ABU trains 500 teachers on school management

Pupils in a classroom with their teacher at the Tsangaya Model Primary School, Ganduje

The Institute of Education, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, on Monday began a five-day training to develop the managerial capacities of 500 head teachers and other officials on basic education in Kaduna State.

Tijjani Abdullahi, the Executive Chairman of the Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board, in his address, said that the training was funded by the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC).

Mr. Abdullahi, represented by the Director of School Services, Aliyu Idris, said that the trainings were taking place simultaneously in Zaria, Kaduna and Kafanchan.

He said the goal is to equip the head teachers with the necessary skills for effective and efficient management of basic education in the state.

“This is part of Gov. Nasri El-Rufai-led administration’s efforts to improve the quality of education delivery at the basic level which is critical to the educational development of the state.

“We have over 30,000 teachers and head teachers in basic schools and we will continue to train and retrain them to keep tab with the best practices for quality teaching and learning,” Mr. Abdullahi said.

He identified other participants attending the training to include: School support officers and the officials of Kaduna SUBEB, the Ministry of Education and the Kaduna State Schools Quality Assurance Authority.

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Director of the Institute of Education, Mr Bashir Maina, said that the training, organised by the institute and funded by UBEC, is to equip the head teachers with the needed skills that would make them deliver the best in the state’s primary schools.

“The training will, among other things, address the goals, objectives and policy framework of basic education, principles and functions of educational management and the roles of leadership in school effectiveness.

“Other areas include: personnel management, management of records in schools, financial management, monitoring school effectiveness and school governance and stakeholder’s management,” Mr. Maina said.

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