The Provost, Adeyemi College of Education (ACE) Ondo, Prof Olukoya Ogen on Tuesday examined critically the issue of enrolments in College of Education in Nigeria.
According to him, the issue is a major problem threatening the continued existence of teacher education in Nigeria at this present time.
Ogen spoke at the 9th annual National Conference of the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) Southwest Zone holding at the Adeyemi College, Ondo.
The theme of the conference is “Teacher Education and Students Enrolment in Colleges of Education in Nigeria”.
The Provost traced the problem to harmonization of all entry examinations into the United Tertiary Matriculation Examination where Students were given the option of choosing between three to six institutions.
Out of this, the don noted that there was an assurance to be offered admission in one.
However, Ogen said “With continued modification of the unified examination, prospective students are given the opportunity to choose their most preferred and would consider other tertiary institutions only as a last resort.
The Provost however acknowledged harmonizing matriculation examinations, but stressed that implementation may sabotage the good intention of the policy.
To sustain teacher education, Ogen pointed out that the Nigerian society at different levels must properly perceive the college of education system to encourage candidates to seek admission into the colleges of education willingly and not as a last resort.
He expressed the need to urgently rescue the college of education system from imminent collapse.
The COEASU President, Nuhu Ogirima noted that besides the University system, which usually registered a huge subscription between 95 and 97 percent, about two million candidates applying through JAMB, subscription to other tertiary institutions through the same UTME is ‘abysmally’
According to him, the overwhelming preference for University education is not suggestive of an outright distaste for other institutions.
The three-day COEASU Southwest Conference where various papers were presented by eminent scholars was chaired by NIEPA Director-General, Prof Lilian Salami who also delivered a key-note address to participants.
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