Nigerian govt approves establishment of six more colleges of education

President Muhammadu Buhari

The Nigerian federal government has approved the establishment of six more colleges of education across the country.

President Muhammadu Buhari reportedly granted the approval based on the recommendations from the Federal Ministry of Education to set up the teacher education institutions in six states spread across the geopolitical zones of the country.

The approval was announced on Thursday by the Personal Assistant to the President on New Media, Bashir Ahmed, via his Twitter handle.

Mr Ahmed wrote: “President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the establishment of six new federal colleges of education in each of the six geo-political zones of the country. •Bauchi •Benue •Ebonyi •Osun •Sokoto •Edo.”

Sources across these states confirmed to this medium that they had already started receiving officials of the Federal Ministry of Education who are supposed to conduct on site evaluation of the sites of the schools and plan towards building appropriate infrastructure for them to commence academic programmes later in the year.

Letter added tp the respective host state governors dated mid-April also confirm the development. understands that there are 152 colleges of education in Nigeria out of which only 21 are owned by the federal government.

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Also, state governments own 49 others while private entities own 82.

The Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) is awarded at the successful completion of a programme at a college of education.

The NCE is also obtainable in a few polytechnics with education courses as well as the National Teachers’ Institute (NTI).

The successful completion of these programmes qualify students to obtain the minimum academic certificate to be teachers in Nigeria.

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