By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Director General and Chief Executive, National Teachers’ Institute, (NTI), Professor Garba Dahuwa Azare has called on the Federal government to as a matter of urgency upgrade the institute to full time university of education by distance learning.
Professor Azare noted that the institute was established to train, retrain and certificate teachers at all levels, using distance learning techniques.
The NTI boss stated this when he received on courtesy call to his office on Thursday, executive members of the Kaduna State council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
He said the need to upgrade the institute to university has become necessary since its affiliation to other universities has increased the expenses of running the programme.
He also said that the affiliation has made the courses more expensive as well as out of reach of many prospective teachers.
He disclosed that 25,000 backlog certificates were recently released to those who passed out of the institute some years ago.
“So upgrading the institute to university will certainly enable many teachers to benefit from the training programmes, they will have more access and the courses will be cost effective and a pride place for teachers being the only single mode institution dedicated to teacher education in Nigeria
“We train Teachers all over the 36 States and the Federal Capital Territory. We also undertake what we call pivotal training of grade two teachers to NCE holders.
“We have collected a backlog of 25,000 PGDE certificates from Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto. The certificates have been dispatched to the graduands through our State offices.
“The institute has just completed development and installation of a brand new and robust results’ processing software based on the latest technology with a view to tracking results processing”. Professor Azare stated.