The Role of National Teachers’ Institute in Improving the Capacity of Teacher Education in Nigeria

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Commonwealth of Learning (COL)

PCF10 Sub-theme: Promoting Equity and Inclusion // The quality of teaching and learning is of great concern to government and people of any community. The teacher is an important factor in creating an environment that will facilitate high quality learning achievement in schools. According to the National Policy on Education (2007), in recognition of the pivotal role of quality teachers in the provisions of quality education at all levels, teachers’ education shall continue to be emphasized in all educational planning and resources development. The National Teachers’ Institute (NTI), as a government parastatal, was not only set up to accomplish government’s vision of up grading the quality of her teachers, but has also pushed with vigour, various strategies and programmes for improving the quality of teachers through Continuing Professional Development. This paper seeks to describe the role of NTI in improving the capacity of teacher educators in Nigeria. The study adopted the use of two research questions, tested using mean, and two hypotheses also tested using Pearson Correlation and t-test statistics. A questionnaire designed with an internal consistency of 0.89 coefficient using Cronbach Alpha was administered to course tutors and students from six geopolitical zones of the country with a sample size of 120. The findings revealed that NTI contributes to quality education in the Nigeria. It was established that quality teacher professional development is the only channel for achieving educational goals (quality education) of Nigeria. The researchers recommends that a feedback mechanism be put in place by the government, policymakers and educational stakeholders to actualize implementation of educational policies on teacher education programmes. // Paper ID 9301

Teacher Education,Quality in Education,Capacity Building,Professional Development