Written by Godfrey AKON

Why we shutdown illegal COE in Gombe - NCCE

The National Commission for Colleges of Education, NCCE, has said it ordered the immediate shutdown of Lakwanjang College of Education and Entrepreneurship, Kaltungo, Gombe State, for alleged breach of the laws on establishment of colleges of education in Nigeria.

In a statement by the Public Relations Officer of NCCE, Mallam Garba Sulieman, the commission enforced the clampdown after information got to it that the college had advertised and admitted unsuspecting students for two academic sessions without recourse to the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board, JAMB.

The statement read: “the attention of NCCE had earlier been drawn to unconfirmed information that an institution existed in Kaltungo, illegally running NCE programme. The management of NCCE consequently put up a team to investigate the institution based on the information obtained.

“On Friday, 22nd January, 2016, the team from NCCE led by the Executive Secretary of the Commission, including Heads of Academic programmes Department and other senior staff of the Commission, visited the College on facts finding.

“The College has operated illegally, purportedly training NCE teachers for the past two academic sessions, without recourse to the extant laws that should cover its establishment and operation.

“The said Lakwanjang College of Education and Entrepreneurship, Kaltungo, is hereby closed down with immediate effect. The students and parents of the said College and the general public are to note that the NCE programmes purportedly run in the College have never been accredited and the College had never obtained approval to run the programmes.

“Any certificates that will arise from such illegal programmes will not be recognized in Nigeria. This action is taken based on the mandate of NCCE, and also to save teacher education in Nigeria from further ridicule.”

The commission also noted that the institution had operated illegally in a ramshackle primary school for two years.

Speaking on the closure of the illegal college of education, the executive secretary of NCCE, Prof. MondayJoshua, warned students admitted into the college that any certificate obtained from the illegal programmes would not be recognised in the country.

The NCCE team dispatched to Gombe to enforce the closure was however irked upon discovering from the students that the college only conducted classes in the evenings in the premises of a primary school at the Nasarawa area of Kaltungo town.

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