NCCE boss says College of Education will go into extinction over continuous Conversion.

Written by on March 24, 2022

The Executive Secretary, National Commission of Colleges of Education (NCCE), Prof. Paulinus Okwelle says the country’s Colleges of Education (COE,) will soon go into extinction if its conversion to universities is not stopped.

Okwelle made this known in Abuja on Wednesday at a National Summit on the Future of Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) with the theme:” Nigeria Certificate in Education: The Way Forward”.

He said that the law establishing colleges of education as practiced in other climes could be amended to allow mature ones to operate on a dual mode, thereby, offering NCE programme and degree in specific courses; the capacities to run the programmes.

Also, the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu represented by the acting Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr David Gende, called for collective responsibility in repositioning and strengthening the quality of education in the country, saying “NCE is a strong pillar for the basic education level’’.

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Tertiary Education and Services, Dr Aminu Suleiman, said the committee would continue to partner with the commission to give NCE its due attention.

The Director-General, National Teachers Institute (NTI), Prof. Musa Garba called for the need to promote the status of NCE as well as the quality of the product of NTI.

In the same vein, the President of the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU), Dr Smart Olugbeko, said the union was ready to partner with the commission to get education right.

Seun Fakorede

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