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Teachers Have Greater Roles In Success Of SDGs – Joshua

Posted: Jun 29, 2016 at 1:43 pm   /   by   /   comments (1)

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Professor Monday Joshua, the Executive Secretary, National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) has said that teachers in the country particularly those in basic and secondary schools have critical roles to play in the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Speaking at the second annual National Conference of Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) organised by the FCT College of Education, Chapter, Professor Joshua remarked that NCCE would help Nigerian teachers to rise to the challenge of preparing the children for the future.

He spoke on “Teachers’ Education: Implications For Achieving SDGs In Nigeria By 2030.”

“The future, as we work towards the SDGs is full of promise and opportunities; and teachers have a critical role to play, we can help them rise up to this.

“We owe it to our children to effectively prepare and support teachers as they pour out their hearts to provide education. When we neglect this, we betray our children,”

“It is hoped that NCCE and the Colleges of Education across the Country would have significantly achieved the SDGs by the institutionalization of Inclusive and Equitable quality Teacher education as well as promotion of life – long learning opportunities for all, by 2030″, he said

He said that, the NCCE, in response to the widespread criticism on the existing NCE programmes were not producing the required manpower for Basic Education,  has revised and updated the existing NCE Minimum Standards documents, adding that new programmes have been added to address the existing teacher needs at the basic education level.

The new programmes, according to him, are now more focused toward the attainment of Education For All (EFA) demands and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“In addition to the existing two subjects’ combination in NCE programme, which is suited for the preparation of the B.Sc. (Ed)/B.A (Ed) degree programmes, the new Minimum Standards document is now targeted at prodproducing specialist teachers for Pre-Primary Education or Early Childhood and  Care Education, Primary Education, Junior Secondary Education, Adult and Non-FormalEducation, Special Needs Education.

“Thus, for those who are aspiring to go further, the new programmes are suited for B.Ed degrees and are level specific. This simply means that we are beginning to prepare specialised teachers for each of the five levels of basic education listed above.

“In view of the fundamental changes in teacher education that the above new programmes represent, an Implementation Framework to guide NCE-awarding institutions has been produced to accompany the revised and expanded Minimum Standards documents. The Framework sets standards for curriculum practice.

“It provides the background that has informed the development of the new teacher education programmes and also gives practical guidelines as to what is expected to be done by administrators, teachers and students in the process of implementing the curriculum,” Professor Joshua explained

He expressed optimism that these along with other innovative ideas would ensure uniformity in practice across all the NCE-awarding institutions.

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