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AGRICULTURE & DEVELOPMENT: NTA trains 170 TVET lecturers on competence based curriculum development techniques

Nov 17, 2014, 10:18 AM | Article By: Halimatou Ceesay

A five-week training session for 170 TVET lecturers selected from various TVET institutions in the country on Competence-Based Curriculum Development Techniques and Training Strategies Friday wrapped up at the Baobab Hotel and Resort in Kerr Serign.

The National Training Authority, NTA, is the body responsible for regulating and registering all TVET institutions in the country, and the training brought together TVET lecturers from NTA-registered institutions and with a valid license to teach in NTA-registered TVET schools.

The training exercise was to ensure effective and efficient delivery of TVET programmes in the various schools.

Speaking at the closing ceremony, Edirissa Kolley, officer in charge at the NTA, said the NTA is fully committed to the development of the capacity of TVET lecturers at the level of the institutions.

It was important for them to build their capacity so that they could deliver effectively, efficiently and with quality at the level of the institutions, he said.According to Mr Kolley, one of the areas they have demonstrated on during the course was to bring them together to have some sessions with them.

He said most of them are experienced, but is important to come together and exchange ideas, views and to discuss how best they could deliver effectively, the content and the curriculum at the level of the institutions.

This was another way of building their capacity so that they can serve better, Mr Kolley went on, adding that another reason for the training course was to support TVET institutions, not only building their capacity for better quality service delivery, but also to support the institutions they came from.

When they support the institutions in terms of better service delivery with materials or equipment, they would be able to deliver, he continued.

NTA was challenged by the government, industry and even donors to meet the labour needs of the market, Kolley declared.

Amadou Touray, Curriculum Development Specialist and coordinator of the training session, said as a team they are aware that participants come to these programmes with expectations, and are mindful that whatever they do they would address their doubts.

He said this was why they have been very careful in the selection of the topics so as to meet the training purpose.

The participants were awarded certificates.