Urgent Review Of Nigeria Teacher Education Policy, Programmes Needed – TRCN Registrar


*says Nigeria needs best brains in teaching profession

 By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan

Registrar/Chief Executive, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), Professor Segun Ajiboye on Thursday advocated urgent review of Nigeria teacher education policy and programmes .
Professor Ajiboye who stated this while presenting the 488th inaugural lecture of the University of Ibadan entitled “Teaching: In the Classroom as a Regulator said this became imperative for the country to produce 21st century teachers.
The TRCN boss stressed that in addition, ” teacher training, welfare and an environment that promotes learning must be pursued and provided for best learning outcomes, adding, “we must urgently do a review of our teacher education policy and programme to produce teachers for the 21st century classroom”. 
“The rest of the world is not waiting for Nigeria. Professional training is critical, just as mastery of subject matter, teachers’ welfare and an environment that promotes learning. It is, therefore, important to stress the fact that the need for a review of our teacher education programme is long overdue”, he said. 
Professor Ajiboye added, “to meet the challenges of globalization, efforts should be put in place for an immediate review of the curricular, methodology, motivation and resources components of our programme. Teaching today demands a lot more of sophistication than previously, therefore pre-service teachers needs to be adequately equipped to meet the classroom demands. It is, therefore, incumbent upon governments through their respective Ministries to ensure that quality education is provided to our youth.”
” For quality education to be achieved there must be adequate quality teachers who have gone through quality training, hence the need to re-brand and re-profile the teacher. For this to be realized there is the need to regulate the teaching profession with a view to ensuring the provision of quality teachers for quality teaching and learning.”  Speaking further, Professor Ajiboyeasked the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to make admission into Colleges and Faculties of Education stricter to enable the best brains enter the teaching profession.
According to the Professor of Social Studies, Civic and Environmental Studies at the University of Ibadan ‘it is lowering the cut-off for education courses that will negatively impact the quality of people who eventually will enter classrooms to teach Nigerian children”, saying, “cut-off to education related courses should rank among the highest.”
“Admission into colleges of education and Faculties of Education in Nigeria should be stricter. The current practice is dangerous for the future of our education. Those who want to teach our children should be the best in our society and not the dregs.”, hehe UTME cut-off marks into colleges of Education and Faculties of Education, if possible, should rank among the highest. The hydra-headed crisis of quality and quantity of teachers demands a strong policy response. Rebuilding the system should take into account how the once cherished vocation, the mother of all professions should attract the best brains and retain them.”ENDS.


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