News, Northern Bahr el-ghazal

Over 20 teachers sent for capacity training


By Hou Akot Hou


Northern Bahr El Ghazal State Ministry of General Education said it has sent at least 23 teachers for capacity-building training.

The state education authorities disclosed yesterday that they have dispatched 23 teachers early this week for capacity-building and leadership training opportunities both abroad and within the country.

Director General in the Ministry, Santino Bol Akot Nguel, revealed that out of the 23-teaching staff, only five will head for China to attain leadership training in order to capacitate them at the Ministry’s headquarters on managerial and personnel management.

“We have sent five to China, and they will be trained, particularly in leadership. This is meant to help us manage our workforce in the ministry,” said Bol.

He also underscored that the other 18 teaching staff drawn from the counties, especially the active teachers, were sent to the Rombur National Teachers Training Institute (NTTI) in Juba County, Equatoria State.

Rombur NTTI is similar to the ones in Maridi and Aweil TTI, both of which provide teaching skills or methodologies to enable the teachers to conduct their work professionally.

The plan to train the state teachers was conceived by the National Ministry of General Education and extended to the state level to select the teachers for those opportunities.

He also hinted that the education ministry is not reluctant to train teachers, as others allege that teachers are not well trained to deliver quality education.

“There are a lot of opportunities coming, and it is a matter of patience and time. The teaching staff in the field will get time and will be dispatched to attain mythologies such as how to do lesson plans, schemes of work, and how to have a child-centered teaching method. Bol lamented.

Despite the challenges that the Education Ministry is battling with to address the teachers’ concerns, which stem from a lack of training, one of them is the delay in payment of their arrears, which the government has to take action on.

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