NBTE TRAINS ODFeL FACILITATORS
The National Board for Technical Education, NBTE, has trained its staff as facilitators for the implementation of Open, Distance and Flexible eLearning (ODFeL). While declaring the training open, the Executive Secretary, Prof. Idris Muhammad Bugaje charged them to be diligent and dedicated as they will lead the ODFeL movement across the TVET Sector. He urged them to note that they will be responsible for the training of other facilitators and development of courseware for the implementation of ODFeL. He enjoined them to note that Distance Learning has come to stay and that it is not only the traditional teaching and learning that will go virtual but the training of Assessors under the Nigerian Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF) will equally go virtual. This he said will help in fulfilling one of his key agenda of having more qualified Assessors in Nigeria. Currently, there are about 1,420 qualified Assessors which is grossly inadequate especially when compared to Ethiopia with about half the population of Nigeria but with about 35,000 qualified Assessors. According to the Executive Secretary, the only way to catch up is to train over 1,000 in the first year, double that the second year and so on.
Dr Fatima S. Kabir from Kaduna State University (KASU) served as the lead trainer/facilitator. Others include Dr Nasir Ajoge from Kaduna Polytechnic, and three staff of the Board namely: Mr Ayodele Aroge, GM NBTE Centre of Excellence, Engr Usman H. Nakorji from Monotechnics Programmes and Aliyu I. Hassan of the Executive Secretary’s Office.