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Provosts want separate matriculation examination for COEs


EDUCATION-text• Seek review of NCCE law
To ensure teaching and learning in Nigerian colleges of education (CoE) is up to par with the 21st century teacher education standard, Committee of Provosts, Colleges of Education has called for immediate restructuring of all the colleges of education across the country.

Restructuring, according to the group includes detaching COEs from the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) admission policy; review of the law establishing the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE); return of the old teachers training colleges and the review of National Certificate in Education (NCE), among others.

This was contained in a communiqué issued and obtained by The Guardian, after its 76th regular meeting held recently in Abuja at the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE).

The communiqué signed by the chairman, Communiqué Drafting Committee Prof. Emmanuel Ojeme, also harped on the need for government at all levels to   create more incentives for those opting for teaching profession, adding that it would help the profession to thrive.

To achieve progression in the Nigerian education scene, the body asserted that education colleges must be innovative in profession and in practice for their survival and relevance in the society.

The statement read, “There is need for review of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) as the current policy does not favour CoE. And so there is need to detach CoE from the process, because it is a disadvantage to students wanting to study education courses in the country. It was designed without the interest of students’ choice of NCE courses.

“We recommend for the return of old Teachers Training College to form a feeder to CoE, while NCE programme  should be structured to a full  two years programme and another two years  leading to the award of B.Ed  degree in education. The CoE in the country should be made to become degree awarding institutions.”

To achieve some of the positions canvassed by the committee, they body said “the law establishing NCCE in Nigeria should be reviewed to become a National Commission for Tertiary Education (NCTE) so as to enhance its capacity to oversee the proposed new status of Colleges of Education as B.Ed awarding institutions.”

Stressing the need for all institutions to remain within the boundaries of its core mandate and stop encroaching on others, the group said, “the National Teachers Institute (NTI) is one of such institutions encroaching on others, NTI should limit itself to organising workshops, seminars and conferences and stop engaging on Distance Learning in NCE and Degree programmes for which it was not equipped to run.”

They expressed strong belief that teaching profession would be revolutionised if all these would be implemented. “In addition, government at all levels must introduce special incentive for teachers education, so as to attract high academic performing students to teach and to remain in teaching profession. With enhanced salary structure those with cognate teaching qualifications would be attracted.”

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