TEACHER EDUCATION IN NIGERIA: CHALLENGES FOR COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

January 2019 | JONTTE


Corresponding Author E-mail: ogudeesther@yahoo.com
Published: 08 January 2019

Abstracts


The quality of life and work in our colleges of education, and the very
environment in which teaching and learning take place, have become a thing of
shame and a source of embarrassment to many of us who have an idea of what
educational institutions should look like. Indeed too many things have happened
within the last thirty years to the structure, the management, the administration,
the supervision, and the financing of schools, colleges in Nigeria, culminating in
a serious dislocation of our educational system, whose symptoms are the much
decried fall in academic standards, widespread indiscipline, examination
malpractice, frequent riots, and violent cult activities. Perhaps an even greater
dislocation has occurred in the psyche of the contemporary Nigerian teacher,
whose morale is now very low. This paper talks about the challenges facing
colleges of education in Nigeria. The senseless politicisation of education by
government, the gross neglect of education in the allocation of funds by
successive governments. and the shabby treatment of teachers of all cadres,
have combined to rob education and the teaching profession of their traditional
pride, dignity and honour. This paper talks. It examines key recommendations of
two commissions (Phelps Stokes and Ashby) and their implications to the reform
and development of teacher education in Nigeria both during colonial era and
after independence. The paper further discusses the influence of these and other
reforms in shaping colleges of education in Nigeria, and finally suggests
solutions and a holistic approach for better colleges of education in Nigeria.

Keywords:

TEACHER EDUCATION IN NIGERIA:
CHALLENGES FOR COLLEGE OF EDUCATION


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