NSSEC Seeks World Bank Intervention On Teachers’ Training

NSSEC Seeks World Bank Intervention On Teachers’ Training
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Chika Mefor-Nwachukwu

The Executive Secretary of National Senior Secondary Education Commission (NSSEC), Dr. Benjamin Abakpa has called for collaboration with World Bank in the area of training for senior secondary school teachers in the country.

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The Executive Secretary who stated this recently in his office when Adolescent Girls Initiative for Learning and Empowerment (AGILE) paid a working visit on him, revealed that the senior secondary school has a total of 35 trade subjects captured in the curriculum and some of the trade subjects have no instructor while some instructors are yet to be well trained in their various fields.

A statement issued on Thursday by the Head of Press and Public Relations unit in the Commission, Fatima Bappare, said Abakpa reiterated that, the mandate of NSSEC is to reposition senior secondary education that will meet societal and global needs, and in achieving this mandate, the retraining of senior secondary school teachers in their various trade subjects is paramount.

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He added that, no nation can attain greatness without embracing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET), and said that the Commission is working with the relevant agencies towards early teaching  and training of students on the trade subjects in all schools.

Speaking further, Abakpa also called on AGILE’S attention to some specific areas of interest, such as extending their work beyond the seven States and renovation of dilapidated buildings in Senior Secondary Schools, refurbishing of laboratories, and extending their services to accommodate a boy child education.

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In his response,  the leader of the delegation, Aisha Garba who stated that, AGILE is a World Bank project with a particular focus on improving secondary education opportunities for adolescent girls aged between 10-20 with duration of five years to accomplish its mandate, however she said, as a gender based Project, it will also be considering the adolescent boys.

Aisha further revealed that, World Bank has other projects that are ongoing in some other States which focused on renovations of school buildings and monitoring of learning achievement in schools.

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She then reiterated that World Bank cannot work on all the projects in Education sector, but can only compliment the effort of the government in rendering quality education to its citizens.

Aljazirahnews


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