Written by Godfrey AKON

NCDMB trains 1000 secondary school teachers

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, NCDMB, has trained over 1000 science teachers in secondary schools across the country as part of its Teachers Development Training Programme.

Executive Secretary, Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote, disclosed this at the end of the 2nd phase of the training programme in Kastina where over 270 teachers were trained with support from the Katsina State Ministry of Education.

According to a statement by the board, Wabote, who was represented by the director, Planning Research and Statistics, Mr. Patrick Daziba Obah, pledged NCDMB’s commitment to increase the pace of continuous development of teachers across the country, as statement from the Board said.

The NCDMB boss explained that the board’s sponsorship of the retraining programme was borne out of its desire to create new models in the quest for academic knowledge, adding that trainings given to teachers would enable their students to compete with counterparts elsewhere in the world and position them in the knowledge of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, STEM.

He expressed hope that the training of teachers would translate into better performance by their students in WAEC, NECO, JAMB and other national and international examinations, and lead to better technical skills and craftsmanship.

He also charged the teachers to ensure that Katsina State emerge as number one state in STEM education and the students amongst the leaders in the quest for technological and industrial self-reliance.

Wabote stressed that NCDMB was set up to ensure the development and utilization of Nigerian materials, equipment and workforce in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry and the realization of this important goal required technical workforce, better trained administrators and personnel with essential skills

He maintained that “the teaching methods of yesterday is no longer sufficient for the challenges of today and so we have modified the design and delivery of this programme in response to your needs. This year we have given you electronic tablets with all the reading materials and we have enough reasons to continue to advance the methods of learning.”

Speaking further, he stated that NCDMB places a high premium on capacity development, especially in the teaching of STEM education across secondary and tertiary institutions in Nigeria. 

According to him, “our target is to train a minimum of one thousand science teachers each year and to upgrade and equip technical schools to provide infrastructure required for the acquisition of technical, digitization and essential skills.”

He noted that NCDMB has started the upgrade and equipping of some existing technical and vocational schools and provided modular science laboratories, modern teaching aids and improved science and engineering infrastructure in some tertiary institutions.

Also speaking, the General Manager Capacity Building Division, NCDMB, Dr. Ama Ikiru explained that the board organized a phase 2 of the programme in Kastina because the state government was receptive of the initiative and collaborated effectively with it.

In his remarks, the Commissioner for Education, Kastina State, Dr. Badamasi Lawal commended NCDMB for sponsoring the retraining of teachers in the state, noting that “it is remarkable that an agency that is based in Bayelsa State will come all the way to train teachers in Kastina.”

Lawal noted that students from the state recorded an improved performance in the last WAEC and NECO examinations, an indication that the NCDMB sponsored teachers retraining programme begun in 2018 was already making a positive impact.

 

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