ford Vocational College, Ekori-Yakurr LGA, and Mr Bassey Ironbar, both participants, said the workshop had expanded their knowledge while pouring praise on TCTI for its state-of-the-art facilities.
Source: State Oyo - Tribune
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