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Governing Councils Seek Upgrade of COEs Into Varsities Of Education

Posted: May 6, 2015 at 12:23 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Innocent Oweh,  Abuja

Worried by the dichotomy between Bachelors and Higher National Diploma (HND) degree awarding institutions, the Committee of Chairmen of Governing Councils of Federal Colleges of Education has proposed to the Federal Government to upgrade some Colleges of Education to Universities of Education.

Rising from an emergency meeting which held at Alvan Ikoku College of Education, Owerri recently, the Committee also frowned at alleged encroachment on the properties of some member institutions.

The committee alleged that affected institutions include; Federal colleges of Education (Technical), Akoka and Owerri respectively by other government agencies.

Furthermore, the committee expressed displeasure over the continuous embargo on recruitment of staff especially in core areas such as in physics, chemistry, science and special education.

However, Chairman of the Committee, Senator Emma Anosike lauded the outgoing administration of President Goodluck Jonathan for its efforts at improving and facilitating the progress of the education sector through various educational agencies such as the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund).

He congratulated the President elect Gen. Mohammadu Buhari on his victory at the recent general election and wishes him the divine inspiration with which to direct the affairs of the country right.

Anosike listed the major achievements of the committee since inauguration in 2013 to include; “Playing a significant role in the quick resolution of the protracted labour crisis which engulfed the Colleges in the major part of 2014 by interfacing with the Hon. Minister of Education, liaising with the Federal Ministry of Education, National Commission for Colleges of Education and Federal Government to ensure that the colleges get their due share of funds and infrastructure”.

“Visit to most Colleges of Education for comparative purposes and identification of problems and prospects was also carried out by the committee.
“The significant contribution of the TETFUND toward funding of Tertiary Education in Nigeria remains invaluable to all stakeholders in the education sector.

“But we are displeased at the non- release or poor Capital projects in the Colleges which negates the vision of the founding fathers of these institutions,” the statement added.