Governor Fayemi upgrades College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti to university

Governor Fayemi upgrades College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti to university

Governor Fayemi upgrades College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti to university 42-year-old College of Education, Ikere Ekiti has been upgraded to the University of Education, Science, and Technology, Ikere Ekiti by the Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.

College of Education, Ikere Ekiti was established initially as the defunct Ondo State College of Education, Ikere Ekiti with an Edict on December 5, 1977, and as the premier institution of the State. The College was primarily conceived as a training centre for teachers of Technical Education. The College was also to be unique in the sense that it would principally train Technical and Vocational Education teachers without neglecting academic areas of study. To give respectability and acceptability to its programme, the College was affiliated to the then University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) which eventually approved her courses and sponsored same for the approval of the National Joint Consultative Committee on education (JCCE) in February 1979. Thus, all programmes of the College were moderated by the University.

But in 1992, the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) was established to supervise all tertiary education in Nigeria and it has since laid the minimum standards for all programs of teacher education and accrediting certificates and other academic awards in the Colleges of education.

The College got government approval for the running of the NCE (Primary) Sandwich Programme in 1987, the B.Ed Sandwich, and B.Ed Regular Programmes (in affiliation with the University of Nigeria, Nsukka) in 1992 and 2004 respectively.

As a tertiary institution, the College applies herself to research, organizing lectures, seminars, conferences, and other scholarly activities, to extend the frontiers of knowledge and carry out other activities that are in consonance with her statutory functions. She has the power to confer fellowships on distinguished Nigerians and also takes part in commercial activities. Since its inception, the College has adequately fulfilled these roles so much that she is regarded as one of the leading colleges of Education in the Country today. Her lecturers publish their research results in learned journals all over the world. She encourages further development of knowledge and cross-breeding of ideas through her staff development and sabbatical leave programs.

The Governor spoke in Ado Ekiti while signing into law the bill on the upgrade of the College of Education to a University. According to him, the move was part of his administration’s commitment to the promotion of knowledge in the state.

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Governor Fayemi upgrades College of Education, Ikere-Ekiti to university

Fayemi lauded the State House of Assembly led by Funminiyi Afuye on the passage of the bill upgrading the college to a university, saying it showed the commitment of the lawmakers. He further remarked that the passage of the bill by the lawmakers was done in the best interest of the people of Ekiti.

Earlier, the Speaker, Funminiyi Afuye, said the bill was one of the 32 passed by the sixth Assembly and signed into law by the governor.

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