Group Photograph of NCCE Accreditation Team and Management of ATAP Bauchi. Photo by Abubakar Baba Ahmad.
By Abubakar Baba Ahmad.
The National Commission for Colleges of Education NCCE has warned that any NCE awarding institution running Teacher Education Programmes with expired, failed or zero accreditation is operating illegally and in contravention of its act.
The Executive Secretary of the Commission Professor Paulinus Okwelle sounded the warning during the commencement of accreditation visitation exercise at Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic Bauchi.
Professor Paulinus Okwelle represented by the Director Academic Programme Dr Umar Adamu Kwami said the commission is mandated to ensure all NCE awarding institutions operate according to established laws towards graduating quality teachers of basic education, hence the need for them to work in line with the National Certificate in Education Minimum Standards to avoid sanction or prosecution.
He said during the four day exercise, 19 NCE programmes comprising of technical education, vocational education, science education, primary education and early childhood care education under the school of vocational and technical education would be assessed.
The Executive Secretary used to medium to appeal to the polytechnic to provide all the necessary information required towards the smooth execution of the exercise for the development of teacher education programmes.
Earlier, the Acting Rector Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic Bauchi Dr Hashim Bello said being a hybrid institution with varieties of programmes to include degree, NCE, Diploma and HND, the polytechnic has maintained its standard as one of the best in the northeast sub region.
Dr Hashim Bello said the institution succeeded in training the youth to curtail restiveness and other vices especially by providing them with skilled manpower in science, technology, commerce and Humanities.
He expressed appreciation to the federal and state government, TETFund, NUC, NBTE and NCCE for their continued support and interventions towards the development and advancement of the polytechnic.
The NCCE Accreditation exercise which comes up after every five years is expected to assess the level of implementation of the Teacher Education Programmes curriculum, teaching and learning facilities, administrative and financial management among others.