The Rector, Niger State Polytechnic Zungeru, Dr. Umaru Egbako, on Monday, called for the reintroduction of teacher training colleges, to bridge existing gaps in teacher-student ratio in the country.
Egbako said, in Minna, that the move would ensure the training of professional teachers and add substance to the nation’s educational standard.
The rector observed that lack of qualified manpower had contributed to the low level of education and poor educational standard in the country.
He argued that only teachers with basic teaching skills would impart the required sound knowledge to students at all levels of the education system.
Egbako said that the reintroduction of teachers colleges remained a panacea to the absence of quality manpower in the teaching profession.
According to him, Nigeria’s educational system started experiencing downward trend since the introduction of the policy scrapping teachers colleges.
Egbako stressed that the only way forward was for government to reappraise its policy and allow for the establishment of teacher training colleges. (NAN)