The Registrar, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, TRCN, Prof. Segun Ajiboye, has urged the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board to raise the bar of admission into colleges and faculties of education in order to ensure that the best brains get to teaching profession.
Ajiboye made the call on Thursday while presenting the 488th inaugural lecture of the University of Ibadan entitled, ‘Teaching: In the classroom as a regulator.’
According to him, lowering cut-off mark for education courses would negatively impact the quality of professionals who would eventually be engaged in classrooms to teach the pupils.
Ajiboye, a Professor of Social Studies, Civic and Environmental Studies at the University of Ibadan, stated that cut-off to education related courses should rank among the highest.
“Admission into colleges of education and Faculties of Education in Nigeria should be stricter. The current practice is dangerous for the future of our education. Those who want to teach our children should be the best in our society and not the dregs. The UTME cut-off marks into colleges of Education and Faculties of Education, if possible, should rank among the highest.
“The hydra-headed crisis of quality and quantity of teachers demands a strong policy response. Rebuilding the system should take into account how the once cherished vocation, the mother of all professions should attract the best brains and retain them.”
He said Nigeria needs to urgently review the teacher education policy and programmes in order to produce 21st century teachers.
Ajiboye stated that teacher training, welfare and an environment that promotes learning must be pursued and provided for best learning outcomes.
He expressed concern that COVID-19 has challenged Nigeria’s education system adding that it is important that teacher education programme be reviewed to meet modern day challenges of globalization and post-COVID era.
“We must urgently do a review of our teacher education policy and program to produce teachers for the 21st century classroom. The rest of the world is not waiting for Nigeria. Professional training is critical, just as mastery of subject matter, teachers’ welfare and an environment that promotes learning. It is, therefore, important to stress the fact that the need for a review of our teacher education programme is long overdue.
“To meet the challenges of globalization, efforts should be put in place for an immediate review of the curricular, methodology, motivation and resources components of our programme. Teaching today demands a lot more of sophistication than previously, therefore pre-service teachers needs to be adequately equipped to meet the classroom demands.
“It is, therefore, incumbent upon governments through their respective Ministries to ensure that quality education is provided to our youth. For quality education to be achieved there must be adequate quality teachers who have gone through quality training, hence the need to re-brand and re-profile the teacher.
“For this to be realized there is the need to regulate the teaching profession with a view to ensuring the provision of quality teachers for quality teaching and learning.”