The Federal Government on Tuesday, said admissions into tertiary institutions conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board may need to be reviewed, in order to adequately cater for colleges of education and other tertiary institutions.
Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, made this know to newsmen in Katsina State, said the process of admission into tertiary institution need to be re-examine retrospectively in order to correct possible errors.
The minister was responding to an earlier remark by the Provost of the Federal College of Education, Katsina, Professor M.A. Wasagu, that there had been decline in population of students at the colleges, owing to the United Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) conducted by JAMB.
Wasagu had noted that only the dregs of candidates who sit for UTME annually and fail to gain admission into universities were left for the colleges.
He said: “A major challenge is the decline in students population. With the unified JAMB examination, colleges of education were left with students who could not gain admission into the universities.
“It is hoped that a policy will be developed to guarantee colleges enough students to be admitted,” he said.
The minister, however, said a national summit on education would soon be convened to deliberate on issues affecting the education sector, in order to come up with a realistic roadmap to move the sector forward.
Shekarau, who was on an impact assessment tour of federal tertiary institutions in the state, commissioned some completed Tertiary Education Trust (TETfund) projects in the college, including 150-capacity lecture hall, School of Secondary Education Sciences and School of Primary Education and Early Childhood Care Education, among others.
He said the commissioning of the projects was in line with the determination of the Federal Government to increase access to tertiary education, while at the same time would improve on the quality of education.
He urged teachers in the country to see their assignment as critical to national development, saying education remained the only vehicle through which any nation could be developed.
He also said the Federal Government would do all it could to attract more young Nigerians into teaching profession.
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