Employ certified teachers in schools, NCCE urges FG, stakeholders

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The National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) has called on the Federal Government and other stakeholders to engage only certified teachers into the teaching profession.

Deputy Director Curriculum Development and Innovations, NCCE, Dr Mchivga Abelega, made the call on Tuesday, at the five-day workshop on Review of the 2012 Edition of The NCE Minimum Standards for Arts and Social Science in Gombe.

He said the commission had been working towards ensuring that the curriculum of the colleges of education in country were up to date and that high quality teachers were produced.

According to him, one of the major challenges is the problem of lack of employment in the teaching profession.

“We have good teachers with the needed skills to teach, but who roaming the street searching for what to do,” he said.

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In his remarks, the Executive Secretary of the Commission, Prof. Bappa Muhammadu, said the review exercise after every five years was to accommodate emerging issues and changing trends in the education sector.

Muhammadu who was represented by Mr Vitalis Uji, Director Administration Programme Department, said that the 2012 version of the minimum standards was due for review.

“That is why we are here to take a second look at it with view to injecting new trends so that we make it more effective for training of effective teachers for our basic education system,” he said.

Provost Federal College Technical (FCET) Gombe Dr Adamu Ali, said NCCE had over the years been giving very responsive and dynamic leadership in ensuring standard in the tertiary teacher education sector in the country.

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