Universal Basic Education Commission, Abuja in a bid to ensure that the 2017/2018 school based/cluster based trainings are conducted properly organized a 2-day meeting from January 28-29, 2020 with SUBEBs and Training institutions engaged in 2017/2018 TDP workshops.
In his welcoming address, Executive Chairman of Nassarawa State Universal Basic Education Board (NSUBEB) appreciated UBEC management for choosing Nassarawa SUBEB as host for such a crucial meeting of education stakeholders and also giving him the opportunity to address the gathering. While recognizing the avenue for fraternity among Desk Officers from the various States the meeting provides the Chairman said, “the solid aim of this meeting is to give premium importance to education development and to have an update on the implementation of the 2017/2018 Teacher Professional Programme across the States of the federation”. He further urged the various desk officers to fully participate in order to derive the benefits of the gathering aimed at adding value to the foundation of education in our country.
Speaking at the occasion, representative of the Executive Secretary Universal Basic Education Commission, Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, reiterated that the effective and successful implementation of the 2017/2018 TPD depends on all and sundry. According to him, ensuring efficiency and improved learning outcomes are pivotal and can only be achieved when the TPD programmes are effectively coordinated.
National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA), Ondo in its presentation at the 3-day event by its Ag. Director General, Professor Olatoun Akinsolu who was represented by Ag. Head Training department, Dr. Sunday Adegbesan, dissected the problems in the education sector to include lack of adequate capacity building of education sector workers. Dr. Adegbesan bemoaned the practice in some quarters in the education industry, of hiring persons who do not have knowledge of our education system and intricacies but practice in that system. The promotion of these unsubstantiated methods by quacks who have not received formally recognised training or registered with any government regulatory body, operate outside of the purview of regulation, Adegbesan said.
According to the Director General’s representative, building confident children (our future), touching on the people and touching on the system and the entire larger society with the core value of imparting skills, knowledge and attitudinal change are the three anticipated results of Teacher Professional Development programme.
Other agencies, parastatals and International Development Partners of Federal Ministry of Education that featured at the meet include: Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), National Techers Institute (NTI), Cambridge education, NEI+, British council, TaRL, UNICEF, NIEPA and TRCN. Experience sharing on Teacher Professional Development to include presentation on effective implementation of school governance/leadership training were extensively discussed. The meeting also highlighted the reviewed UBEC TPD Guidelines and how to conduct effective activity based training, UBEC school based/cluster based model of training.