The federal government has inducted 700 newly recruited teachers for Unity Schools nationwide.
The Ministry of Education inducted the teachers after an induction course for the teachers conducted by the National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration NIEPA)
The Punch reports that Sonny Echono who is the permanent secretary of the ministry said the essence of the course was to familiarise them with the ethics of their profession. He warned that any teacher engaging in misconduct during the probation will be fired.
He said: “Let me sound a note of caution that within your probation period of two years, any reported case of misconduct about anyone of you will lead to the immediate termination of your appointments in line with the public service rules. I like to remind you to be on your best conduct so as to become permanent workers.”
Prof. Lilian Salami who is the director general of NIEMA said the teachers would be trained in two batches.
He said: “Our objectives are, we want to empower these education officers in the areas of professional development and capacity building, where whatever they gain will cascade down to classroom management and communication skills.
“The training is not a one-time thing. We expect to give them on-the-job trainings and come back to assess them. Once we are done with this, we will begin to localise the trainings to their areas of specialisation and of needs.
“We have been collaborating with the ministry in several areas. Apart from the education officers, we have trained directors of education in leadership and communication. We assume that other newly deployed directors will call upon us to come and sharpen their skills.”
Meanwhile, Malam Adamu Adamu, the minister of education, promised adequate support for the security of lives and property of students of Federal Unity Colleges and other schools in Nigeria.
The minister gave this promise in Abuja on Monday, April 9, at the inauguration of the central planning committee on security education and awareness campaign for principals and teachers of federal government colleges, The Nation reports.
Adamu remarked that Nigeria had grown more insecure, especially owing to ethno-religious crisis and terrorism in the north, cultism and ritual killings in the south. He pointed out that what is most worrisome is that the educational institutions had become targets of terrorist activities
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