By LAIDE AKINBOADE-ORIERE
Abuja – The Vice Chancellor, National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN, Professor Abdalla Adamu, has identified Open and Distance Learning, ODL, as the key to address the challenges of shortage and quality of teachers in Nigeria’s Education sector.
The VC stated this in Abuja, at the Faculty of Education, FOE, 1st public lecture, organised by NOUN, in Abuja.
He said ODL is the solution to teachers who are not opportune to go to school especially those teaching in difficult circumstances, like Northeast.
Titled ‘Retooling Pre-Service and In-Service Teacher Education Through Open and Distance Learning in Nigeria’, by the guest lecturer, Professor Gidado Tahir of Department of Educational Management, University of Abuja, Abuja.
According to him, “What it implies is that we have lots of people who want to be a teacher and we have lot of institutions who can train them.
“Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria , TRCN, came up with a brilliant idea that if you want to teach, you must have the certificate. Teaching shouldn’t be a last result for all but it should be a process.
“There are lots of people that are in rural areas that want to be trained as teachers but they are locked up in their homes and villages. But with ODL they can stay in their homes and villages and acquire the qualification and be able to hold their heads high.
“ODL provide a way out to many of our teachers who are not opportune to go to school and acquire qualification especially people that are teaching in difficult circumstances who doesn’t have the opportunity or peace of mind to go to school. They can now avail themselves to go to ODL. They will become a better person and a better teacher”.
Responding to the National Universities Commission, NUC, saying National Teachers Institute, NTI, awarding degrees are not acceptable, he said they already had a meeting with NUC and it being resolved.
The guest lecturer in his lecture said education is the only key to peaceful coexistence.
“Crisis around the teacher in the Nigerian context is more than that of their training and development, although they are significant in the overall teacher factor in nation building. Other issues impinge directly on their lives, namely poor working condition, poor remuneration, endemic corruption within the larger system where money exchange hands in their process of recruitment, posting, transfer, promotion and even selection to participate inset programs.
“It was argued that in the light of UBE policy and the need to grow teacher quality and quantity the use of ODL cannot be procrastinated, more so when new information and communication technologies and open resources are integrated within the training loop”, he said.