The National Universities Commission (NUC) has warned prospective students not to enroll in the degree and postgraduate diploma in education programmes by the Kaduna-based National Teachers Institute (NTI) as the programmes are illegal.
This warning is contained in a statement signed by the Director, Information and Public Relations of the Commission, Mr Ibrahim Yakasai.
He said that the institute has persistently ignored advice by the commission to abstain from mounting degree programmes as the institute lacks the necessary approval for affiliation with any university.
The statement adds that degree and post graduate diploma certificates obtained from the NTI will not be recognized for the purposes of employment, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and further studies.
The National Teachers’ Institute (NTI) has identified inadequate financial support by states and local governments towards the continuous professional training of their teachers, as being responsible for the poor performance of teachers in public schools across Nigeria.
The Director-General of the institute, Dr. Aminu Sharehu, expressed sadness over poor remuneration being received by Nigerian teachers, which he noted is totally unacceptable if Nigeria must make progress in the education sector.
Dr Sharehu made this disclosure during the 4th combined convocation ceremony of the institute.
He said the welfare of teachers in Nigeria, especially when compared to other professionals like nurses, doctors and lawyers, was discouraging and should be improved in order to get the best from them.
On his part, the Governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai, affirmed his administration’s commitment and willingness to partner with the institute, to organise a continuous professional development programme for teachers in the state.
The governor, who was represented by a Senior Director in the state Ministry of Education, said his administration has recruited a total of 2,500 additional teachers at all levels of education, in order to breach the gap created by shortage of teachers, especially in science subjects in public primary and secondary schools.
Also, a former Minister of Education, Professor Rukayyatu Rufai, noted that many people run away from the teaching profession because of the poor incentives attached to it. She appealed to the government at all levels to accord education a top priority.
Some of the graduating students expressed excitement of having successfully completed their academic programme from the institute and the beginning of their journey into the teaching profession.
The National Teachers’ Institute (NTI), has matriculated 35,000 fresh students into its various programmes.
Addressing the new students on Saturday during their matriculation ceremony at the institute’s headquarters in Kaduna, North West Nigeria, the Director-General of NTI, Aminu Ladan Sharehu, reiterated the commitment of the institute to offer qualitative training and retraining of teachers across the country whenever the need arises, especially on new teaching techniques.
Mr Sharehu urged the students to make use of the various programmes and courses offered by the institute to upgrade their intellectual capacity.
In his goodwill message, the guest speaker, Professor Thomas Adeyanju commended the NTI for its contribution in producing qualitative teachers in the country and also sticking to its academic calendar without any disruption.
Professor Adeyanju also advised the students to imbibe the spirit of quality and hard work if they must excel.
Some of the students expressed happiness for their admission and promised to put in their best in order to come out with good results.
A total of 11,000 Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) students, 9,000 Bachelors Degree and 15,000 National Certificate in Education (NCE) students were inducted for the 2015 academic session.
Established in 1976, the National Teachers Institute, among other things, is saddled with the responsibility of providing in-service education for teachers, through the Distance Learning System (DSL).
It also conducts capacity building for teachers to upgrade their knowledge and skills while in service.
Governor Muhktar Yero’s administration in Kaduna State says it has created over 14,000 jobs and spent over N17 Billion for the payment of pensions and gratuity since inception in 2012.
Addressing a news conference in Kaduna, Spokesman for the Governor, Ahmed Maiyaki said that the measure was in fulfillment of the promise by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) government to provide more jobs in the state.
He stated that 2,000 graduates had been trained under the Subsidy Re-investment Programme (SURE-P) while 1,000 youths were trained and empowered in small scale businesses by the state government in partnership with the Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SEMDAN).
Mr Maiyaki also disclosed that the Yero administration has initiated a special intervention in the education sector which informed the recruitment of over 1,800 primary and secondary school teachers and another 2,000 academic and nonacademic staff spread across all the state owned tertiary institutions.
He also explained that 10,000 teachers were undergoing training at the National Teachers Institute (NTI), aimed at building their capacity for optimal result.
Another measure which Maiyaki said the State Government has adopted in creating employment and generating revenue, is the re-opening of the Ikara Food Processing Factory which was shut down for over 25 years, while the State Government plan to revive the Kachia Ginger Company and Zaria Pharmaceuticals Company under a private partnership arrangement.
While stating that over 187 schools have been constructed by the Yero administration in the state, Mr Maiyaki told reporters that civil servants are paid their salaries every month while promotion and payment of leave grants and other allowances are also paid regularly.
Ahead of the bye-elections in Adamawa State in October, some governorship aspirants contesting on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), including a former opposition party presidential candidate, Malam Nuhu Ribadu, have returned their nomination forms to the party’s headquarters in Abuja.
Other aspirants who returned their forms include the Acting Governor of the state, Amadu Fintiri, the Executive Secretary of National Teachers Institute/Universal Basic Education, Muhammad Modibo, and son of the former National Leader of the People’s Democratic Party, Awwal Tukur.
According to the report, the PDP has scheduled September 6 to hold the governorship primaries ahead of the Adamawa State bye-election that has been slated for October 11 this year.
Fourteen aspirants of the party are contesting in the primary election that is expected to produce a candidate who may replace Murtala Nyako who was impeached from office in July.
However, considering the influence that each of the aspirants has in the state, National Organising Secretary for the Party, Abubakar Mustapha, advised aspirants to be peaceful and abide by party laws.
The advice, however, may not hold water, as aspirants have mixed opinions on issues involving zoning, consensus candidate and new entrants to the party.
Over 900 state delegates are expected to participate during the party’s primaries in September.
Although party leadership has promised a free, fair and credible primaries in the state, the results, actions and approach of politicians on September 6, would mean a lot for the party ahead of the 2015 general elections.
The first sets of Diploma holders recently engaged by the Yobe State Government under the Youth Empowerment Programme have started benefiting from the empowerment programme as the state government paid their monthly allowance of N15, ooo.
Speaking to journalists at the payment point in Damaturu, the Yobe state capital, the Chairman of the committee responsible for the programme, Kati Machina confirmed that 6, 751 youth are currently being paid their November allowance and also urged them to use their resources in gainful ventures.
The chairman, who commended the state government over this move, said it will go a long way in reducing youth restiveness in the state.
The State Head of Service, Dauda Yahaya said 4, 000 youth, who will be engaged in impacting knowledge to primary school pupils, have been drafted to the National Teachers Institute (NTI) to give the applicants the rudiments of teaching as it relates to primary education.
He said 400 of these youth will also be deployed to hospitals across the state to assists in the general administration pointing out that their services will impact positively on the society.
Mr Yahaya however expressed sadness that some already employed youth were recruited in the exercise stressing that the committee is carrying out a screening exercise that will fish out the culprits.
The Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) has threatened not to resume the new 2012/2013 academic session in September, if the Federal Government does not implement the 27.5 percent Teachers Peculiar Allowance.
Speaking at a meeting with the Minister of Education, Ruqayyatu Rufai, the president of the NUT, Michael Olukoya said that the government had reneged on its promise since the 6th of August 2008, when the matter was resolved.
The NUT president also raised other issues including the long-standing dispute between the NUT and the National Teachers Institute (NTI).
The teachers accused the NTI of short-changing them through the 2011 Millennium Development Goals training programme organised nationwide.
The Minister of Education admitted that there were several lapses from the Federal Government and promised to address issues of welfare packages to prevent a breakdown in the nation’s education system.