REGISTRAR of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Dibu Ojerinde, has lamented the sorry state of education and poor quality of teachers in the country, calling on stakeholders in the sector, particularly colleges of education, to help improve on the quality through standard admission criteria.
Ojerinde said these, on Tuesday, during the first technical meeting on the 2013/2014 admissions to colleges of education, national diploma and national innovative diploma-awarding institutions, at the Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo.
He said: “You are reminded to strictly follow the guidelines as outlined by the proprietors of your institutions and the Technical/Non-technical ratio for polytechnics and mono-technics. The quota for each course and the criteria used in admitting the candidates must be indicated on the print-outs.”
He attributed the decline in the quality of education and teacher training to poor funding and deteriorating learning environment, saying the Western Region did its best to put those conditions in place.
“Those days were great. Teachers in training had full scholarship, even a stipend of five pounds per month. We had free accommodation, free meals and in fact, free textbooks supplied by the Western Regional government under the government of Colonel Adekunle Fajuyi of blessed memory. He encouraged teachers and teacher training.
“At the end of Nigeria Certificate of Education (NCE) training, we could teach GCE Ordinary level to the top classes of secondary schools without any problem. Now, what is the matter? What is happening? Why is it so bad in education nowadays? NCE graduates at this time cannot defend their certificates. They indulge in destructive and meaningless protests,” Ojerinde said.
Provost of the Adeyemi College of Education, Professor Adeyemi Idowu, said examination malpractice was one of the factors working against quality education, expressing optimism that the five-year jail term recently stipulated against offenders would go a long way in reducing the menace at secondary and tertiary education levels.
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