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Teachers’ Capacity Building , Designed  To Enhance Efficiency In Service Delivery –Ukah 

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Patrick Ukah - Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education

By Magnus Emuji
Delta State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Mr. Patrick Ukah, has said that consistent capacity building initiative for teachers, especially in current teaching and learning processes  is designed to  enhance efficiency in  service delivery.

Ukah, stated that this in Asaba while declaring open, a five- day training programme on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), for 25 primary school teachers selected from each of the 25 Local Government Areas in  the state organised by the National Teachers Institute.

He enumerated areas of focus of the training to include Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Language and Communication Skills, Effective Classroom Management Skills and Basic Teaching Methods and Techniques.

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The Basic and Secondary Commissioner, who noted that the 2030 SDGs vision 4 identified education as the cornerstone of development to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all, described education as vitai to the development of any society.

Represented  by Special Assistant, Mr. Felix Ideh, the Commissioner said that SDGs target in 2030 was to ensure that all girls and boys completed free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education.
While saying that in recognising the importance of education, the State Government  organised a two-day Education Summit to x-ray  challenges and proffer  solutions to education in the state, Mr. Ukah said that some of the resolutions of the summit was the professional development of teachers through training and retraining, curriculum revision/enrichment and the production of new schemes of work based on new national curriculum for basic and post basic levels.

In her welcome address, the State Coordinator of National Teachers Institute, Mrs. Ifeoma Aniegbunem said that the training was  organised by her welcome address, said that the initiative was  aimed at providing the teachers with the needed capacity to excel in their teaching activities just as she maintained that there was the need for stakeholders to prioritise education.

She commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for continued efforts at repositioning the education sector, stressing that NTI was ready at all times to partner with the state to move the sector forward.
 In her  keynote address, the Rector, Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwuashi-Uku,  Prof(Mrs) Stella Chiemeke, who is one of the resource persons said that in modern times, effective teaching required that one embraced technological advancement and urged participants to take the training seriously as well as strive to impact on their colleagues who were not privileged to be selected.

Earlier in his remarks,the Director-General  , National Teachers Kaduna, Prof. Garba. Dahuwa  Azare,  who was represented by the South South Coordinator of the Institute , Mrs. C. E Ogbejele , commended the State for prioritising the education sector and for its robust stakeholders participation in the workshop, stated that the Institute was poised to improve the way teachers conducted themselves.

The DG said that there was need for paradigm shift from the traditional methods of teaching to technologically based approach.

Goodwill messages were received from SUBEB  and  NUT Delta State wing .

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