BY HENRY TYOHEMBA, Abuja –
University of Abuja has concluded arrangement to impart communication skills to primary school teachers across the Federal Capital Territory and some states of federation in a move aimed at improving the quality of lesson delivery in primary schools.
Vice chancellor of the University, Professor Michael Umale Adikwu, who disclosed this said that a curriculum on the communication skills had already been developed by the Faculty of Education at the University and was just awaiting delivery to beneficiaries.
According to a statement signed and made available to newsmen in Abuja yesterday, by the deputy registrar, Information and Publication, Waziri Garba, says Adikwe, exchanging views with the chairman of the Abuja municipal area council, AMAC, Alhaji Abdullahi Adamu Candido, on Friday in Abuja, that studies by the University in the Federal Capital and some states in the federation had shown that most of the primary school teachers did not lack knowledge of teaching subjects but did not know how to impart the knowledge to the pupils leading to little understanding by the learners which is often inappropriately termed falling standard of education.
The vice-chancellor said that the communication skills curriculum which was developed in conjunction with a German scholar, Klaus Sterstorfer, a Professor of English, is set for pilot application in AMAC and Bwari Area Councils in the FCT where the authorities had indicated interest in the scheme adding that the Centre for Distance Learning and Continuing Education, and the Institute of Education of the University had started reaching out to some states of the federation for their participation in the scheme.
The Abuja municipal area council chairman, Alhaji Abdullahi Adamu Candido, praised the university’s scheme as exemplary and committed the council to supporting the proposal for the benefit of teachers and the education system in the area.
He charged staff of the council to leverage on the opportunities provided by the numerous educational programmes of the University of Abuja to fortify themselves against the modern challenges posed by the fast developing world driven by professionalism and specialised competencies.