The Colleges of Education Academic Staff
has recently condemned the decision of the Federal
Government to upgrade four Colleges of
Education in the country to universities.
Following the speech of the General Secretary of the
union, Mr Nuhu Ogirima, such decision will
not ensure professionalism in the teaching
“The decision of the Federal Government to
convert four Federal Colleges of Education
to universities, that is Federal College of
Education, Kano, Zaria, Alvan Ikoku College
of Education Owerri, and the Adeyemi
College of Education, Ondo, is something
that has been rot with some sort of
“But our position as a union has always
been that the colleges of education that
have been found worthy of awarding
degrees on their own, should be given the
autonomy to so in addition to running of
NCE programmes, it is called dual mode.
“Our issue remains the fact that when you
allow a dual mode in the colleges of
education, you are allowing for serious
“Because, our concept has to do with a
situation where the NCE graduate will be
allowed to transit to degree by direct entry
not through JAMB.
“But NCE graduates are being allowed to
move to degree in those colleges, even in
advanced countries if you choose to take a
degree from a college, so be it.
“But be that as it may, the conversion is
welcome for those who may want to push
for their teaching profession through those
Ogirima said that only two per cent of
students seeking admission into degree
awarding institutions subscribed to
He said that there was lack of interest in
teaching and attributed it to the lack of
attention to the teaching profession by
government at all levels.