The falling standard of Education in Nigeria has been attributed to the scrapping of the Teachers’ Colleges.
The Speaker, Taraba State House of Assembly, Professor Albasu Kunini disclose this during this Year’s World Teachers Day Celebration in Jalingo.
The Speaker, Represented by his Chief of Staff, Sakuji Bakoji said such need unilateral action by the federal government.
He was speaking as the Special Guest of Honour at this year’s World Teachers’ Day Celebration, organized by Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS), Taraba State Chapter, on Tuesday, 5th October, in Jalingo, the State Capital.
The Speaker described the erstwhile Teachers’ Grade II Certificate as the basic qualification for the teaching profession.
According to him, majority of the present day teachers both at primary and secondary schools in the country lacked the requisite qualification and basic foundation, thereby have adverse effects on their pupils and students.
“Unlike in those days where teachers had basic foundation at Teachers’ Colleges, today majority of our teachers lack such basic foundation and qualification, following the scrapping of the Teachers’ Colleges and Grade II Certificate; in fact, there is no fear of contradiction to state that the scrapping of the Teachers’ Colleges and Grade II Certificate has remained the major cause of unqualified teachers in the country.
“The abolition of the Teachers’ Colleges and Grade II Certificate has made the Colleges of Education the last resort for those who could not make it to universities and other first-choice tertiary institutions, by obtaining the National Certificate in Education (NCE) and automatically become teachers.
“But the holders of Grade II Certificate were noted for their professionalism, deep knowledge of teaching methods, commitment to duty, passion for the teaching profession and were role models to their pupils and students.”
The Speaker further described the teaching profession as unique and required basic training to master it, stressing that the mass failure of final examinations by pupils and students was as a result of unqualified teachers who taught them.
“Today, there is scarcity of teachers with adequate degree of intellectual and professional background for the teaching profession; the teaching profession is now perceived as a profession for non-peformers. In other words, the teaching profession is inundated with different characters and charlatans who should have no business in the noble profession at all.
“The teaching profession demands a level of commitment and dedication; one needs to be qualified before becoming a teacher.
“Therefore, some students fail examinations because they don’t understand the teaching methods of their teachers, most of whom have nothing to offer in the teaching profession.
“This reminds me of a popular song by the renowned Afro-beat music maestro, late Fella Anikulapo-Kuti, that ‘Teacher don’t teach me nonsense,'” he explained.
On the theme of this year’s World Teachers’ Day Celebration, “Teachers at the Heart of Education Recovery,” the Speaker strongly argued that the actualization of the theme would remain a mirage if the present precarious situation of the education system has persisted in the country.
‘The sad irony is that the teachers in the country, too, are in deep quagmire and in dire need of being rescued. Thus, the rhetorical question is, ‘Who will rescue the rescuers?”
” There is no gainsaying the fact that the education sector in Nigeria is bedeviled by myriad of problems ranging from poor funding and failing to meet the benchmark of 26 per cent of the annual national budget set by the United Nations (UN), lack of teacher’s welfare, politicization of education sector by the three tiers of government, poor governance, corruption, indiscipline, poor parenting and guidance, to lack of teaching aids,” he added.
Earlier, in his welcome address, the State Chairman of ASUSS, Comrade Sule Abasu, applauded Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku for revamping the education sector in the State, by providing the necessary learning environment which catapulted the State to the Club of Frontline states in the federation in terms of excellent performance in both WASSCE and NECO.
“We remain indebted to the administration for its determination to revamp the education sector; this administration saved us the Herculean task of traveling outside the State to register our final year students for final examinations, especially WASSCE.
“Not only that, His Excellency also ensured the establishment of WAEC office in the State, donated a parcel of land for the building of permanent office, plus a donation of Peugeot 406 to enhance its performance,” he said.
The Occasion featured, presentation of certificate of commendation to some deserving principals, cutting of the 2021 World Teachers’ Day Celebration cake and award of Excellence to the Governor for his meritorious performance in the education sector in the State.