(L-R) Prof. Magnut Mankilik, AFTRA Executive Director Academics Prof. Steve Nwokeocha and Perm. Sec. Ministry of Education Kaduna, Mrs. Phibi Yayi Sukai. Photo: Daniel Karlmax/Radio Nigeria
Kaduna State Government has commenced a process to reposition the educational sector by training and retraining of teachers for effective service delivery.
State Commissioner for Education Dr. Shehu Usman Muhammad stated this during the opening ceremony of an ongoing five-day training organised by the Africa Federation of Teaching Regulatory Authority (AFTRA) for 300 selected Secondary School Teachers at the Kaduna State University (KASU).
Represented by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Mrs. Phibi Yayi Sukai, the Commissioner said the training workshop was targeted at boosting the capacity of teachers in the state for effective service delivery.
He noted that education had been at the front burner in the state as the government was doing everything possible to ensure every child had access to quality and compulsory free education with an improved personal relationship with teachers and parents.
Executive Director Academics of AFTRA Prof. Steve Nwokeocha applauded Kaduna State, Governor Mal. Nasiru el’Rufai for his courage and massive investment in education to ensure the sector meets the global standards.
Describing teaching as a profession, the AFTRA Academic Director pointed out that a teacher is one that has been trained in an accredited institution and certified by the relevant authority- Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN).
In an address, AFTRA Consultant Professor Magnut Mankilik said the idea behind the workshop was also to look at the educational curriculum as fashioned out by the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) where new ideas have been fused into the system to exposed learners to entrepreneurial skills.
The climax of the event was a paper presentation by the Coordinator, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) Mrs. Esther Ayuba Natsa on “Professional Standard For Teaching Profession In Secondary School In Nigeria”, as well as a goodwill message by the AFTRA Desk Officer in Kaduna State, Mrs. Salomi Kennedy Gwamma among others.