A university lecturer, Professor Josephat Okechukwu Ogbuagu has decried the low enrolment of students for the Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) programmes in colleges of education in the country.
Prof. Ogbuagu, described the low enrolment of students as the greatest threat facing colleges of education nationwide.
The former Provost, Federal College of Education (Technical) Umunze, Anambra State made the assertion in a lecture entitled ‘Leadership Challenges in the Administration of Colleges of Education’ in Nigeria which he delivered on Friday at the Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, Owerri, Imo State.
Ogbuagu, who is at present, Dean, Faculty of Physical Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka reasoned that the low enrolment would lead to the low production of quality teachers which would adversely impact on the country’s educational development.
He described teacher quality as key to proper education which enhances intellectual reasoning and increases capacity to learn and understand.
The former Chairman, Committee of Federal Provosts called on the federal government to grant autonomy to colleges of education to award both degrees and NCE.
He said, “Key to proper education is teacher quality and proper education enhances intellectual reasoning increases capacity to learn, reason and understand.
“We need to produce highly motivated, contentious and efficient classroom teachers for all levels of our educational systems for development since it is said that no education can ride above the quality of teachers.”
Ogbuagu enjoined leaders in the educational sector to imbibe transparency, honesty, sincerity, integrity, commitment to the nation-building and loyalty in the discharge of their duties.
The public lecture was to mark the end of tenure of 12th substantive provost of Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, Owerri, Dr. Dan Anyanwu.
In his remarks, Anyanwu paid glowing tribute to the guest lecturer, Prof. Ogbuagu, who he described as an educationist par excellence.
According to him, Ogbuagu provided him with wise counsel and guidance which helped him immensely during his tenure.
Anyanwu said; “When I got appointed as an acting Provost, I was looking for someone close to guide me. He was a source of great help to me. I always call him because he’s very versatile, serves and has served well. He was the Chairman Committee of Provost and I always relied on him. I want to really thank God that he’s here today.
Highlights of the public lecture were the presentation of three new publications; Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, Owerri: A Chronicle of Excellence (1963-2022), Chronicle of the Achievements of Dr Dan C Anyanwu (2017-2022) and the Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education Newsletter.