NTI GRADUATES 391, 462 NCE THROUGH DLS IN 29 YEARS
First Right: Mal. Bashir Mamman, the Institute’s Director of Examinations, represented the DG/CE, as he chaired the 5th Academic Board Meeting, recently.
The National Teachers’ Institute (NTI), Kaduna has within the last 29 years, graduated no fewer than 391,462 Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) through the Distance Learning (DL) mode.
Prof. Garba Dahuwa Azare, the Director-General and Chief Executive of the Institute made the disclosure during the Institute’s Fifth Academic Board Meeting (ABM) held at the Directorate Conference Room on Friday, June 28, 2019.
Represented by Mal. Bashir Mamman, the NTI Director of Examinations, the ABM approved the graduation of 8,696 out of 16, 206 students that sat for the final examinations for the award of NCE by DL.
The graduands who were admitted into various programmes in 2015 recorded 53.66 percentage score.
The ABM also highlighted the performance analysis for the 2018 NCE/DLS graduating set in various courses.
The analysis on General Studies Education for the 2018 NCE/DLS showed that 14, 743 out of the 15, 116 students that sat for the paper passed, which represented 97.53 per cent.
In Education, a total of 9,758 students passed out of 9,785 that sat for the examination, representing 99.72 per cent pass.
The report disclosed that 2,329 out of 2,358 students that sat for English Language representing 99.79 per cent had passed.
For Mathematics, a total of 328 out of 336 students that sat for the examination, representing 97.62 per cent that passed.
In Primary Education Studies, out of a total of 14,195 students that sat for the examination, 14,045 passed, representing 98.94 per cent.
In Integrated Science, the results showed that out of 979 students that sat for the examination, a total of 971 passed , representing 99.18 Per cent .
The analysis indicated that 292 out of 295 students that sat for the Christian Religious Studies passed, which represented 98.98 per cent even as 1,173 out of 1,179 students that sat for the Islamic Studies passed with a score of 99.49 per cent.
The results also showed that 858 out of 862 students passed the Physical and Health Education course representing 99.54 per cent have passed the course .
Similarly, the analysis availed that 11,033 out of the 11,036 students that did Teaching Practice passed the course which represented 99.97 per cent.
It showed that seven out of eight students that sat for Cultural and Creative Arts passed the course representing 87.50 per cent.
The DG stressed that the NTI Academic Board is the highest organ for decisions on academic matters, which meets annually to among others, consider the Institute’s results of the NCE/DLS graduates as well as approve penalties for malpractice.
He explained that the board, among others comprised of all the Seven Directors in the Institute; the Deputy Directors in-charge of Test Administration and that of Test Development.
Other members included the six NTI Zonal Coordinators in addition to representatives each from Bayero University , Kano; University of Ibadan; University of Nigeria, Nsukka; University of Benin as well as the NTI’s Deputy Registrar in charge of Academic Records.
According to him, tuition is being given to students in Modules of self-instructional materials supplemented by an 80-hour contact session every weekend and during vacation broken into 24 hours.
“Tuition is also given for 40 hours in August-September during Long Vacation and 16 hours Harmattan /Summer vacation.
This year’s graduands are the 25th set who studied in 235 designated centres across the country and the entire programme lasts for four academic years with each year broken into two semesters.”
“During the contact sessions, course tutors lead students on tutorials, practicals and counseling,’” he said.
According to him, the NCE/DL students are assessed based on their performance in the continuous assessment and examination.
He stressed that Continuous Assessment consists of tests, assignments and practical which constitute 40 per cent of the overall assessment.
The DG/CE mentioned that the Institute conducts and moderates examination centrally at the end of each semester, which constitutes 60 per cent of the overall assessment.
“Courses are assigned weights called credit unit. A lesson , otherwise called unit, is designed for at least one hour study time.
“A module consists of 10 of such interrelated units of the minimum standard requirement .
“A course may carry one credit unit or more which means an hour per week for 10 weeks.
“The Institute uses grading system recommended by the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE); Grade Point Average (GPA) and Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA),” he said.
He further explained that the CGPA is the up-to-date means of the grade points earned by the student which shows the student’s overall performance at a point in the programme.
According to him, to be eligible for the award of NCE certificate , a candidate must have an average score of at least 40 per cent or CGPA of 1.00.
The Bulletin reports Edo State with 250 graduates and being the highest number scored 74.80 per cent followed by Plateau State with 495 graduates, which scored 73.53 per cent.
Borno State emerged the third with 73.33 per cent with 30 students that sat for the examination, while Jigawa and Sokoto states recorded the lowest number of those that passed the examination with 30.51 per cent and 32.5 per cent respectively.
Furthermore, Kaduna State has the highest number of students that sat for the examination with a record of 1,933 students, followed by Niger and the FCT with 1,608 and 1,539 respectively.
Borno State recorded the least number of students that sat for the examination with a record of 30 , while Ekiti and Bauchi states came second and third bottom positions respectively with 35 and 36 students.
Recall that in 2017 results analysis, Kaduna State also emerged first with the highest number of 2,198 students that sat for the examination and Plateau State emerged first in the performance index with 75.82 Per cent, while Oyo recorded the lowest with 22.73 Per cent.
The analysis of 2017 and 2018, showed Plateau State , which came second in 2018 in terms of performance index and first in 2017, has indicated that it is one of those states with a good performance in the NCE examinations.
Source: NTI News Bulletin Bi-Monthly Edition, June-July 2019 Vol. 1 No. 19, Page 1