NCDMB to raise teachers’ continuous development, trains 1,000 in Katsina
The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB), said it has trained over 1000 science teachers in secondary schools across the country, as part of its Teachers Development Training Programme (TDTP), the Executive Secretary, Simbi Wabote, has said.
He spoke on at the closing ceremony of the 2nd phase of the training programme in Kastina State, under which 270 teachers were trained with the support of the State’s Ministry of Education.
Wabote, represented by the Director, Planning Research and Statistics, NCDMB, Patrick Obah, pledged that NCDMB would increase the pace of continuous development of teachers across Nigeria.
He explained that the Board’s sponsorship of the retraining is borne from its desire to create new models in the quest for academic knowledge, adding that training given to teachers would enable their students compete with counterparts elsewhere in the world, and position them in the knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
He expressed the hope that the training of teachers would translate to better performances by their students in WAEC, NECO, JAMB and other national and international examinations, and lead to better technical skills and craftsmanship.
He also charged the teachers to ensure that Katsina State emerged as number one state in STEM education, and the students amongst the leaders in the quest for technological and industrial self-reliance.
Wabote explained that NCDMB was set up to ensure the development and utilisation of Nigerian materials, equipment and workforce in the Nigerian Oil and Gas industry and the realisation of this important goal required technical workforce, better-trained administrators and personnel with essential skills
His words: “The teaching methods of yesterday is no longer sufficient for the challenges of today, and so we have modified the design and delivery of this programme in response to your needs. This year, we have given you electronic tablets with all the reading materials and we have enough reasons to continue to advance the methods of learning.”
He added that NCDMB places a high premium on capacity development, especially in the teaching of STEM education across secondary and tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
“Our target is to train a minimum of one thousand science teachers each year and to upgrade and equip technical schools to provide the infrastructure required for the acquisition of technical, digitisation and essential skills,” he said.
He noted that NCDMB has started the upgrade and equipping of some existing technical and vocational schools, and provided modular science laboratories, modern teaching aids, and improved science and engineering infrastructure in some tertiary institutions.
In his remarks, the General Manager Capacity Building Division, NCDMB, Dr. Ama Ikiru, explained that the Board organised a phase two of the programme in Kastina because the state government was receptive of the initiative, and collaborated effectively with it.
On his part, the State Commissioner for Education, Dr. Badamasi Lawal, commended NCDMB for sponsoring the retraining of teachers in the state, noting that, “it is remarkable that an agency that is based in Bayelsa State will come all the way to train teachers in Katsina.”
He said students from the state recorded an improved performance in the last WAEC and NECO examinations, an indication that the NCDMB-sponsored teachers retraining programme, which began in 2018, was already recording positive impacts.