Plateau State Government has joined the Federal Government to raise the standard of teachers in the country by way of improving the human capacity of its teachers.
The state government which sent an high powered delegation to open discussion with the National Teachers Institute (NTI), Kaduna, led by the state Commissioner for Education, Hon. Nanle Dashen, and the Permanent Secretary, Plateau State Ministry of Education, Mrs. Ruth Biaugten, has the mandate of developing a comprehensive teacher development programme in collaboration with the institute under the scheme, Pivotal Teacher Training Programme (PTTP).
Speaking at the institute’s headquarters in Kaduna recently, the Mrs. Dashen stressed the need to train and retrain teachers for optimum performance and improvement of students who study under their guidance and instructions.
“It is only when young people with genuine interest in teaching as a career are selected for the pivotal teachers’ training programme, that we can guarantee the outcome of our students who are the direct beneficiaries of the training programme. This can only be achieved if we improve on the knowledge base of the teachers.”
Responding, the Chief Executive of NTI, Dr. Aminu Ladan Shehu, assured the team of maximum cooperation in the area of teacher training, noting that the institute has kept fate with the mandate of training and retraining of teachers for effective teaching techniques.
“We can assure the participants that the training programme will be of immense benefit to them, given the opportunities and experience readily available for them to tap from. Their enrollment in the institute’s NCE programme will certainly add value to the Plateau State educational system,” he noted.
Other members of the Plateau State delegation were Mrs. Mary Didel, Director of Schools, Regina Soemat, Director of Finance and the state’s Director of Educational Services.