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Enugu State Govt trains 250 principals on modern teaching techniques



The Enugu State Commissioner for Education, Professor Uche Eze, says government will continue to build the capacity of school principals for better performance.

Prof. Eze stated this on Tuesday during a training for 250 school principals organised by the Post Primary Schools Management Board (PPSMB) in conjunction with the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) held in Enugu.

He noted that the capacity building was a deliberate effort by government to ensure that school administrators were trained on modern trend in the area of teaching, which would in turn improve the quality of education in the state.

The Commissioner charged the participants to put into practice what they learnt, aimed at improving their skills, adding that they would be trained regularly to improve their performances.

“Because we can’t bring all the teachers in Enugu state together in a place, we have decided to bring the principals, who are leaders in their various schools. By the time we equip them or come up with relevant skills and strategies that will help for efficiency, it will be their responsibilities to take that back to their schools.

“And those of us at the headquarters, who are the supervisors of what is happening will from time to time visit the schools to see if they are actually implementing those things they have learnt”, Eze added.

One of the training facilitators, Air Vice Marshal Uche Nwagwu, expressed satisfaction with the number of participants at the training as well as their attention, describing it as incredible.

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He noted that training workshop was a clear indication that the state government was giving education the needed attention, and urged them to sustain the tempo.

Air Vice Marshal Nwagwu however appealed to the state government to extend such training to teachers in primary schools, considering their role in formative years of children.

“I think the state government should encourage this type of workshop not just at this level but even at that of teacher even to primary school level.
“This is because the ample of whatsoever you are having starts from basic education.

“Start this kind of training for teachers in Primary schools, getting to those at the Secondary School before addressing those at the territory”, the facilitator advised.

Also, the Director of Studies in NIPSS, Mrs. Oluwafunmilayo Para-Mallam, hinted that the workshop training for the school principals was key in sustaining quality of education in the state.

The Senior Special Adviser to the State Governor on Due Process and SERVICOM, Mr. Sylvanus Onoyima, while appreciating the PPSMB for organising the workshop, asked them to intensify monitoring in schools to ensure that they complied with the already set standard.

Earlier, the Permanent Secretary in PPSMB, Mrs. Favour Ugwuanyi, applauded the state government for providing necessary logistics for the training, and directed the school principals to reproduce the training in their schools after vacation.

“My advice to them (principals) is that they should go back after the vacation, replicate this workshop in their schools minimum of 3 or 4 days.

“They have all the details of this workshop, they will reproduce it in their schools.
“And you will see that teachers will be better teachers and the children, by the grace of God, will be changed children and we will have good youths in the state”, the permanent secretary directed.

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In an interview, one of the participants, and Principal of Idaw River Girls’ Secondary School, Mrs. Ethel Onoh, said the training had exposed her on how to become a better and effective leader in her school.

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