Don urges govt to establish teacher education council

Nigeria educationPROFESSOR of Educational Leadership at the of University of Abuja, Prof. Salihu Yusufu Ingawa, has urged the Federal Government to urgently establish a teachers’ education council, and saddle it with the mandate of regulating matters related to teacher education at all levels.
Prof. Ingawa while delivering the 14th University of Abuja Lecture titled, “Teaching: The Unsung Profession,” explained that the teacher education council should also have the legal authority to conduct teaching practice for all beginning teachers, as obtained in professions such as law, medicine and accounting.

“This is especially necessary because without any doubt the teacher training institutions have lost the capacity to supervise, assess and or monitor successfully, the teaching practice segment of pre-service teachers.

“Teacher training institutions should be left with the theoretical components of the pre-service training, while the teachers’ education council takes over practical aspect in the form of pedagogy and teaching practice.

He opined that the arrangement would greatly empower the profession, make it formidable and capable of competing for social status with any profession in the country.

“The teachers’ education council should also work in harmony with the Teacher Registration Council and Quality Assurance Commission (to be established) to protect and uplift the status of teachers, enforcing their laws to the letter through coordinated efforts in partnership with each other.

He stressed the compelling need for the National Teachers Institute (NTI) to be mobilised to serve as the teachers’ clinic, where pre-service teachers go for their one-year pedagogic studies and teaching practice.

“The NTI is already strategically ready for this task as it has centres in each of the state of the federation for the conduct of its open and distance learning education programmes,” he stated.

Prof. Ingawa added that the NTI should serve the same purpose that the Nigeria Law School is serving the Council for Legal Education, while adding that the new arrangement should work to foster the status of teachers and teacher education in the country.     He explained that the Federal Government has put in place an approved Teachers Education Policy, which is meant to add value to both pre and in-service teacher professional development into practice but is yet to be implemented.

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