Baze University has commended the effort of the Niger State government in revamping teacher education in the state.
According to a statement sent to EduCeleb.com and signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Jibrin Baba Ndace, the University also donated N10 Million to boost efforts of the Governor Abubakar Sani-Bello led government in that direction.
Mr Ndace said the Abuja-based private university made the donation by issuing a cheque and a covering letter to the state governor personally signed by the Pro-Chancellor of the university, Senator Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed dated 8th January, 2018.
In the one page letter titled, “Our Support for Teachers Training in Niger State”, the university said the donation was in fulfilment of the institution’s promise to support the teachers training programme initiated by Gov. Sani-Bello’s administration.
The letter reads in part, ”with pleasure and gratitude I submit herewith our cheque of N10 million in favour of Niger State government to fulfil our earlier promise on the above subject accordingly”.
Assuring the people of the state the continued support of the university towards the implementation of teachers training programme, Senator Baba-Ahmed said in the letter, “Your Excellency, be assured of my continued support and highest regards and best wishes”.
Mr Ndace noted that it was because Mr Sani-Bello was disturbed by the fall in teaching standard in public schools in the state and the attendant lack of years of retraining exercise for teachers that he reintroduced the teachers training programme. This led to the establishment of three colleges all christened the Teachers Professional Development Institute (TPDI) with one in each geo-political zones of the state.
The adminstration in collaboration with the Cambridge University, United Kingdom had earlier reviewed the teacher’s training curriculum with a view to engaging teachers in refresher courses.
Equally, a committee headed by Hajiya Dije Bala was set up by the state government to midwife the teachers training programme . The programme has so far taken off with students selected from each of the 274 wards in the state.