Written by Godfrey AKON

NCCE tasks FG on teacher motivation, bursary

As part of efforts to attract enrolment of best qualified candidates into the 148 Colleges of Education in the country, the Executive Secretary of National Commission for Colleges of Education, NCCE, Prof. MondayJoshua, has tasked government on increased motivation for teachers.

Joshua, who spoke in Abuja during a media parley with the Education Correspondent Association of Nigeria, ECAN, lamented that despite low JAMB cut-off marks into the colleges, some could not fill their admission quotas as student prefer universities.

The NCCE boss noted that if government can increase the level of motivation for teachers and provide incentives such as bursary and free education for teachers in training, best brains would be attracted into the colleges and cut-off marks for admission could also be raised.

On the quality of graduates churned out by the institutions, he said as a regulatory agency, NCCE had always ensured that quality teachers were produced from the colleges by making sure that prescribed minimum standards are followed.

According to him, matching orders have been issued to provosts of the colleges to ensure that students are promptly graduated as at when due and their certificates issued otherwise the colleges would not be assigned candidates for admission by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB.

Joshua noted that NCCE has also beamed its searchlight on private colleges to ensure that the managements of the institutions are properly constituted in line with the laws establishing them.

He added that a quality assurance toolkit had been developed by NCCE and distributed to all colleges and encouraged them to periodically carry out a self-assessment to ensure they comply with the standards prescribed.

The NCCE boss however noted that the quality of students being admitted into the colleges was a big issue as some students were in the colleges for lack of what to do, adding that a reluctant ill-motivated entrant cannot be turned into a wonderful teacher no matter what you do after 3 years.

 Speaking on the recent upgraded universities of education which were later upturned by President Muhammadu Buhari, he said to improve quality education in Nigeria the solution was not in changing the name of the institutions or qualification.

He maintained that NCE was enough minimum teaching qualification for primary schools in the country and decried calls by some stakeholders to upgrade the minimum teaching qualification to BA.ed.  

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