From Noah Ebije, Kaduna
The National Teachers Institute (NTI), Kaduna, at the weekend formally inaugurated National Certificate of Education (NCE) Distance Learning Study Centre in the city.
Speaking at the inauguration and matriculation ceremony, which took place at Fezon school, Ungwan Pama study centre, the Director General (DG) and Chief Executive of NTI, Professor Musa Garba Maitafsir encouraged the students to take their study serious.
Prof. Maitafsir who spoke through the Desk Officer of the Centre, Mrs Adati Wilson noted that matriculation was not as important as convocation ceremony, and urged the students to looking forward to the graduation day by studying hard.
To this end, the NTI boss advised the matriculating students to devout 70 percent of their study time to self-studies as their facilitators put them through grey areas.
He informed and emphasised that the certificate issued by the Institute to her students is recognised nationally and internationally.
“I wish to remind you that matriculation is just the beginning of your academic pursuit. The beginning is not as important as the end, successful completion which is convocation.
“In order to be successful, you need to study assiduously, obey the Institute’s rules and regulations.
“You must meet course minimum requirements and be worthy in character among others.
“The NCE programme of the Institute is run in accordance with the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) minimum standard and the Commission carries out periodic evaluation of the courses.
“It may interest you to note that NTI is one of the foremost Distance Learning Institute, not only in Nigeria, but in the whole world. NTI is a member of Commonwealth of Learning (COL), Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa, West African Distance Learning Association, among others”. NTI DG said.
Earlier, in his welcome address, the Centre Manager of NTI, Dr. Isaac Adane expressed satisfaction for the formal inauguration of the study centre.
Dr. Adane noted that the inauguration of the Centre has cleared, “the wave of doubt that has beclouded some people in the environment who are still questioning the authenticity of the centre.
“But the formal inauguration of the centre by the NTI Director General has put such doubt to rest, and it has boost the morale of facilitators and students at the centre.
“On our own part, we will not relent in our resolve in giving back to the society as we partner with NTI. I assure all the students in this centre of getting the best of education from NTI and making Fezon school study centre the envy of everybody as we progress in this academic pursuit”.