From Agaju Madugba, Katsina
The Isa Kaita College of Education, Dutsinma, Katsina State, has received the approval of the National Universities Commission (NUC) to award Bachelor of Education degrees in eight programmes.
Speaking at the weekend during the school’s maiden combined convocation ceremony, the Provost, Dr. Maigari Abdu, said the development followed recent NUC and the Ahmadu Bello University visitation teams which assessed resources at the college.
The provost noted that the school also had affiliations with a number of other institutions including the Bayero University, Kano, Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto, as well as the University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom, among others.
He described “brain drain” as one of the major challenges facing the school as a result of the establishment of three universities in the state.
“It is our hope to see the college take a leadership role in restoring the lost glory, respect and esteem of the teaching profession by producing skilled and competent teachers across all levels of education with the appropriate character to mould our future generations in an ever changing world.
“I call on our stakeholders to redouble their support to the college to enable it utilize its potentials and realize its aspiration and vision of one day transforming into a world class University of Education,” he said.
Governor Aminu Bello Masari reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to strengthening the quality of education at all levels in the state.
“As soon as we took over administration of the state, government embarked on massive rehabilitation and upgrade of schools and colleges which were abandoned by the previous administration in the state,” he said.
He said government would soon issue a white paper on the report of visitation panel to the state’s tertiary institutions.
The college administered honourary fellowship awards on Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdumuminu Kabir Usman, Emir of Daura, Alhaji Umar Farouk Umar, and a former military administrator of the state, Col. John Yahaya Madaki.