The visitation panels set up by the Kwara state government on the state-owned Colleges of Education in Ilorin, Lafiagi, and Oro, have canvassed for the revision and review of the schools’ structure.
The panel also called for the review of the management, principle and practice of teacher education for the promotion of qualitative education in the state.
A professor of Education and Chairman of the Visitation Panel to Lafiagi College of Education, Prof. Shehu Jimoh, made the call on behalf of other panels during the submission of their reports to the state, governor, Alhaji (Dr.) Abdulfatah Ahmed.
Jimoh said the panels believed that qualified, experienced educationists should be appointed as chairmen and members of the various Governing Councils of Colleges of Education in order to avert conflicts in the administration of the institutions.
The panels, according to Jimoh, also found out that reforms and re-organisations of the Colleges of Education must be borne out of strategic planning and data, while “the best teachers and students must be encouraged to go into teacher training programmes.”
The governor, in his remarks, said the visitation panels were set up to identify the challenges in the teacher training institutions in line with his administration’s education reform agenda of creating a conducive atmosphere for learning using enhanced education infrastructure.
“It is well known that the quality of a child’s education has direct correlation to the foundation laid at the basic level. Ordinarily, this foundation is determined by the quality of teaching, especially at the primary and junior secondary school levels and by extension, the standard of training at colleges of education,” the governor said .
Governor Ahmed assured members of the panels that their reports would be studied for immediate implementation.