The Senate yesterday passed a bill amending the Federal Colleges of Education Act 1998 which now allows such institutions to award degrees.
The passage of the bill titled, “A Bill for an Act to Repeal the Federal Colleges of Education Act, 1998”, followed the consideration of a report by the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND.
Senator Sandy Onuh, who presented the report on behalf of the chairman, Ahmad Babba Kaita, said the core objective of the bill was to provide for a legislative framework to support the Federal Colleges of Education Act, 1998.
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According to the lawmaker, it also seeks to allow for the running of degree courses under the supervision of the National Universities Commission (NUC).
“Hitherto, most colleges in Nigeria offer degree programmes in affiliation with some universities in Nigeria to nurture career teachers to augment the shortfall of teachers and to meet learning, research, instructional, and teaching needs of the prospective students in Nigeria and beyond.
“However, this framework enables the colleges of education in Nigeria, to offer Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE), First Degree (B.sc/B.A), and similar certification in the area of its core subjects on both full-time and part-time basis,” Onuh said.
He added that the legislation would be a lasting solution to the yearning of the Nigerian people in the area of teacher education within the context of the overall national educational development agenda.