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Friday, 20 February 2015

EDUCATION: Federal Govt of Nigeria to Make DEGREE as Minimum Qualification to Be a Teacher in Nigeria

The Federal Government has concluded arrangements to make university first degree the minimum teaching qualification in Nigeria, according to the Minister of Education, Ibrahim Shekarau. Shekarau said this while receiving visiting Finns ambassador to Nigeria, Pirjo Suomela-Chowdhury. The envoy had told the minister that all teachers in Finland had a minimum of Masters Degree because “teaching is a highly competitive profession due to huge interest by too many qualified people.”

Shekarau said the Federal Government would explore all measures to restore the respect, dignity and status of teachers in the country, adding that the target of the Federal Government was “to make First Degree as minimum teaching qualification.”

He said the minimum teaching qualification in Nigerian schools, since 1980, had been the National Certificate in Education.

The minister said that there were currently a number of graduates teaching in primary schools in the country.

Shekarau recalled that the country was able to get over the practice in the past where primary school leavers were engaged in teaching, saying “the level was raised to Teacher Grade III in the 1960s and later on in the early 70s, it was minimum of Grade II, this was later phased out in early 80s to minimum of NCE.”

“Gradually we will get there. We hope that a day will come when all our schools, including pre-primary will be handled by university graduates,” he added.

He said that apart from the general agenda of government to improve access to quality education, he said he was particularly concerned as the education minister to improve the quality of teachers.

“We must continuously increase the number of teachers, improve the quality of teachers, improve the condition of teacher training institutions and continuously review the curriculum of teacher education to make sure it catches up with the challenges, address that issues of teachers’ welfare and job security”, the minister stated.

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FACEBOOK COMMENTS

Yvonne Onaibe

This should have been from the onset

Urica Angelrex Kate

Let them also make 80k d minimum salary for teachers.mtchew

Oghayei Ziggy John

So all d persons wit NCE dem nko?dos stil doin d prog nko?yeye dey smell.

Enyinda Nathaniel Okey

they should think about d pay and inducements. dh National Policy on Education document prescribes NCE as minimum for elementary school teaching. but many teachers even at d secondary schl level dont have it. graduates are not being employed in schools because of pay.

Salako Stephen

Good one

Ogar Paul Adogo

Minister ur broda Buhari will never b a teacher after his UK trip.

Jeremiah Ademolu

Same degree holder to qualify for the office of president, vice president, senate, House of assembly, minister, governor, LG chairmam even the counsellor and their salary should be same with them.

Emeka Solomon

Teachers' salary should be more than presidents' salary then.

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