Dr Shehu Usman-Muhammad, Kaduna State Commissioner for Education on
Wednesday said the state government has commenced transforming its
teachers from analogue to digital.
He made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria
(NAN) on the sideline of a transformation workshop organised for teachers in
NAN reports that the workshop was organised by the sate Ministry of
Education under GPE World Bank Programme to facilitate smooth movement
of teachers from analogue to digital.
Usman-Muhammad said: “The training workshop is intended to move our
teachers from their old analogue world to digital world.
“Our teachers are used to writing what they call lesson notes or lesson plan,
they will sit down and write introduction, content, time, summary, references
and come to the students and train them.
“Now, through these taking exercise, some intelligent people sat down to look
at all the content of the curriculum and developed the content, share with
others, went through critiquing and put the agreed content into a mini pad.”
According to him, the mini pad is going to be the resource material for every
teacher to be used to teach, assuring that it will lead to uniformity of teaching
across the state.
“This is because all teachers will be teaching the same thing, what somebody
in Zangon Kataf, in Makarfi, Sabo, Kudan and all other place is teaching, is the
same thing others will teach.
“And they are all teaching within the same time frame using the same
methodology and probably using the same teaching aids but they can improve
their local content if they have other better teaching materials around the
“This is intended to improve the quality of teaching in schools to reduce the
hardship on teachers, to make it easy, lively and very enjoyable,” he said.
Usman-Muhammad said that the first batch of the training was ongoing at
three different centres in Kaduna, Zaria and Zonkwa and assured continuation
of it in batches with a view to capturing all the teachers.
“Our intention in government is to continue the training in batches, after this
batch, another set will come gradually until we introduce all the teachers to
While appreciating the efforts of the facilitators for doing what he described as
a good job, the Commissioner also thanked the teachers for accepting the new
He observed that it was very difficult for people to accept something new, but
however, expressed satisfaction that the teachers had accepted the new
process and were putting it into practice.
The commissioner urged parents to also complement the efforts by asking
their wards on the impact of the new process.
On monitoring and evaluation, the Commissioner said they had a process to
monitor the teachers when teaching through a feedback mechanism from the
teachers and the parents.
“We have a process of getting feedback from the teachers, we have a process of
getting feedback from the parents too and these are going to be put together
when we come to review the validity, the efficacy, the efficiency of this process
that we have introduced.
“Our expectation from the teachers is very great, I have a lot of expectation
from them and I have told them that I want to see a difference in terms of
passing of exams, in terms of comprehension and understanding.
“I want to see it on the faces of the children and they have promised me that I
will see when I come back to do the monitoring in the next few months, ” he