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Federal Government To Prioritize Teachers Development

All (CSACEFA), an NGO, has urged the Federal Government to focus on prioritising teachers development in its agenda to improve the education sector. Miss Chioma Osuji, the Policy Advisor of the organisation, made the call when she spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja.

Osuji said that teacher training was essential to the growth and development of students as well as in ensuring a better future for education in the country. She noted that the absence of capacity on the part of teachers is affecting the development of education, particularly at the basic level, where there was a scarcity of qualified and motivated teachers.

In many rural communities in Nigeria, we have the problem of inefficient teachers teaching the children and that will surely result in poor learning outcomes for students, and if we don't get it right with the teachers, we can't get it right with our students. For instance; we do not have trained personnel in the Early Childhood Education Scheme; what we have are nannies; so teachers development should be paramount in this administration's agenda.

Osuji said that a recent assessment by the Department for International Development (DFID) on teachers in Nigeria showed that most of them could neither read nor write. She also beckoned on the federal Government to concentrate on infrastructural development for schools and the provision of adequate data management system for proper planning and implementation of projects. She said that adequate accountability mechanisms should be put in place to tackle corruption in the sector.

She said that without proper accountability, any fund channeled to the sector would be mismanaged. No matter the amount of money you spend in regard to educational development, if there is no accountability, corruption will creep in and nothing will be achieved. The policy advisor also urged governments to include all relevant stakeholders such as parent, youths and community members in the decision making process of the sector, for effective development.

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