Provost seeks upgrade of education colleges
Provost, Federal College of Education (Technical) Akoka, Dr. Sijibomi Olusanya has urged the incoming administration of General Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that all the Colleges of Education in the country be upgraded to degree awarding institutions.
Speaking at a briefing to announce activities lined up for the 36th combined convocation ceremonies of the college, taking place today at the New College Multipurpose hall, Olusanya said the present Minister of Education had earlier announced plans to make bachelor’s degree the minimum teaching qualification in the country, adding that the incoming administration should ensure implementation of such policy.
This, according to him, is very imperative as minimum teaching standard in other developed and even developing nations are bachelors’ degree.
He said, “The world is changing, and we have to change with it. In almost every part of the world today, you will see that the minimum standard in teaching is bachelors degree even in West African countries, they have changed their CoE to University of Education and they have bachelors degree for Primary Education, bachelors degree for Secondary Education and so on.”
“We have been using the Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE), even the British that we are following have changed, they are now having bachelors degrees, so there is nothing stopping us from upgrading all our CoE to degree awarding institutions.
I will simply suggest that the policy that introduced National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) be empowered to supervise up to bachelors degree and let National Universities Commission (NUC) continue with postgraduate and other bachelors degree apart from education.”
On the convocation, he said a total of 3682 graduands comprising of the 2011/2012 sets; 2012/2013; and 2013/2014, will today receive Professional Diploma in Education (PDE) award; and NCE in various programmes of the college.
He assured that the college would not relent on its effort of providing technical and vocational education to students and empowering them with relevant entrepreneurial skills for the overall development of the nation.
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