Kaduna takes steps to upgrade teacher quality

Kaduna State Governor Nasir Ahmed el-Rufa’i has said his administration will improve the efficiency of teachers to deliver quality education in public schools. El-Rufa’i who stated this at a five-day training for 300 secondary school teachers organised in collaboration with the African Federation of Teaching Regulatory Authorities (AFTRA) in Kaduna, said the availability of efficient teachers is critical to providing quality education in public primary and secondary schools to make students productive in the future.

Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mrs. Phoebe Yayi, El-Rufa’i said his administration would continue to give utmost priority to teachers professional development.

“We are doing all we can to improve the infrastructural deficit in our public schools, but teacher quality is also critical to achieving our set targets in the sector. Our children will be better equipped if our public schools have qualified teachers that are efficient and delivering quality teaching that will make the desired impact,” he said.

The governor further stressed that his administration would continue to train and retrain teachers and equip them with the necessary skills and competency to contribute positively to improving the lives of children in the state. He said, “Our dream is to make Kaduna great, but we can only achieve that if our public schools are delivering the needed quality teaching that will prepare our children for the developmental task ahead.

“We have the political will and we are mobilising resources to develop the education sector that will respond to the developmental needs of our dear state,” El-Rufa’i said.

On his part, the AFTRA Desk Officer in the state, Kennedy Gwamna, said the 300 participants from secondary schools across the state were trained on effective teaching of mathematics, English, biology, chemistry and physics. “The teachers will be trained on expected professional standard and conduct, because the Kaduna State Quality Assurance Authority will be going round to evaluate the delivery of teaching in public schools.

“We equally want to sensitise them on child protection issues as part of efforts to check against the incidence of child abuse in public schools,” Gwamna added.

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