NCCE SHUTS DOWN ILLEGAL COLLEGES OF EDUCATION
The National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) has identified illegal Colleges of Education operating across the country. The Colleges are as follows:
1) Salvation College of Education, Ikirun, Osun State
2) Unity College of Education, Olofu, Dekina LGA, Kogi State
3) Omala College of Education, Abejukolo, Kogi State
4) Middle Belt College of Education, Obagbaji, Agatu LGA, Benue State
5) College of Education, Ayilamo, Logo LGA, Benue State
6) Lobethas College of Education, Daudu, Guma LGA, Benue State
7) Divine College of Education, Tse-Agberagba, Benue State
8) Odeh Memorial College of Education, Onyegede, Ohimini LGA, Benue State
9) Princess College of Education, Dudu, Obi LGA, Nasarawa State
10) Agyaragu College of Education, Lafia, Nasarawa State
11) JIBWIS College of Education, Lafia, Nasarawa State
12) Annur College of Education, Doma, Nasarawa State
13) ECWA College of Education, Doma, Nasarawa State
14) Daurawa Community Institute of Islamic Studies, Daura, Katsina State
15) Musab Ibn Umar College of Education, Bajoga, Gombe State
16) Kafin Madaki College of Education, Bauchi State
17) Ameenudeen College of Education Kwami, Bauchi State
18) Ameenudeen College of Education Malam sidi, Gombe State
19) Ameenudeen College of Education Darazo, Bauchi State
20) College of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Toro, Bauchi State
21) ECWA College of Education, Bayara, Bauchi State
22) Nehemiah College of Education, Oku-Okoko-Warri, Delta State
23) Garba Ibrahim Institute of Education, Alkaleri, Bauchi State
Also, the Commission has noted the proliferation of outreach centres by approved Colleges. Some of these lawful Colleges also run subject combinations not approved by the National Commission for Colleges of Education. Added to all these are cases of non-documented affiliations with local and unknown international tertiary institutions.
To stem the tide of these illegalities, the Commission hereby notifies the general public that products of these
black-market institutions, centres, programmes and affiliations should not be accepted whenever and wherever they present themselves for any types of recognition. The managers of these enterprises should close shop forthwith and submit themselves to the NCCE for proper advice, registration, documentation, monitoring, evaluation, and accreditation. Provosts of recognized Colleges are hereby warned that NCCE will take punitive action against anyone that encourages theses breaches and infractions.
This exercise is a continuous one; anytime an illegal institution is identified, its name and location will be promptly published in the National Dailies. The general public should note that satellite campuses are banned in Nigeria and only the National Teachers Institute (NTI) has the mandate to run NCE by Distant Learning Mode, using only NCCE recognized study centres.
NCCE BOARD APPROVED PROMOTION OF SIXTY STAFF
The National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) as part of its effort to motivate its staff towards effective and vibrant service delivery has approved the promotion of sixty of the Commission’s workforce recently.
NCCE Board Chairman Mallam Mohammed Maigari Dingyadi stated this at the end of the 2019 first quarter Annual Board Meeting of the Commission in Abuja. Maigari stressed that NCCE staff welfare remain a major priority for the board to tackle.
Responding to questions on proposed change of NCCE nomenclature to National Commission for Teacher Education (NCTE) the board Chairman said the bill is already at the National Assembly adding that adequate attention is been given to it and as soon as obsolete laws were fine tune in line with the current realities the bill will be passed into law.
On the expected expansion of some units in the commission to departments, Maigari said as soon as necessary procedures and modalities are put in place by Management, in no distance time units like Procurement, Special Duties and Public Relations will become department of its own respectively to meet the organizational expectation like other sister MDAs. He said directive to this effect have been given to the management to present a workable blue print for implementation. The board chairman also explained that the meeting addressed proliferation of NCE awarding institution in Nigeria, stating that among measures taken to that regard was the publication of legal NCE awarding institution on dailies thereby calling on parents to be wary of sending their wards to illegal institutions.
He said, the idea of creating Zonal offices was stepped down for now, owing to present reality of paucity of funds. He commended the Management of NCCE, led by Prof. Bappa-Aliyu Muhammadu for creating enabling environment for their function, and charged the NCCE family to reciprocate by putting in their best towards quality Teacher Education.
NCCE EMBARKED ON REVIEW OF THE 2012 NCE MINIMUM STANDARDS IN ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
The National Commission for Colleges of Education has the statutory mandate to lay down minimum standards for all programs of Basic Teacher Education and accredit their certificates and other Academic awards in Colleges of Education.
The Director, Academic Programmes, NCCE, Mr. V. I. UJI in his welcome address to the participants at the just concluded workshop on the review of 2012 edition of NCE minimum standards held at Federal College of Education (Technical) Gombe, Gombe State from 1st-6th April, 2019, stated that the overall objective of the review is to produce creative, resourceful and efficient classroom teachers at Basic Education level. However, in exercising this mandate, the Commission is sensitive to the dangers of extreme centralization.
Thus, efforts are made to bring together all stakeholders, especially the operators of the curriculum contents, to tap from their wealth of experience in a bid to enhance the quality of teacher education that would equal the Global Standards.
He added that, the Commission published and circulated the 2012 edition of NCE minimum standards in line with the usual practice of reviewing NCE curricular every five (5) years so that the innovations in the 2012 edition of the minimum standards would address the identified challenges which necessitated the need to organize critical workshops for all the implementing stakeholders to further redress the lapses, strengthen the existing standards as well as responding to public outcry regarding the poor quality of NCE teachers.
Furthermore, Mr. Uji, buttressed that there is no justification in attributing the whole failure of the system in producing quality teachers to in-house lapses alone, but all should actively participate in the workshop towards the development, attainment and improvement of teacher education through curriculum change and innovations in the field of Arts and Social Sciences in Colleges of Education, noted that the review is expected to bridge the gaps identified in the 2012 edition, and new innovations should evolve to address current challenges. Finally, wished the participants' useful deliberations that will make the curriculum stand the taste of time for the production of quality Teachers for the Nation's basic education system.
EDO STATE GOVERNOR MEETS WITH NCCE MANAGEMENT
In its bid to promote and produce sufficient teacher manpower that would satisfy teachers requirements, the Edo state government has pleaded with National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) to consider a model on teacher development that would decentralize the state college of education into about 5 campuses with each focusing on different segment of basic education.
Edo state governor, Godwin N. Obaseki made the plea in a closed door meeting with the Executive Secretary (NCCE) Prof. Bappa Aliyu Muhammadu held at the Edo State Governor's lodge on the 4th of May, 201.9.
The meeting which was gathered is aimed at promoting teacher education towards improving standard of Basic Education in Edo state. Governor Obaseki sought NCCE assistance for a proper upliftment of teacher education thereby expresses the state readiness and commitment on effective continuation of teacher development. Obaseki meanwhile assured the Executive Secretary NCCE of Edo state SUBEB Chairperson's participation in the forthcoming review workshop at Alvan-Ikoku slated for June 2019.
In his remark, the Executive Secretary NCCE thanked the Governor for his audience and obliged that the Commission would always support every effort towards improving quality teacher production in Nigeria. The Executive Secretary however lauds the Governor's show of interest to attend the forthcoming
review workshop, adding that with the Governor's participation in the event, it will add consequential value to the Commissions drive in coming out with a workable NCE Minimum Standard for Nigerian Education sector.
NEIPlus seeks NCCE's collaboration
The Northern Education Initiative (NEIplus) has advised the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) to collaborate with Universal Basic Education Curriculum (UBEC) for an effective expansion of Early Grade Reading (EGR) for Teacher Education to all the geo-political Zones in Nigeria.
A team of NEIplus head by Dr. Adrienne Barnes from Florida State University gave the advice during a courtesy visit paid to the Executive Secretary Prof. Bappa-Aliyu Muhammadu in his office recently.
The visit, Dr. Adrienne said was aimed at charting the way to fund and expand the project which was earlier focused on two Northern States; Bauchi and Sokoto to National level.
In achieving this, the team presented a workable proposal to NCCE that will effectively address National Early Grade Reading training for teachers Education at NCE awarding institutions in Nigeria.
On his part, the Executive Secretary appreciated the efforts of the NEIplus in eradicating poor reading culture in Nigeria adding that the scale-up would be infused into the curriculum thereby having a National appeal.
Meanwhile, highlight of the visit was the official presentation of the NEIplus Secretariat at the NCCE headquarters by Dr. Sam Ugwuoti.
FCE (TECH) Akoka, Lagos State gets new Provost
President Muhammadu Buhari recently appointed a new provost for Federal College of Education (Technical) Akoka Lagos. The new Provost Dr. Azeez Wahab Ademola whose tenure is expected to last for four years will take effect from 26th May, 2019.
The Executive Secretary Prof. Bappa-Aliyu Muhammadu, on behalf of the entire Management of National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) Congratulates the College and the Provost on his new appointment with the hope that he would use his wealth of experience to transform the College into an enviable National academic and moral center for excellence and wishes the Provost a successful Tenure.
NAE HOLDS ITS 23RD ANNUAL SEMINAR
The Nigerian Academy of Education (NAE) held its 23rd annual Academic seminar on the 3rd of May 2019 at the National Commission for Colleges of Education conference hall with JAMB registrar Prof. Ishaq Oloyede as the guest speaker.
Prof. Oloyede in his paper presentation titled ''Admission into Tertiary Educational Institution in Nigeria'' stated that Wrong O'level subject combination, under age, late change of institution among others has been identified as some of the factors militating against admission into Nigerian tertiary institutions. Oloyede further highlighted candidates' deliberate absence from UTME screening, low post UTME score, UTME combination deficiency and non-acceptance of offer as other reasons.
Prof Ishaq Oloyede during his presentation also said candidates now engage in different forms of examination malpractices common among includes, use of cheating watches, spy camera glasses, smart lens and invisible watches.
Other strategies employed by some candidates are the use of wireless and invisible earpieces, smart rings and cheating exam calculators. However, the JAMB registrar said in spite these exam malpractices the board has put up stringent measures in mitigating these anomalies which he summarized to include; adequate supervision, application of sanctions, biometric verification, use of CCTV and imbursement of photos on documents.
He further said that with the introduction of Central Admission Processing System (CAPS) JAMB now finds it easy to address current challenges faced which offers significant innovation and delivers benefit of automation effectively.
Prof. Oloyede stressed that prior to the introduction of CAPS, the board is always faced with series of challenges which include; multiple admission of candidates, constrained admission opportunities, lack of timely information for decision making among others.
According to him, CAPS is an application used for checking of admission status, therefore, rejecting and accepting of admission are now conducted easily on JAMB's CAPS portal.
The Nigerian Academy of Education seminar was chaired by the NAE President Prof Elizabeth Eke, FNAE which had in attendance, Honorable Minister for State Education, Prof. Anthony Anwukah, FNAE, Executive Secretary, Prof. Bappa-Aliyu Muhammadu, the pioneer NCCE Executive Secretary Prof. Peter N. Lassa and all former Executive Secretaries of NCCE.
A highlight of the event was a book launch titled 'Education for Functionality' by Prof Emeritus Pai Obayan.