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FCTA equipping principals, head teachers with 21st century skills - UBEB Chairman

Jul, 2021 | By Mohammed S. Lawal | ||

As leaders of educational institutions, principals and head teachers must be equipped with 21st century technical skills in education management and administration for better results to emerge. It was to this end that Federal Capital Territory Universal Basic Education Board (FCT UBEB) alongside National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA), Ondo, organized a five-day capacity building workshop with the theme 'Educational Management and Administration in 21st century' for 100 school managers in FCT.

The capacity building programme, for principals of Junior Secondary School (JSS) and head teachers of FCT UBEB schools, sought to bring them abreast of latest skills in education management and administration. Declaring the workshop open at a ceremony held at the FCT Education Resource Center last week, Acting Executive Chairman, FCT UBEB, Dr Alhassan Sule disclosed that the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC)-funded workshop will upscale teaching and learning activities in FCT schools.

According to him, the goal is to equip principals and head teachers with necessary skills for effective management of basic education in FCT. "We have so many principals and head teachers and we will continue to train and retrain them to keep tab with best practices in the 21st century", Dr Sule said. Also speaking on the event, Director General/Chief Executive Officer (DG/CEO), NIEPA, Professor Olivet Jagusah, listed capacity building, research and information dissemination as the core mandate of the institute.

Professor Jagusah, who was represented by the Head, Training and Research department, Dr. Sunday Adegbesan, explained that the training will not only ensure that principals and head teachers are in tandem with the requirements of educational administration in the new era, but also encourage them to work collectively by supporting, monitoring and evaluating teachers in the classroom.

The DG said: "Today's educational systems in Nigeria are largely incapable of helping most students develop the skills, knowledge and competencies needed to successfully confront the realities of our global times. "Confronting these issues with the required depth is not the sole responsibility of teachers but rather are the primary responsibility of those who manage education at all levels. "This workshop aims to begin to develop core competencies such as collaboration, digital literacy, critical thinking and problem solving that advocates believe that schools need to teach to help pupils and students thrive in today's world."

In her closing remarks, Director of Teacher Development Programme, FCT UBEB, Mrs. Jacqueline Amasike enjoined the invited principals and head teachers to take advantage of the programme by participating actively and punctually. She acknowledged the efforts of NIEPA over the years in the training and retraining of FCT UBEB workforce, expressing confidence that participants will immensely benefit from the knowledge and experience of NIEPA's resource persons.

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Unfurling a seven-leg package of measures, it said some of them were already in place from early May, 2021 when symptoms of the diarrheal disease surfaced, adding that this included the formation of Cholera Emergency Operation Centres.

Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, who received the delegation, expressed excitement about the project, saying that establishing the medical centre in Abuja will not only attract people seeking medical attention within the African continent.

The minister who gave the stop work order during an inspection tour of facilities at the primary healthcare centre, also revealed that the FCT Administration would set up a committee to ascertain the viability of the ongoing construction work to the primary healthcare centre.

In a move that will bring sunshine and joy to residents of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senate has passed the sum of N329, 963,491,523 billion as statutory budget for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) for the year 2021.


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