Delta Governor, Sen. (Dr) Ifeanyi Okowa, said Teachers’ Professional Development Centre being constructed by the state government was intended to enhance proffiency and professionalism in teaching in the state.
Okowa made the disclosure on Saturday while inspecting the project at Owa-Oyibu in Ika North East Local Government Area.
He recalled that the decision for the government to establish the development centre was taken at the state’s Education Summit held in 2016.
He said that the centre when completed would be for the training and retraining of teachers in the state.
“The work has gone very far and it is our hope that in the next few months, we should be done with it.
“We are in a hurry to get the Teachers’ Professional Development Centre kick off because it will enable us to train and retrain our teachers to improve on their efficiency and knowledge base.
“Our teachers at the primary and secondary school levels require a lot of training because in these modern times, there are too many things to learn anew.
“There’s been a lot of change and we believe there is need to constantly upgrade our teachers both in the subject areas that is specific to them and also in ICT, so that by time we have a lot of the refresher courses you will find that you can now begin to truly teach our children at primary and secondary levels.
“We will have people stay here for a week or two as we are already building hostels which will make it more convenient for them.
“We will constantly bring in teachers in batches for training and they will be required go back and cascade down the knowledge gotten here,” he said.
The governor added that instructors and training personnel would be brought in from universities and other critical areas on part time basis.
Earlier, the Project Consultant, Mr Andy Imafidon, who conducted the governor round the project, explained that the Centre had ICT Centres, Libraries, Laboratories, Conference Rooms, Hostels, Cafeteria and a Skill Acquisition Centre.
He said that the facility had capacity to train 1,500 persons at a time, adding that the centre would would help to retool, upgrade, train and retrain teachers to meet extant and future challenges as well as improve the quality of teachers in the state at all levels.