By Nnamdi Ojiego
Corona College has revealed that the establishment of its teachers’ college was to provide a good opportunity for teachers in the country to develop themselves so that they would not rely only on the degree have had in the past.

Speaking during the maiden graduation ceremony of the first and second cohorts of the college, at the Corona Schools, Victoria Island, Lagos, Saturday, the Head, Corona Teachers’ College, Ms Olayide Adesanya stated that teachers do not have the opportunity for continue professional development in Nigeria.

She said that was the reason why Corona initiated teachers’ institute to close the gap.

According to her, teachers have to continually update their knowledge. “ Our passion is to help teachers do what they do better. We want to keep them improving on what they do everyday which is giving instructions and improving learning outcomes so that they will do better and the children can perform better too.”

While commending the graduands for their commitment to studies despite the numerous challenges they encountered in the cause of their studies, Ms Adesanya charged them to infuse all they have learned into practice by helping the children learn better, thereby contributing their quota towards improving the education system in the country.

Also speaking, the Executive Director, Corona Teachers’ College, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo said they decided to set up a teachers’ institute not just to award degrees like NCE but to provide something that would act as a finishing school.

“We found out that many people especially fresh graduates from teachers training or universities and colleges of education don’t have the skills that would enable them to perform the way we want them to perform when they get into the classroom.

We thought that this must be affecting everybody not just us, so we decided to set up a finishing kind of school so that we will teach them some of the skills they were not thought in school.” Continuing, Mrs Adefisayo said the programme was also designed to teach teachers the modern instructional methodologies.

“We use modern methods now because, things are a bit different…You need to make classes more practical, more interesting and more varied”, she explained, stating that everybody who has gone through their teachers’ programme would be a much better teacher.

Reacting, one of the graduands, Mrs Adewunmi Onafowokan said it was a great experience being a student and a married person because all the family members was involved. She said the programme has afforded her an opportunity to acquire more knowledge and skills in the teaching profession.

“ It gives me more insight into what I’m doing and why I’m doing it, teaching me the modern way of teaching and adding knowledge.”

Mrs Onafowokan, who had gone through a post graduate course in education at the University of Lagos said she was not fulfilled after the course. “I didn’t really feel fulfilled. I didn’t think I got enough. I thought I needed a refresher and I tell you, this one has worth it”.

Speaking on the challenges, she stated that it was not easy combining work and study as a wife and mother. According to her, other challenges included logistic problems like power outage, network failure, and traffic. She said at a time, she was scared and wanted to withdraw from the exercise because; “it was too much for me”.

However, about 37 students who were successful at the end of cohorts one and two were awarded Post Graduate Certificate in Education, PGCE by Corona Teachers’ College in partnership with The University of Nottingham, its technical partner. Corona Teachers’ College is an on- line programme of Nottingham University, United Kingdom.

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