• Following the announcement of plans by federal government to make first degree the minimum teaching qualification in Nigeria, stakeholders in the education sector has reacted to the news with mixed feelings.

    In his submission, the Deputy Director Academic, Distance Learning Centre, University of Ibadan, Professor Oyesoji Aremu, said that if Nigeria wants to be at par with global challenges, then the country should raise the bar of teaching qualification entry.

    Aremu, who based his argument on the premise that in most private primary schools in Nigeria, university degree holders are the ones teaching said, “Nigeria cannot pretend as if all is well with the education sector.”

    Asked what the future holds for NCE holders, Prof. Aremu said that this is not the first time we are migrating from one academic teaching qualification to another.

    Also, finding nothing wrong with making bachelor’s degree the minimum teaching qualification in the country is the Zonal Coordinator, Lagos Zone of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Professor Adesola Nasir, who said the quality of the end products is what matters.

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    Meanwhile, Professor Ladipo Adamolekun, an independent scholar and a professor of public administration is calling on the Federal Government to carry out an in-depth research and assessment of the Colleges of Education before such decision can be implemented.

    He said that instead of making such announcement public, government should rather meet with the Provosts of Colleges of Education to know the challenges they face.
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