By Olubusuyi Adenipekun
AS a result of the poor quality of teachers being produced by the nationâ€™s Colleges of Education as exemplified by their lack of in-depth knowledge of subject contents, the Governing Council members of Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED) have been urged to review the teachers education programme of the college and give premium to Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in order to enable the student-teachers of the college compete with their counterparts anywhere in the world.
The Lagos State Commissioner of Education, who is also the Deputy Governor, Princess Sarah Adebisi Sosan, handed out this challenge to the council members when they paid her a courtesy visit in her office, explaining that the review has become necessary because of the poor performance of teachers in the country.
She said: â€œWe are facing a big challenge in the area of education. We need to review the curriculum to meet the challenges of the current time. Most of the teachers being produced today lack in-depth knowledge of their subject content.â€
Sosan further urged the council members to designÂ communicative skills for students of the college, nothing that most of the teachers in the country today lack the communicative skills to effectively teach the content of the subjects.
The Governing Council of the college, which was inaugurated in May this year, was also urged by Sosan to carry out a sustainability assessment of the college and to compile a data-base of the collegeâ€™s old students, nothing that the alumni of the college, who are doing well in their chosen professions, abound and will be most willing to assist their alma mater.
The state Commissioner of Education, who is an alumnus of the college, commended the plan of the council to organise a fund-rasing activity for the college, pledging her willingness to support them and other developmental activities to be carried outÂ by the council.
The Governing Council chairman, Mrs. Victoria Akran, commended the state government for uplifting the education sector in the state. She stressed the need to assist the college further because its mega-city project needs to be complemented by high standard of education.
Akran assured that the council is committed to improving teaching and learning in the college by raising its standard of education delivery, saying that, â€œonce we get it right in AOCOED, then we will get it right in the educational standard in Lagos State.â€
She called for collaboration between the college, the state Ministry of Education as well as other educational agencies in the state in order to achieve the objectives of the college.