FG Develops New Teacher Education Curriculum0
The Federal Government on Wednesday said it had developed a new Teacher Education Curriculum in line with the current needs of the education system in the country.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqayyatu Rufa’i, told newsmen in Abuja that, the new curriculum for teachers was part of the four-year strategic plan for the development of the education sector.
“We recognise the importance of teachers in the quality of education delivery.
“It is one of the reasons that a framework on National Systems is being developed on Teacher Development Needs Assessment and Teacher Professional Development.
“This will help us to continually be aware of our teacher needs, fill the gaps and also enhance the professional development of our teachers,” she said.
Rufa’i said that Micro-Teaching Laboratories were also being constructed in 58 federal and state colleges of education at a cost of N11.6 billion to further enhance the quality of training for teachers.
She said that would go a long way in supporting the integration of modern technology in the teaching and learning process.
According to her, in the area of Continuing Professional Development, over 200,000 teachers and other education personnel participated in programmes to improve their skills and competency in the past year.
She said those included specialised programmes within Nigeria and overseas for teachers of Sciences, Mathematics and the English Language.
She said that, at the tertiary education levels, 6,840 academic staff in universities, polytechnics and colleges of education were benefiting from scholarship programmes within and outside Nigeria.
The minister said that, a total of 1,641 of those were studying outside Nigeria, adding that was meant to improve the number of lecturers with Ph.D. degrees.
She said that 100 graduates were the initial beneficiaries of the Presidential Scholarship for Innovation and Development.
The minister said that those beneficiaries had started their studies and that would go a long way to further enrich our academic communities.