Foremost Educationists and former Executive Secretary of the National University Commission, Professor Peter Okebukola is seeking the suspension of all sandwich and distant learning teacher-training programmes in the country.
He said this was necessary to prevent the already decaying education systems from sinking into the ‘quicksand of mediocrity’.
Professor Okebukola made this and other recommendations at a forum on Education in Igbesa, Ado Odo Ota Local Government area of Ogun State.
The former NUC boss called for the revamping of the curriculum of all teachers training institutions to reduce the number of Education courses in favour of courses for the teaching subject.
Speaking on the welfare of teachers, Professor Okebukola admonished government and private providers of education to implement the teacher salary scale.
He also suggested that all ‘roadside’ teachers be shown the way out, insisting that only Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria certificated teachers should be recruited.
The erudite scholar regretted that 16 of the 36 states of the country owed teachers up to four months’ salary arrears, while some private schools pay graduate teachers as ridiculous as fifteen thousand naira monthly.
Professor Okebukola added that all employers who treat teachers in Nigeria like ‘Libyan’ slaves should be penalized, named and shamed, noting that until this is done, the Education sector will continue to grope in the dark.