COVID -19: Needs for TRCN re­po­si­tion as a 21st cen­tury Teach­ers Reg­u­la­tor for ‘New Nor­mal’ – Ex­perts

•Says the fu­ture of a na­tion is de­ter­mined by the qual­ity of its ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem •Teach­ing pro­fes­sion be im­proved upon

Business Day (Nigeria) - - EDUCATION - MARK MAYAH

Pro­duc­tion of skilled man­power needed in Nige­ria and in­deed other coun­tries in the sub- sa­ha­ran re­gion to com­pact the ef­fect of coro­n­avirus pan­demic, may suf­fer if teach­ers, teach­ers train­ers and reg­u­la­tors are not ad­e­quately and prop­erly equipped.

Pan­elists at Ax­iom Learn­ing So­lu­tions CSR vir­tual we­bi­nar work­shop last week, ac­knowl­edged that, say­ing with the global health cri­sis, aca­demic pro­cesses have changed, dis­rupt­ing the old nor­mal and throw­ing a new nor­mal.

In their var­i­ous sub­mis­sion on the themed: “The Teach­ing pro­fes­sion and Reg­u­la­tion Post COVID-19, The Nige­rian per­spec­tive’’, they urged the need for pos­i­tive Pub­lic/pri­vate part­ner­ship to res­cue”our ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem from im­mi­nence col­lapse.”

The pur­pose of the work­shop, ac­cord­ing to co-founder, Ax­iom Learn­ing So­lu­tions, Ani Charles Bassey-eyo, “is to gain per­spi­cal­ity into ef­fec­tive tac­tics to man­age in­no­va­tions and dis­rup­tions in the ecosys­tem, reg­u­lat­ing the 21st cen­tury teacher us­ing tech­nol­ogy to drive strat­egy and reg­u­la­tion, build­ing in­sti­tu­tional ca­pac­ity, as well as the role of TRCN as reg­u­la­tor.

In his sub­mis­sion he said: ‘’ We need to sharpen the knowl­edge of our reg­u­la­tors to learn what is new nor­mal in their var­i­ous dis­ci­pline, com­pare notes, and un­der­stand how to nav­ighate the cur­rent chal­lenges which has caused halt­ing school­ing in Nige­ria due to the pan­demic.

“This is ac­tu­ally what the Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goal Four. “En­sur­ing in­clu­sive and eq­ui­table qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion and pro­mote life­long learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for all” try to achieve”, Bassey-eyo said.

Speak­ing at the oc­ca­sion, Olubukola Adebonojo, ob­serves that the gaps be­tween the ter­tiary pro­grammes and the re­quire­ments of the lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional work en­vi­ron­ment have also found many Nige­rian graduates lack­ing in com­pet­i­tive skills upon grad­u­a­tion.

Adebonojo opines that de­spite sev­eral ef­forts by both fed­eral and state gov­ern­ments through ini­tia­tives and in­ter­ven­tions to re­po­si­tion the Nige­rian ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem to meet global stan­dards, such ini­tia­tives were poorly im­ple­mented, while some far-reach­ing de­ci­sions were aban­doned re­sult­ing in cur­rent di­lap­i­dated state.

“I wish to em­pha­sise that while the reg­u­la­tory frame­work at the govern­ment level is some­what clear, there is lit­tle clar­ity re­gard­ing ed­u­ca­tion goals and ac­count­abil­ity for en­sur­ing that de­sired out­comes are met”.

Re­form­ing ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem pre­sup­poses pub­lic pri­vate part­ner­ship ar­range­ment as ed­u­ca­tion is both a pub­lic and a pri­vate con­cern with re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and ben­e­fits for the en­tire na­tion,” Adebonojo said. Ella Mok­galane in her com­ments on the topic, ‘Teach­ing Pro­fes­sion and Reg­u­la­tion post CO

VID-19’, said Nige­ria needs to re­fo­cus the con­ver­sa­tion about de­vel­op­ing this crit­i­cal sec­tor by fo­cus­ing on hav­ing an iden­ti­fied na­tional ed­u­ca­tion vi­sion that will drive pro­cesses and in­vest­ment go­ing for­ward.

Ac­cord­ing to her, it is very im­per­a­tive that as a na­tion, Nige­ria’s ed­u­ca­tion is tied to what is called a na­tional vi­sion.

“Why are pri­mary, sec­ondary and uni­ver­si­ties go­ing to school? And how will their ed­u­ca­tion im­pact the econ­omy or the vi­sion of the na­tion?” she said.

Muham­mad ju­naid ob­served that govern­ment, pri­vate and non-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions over the years have been work­ing in si­los, by not pool­ing re­sources to achieve a very clear im­pact, adding that if man­agers of the econ­omy don’t ad­dress this root cause, the coun­try will con­tinue go­ing in cy­cles.

“Both the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor should li­aise pos­i­tively at res­cu­ing the ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem,” Ju­naid said.

Other Pan­elists at the ocas­sion in­cludes, Ella Mok­galane, CEO, South Africa Coun­cil for Ed­u­ca­tion (SACE), Muham­mad Ju­naid (prof ), former Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary, Na­tional Com­mis­sion for Col­leges of Ed­u­ca­tion and Ade Adekola, founder& di­rec­tor, Bo­lari De­signs Works.

Adamu Adamu, ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter

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