Most of 57 colleges of education are underfunded, substandard – Bauchi Assembly

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Rukayat Akanbi, Bauchi

The Bauchi State House of Assembly has lamented the illegal proliferation of colleges of education, it also claimed that most of the NCE awarding institutions were facing underfunding therefore resulting to their inability to be accredited.

The House Committee on Education in a report it presented to the House on Friday after its familiarization visit to institutions and agencies under its jurisdiction, said some of the finding of the committee were that; “Government has in the past abdicated its responsibilities of proper funding of education thereby allowing NGOs to take over.

“There is shortage of teachers in all institutions. There is proliferation of NCE awarding institutions in Bauchi State.”

It noted that, there are more than 57 NCE awarding institutions in the State, saying Bauchi Metropolis alone has 27 colleges of education with only 13 of them were properly accredited by National Council for Colleges of Education.

“The government should check the proliferation of NCE awarding institutions in the State as most of them didn’t meet the standard of such courses, ensure amounts appropriated to tertiary institutions are released to them as at when due.”

The committee expressed confidence with the ongoing reforms in the ministry of Education under Dr. Aliyu Tilde.

It charged executive arm to life up to its constitutional responsibility of providing quality education to it’s citizens.

The committee also recommended that the Government should ensure the fencing of all boarding secondary schools in order to safeguard students against intruders and theft of government properties. The government should also consider recruitment of more teachers for primary, secondary and tertiary institutions in the State.