Plans to develop standards to regulate training and assessment of quality Science and Technology educators in country's basic education sector were recently concluded by the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE). It was stated by the commission, during the inauguration of the National Committee on Science and Technology Education Standards and Assessment (NACOSATES) in Abuja recently, that the committee would evolve performance norms and standards for Science and Technology teachers in colleges of education. It was stated by NCCE that the standards required for quality Nigeria Certificate on Education (NCE) in Science and Technology (S&T) would be set up by NACOSATES.
Additionally, it is to evolve performance norms to assist colleges of education in selecting S&T lecturers; develop test instruments for isolating effective S&T, NCE educators; determine training needs for S&T teachers at the NCE level and recommend necessary policy shifts for the production of quality S&T educators in the country. Chairman, NCCE Governing Board, Dr. Jerry Agada mentioned that there existed multiple gaps in structure, content and pedagogical skills of NCE graduates, adding that they were deficient in computer literacy, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), small scale research techniques, learning disability, multi-grade classes teaching and improvisational skills, as well as the ability to teach in diverse situations. This information was availed through the collaborative research by the commission and UNESCO. The committee comprises 10 sub-committees in various fields in Science and Technology such as Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Integrated Science, Computer Science, Agricultural Education, Physical and Health Education, Home Economics and Technical Education.
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