The National Senior Secondary Education Commission (NSSEC), has sought for collaboration with the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE), to promote the education standard of teachers and students in the country.
This is contained in a statement signed by the
Head,Public Relation and Protocol of the commission, Hajia Fatima Bappare and made available to newsmen in Abuja on Thursday.
Bappare quoted the Executive Secretary of NSSEC, Dr Iyela Ajayi to have said that his Commission had gone round the six geo-political zones to stimulate collaboration with stakeholders to critique the ‘Zero Draft Minimum Standard’.
Speaking during a courtesy call on NCCE Executive Secretary, Prof. Paulinus Okwelle, Ajayi said that the minimum standard was to set a benchmark for all aspects of senior secondary education in the country.
He further disclosed that his Commission, saddled with the responsibility of repositioning senior secondary education in the country, had commenced proper planning on Senior Secondary School Database and production of the Zero Draft National Policies.
This, he said, were to strengthen senior secondary education and reposition the sector to meet international and societal needs.
He also revealed that NSSEC had commenced the reskilling and retooling of teachers of English language and Mathematics to meet the NSSEC’s minimum standards in these subjects.
He called on the NCCE to support his Commission in the area of capacity development of teachers.
Responding, Prof. Paulinus Okwelle revealed that the background of the Executive Secretary of the NSSEC as a former Provost of a College of Education, had strategically positioned him to succeed in his assignment.
Okwelle emphasised on the established ties between the two Commissions, noting that while the NSSEC produced the students, NCCE trained and groom the students to become teachers.
He further called on the Commission to collaborate with relevant stakeholders to review and restructure senior secondary education curriculum, adding that a well restructured curriculum would set the pace in repositioning secondary education in the county. (NAN)