Standard Of Education In Africa
The Registrar of the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), Professor Segun Ajiboye, on Monday in Ibadan declared that the rapidly depreciating standard of education in Africa requires immediate attention.
Prof. Ajiboye revealed that as part of efforts to address this problem, TRCN was set to host the 7th Africa Federation of Teaching Regulatory Authorities (AFTRA) Conference to find solutions to issues bothering on how to ensure delivery of quality education in Africa, among other education-related pressing issues.
The conference entitled, “Teaching and Learning in Africa in the Context of Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4) and Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA) 2016-2025,” is aimed at creating a sustainable strategy for the delivery of quality education to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets.
Prof. Ajiboye said the conference which would hold between May 14-19 in Abuja, would provide opportunities for exchange of best practices between the statutory regulators of the teaching profession in Africa and members of the global community particularly the academia, ICT experts, employers of teachers, teachers unions, and international development partners.
The conference he said, would feature a presentation on the implications of terrorism, refugees and internally displaced for education in Africa as well as the professionalisation of teaching in Africa.
The Registrar who noted that attending to the poor quality of education quality in Africa was a continental decision stated that Nigeria, as well as Ibadan city, was also interested in ensuring that the current poor WAEC results and underachievement in schooling is reversed.
Prof. Ajiboye added that the African Union was hosting a special session in the conference where all Ministers of Education in Africa would discuss the progress on teacher professionalism and the teaching profession in Africa.
The TRCN boss maintained that while the last edition of the conference was hosted by South Africa, the choice of Nigeria for this global audience was not unconnected with the committed zeal of Nigeria to professionalising the teaching profession and ensure that teachers in Nigeria get the best in their chosen profession.
“The TRCN is happy to host the convergence of AFTRA, which is the Africa Regional Branch of International Forum of Teaching Regulatory Authorities (IFTRA).
“This years’ conference will further deliberate on issues of professionalism as well as the challenges facing the teaching profession in Africa. The conference will exhaustively deliberate on the working conditions as well as living conditions of African teaching with a view to suggesting areas of improvement to Ministers of Education in Africa who would also be part of the conference and round-table”, he concluded.