• Topmost College of Education Matriculates 140 Students

    The Topmost College of Education (TOPCOED), Ipaja/Agbado, Lagos has matriculated the fourth set of students admitted for the National Certificate in Education (NCE).

    Its Provost, Dr Oluwafunmilayo Odunayo, said the institution has approval of the National Council for Colleges of Education, its regulatory body, to run 14 full-time programmes.

    Addressing the fresh students, she urged them to be responsible, live by exemple, and avoid social vices as the management will not tolerate such.

    She said the institution was set up to produce well-grounded and ICT-compliant teachers and administrators, as well as provide vocational training, which would earn them additional certificate of entrepreneurship at the completion of their programmes.

    Chairman of the college, Mr Wale Odunayo, said the institution’s journey started in 1990 when it acquired five acres of land in the Ipaja/Agbado neinbourhood.

    He said the management’s next plan is the establishment of a university of education and urged the host community to cooperate with the management to ensure its sustenance.

    “The college belongs to everybody; it is not a personal property. Everyone is entitled to formal education. Many children are roaming the streets waiting to pass UTME and secure admission into university; but this is a great opportunity we are presenting to them. Within three years, they would have completed their NCE programme and proceeded to the university without having to sit for UTME every other year,” he said.

    He also urged school owners to take advantage of the institution by sending their teachers to obtain Post Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE), which automatically qualifies them as professional teachers following a licence granted TOPCOED by the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) to offer the programme.

    “There is a new law by TRCN to school owners that any teacher found in the classroom without having NCE or PGDE should be prohibited while the school owners may also be prosecuted.

    Source: TheNation

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