The Kwara state College of Education, Ilorin wants the government to upgrade the school to University of Education to further produce well qualified students.
The Provost of the Institution, Dr AbdulRaheem Yusuf disclosed this in an interview with journalists at his office in Ilorin on Friday, 27 of November.
Yusuf said that since the establishment of the institution in 1974, the school has produced good ambassadors that are representing the country in different areas of development.
“If we can upgrade the College into University of Education, the issue of subvention can be a secondary thing, as more students will enroll into the institution in order to obtain their degree certificate,” he said.
The Provost said that the school management had made a proposal to the government, and strongly believed that the proposal would be approved, in order to upgrade the College to University of Education.
“We are moving forward in terms of development of our staff and that of the students
“All our staff now are computer proficient and have undergone series of training, because there is need for upgrade,” the Provost explained.
Yusuf said that the College has entered partnership with different organizations in terms of entrepreneurship, and the Entrepreneurship Grooming Institute (EGI) is establishing it’s Centre in the institution.
“The establishment of the Centre means that the students will be taking more than a certificate, as they will take the NCE certificate, and the Entrepreneurship certificate
“We are much aware that the future may not depend only on the academic certificate, so we want to build students that will be job creators and not job seekers,” he said.
The Provost further said that the College has an International Computer Driver’s License (ICDL).
“Before anybody can be issued the license, that person must under go training, and pass the exam, and all our staff that participated in ICDL training passed
“An ICDL Centre will soon be established in the institution, so that the College will be a Centre for training,” he said.
Yusuf added that all the College students were made to undergo Google Ambassador Training, and the agent of Google visited the school and lectured the students, for easy usage of internet.
“We believe that with the ICDL and Google Ambassador certificate, the students will graduate as empowered citizens, in which they may not only be Teachers, but a better person in the society,” he said.