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Ogun Napps Sharpens Teachers’ Skill

Posted: Jul 29, 2015 at 1:10 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Yemi Adebisi  – Lagos


In a bid to improve the quality of education in the country, the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), Obafemi Owode Zone, Ogun State, organised a one-day seminar for teachers in private schools recently titled, “Nationwide Capacity Building Exercise for Private Teachers”.

Participants at the seminar

Participants at the seminar

Held at Transformation International Schools, Mowe, Ogun State, the training session was handled by Centre for Educational Development, an expert in educational development, curriculum evaluation and capacity building services based in Lagos.

The Zonal Educational Committee of NAPPS headed by Mrs. Olubanke Kobiti-Lambo arrived at the decision to organise the workshop with the aim of improving educational standards within the zone and updating academic deftness of the untrained teachers. Attended by no fewer than 1000 teachers across the zone, the seminar ended with credible results as participants testified to the invaluable discoveries made during the session.

Kobiti-Lambo said the committee was committed to this task to cross breed enriching ideas across the tutors so that the end product, (the students) could competitively relate with their peers in government owned schools  because their teachers enjoy such opportunity periodically.

“The rate at which untrained teachers are finding their way into private schools is quite alarming. Most of these graduaduates, instead of roaming round the street, constituting nuisance and adding to the unemployment statistics of the country are being engaged by private school owners. Some of them were discovered to be proactively skillful and their values have really counted.

However, since they were not formally trained, they are limited. You cannot give what you don’t have. That is why we think we should organise this seminar so as to bridge such a gap and make them more useful in the classroom,” she said.

In his plight, a committee member, Ayodele Isibor said periodic seminars of such status would give the teachers the opportunity to have a sense of belonging.

“New skills and innovations have been introduced into the school curriculum. Phonetics, Montessori rules and other details are some of the aspects of education that these teachers need to know. With this training, they would be equipped to deliver as expected, a standard that would be enviable nationwide,” he said.

He however warned that players of educational sector in the country should encourage private school owners in the area of leveling of tariffs and other taxes on them. He argued that the school owners are faced with diverse challenges, ranging from payment of teachers, maintenance, government levies among others. He therefore solicited for reduction in tariffs as well as carrying the private schools, along with other issues that could be of benefit to them accordingly.

A proprietress and one of the leading experts in the zone, Mrs. Adeboye O.T. advocated for compulsory girl-child education in the northern part of the country. She also advised the Buhari-led government to involve more women in his cabinet to encourage the women fold. She lamented how the fold had been marginalised in the past with its consequences.

Adeboye also warned that experienced experts should be put in the right offices in order to move the country forward.

Coordinator of Mowe unit, NAPPS, Komolafe Oluwatoyin who was also the host, appealed to government to make education, a priority as declared during the campaign for election. He felt that any government that fails to support the educational growth at all levels may not survive in Nigeria.

In the curriculum for seminars, teachers are advised to first win the hearts of their pupils before venturing into teaching. “Until you have won their hearts, you can’t win their ears. To win your pupils hearts you must befriend them,” it read.

Teachers were requested to determine their objective; know their receivers; plan the communication; prepare themselves; maintain concentration and employ feedback.

Enumerating the general qualities in modern teaching techniques, the curriculum recommended that teachers should be highly knowledgeable and up to date in his/her subject area but should not pretend to know it all. He should also exhibit the ability to explain and describe things clearly. A teacher should encourage his/her students to think, to make connections, to practice and reinforce, to learn from other learners and to feel that if they make mistakes, they will not be ridiculed. It also said that teachers are expected to promote students’ participation through questioning, discussions and group activities.

The followings were also recommended as modern teaching methods: lecture method; discussion method; demonstration method; dramatization method; field trip method; case studies; problem-solving sessions; role playing and simulations. Others are team projects, audio visual methods; computer aided instruction methods; collaboration and hands on and hands off.

Other members of the committee are Boateng Lordson, Ishola Olanrewaju, Afolayan M.A, Lawal A.A and Giwa O. A.