Scrap Colleges of Education and Polytechnics Or Increase Cut Off Marks – Olusola Adeyeye
The call for the scrapping of Colleges of Education and Polytechnics has been reiterated by Senator Olusola Adeyeye, Senate chief whip. Dimeji Bankole in 2016 calls for increase in cut off-points.
The Senate chief whip calls for colleges of education and polytechnics in Nigeria to be scrapped.
Mr. Adeyeye said this on Tuesday during a JAMB event in Abuja tagged, “Strategic planning on the conduct of the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation.”
According to the senator, there is no serious future for a society that makes the weakest its teachers.
He said this in reference to products from colleges of education and polytechnics.
Adeyeye said “The educational structures that gave rise to the institutions such as ‘standard six, grade one, grade two and grade three had already been phased out.
“During admission process, the best students go to the universities, second best students go to the polytechnics while others go to colleges of education and such students are expected to be teachers and teach best students.
“I have my private fears. I don’t believe God will solve Nigeria’s problem, we are to make it work. If you want to see the future of any society, visit their schools.
”There is no serious future for a society that makes the weakest its teachers.”
Senator Olusola’s assertion corroborate Dimeji Bankole’s notion on the cut off marks required to gaining admission into Nigeria’s college of Education in 2016.
DIMEJI BANKOLE’S REMARKS
A former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, spoke at the second distinguished guest lecture of the Year 2016 Registry Day of the Federal College of Education, Osiele, Abeokuta, stated that colleges of education are supposed to have the highest cut-off points as they are the builders and moulders of future leaders.
He reasoned that Nigeria was suffering from bad leadership because of bad teachers.
The former Speaker said, “At present, to gain admission into universities and polytechnics, students must achieve pass marks at or above the cut-off points of 160-180.
“On the same scale of measurement, the cut-off point for admission to a college of education is 130. This means that the system is pre-disposed to select poorer academic performers to train as teachers for our children.
“If we are selecting poorer academic performers to train and teach our students, how can we expect our students to be high achievers, if all through their formative academic years, they are separated from the brightest minds and not forced to push themselves past the standards and achievements of individuals who are unable to gain admission into university?
“This is no joking matter. Our colleges of education should have the highest cut-off points, attract the smartest students, because they matter too much for the future of this country.” Bankole concluded.