Nigeria to address shortage of qualified English, Maths teachers – Wike

The result of the NMC 2013 survey  shows that the ratio of mathematics teachers to students in the country is 1: 350.


The Supervisory Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike, on Monday gave the assurance that the Federal Government would address the challenge of shortage of qualified English and Mathematics teachers in the country.

Mr. Wike gave the assurance at the opening of the 2014 Capacity Building Workshop for teachers of Mathematics and English language held at the National Mathematical Centre (NMC) at Sheda in Kwali, Abuja.

The result of the NMC 2013 survey shows that the ratio of mathematics teachers to students in the country is 1: 350.

Mr. Wike, who described the ratio as unacceptable, called for commitment by mathematics and English teachers in federal unity colleges. He said the Federal Ministry of Education organised the workshop for mathematics and English teachers in federal unity colleges using inclusive education approach.

“I expect that at the end of this workshop, every participant will be adequately equipped to cascade the skill and competencies acquired to their colleagues,’’ he said.

Mr. Wike said the ministry had continued to enhance the quality of teachers in Federal Government colleges through capacity building and developmental programmes. He said the ministry considered “numeracy and literacy” as critical to students’ success, adding that it adopted inclusive approach for the workshop to teach teachers how to help them to gain knowledge.

He said the workshop was organised to improve teaching skills and competences of mathematics and English language teachers.

In an address, the Director, NMC, Adewale Solarin, described the programme as timely as students’ poor performance in the two subjects had been discouraging.

“It is an open secret that there is a shortage of qualified English and mathematics teachers in the country,’’ he said.
According to Mr. Solarin, a professor, acquiring the right skill through training is crucial to improving the teaching and learning of the two subjects.



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  • John green

    The most wrong guy for the job, solve the problems of COASU/POLY first before you can tell us about any lastest development you have. I can see why they call you a dog in river state because the imfluence and knowledge you thought you have is not there, I cannot imagine the kind of lesson a person like you will give your children at home and we all know that the children will not even be at home. So, it’s not confusing to us all that u’v missed it. We don’t expect less since the man that out to nominate you didn’t even have time, he gave the job to the madam at the aso rock who even find it hard to speak a good english. It’s a bad omen for the nation and very bad idea for anyone who may think that wike is doing the right job here. Because until you have someone in the shoe, you will now be able to know that he failed. People who tried to even help themselves for polytechnic or NCE because they have no parent again or their sponsore are no more, theier faith hangs in the balance now for allowing a confused wike to take charge of the education sector. We can only pray for a change in this country before GEJ and his confused boys bring down this country.. Change is sure comes 2015

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