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NTI Has Trained over 5000 Teachers in Ebonyi in Past 9 Years -State Coordinator

The National Teachers Institute NTI friday said it has trained not less than 5000 (five thousand) teachers in Ebonyi state in the past nine years.

NTICoordinator of the institute in the state, Mr Mroko  Okpara, disclosed this  to newsmen in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi state capital.

The teachers according to him, benefitted from different programmes, including post-graduate diploma in Education.

He said the institute has been repositioned and adequately equipped with the needed human and material resources for the advancement of teachers education in Nigeria.

His words: “Through a well coordinated and structured administration, the institute has excelled in developing highly qualified teaching staff for the nation’s educational system, especially the basic education.

“The institute uses course facilitators drawn from Faculties of Education in Nigerian universities, to drive teaching and learning process.

Continuing, “Our programmes include; National Certificate in Education, Advance Diploma in Education as well as Post Graduate Diploma in Education,”he disclosed.

The coordinator, further explained that the aforementioned academic programmes were aimed at enhancing and upgrading the competence of the Nigerian teachers, for improved service delivery.

He said “All our academic programmes are approved by the National Council on Education, the highest policy-making body in education in Nigeria,’’

NTI he said, had recorded success in its quest towards enthroning qualitative teacher-education, and therefore appealed to the Governor Martin Elechi, led administration in the state to assist the institute in its drive to enhance the quality of teaching in the area.

Okpara however, described education as the foundation for individual and national development, saying it remains the only means to attain self actualization.

“Education is a foundation for a solid and long lasting development, and teachers are needed to engineer this role.

“I call on state governments to collaborate with the institute in its drive to train first-class teachers that will pilot our teaching activities in primary and secondary schools,”he urged.

African Examiner reports that NTI was established in 1978 by the federal government with the sole aim of training teachers through distant learning programmes, and had since then, be making serious impact in the education sector in Nigeria.

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