Hammed Shittu in Ilorin
The North-central Coordinator of the National Teachersâ€™ Institute (NTl), Alhaja Titillayo Belgore, and a retired headmaster in the Kwara State Civil Service, Alhaji Suleiman Agaka have called for the resuscitation of grade two teacher certificate scheme in the country.
This they said would help in addressing the dwindling quality of education in the country.
The duo, who spoke in separate interviews with our correspondent in Ilorin on the state of education in the country, said the development would also assist the education to return to its past glory.
“The abolition of the scheme has several negative impacts on the foundation level of the nationâ€™s education system.”
The educators described teaching as a special profession which other professionals rely on for the success of the countryâ€™s education sector, adding that as such, it needs to be handled by specialised personnel.
They noted that several holders of the Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) in primary schools across the nation lack the basic rudiments of teaching, adding that the development is damaging to the countryâ€™s education system, especially at foundation level.
They also stated that some states which retained the scheme have been reaping the benefits, especially at the primary school level which is the foundation.
They therefore appealed to the three tiers of government in the country not to take the issue of education development with levity, stressing that it is one basic index for the economic development of the country.