By Nasiru Muhammad
The Director and Chief Executive of the National Teachers’ Institute (NTI) Kaduna, Prof. Musa Garba Maitafsir has said that the institute’s mandate is the production of quality, better, responsible and modern-oriented teachers in the country.
Prof. Maitafsir made the disclosure recently in Maiduguri, Borno State, at the closing of training for 250 teachers from Marte, Monguno and Nganzai Local Government Areas.
This is contained in a statement, which was made available to The Triumph recently signed by the Public Relations Officer of the institute, Alhaji Yusha’u Muhammad.
The statement said that the training took place between October 18 and 22, with a theme: ‘Efficient Record Management and Electronic Documentation.’
The Director commended the member of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Muhammad Tahir Monguno (APC- Monguno/Marte/ Nganzai), for sponsoring the training. Maitafsir said:
“The MP has shown commitment to promote teacher education in his constituency, despite the vulnerability of the communities, which were plagued by insurgency.
“I am really overwhelmed to see what I have seen, to hear what I heard and appreciate what is going to be delivered.” Maitafsir said that the teachers have really benefited from the gesture, which is part of the dividends of democracy in the state.
The Director urged the teachers to reciprocate the invaluable gesture, “in their own ways.” “The main objective of the training is to reiterate the importance of documentation and record keeping in schools.
“It is also aimed at developing the skills and competency of school teachers to efficiently document and keep records of various documents according to world standard practice,” Maitafsir added.
At the end of the training, the 250 teachers got N50, 000 each as allowances and 50 of the teachers went home with laptop computers.
The training, which was organised by the National Teachers’ Institute, Kaduna, was a collaboration with Maiwada Global Concepts Limited, as Consultant, under strict adherence to Covid-19 protocols.
Meanwhile, Maitafsir, has addressed the institute’s students in one of its Distance Learning Centres, Arabic Teachers College, Maiduguri, Borno State, shortly before the commencement of the first semester examinations.
The visit was part of his nationwide monitoring exercise of the on-going First Semester 2021 Examinations for the programmes of the institute.
While in Maiduguri, Maitafsir paid an unscheduled visit to some centres in the state, to assess the development, as well as the proper conduct of the examinations.
The examinations were part of the nationwide exercise for the Nigerian Certificate in Education (NCE), and Bachelor Degree programmes (BDps). Others are: Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE), as well as Advanced Diplomas programmes and Pivotal Teacher Training Programme (PTTP).
While at the Arabic Teachers’ College Maiduguri, Maitafsir said: “what I have seen from the teachers is that they are motivated.
“The teachers, who are mostly products of Grade II, have been teaching for long. “You are teaching just to occupy space; it is now you are going to be professional teachers.
“You are in the process of becoming professional teachers,” he said. The NTI boss added that, teaching is a technique that: “if someone does not have it, cannot successfully do it.”
Sequel to an interactive session with the students-teachers, Maitafsir emphasised on the rules and regulations guiding examinations at the institute. He warned: “The Institute will not compromise on the quality it has set for itself now.”