Written by Godfrey AKON

North-East teachers train on reading techniques

As part of efforts to improve the quality of basic education delivery, the Federal Government has embarked on training of primary school teachers in the North-East zone on teaching techniques in reading and comprehension.

The training, which is part of the capacity building initiative of the Federal Ministry of Education earlier held in five geo-political zones, is aimed at equipping teachers with the needed competencies for effective teaching of reading.

Permanent Secretary, federal ministry of education, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, who superintended over the training in Lafia, Nassarawa state, said the training was necessary as findings have shown that poor student performance in public examinations was linked to poor reading habits.

“It is imperative that we put in place a sound reading teacher education programme through training and retraining of teachers especially primary school teachers.

“This will aid in producing teachers who can impact positively on the learning achievements of our children and improve the school system,” she said.

Represented by Mrs. Christiana Ogbede, Yemi-Esan expressed confidence that the training would bring to bear performance-oriented teachers who will promote positive reading habits amongst the pupils.

Earlier, the Director of Education Planning, Research and Development in the ministry of education, Dr. Ebenezer Adeola, said the training was part of the campaign initiative aimed at checking the colossal failure of students in public examinations.

Adeola also said the training would empower teachers to deliver the kind of education that will prepare children for life in the 21st Century world which demands innovation, creativity and critical thinking skills.

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