Ahead of the maiden National Conference of Registered Teachers coming up on Monday, the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) has stressed the need to devise more specific strategies that will promote learning in Nigerian schools.
This is just as the regulatory body revealed that at least 400,000 teachers and education practitioners have registered to participate in the conference.
Speaking while addressing a news conference in Abuja Registrar/Chief Executive of the TRCN Prof. Olusegun Josiah Ajiboye, noted that with the outbreak of COVID-19, the education sector in the country was faced with the stark reality of online learning as teachers were not equipped with the requisite skills to meet up with the required standard.
He said that the online conference of teachers coming up on January 26, 2021, with the theme: ‘Teaching and learning in the context of COVID-19 and other emergencies: Implications for teachers professional development’ was apt as teachers will be equipped with the knowledge to manage children in times of pandemic outbreak.
He said: “COVID-19 outbreak came with a lot of challenges in the education system and all the other aspects of human lives not only in Nigeria but across the globe.
” Although the states and other educational practices adopted different strategies to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the sector, including through the use of digital technology, we faced the stark reality of lack of internet connectivity and devices for online learning as well as lack of requisite skills by teachers.
” In private schools, many teachers faced uncertainties regarding their employment and wages. Some teachers were under pressure to deliver learning and support their learners whereas they equally needed socio-emotional support.
“There is, therefore, the need to examine the fallout of the pandemic and prepare teachers to build back better in order to save future emergency. We must also devise more context-specific strategies that promote learning for all rather than widening the gaps against disadvantaged populations”.
The TRCN boss further disclosed that the conference which will be declared open by the minister of education, Mallam Adamu Adamu will provide for registered teachers to share experiences as well as learn from experts.
He added that the conference which is supported by The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) regional office in Abuja, will attract various resource persons including Ms. Folawe Omikunle of Teach for Nigeria, Prof Wale Olatukun, a former winner of Maltina Teacher of the Year, among several others.