Dimeji Bankole, a former Speaker, House of Representatives, has called on the Joint admissions and matriculation board (JAMB) to increase the entry cut-off points into the nation’s colleges of education.
Speaking on Thursday at the second distinguished guest lecture of the Year 2016 Registry Day of the Federal College of Education, Osiele, Abeokuta, the former speaker stated that Nigerians have the potentials to change the country and further influence global development in a big way.
But in other for this to become conceivable, the country must put her best foot forward.
Bankole, while advocating for the increase of the current cut-off points of 130 for entry into the colleges of education, stated that the present cut-off points did not augur well for the builders and moulders of future leaders.
He noted that Nigeria was suffering from bad leadership because of bad teachers.
He said, “At present, to gain admission into universities and polytechnics, students must achieve pass marks at or above the cut-off points of 160-180.
“On the same scale of measurement, the cut-off point for admission to a college of education is 130. This means that the system is pre-disposed to select poorer academic performers to train as teachers for our children.”
“If we are selecting poorer academic performers to train and teach our students, how can we expect our students to be high achievers, if all through their formative academic years, they are separated from the brightest minds and not forced to push themselves past the standards and achievements of individuals who are unable to gain admission into university?
“This is no joking matter. Our colleges of education should have the highest cut-off points, attract the smartest students, because they matter too much for the future of this country.”