FG Seeks World Bank Support For Teacher Training In 35 Business Subjects | The Guardian Nigeria News
Concerned about the skills gap in the country, the federal government requested the collaboration of the World Bank to improve the skills of upper secondary teachers.
The Executive Secretary of the National Commission for Upper Secondary Education (NSSEC), Dr Benjamin Abakpa, made the appeal in Abuja during a courtesy visit to him by the Adolescent Girls Initiative for Learning and Empowerment (AGILE), directed by Aisha Garba.
He revealed that the high school has a total of 35 business subjects enrolled in the curriculum, with some subjects having no instructors or having instructors who are not yet well trained in their fields.
The Commission’s press and public relations official Fatima Bappare in a statement in Abuja yesterday quoted Abakpa as saying that the mandate of NSSEC is “to reposition upper secondary education to meet societal and global needs.” And in carrying out this mandate, retraining upper secondary teachers in their various professional subjects is essential.
He said, âNo nation can achieve greatness without embracing science, technology, engineering, mathematics, vocational education and training. The Commission works with relevant agencies for early education and training of students in business subjects in all upper secondary schools.
He also drew the attention of AGILE, a World Bank project, to some specific areas of interest, such as “extending their work beyond the seven states, renovating dilapidated buildings in schools upper secondary schools, the renovation of laboratories and the extension of services to accommodate boys’ education.
Garba explained that AGILE has a particular focus on improving secondary education opportunities for adolescent girls aged 10 to 20 with a five-year term to fulfill its mandate.
She said that as a gender-based project it will also take into account teenage boys.
Garba said the World Bank has projects underway in some other states, focusing on renovating school buildings and monitoring learning.
The World Bank cannot work on all education sector projects, she said, adding that it can only complement government efforts to provide quality education to citizens.