Evelyn-A. B. Ibanga (Govt. House)
The Akwa Ibom State Government has given provisional approval for the commencement of Degree Programmes in the State College of Education.
This was top of the agenda during the Executive Council, EXCO, meeting presided over by Governor Udom Emmanuel, at the Council Chambers, Government House, Uyo.
Briefing Government House Correspondents shortly after the meeting, the Commissioner of Education, Professor Victor Inoka, said that the Institution, located in Afaha Nsit, will commence the award of Degree Programmes in affiliation with the University of Uyo.
Prof. Inoka stated that the approval was imperative following the verification and subsequent full accreditation of the institution by the National Commission for Colleges of Education, adding that the Institution also got the green light from the National Universities Commission, NUC, to undertake Degree Programmes in the 2018/2019 academic session.
Inoka, who was accompanied by the Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Sir Charles Udoh and their counterpart in the Ministry of Finance, Mr. Nsikan Nkan, noted that the approval covers 11 courses in the college, namely: Education Agriculture; Education English; Education Chemistry and Education Physics.
Others are Technical Education; Integrated Science; Education Mathematics; Business Education; Education Biology; Social Studies and Early Childhood/Primary Education.
The Commissioner indicated that the new status of the College has broadened the horizon for students undergoing studies for the National Certificate in Education, NCE, to also pursue Degree Programmes at the College, pointing out that opportunities are equally open to fresh intakes for core Education Disciplines through the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB.
He assured that the Institution has a high standard physical infrastructure that fits the approved status as a Degree-awarding Institution.
The Commissioner of Information and Strategy, Sir Udoh, who set the tone for the briefing, acknowledged that the ExCo also deliberated on several other issues as the meeting was the first to be held in 2019.