Malam Adamu Adamu, Minister of Education, said on Tuesday decried the quality of teachers produced by teacher education institutions and their classroom performance.
Adamu said this in his address at a two-day Stakeholders retreat/workshop organised by the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) in Akwanga, Nasarawa.
Adamu, represented by Alhaji Muhammed Karage, Director, Basic and Secondary Education, Ministry of Education said government was already looking into the situation.
“It has been said times without number that no educational system can rise above its teachers.
“Hence, teacher professionalism issues have to be addressed now to save the profession from total collapse.
“Teacher education encompasees both the first form of professional training that prospective teachers receive and the continous professional development of serving teachers,” he said.
He said using students’ performance as a proxy measure of teacher quality, the results of the current monitoring of learning achievement at which performance of pupils was below 50 per cent in literacy, numeracy and life skills, shows the poor quality of teaching.
Adamu listed some of the challenges facing teacher education in Nigeria to include low quality of entrants into pre-service training; failure of the College and Faculties of Education to match teacher supply with demand and inadequate funding of teacher education.
He listed others to include bad teaching practice and implementation; and non-implementaion of the national teacher education policy; poor remuneration of teachers and non-implementation of teachers salary.
Adamu said that the Ministry would ensure that all the 151 Colleges of Education and 200 National Teachers Institute study centres keyed into the teacher education reforms to enhance professionalism.
He added that the ministry through the TRCN would also ensure that the 29 NCE curricular are updated regularly, and also ensure the launch of the National Teachers Education Policy.
The minister explained that the government would also ensure the improvement of the quality of teachers through consistent teacher professional development.