The Niger State Teacher Professional Development Institute, Mararraban Dandaudu centre conducted its first Mock Examination for its 223 students (boys and girls) in various subjects that include English and Mathematics. The mock exam was conducted in order to prepare the students well before writing WAEC and NECO examinations.
The mock exam was marked in 3 days by 25 experienced WAEC and NECO examiners who were carefully selected by the Institute. The papers were marked in conference marking to avoid the taking of the scripts home by examiners.
In her remarks, the Chairperson, Niger State Teacher Professional Development Institute, Hajiya Dije Bala, thanked the examiners for accepting to mark the mock papers which in a way could be seen as their contribution to raising the standard of education in the state. The Chairperson, pointed out that the examiners being experienced, will professionally and objectively mark the scripts so that the outcome will reflect the true performance of the students. That way, the Institute will address areas of observed deficiencies in the students to make them ready for the major exams.
It will be recalled that the conduct of Mock exams had since been stopped in the State. However, the Niger State Teacher Professional Development Institute is trying to resuscitate the exercise due to its advantages including restoring the confidence of students before writing the May /June examinations.
Furthermore, the 223 Mararraban Dandaudu Centre (MDC) students have also written the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (UTME) examination being part of the requirement for joining tertiary institutions in Nigeria. The Teacher Institute was established by Governor Abubakar Sani Bello to upgrade teacher professionalism and produce model students for the teaching career. The outcome of the mock and the utme examinations will be a litmus test to vindicate the establishment of the Institute.
By Information Officer
Niger State Teacher Professional Development Institute Implementation Committee