By Ado Hassan, Sokoto
An Old boy of the former Maru Teachers College(MATCOBA) now College of Education(COE) Maru in Zamfara state, Labaran Lumo Dundaye has said that teaching profession should be left to professionals, pointing out that ” is the sure way to add value to academic excellence.
” We cannot get it right unless we review the system by fixing round peg in a round hole”, he emphsised.
Similarly, he called on the Zamfara state government to upgrade COE Maru to a state University which should be named after late Aminu Kano or Shiekh Abubakar Gumi.
According to him, the duo were instrumental factors to the development of the college as a teachers college.
” They both served the college as teachers and they impacted by graduating prominent citizens from the college”, he stated.
Dundaye who is the Deputy Managing Director, Sokoto state Media Corporation, made the remark at the weekend in Sokoto during the 2018 congress and award ceremony of the state chapter of the association.
The former NUJ chairman and Guest Speaker at the occasion described teaching profession as critical and sensitive aspect in the process of development which caution must be taken inorder to achieve excellence.
” It should not be an all comer destination. We are talking about knowledge and future of the society.
” It has methodology and principles. Only those with the basic knowledge and capacity can fit in for results”, he stressed.
In his paper” Giving Back to Maru Teachers College: A Tool for Community Development”, Dundaye described the steps taken by Governor El-Rufa’i of Kaduna state was unavoidable in view of the rot in the system that has debased most especially public schools status.
According to him” old students have to key in especially those who went through teachers colleges. Is disheartening that all manner of persons are found in the teaching circle even without basic practical knowledge”, he raised alarm.
However, Dundaye called for the reintroduction of teachers colleges in order to reverse the rot faced in the education sector