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Published On: Mon, Nov 17th, 2014

Nigeria only W/African country with Open University – Prof. Tenebe

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national-open-university-of-nigeria-noun-logoFrom Mohammed Ibrahim, Kaduna

Nigeria is the only country in West Africa with a National Teachers Institute (NTI), a National Open University (NOUN), and the concept of open and distance learning (ODL) as operated by the institution is aiding in eliminating illiteracy and breeding qualitative professional teachers, Professor Vincent Ado Tenebe, Vice Chancellor of NOUN has said.

He made this disclosure at the 3rd NTI convocation lecture, while delivering a paper titled: “The Development of ODL and the Integration of Competency Skills in Teacher Education Curriculum in Nigeria”, on Friday.

Tenebe said ODL is vital to all teacher training institutions for quality teacher production. He stressed that a teacher must learn ahead of the student in order to avoid being challenged and unnecessary confrontation. He asserted that a teacher must be given all the needed privileges in order to give his best to the society.

The Vice-Chancellor frowned at the situation where candidates with lesser JAMB scores are always sent to teacher training tertiary institutions while those seen to be the brightest are sent to conventional universities.

He stated that such practice is setting a doom for the nation as no nation grows above its teachers. If Nigerian is to attain greatness as majority crave, the best of brains and hands must be sent to the teaching profession.

Earlier in his address, the Director-General and Chief Executive, Dr Aminu Ladan Sharehu (Mutawallin Zazzau) said training and retraining of teachers is a must and remain their goal in order to give the nation and beyond improved and quality teachers at various levels.

Also speaking, the Chairman of NTI Governing Council, Alhaji Ali Sa’ad Birnin Kudu said the NTI has wholeheartedly pursued its vision and mission of providing course of instructions leading to the development, upgrading and certification of teachers as specified in the relevant syllabuses using distance education techniques.

Minister of Education, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau in his address urged the institution to sustain the giants strides recorded so far in the interest of the nation.

Represented by the Minister of State, Education, Professor Viola Onwuliri, Shekarau said government-owned tertiary institutions does not have the capacity to admit all that seek to be admitted into them. This, he said led to the approval for the establishment of more universities across the nation.

Delivering an opening remark, the Chairman of the institution’s Governing Council, Alhaji Ali Sa’ad Birnin Kudu said since assuming the mantle of leadership, the management of the institution has recorded a great achievement. He urged the graduands to be good ambassadors of the institution.

Earlier in his welcome address, the NTI D-G and Chief Executive, Dr Sharehu revealed that 86, 701 graduands with certificates in Post-Graduate Diploma in Education, National Certificate of Education and Advance Diploma in Education consisting of 37,255, 19,300 and 146 respectively were awarded.

He however applauded the role of development partners, consultants in ensuring the success of his management and assured of continuous support.

The convocation was attended by people from across the nation and from all walks of life.


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