Lagos - The Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqayyatu Rufa’i, said in Lagos on
Friday that 40,000 teachers would be retrained under the Millennium
Development Goals (MDGs) capacity building programme before the end of
The minister said at the opening ceremony of a retraining workshop
that the teachers would be drawn from primary and junior secondary
She said that the capacity building workshops would be organised by National Teachers Institute.
The minister said the Federal Government was committed to improving
the quality of teaching and learning at the basic education level.
She said that teachers at the junior secondary level would be
trained on English Language, Mathematics, Social Studies, Basic
Science, Basic Technology and communication skills.
The minister restated the commitment of the Federal Government to accord great priority to education.
"Countries which have made the greatest progress in reducing poverty
in recent decades are those which have combined effective and equitable
investment in education with sound economic policies,’’ she said.
Rufa’i said that primary school teachers would be trained on ``basic
teaching methods, communication, management skills and Information
"The training will assist and equip teachers to acquire, develop and
refine their knowledge of subject matter and pedagogical skills for
effective performance in the classroom,’’ she said.
Dr Precious Gbenemol, the Senior Special Adviser to the President on
MDGs, said that 722,736 teachers had benefited from the programme
since its inception in 2006.
"In 2006, 141,144 teachers were trained; 156,592 in 2008; 120,000 in
2009; while 140,000 and 125,000 in 2010 and 2011 respectively and 40,000
in 2012,’’ she said.
Gov. Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, commended the Federal
Government for its continued effort to reposition the teaching
Represented by Mrs Olayinka Oladunjoye, the Commissioner for
Education, the governor said the capacity building workshops would
enhance the performance of teachers.
"I have no doubt that the workshops for teachers will go a long way
in refreshing the minds of our teachers and expose them to modern and
innovative methods of teaching,’’ he said.