NTI opens portal for 18,367 unqualified teachers in Borno, other states

THE National Teachers Institute (NTI), Kaduna, said it had opened a portal for 18,367 unqualified teachers in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states.

This was even as it vowed to curtail excesses at the institute’s study centres nationwide.

Director and chief executive of the Institute , Professor Musa Garba Maitafsir, expressed this commitment during the opening of a two-day review meeting on the unqualified teachers, organised by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), in collaboration with the institute, and the Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria(TRCN), which was held at Fombina Ambassadors Suites and Apartment in Yola, Adamawa State.

He stated that the NTI in conjunction with the UNICEF, TRCN and BAY states’ stakeholders of basic education, had implemented all the resolutions which included: conduct of learner demography exercise, provision of Learning Management System (LMS) for the training, placement of 18,367 unqualified teachers into the institute’s portal and issuance of admission letters to qualified students.

To this end, he assured the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe states as well as education stakeholders, that “the institute under his leadership will do everything stated in the institute’s act to ensure that the overall outcome of this Global Partnership for Education (GPE) support grant is achieved and realised within the stipulated time demanded.”

He charged the institute’s centre managers, who were described as the drivers of the programmes at the study centres, to be more dedicated and committed in the discharge of their responsibilities.

Recall that between June 2 and 4, 2021, the first stakeholders meeting on the procedures of conducting and commencing the training were discussed and resolved collectively.

In a related development, Professor Maitafsir, stated that “the institute in collaboration with the Common Wealth of Learning (COL), is conducting training for teachers in Sokoto and Kebbi states on the techniques of learning recovery as well as collaborating with Sight Savers International, where teachers in Kaduna State were trained on inclusive education, recently.”

He hinted that the institute had finalised discussions with World Bank to train another 1000 teachers each from Adamawa, Katsina and Oyo states, while expressing commitment in partnering with stakeholders in the training of teachers in the country.

The NTI Director and Chief Executive commended the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu and the leadership of the UNICEF, Nigeria, for giving the institute the unique opportunity to exercise its mandate.

Speaking earlier, the programme coordinator of NTI, Dr Armiya’u Malami Yabo, said the overall objectives of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) support grant in the North East, specifically Borno, Adamawa and Yobe was meant to improve access to education, learning outcomes and continuity in learning for conflict-affected children in safe and protective environment.

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