Old students train 55 teachers in Kwara

THE 1968 to 1972 sets of Oro Grammar School Old Students Association, Kwara, have trained no fewer than 55 teachers of the school on effective service delivery.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme for the training is “Training and Capacity Building: Panacea to National Development”.

The Resource person, Dr Nike Abdulsalam, re-emphasised the need for training and retraining of teachers in Nigeria.

She said the teachers must be periodically updated in order to be well acquainted with the latest information, skills and technology that are needed for teaching and learning profession.

She described the programme as a success and which must be continuum in order to improve the standard of education in Nigeria.

Abdulsalam lauded the vision of the association and described them as a shining example for other alumnus to emulate.

She opined that alumnus of other schools across the country in Nigeria should emulate them in order to move the education sector forward, reminding them that government alone cannot shoulder the responsibility. 

At the end of the workshop, certificates of attendance were awarded to participants.

The Board Chairman of the school, Prince Olajide Titiloye, recommended a model teachers’ professional development that provides great training, hands-on mentoring, and the provision of high-quality teaching materials and equipment.

He explained that teachers are expected to participate in 100 hours of professional development over five years, specifically 60 hours of training that combines both teaching practices  as well as subject matter contents.

Titiloye added that 40 hours in Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) should form the new model of group mentoring.

The board chairman, who is of the opinion that while teachers are still free to pursue any professional development opportunity in practice, said they should be encouraged through professional and other incentives to engage in teacher training that meets these requirements.

He noted that Oro Grammar School been the second oldest community turned public school should be given lead priorities in the proposed reforms by the Kwara State Government.

The training was organised as part of activities to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the graduation of the set.

The Chairman of the set, Mr Funsho Adedayo, said government cannot shoulder the responsibility of funding all activities of the education sector and asked other sets to complement their efforts. 

Adedayo also sought for the involvement of private sectors in form of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) from firms within and outside the state.

The 3-day training ended in Oro on Friday. (NAN)