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NCCE re-certifies Niger education college, accredites 27 courses

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The Niger government said the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) has re-certified the state College of Education in Minna to continue with its academic programmes.

Alhaji Mohammed Adamu, the state commissioner for Tertiary Education made this known on Wednesday during a press briefing at the Government House, Minna.

Adamu said that the 27 academic programmes offered by the college was also given accreditation recently by the commission.

“The NCCE has re-certified the College of Education, Minna as required by law and also accredited 27 courses for the institution,” the commissioner said.

He said that the courses include Education, Primary Education, Early Childhood Care and Education, Adult and Non-Formal Education, Special Need Education, Fine and Applied Arts, English Language, French, Hausa, Technical Education, Arabic, Social Studies and Home Economics.

He said the others are Economics, Geography, Islamic Studies, Christian Religious Knowledge, History, Mathematics, Integrated Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, Physical and Health Education, Business Education and Agriculture Education.

The Commissioner added that the state government was making arrangements to change the status of the institution from a College of Education to University of Education.

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EACOED courses fully accredited by NUC, NCCE – Provost

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All the Bachelor degree and the Nigerian Certificate of Education (NCE) courses being offered by the Emmanuel Alayande College of Education (EACOED), Oyo, have been given full accreditation.
The Provost of the institution, Dr Rasak Adefabi, made the disclosure in a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media Matters, Mr Wale Adeoye, on Friday in Ibadan.
Adefabi
said that the courses were accr
Edited By: the (NAN) National Universities Commission (NUC) and the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE).
The News Agency of Nigeria
reports that the institution had, for over two decades, been runing its Bachelor degree programmes, in affiliation with the Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado-Ekiti.
Adefabi said: “NUC
communicated the body’s position via a letter, with reference no. /412/Vol.2/160 and dated March 19, after it conducted the accreditation exercise in the college in December 2019.”
He said that the letter was addressed to the EKSU Vice-Chancellor, with a copy sent to his office.
“With this development, all the 11 Bachelor of Education degree programmes floated by the college have been officially accredited by NUC for another five years,” he said.
The provost listed the accredited degree programmes to include: Education Agricultural Science, Education Biology, Education Chemistry, Education Computer Science, Educational Management and Planning, Health Education and Social Studies.
Others are Education Political Science, Education Economics, Education History and International Relations
as well as Guidance and Counselling.
Adefabi
said that the institution could now boast of 17 fully- accredited Bachelor degree programmes altogether.
He commended the ‘excellent performance’ of the college in the accreditation exercise carried out by the NUC in 2019.
The provost said that the NUC Technical Committee’s report revealed that the college did not score below 85 per cent in any of the accredited degree courses.
Adefabi also said that the authority of the NCCE had approved and granted full accreditation to three new NCE programmes of the college.
The three new courses, according to him, include Special Needs Education, Theatre Arts Education and Adult and Non-Formal Education.
The
provost further said that the NCCE announced the additional courses in a letter dated March 4, after its accreditation team had visited the college between Nov. 24, 2019 and Nov. 28, 2019 for the purpose of institutional and academic accreditation.
He said that the update had, therefore, raised the number of courses run by the college to 31, all fully accredited.
Adefabi expressed appreciation to Gov. Seyi Makinde for his commitment and support to the college, particularly in the consistent as well as regular payment of staff salaries, which had improved the commitment of members of staff to duty.
“These two feats could not have been achieved but for the unwavering support which the college had been receiving from the Oyo State government, under the watch of our governor,” he said.
Adefabi thanked his management team, the academic and non-academic staff, students as well as members of the college community for their unflinching support.
He said that the support had given the college an enviable rating among comity of tertiary institutions in Nigeria and beyond.


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Zamfara College of Education operates for 15 years without accreditation—NCCE

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The National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) has said that the Zamfara State Collage of Education, Maru, has been operating without accreditation for 15 years running.

The Deputy Director in the Commission, Dr Abdulkabir Otuniyi stated this on Tuesday when he led officials of the commission to the college for accreditation assessment.

Otuniyi noted that the NCCE  accreditation for colleges of education was done once every four years.

“But since 2005 when the college was last accredited, it has recorded no other accreditation exercise until today.

“But between 2005 when the college was first accredited and now l can see the great achievements and transformation,” Otuniyi observed.

He lauded the management of the college for both infrastructural and academic achievements recorded.

“Despite lack of accreditation, the college recorded rapid transformation especially in the areas of human resources development,” he said.

He appreciated the management of the college for giving emphasis to quality assurance and improving security.

“We sympathise with you over fire outbreak which destroyed valuable properties and other belongings of the college”, he added.

Earlier, Provost of the College, Alhaji Ibrahim Usman said the second visit of the accreditation team to the college since its establishment was an indication of progress made by the current management to move the college forward.

Usman said presently, the college had a total of 221 academic staff and 166 non academic staff.

“Out of the 221 academic staff, 29 have successfully completed their PhD programmes, 19 are PhD in view, the remaining are distributed through Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees.

“On students’ enrollment for the current 2019/2020 academic session, 2,521 students disaggregated by 2,167 males and 354 females were admitted across all programmes of the college,” he said.

According to him, the college, through partnership with the NCCE has presently been fully restructured to offer-level specific teacher training programmes across seven schools, 23 academic departments and 34 subject combinations.

“We are seeking for accreditation of all 24 departments of the college by NCCE.

“This college is privileged to be one of the twelve pilot teacher training institutions in the country that have benefited from the NCCE,” he said.

The provost said that the college had concluded all the arrangements to commence degree programmes in affiliation with the Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.

“Just recently, we received Resources Assessment teams from the two Universities, we are waiting for their responses to commence the degree programmes any moment from now,,” he said.

The provost commended Gov. Bello Matawalle, Maru Emirate Council and entire people of Maru community for their support to the college.

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COE Gindiri secures accreditation for 26 programmes from NCCE

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The College of Education (COE), Gindiri, in Plateau has secured accreditation for 26 of its programmes from National Commission for Colleges and Education (NCCE).

Prof. Cletus Gotan, Acting Provost of the institution stated this on Friday at the convocation of six sets of the college graduates in Gindiri in Mangu Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

Gotan said that the college had also secured accreditation for six new programmes.

Nigeria News Agency , reports that the convocation was for graduates of 2012/2013 to 2017/2018 academic sessions of the college.

Gotan said that the 26 programmes were accredited in 2019, while the six new programmes had taken off with their first batch of students.

“On Dec. 18, 2019, a team of assessors from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, visited the college to inspect and assess our human and material resources for the take off of nine academic Degree programmes in the college.

“`We are very hopeful of a positive response any time from now,’’ he said.

He thanked Gov. Simon Lalong for approving recruitment of 50 lecturers in 2017 as well all categories of staff in 2018.

He said that the gesture had helped to improve the educational sector in the state.

“The college is steadily rising and witnessing expansion from hundreds of students to thousands, from a handful of teachers to 210, from 24 programmes/departments to 30, from a non-degree programme to by the grace of God, a degree awarding institution,’’ he said.

The provost said that the college had reconstituted its ventures management committee to increase Internally Revenue Generation (IGR).

In his remarks, Lalong said that the college was critical in the state’s quest to improve quality of education.

He expressed optimism that the new graduates would help address the problem of quackery in teaching profession in the state.

He said his administration had provided training opportunities for teachers at all levels and granted study leave to enable them go for further studies in various institutions.

The governor restated his administration commitment towards completing abandoned projects in the college to improve its infrastructure.

This, he said was necessary to create enabling environment for learning.

“Your capacity to pursue ground breaking research and other needful community services will earn you grants from industries, donor agencies and other international organisations,’’ he said.

He promised to facilitate the establishment of a police post at the college and warned land grabbers to steer clear of the college premises.

Lalong vowed that illegal structures in and around the college would be demolished irrespective of status of the owners.

He urged the students to shun cultism, drug abuse, examination malpractice, by being good ambassadors of the college.

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Former NCCE boss wants FCE, Zaria upgraded to Federal Teachers University

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Prof. Peter Lassa, first Executive Secretary, National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE), has advocated the upgrading of the Federal College of Education, Zaria and two similar colleges, to Federal Teachers Universities.

Lassa, who made the appeal while speaking on behalf of the recipients of award of excellence offered by the Federal College of Education, Zaria said that the step would boost basic education in the country.

The awards were offered to the recipients during the third combined convocation ceremony of the college and and celebration of its golden jubilee (1962-2012), on Saturday in Zaria.

According to him, other institutions to be upgraded to Federal Teachers Universities are the Alvan Ikoku College of Education Owerri, and Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo.

Lassa said that the institutions were the pioneer colleges of education established by UNESCO in Nigeria.

He added that the institutions, when upgraded, should be strictly teachers universities with only people with interest and desire for teaching admitted into them.

He urged governments at all levels to prioritise education and advocated for a bursary award and other incentives to students of education as part of measures to bridge teacher-student gap in the

country.

The Nigeria News Agency , reports that other recipients of the award of excellence included Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State and Sen. Ahmad Makarfi, former Kaduna governor.

Earlier, the Provost of the College, Dr Abdullahi Ladan, had said that the convocation ceremony was for 2006 to 2019 graduands of the National Certificate of Education and Professional Diploma in Education programmes.

He said that the college runs 19 degree programmes in affiliation with Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto.

He added that more degree programmes were underway as a Memorandum of Understanding would soon be reached with Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto.

Similarly, the visitor to the college and Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, in his remarks, restated the commitment of government toward ensuring that education occupied its pride of place as a vital sector of human development.

Represented by Mr Joel Ojo, Director, Tertiary Institutions, the minister said that the ministry was committed to eradicating extortion, malpractices, and flagrant abuse of relationship between staff and students, among other unethical practices in tertiary institutions.

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NCCE boss, varsity VC bag 2019 campus safety leadership impact award

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Prof. Bappa Aliyu, the Executive Secretary,  National Commission for Colleges of Education(NCCE), has been named one of the three winners of the 2019 Campus Safety Leadership Impact Award.

Other winners are Prof. Ndowa Lale, Vice Chancellor, University of Port Harcourt, and Prof. Eno Ibanga, Vice Chancellor, Akwa Ibom State University.

Mr Ike Onyechere, Founding Chairman of Exams Ethic Marshal International (EEMI), who announced this on Friday in Abuja, said that Aliyu bagged the Award in recognition of his contributions to the development and implementation of policies that enhanced relative peace and harmony in the Colleges of Education sub-sector of tertiary education in Nigeria.

According to him, the Award Committee also cited his support and contributions, as Executive Secretary of NCCE, to ongoing efforts to develop early warning toolkit for early identification of warning signs of cultism in primary and secondary schools by teachers.

“The knowledge, when eventually infused into the curriculum of Colleges of Education, will empower teachers and students.

“It will also help the school administrators to initiate early preventive and precautionary actions that will check the spread of cultism to primary and secondary schools,’’ he said.

He said that Ndowa, as VC of Uniport, is on record as the first Chief Executive Officer of a tertiary institution in Nigeria to articulate a formal public presentation of a Sexual Harassment Policy Document.

“The document, presented in October 2019, unambiguously defined what is sexual harassment and the sanctions to be taken against those who wittingly or unwittingly infringe on its provisions in the line of duty,’’ he explained.

Onyechere said that Ibanga, as VC of AKSU, demonstrated strong leadership and political will in combating sexual assault, extortion of female students and campus cultism in the school.

He added that the University recently terminated the appointments of eight lecturers, while the cases of other lecturers were still in court for sexual harassment and extortion of female students.

The Nigeria News Agency , reports that the ceremony was organised by the Independent Award Committee of EEMI with the recipients expected to receive the medals on Dec. 12, 2019.

The ceremony is the climax of the National Consultative Conference of Education Leaders on combating campus cultism and sex-for-grades menace scheduled to hold from 9th to 13th December, 2019.

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NCCE calls for engagement of certified teachers

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Gombe, April, 2, 2019 The National Commission for Collages of Education (NCCE) on Tuesday called on the Federal Government and other stakeholders to ensure engagment certified teachers into the teaching profession.

Dr Mchivga Abelega, Deputy Director Curriculum Development and Innovations, NCCE made the call 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 collages 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.

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

Muhammau 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.

Dr Adamu Ali, Provost Federal Collage Techinical (FCET) Gombe 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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AOCOED gets full accreditation for all courses from NCCE — Provost

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AOCOED gets full accreditation for all courses from NCCE — Provost

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Lagos, March 13, 2019 The Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED), Ijinakin, Lagos says all its 31 courses have been fully accreditation during the 2018 exercise by the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE).

Ladele said that following the feat, the college would be able to further breed critical innovations in its teacher education programmes.

She said such programmes would help to stem the issue of unemployment, half baked graduates, poverty, corruption and other social menace.

“We thank the Lagos State Government for providing the fund for the accreditation and for its support over the years.

“We thank the Chairman and members of the College’s Governing Council, Staff, Students and the entire community for their cooperation and understanding. Together, we shall take AOCOED to the next level,’’ she said.

Ladele reiterated the commitment of the college to quality teacher education, as producing skilled teachers was not only crucial to the country’s economic growth strategy, but determines the country’s capacity to attain the Sustainable Development Goals.

She hailed the role of the college in the development of the current national minimum standard for the pre -NCE curriculum in the country, which remained a feat in the teaching industry.

“AOCOED remained a prominent source of idea generation to other colleges of education in the country not because we take the lead in the process of NCEE curriculum development but because we are active in the process of curriculum implementation,’’ she said.

Ladele, however, congratulated the matriculating students for the privilege to be admitted into the institution and charged them to work hard, pray and behave well, in order to succeed.

“You are indispensable because education unlocks the door to modernisation and it is the teacher who holds the key to do that.

“This is because even with the huge budgetary allocation to the education sector, the best educational planning, policies and designs, the ultimate realisation of any set of aims for education still depends on the teacher,’’ she said.

The Provost also commended the students who were above 18 years of age and endeavoured to register and vote during the just-concluded 2019 general elections.

She said the right to vote was indispensable and the fulcrum upon which democracy rests, as the success of the election had attested to the readiness of Nigerians to grow and protect democracy.

“God will guide those elected into various positions to be responsible and responsive to the needs of the people,” she said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the college matriculated 1, 300 students.

A total of 444 students were admitted into the School of Arts and Social Sciences (SASS) and 83 students into the School of Early Childhood and Primary Education (SECPED).

Some 190 students were admitted to the School of Languages (SLAN), 271 into the School of Sciences (SOS) and 312 into the School of Vocational and Technical Education (SVTE).

 

 

 

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FG clarifies locations of 6 new Federal Colleges of Education

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The Federal Ministry of Education says letters regarding locations of the six newly approved Federal Colleges of Education in the country have been sent to governors of the six benefitting states.

This is contained in a statement by the ministry’s Director, Press and Public Relations, Mr Ben Goong, Director, and issued on Monday in Abuja.

According to Goong, the clarification on the locations of the colleges becomes necessary in order to dispel rumours  circulating in some sections of the media.

“The attention of the Federal Ministry of Education has been drawn to the mutilation of official correspondence between the ministry and the Government of Osun, over the location of the newly approved Federal College of Education in the state, which has been widely circulated in the social and conventional media.

“To this effect, therefore, the Federal Ministry of Education wishes to clarify the locations of the Colleges as follows: BAUCHI -Location- Jama’are in Jama’are Local Government and BENUE – Location- Odugbo in Apa Local Government.

”Others are Ebonyi- Location- Isu in Onicha Local Government, EDO – Location- Ekiadolor in Ovia North East Local Government, OSUN – Location – Iwo in Iwo Local Government and Sokoto – Location- Gidan Madi in Tangaza Local Government,” he stated.

He added that a technical team from the ministry and the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) would be visiting the benefitting states to inspect and assess the sites in the coming weeks.

Goong added that these were all in preparation for the take-off of the colleges in October.

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Teaching online requires skills, technological know-how – ICT expert

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Prof. Mudathir Yusuf, an ICT expert, has said that online teachers required basic knowledge and skills in the use of technology for effective synchronous and asynchronous instructions.

Yusuf, the immediate past Director of the Computer Services and Information Technology (ICT) Unit, University of Ilorin, made the assertion on Wednesday during an interview with newsmen in Ilorin.

According to the don, the most critical element in effective online teaching is the teacher.

He said that COVID-19 pandemic had opened a vista of the capacity of ICT to revolutionise Nigerian education.

Yusuf said that the pandemic had underscored the need for access to education beyond the brick-and-mortar walls of the classrooms.

According to him, online teaching is not only about technology, but more about basic techno-pedagogical knowledge and skills.

He said that it was erroneous to believe that anyone that can teach can also teach online.

“With our current mindset, inadvertently, we would succeed in creating a community of online cheaters and not online teachers.

“The reality is that technology on its own can never assure quality and productive online instruction.

“Individuals, institutions and nations teaching online did not start teaching online during COVID-19; they only stepped-up teaching online during the epidemic.

“These are teachers who have the expertise for online course planning and design; interaction, assessment, giving students feedback; getting feedback from students; and new technologies,” Yusuf said.

He added that the online teachers were instructors who can structure and implement their subjects and courses using enlivening techniques, for fully online or hybrid courses.

According the don, online teachers are not just subject specialists; they are adept in the art, craft and science of online instructional delivery.

He therefore said that Nigerian teachers were not prepared for online teaching, adding that practicing and pre-service teachers, lecturers in higher institutions are also not prepared for quality online instruction.

The professor added that the real fact was that contemporary teachers in Nigeria were for traditional teaching in conventional classrooms, with or without technology.

According to the expert, if forced to move online, the contemporary teachers will bring their conventional pedagogies which may not be effective for online instruction.

“Critical stakeholders need to embark on aggressive training and re-training of teachers for blended learning.

“We must make conscious efforts to prepare teachers who will promote not only technology-enhanced but also technology-enabled learning environments.

“A new generation of teachers who can adapt their existing materials for online and also help produce learners who use technology to extend their classroom learning.

“We must sow to reap. The nation needs to move the existing teachers to the level where they can be productive as online teachers,” he said.

Yusuf called for professional development as this, he said, was vital for online teachers to maintain mastery of both subject matter and instructional methods.

The don further suggested that a robust professional development programme anchored by experts would empower practicing classroom teachers and lecturers to become effective online teachers or tutors.

“Such professional development programmes must occur partly online, the medium in which the teachers were to deliver their courses,’’ the don said.

He advocated using the model design so that teachers and lecturers experience for themselves both the medium and the methods they will adopt to teach online.

The ICT expert also advised that pre-service teachers must be the next generation of online teachers, saying that the teacher education curriculum in Nigeria should undergo restructuring.

The don observed that traditionally, the Nigerian pre-service teacher education programme has no component on the element of online instruction.

“The benchmarks for teacher education by the National Universities Commission (NUC) and the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) do not require pre-service teachers to take even a course in how to instruct online.

“With the promise of online education, pre-service training in online teaching skills should be a prerequisite for teacher education certificate or degree.

“The Nigerian Teacher Registration Council must ensure that part of its requirement for teacher certification is evidence of pre-service or in-service online teaching competence,” Yusuf further recommended.

The don also said teachers must be motivated and supported to go online.

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