Nigeria's education standard has been on the decline and it is becoming more glaring by the day. 

States have been noticing this but now the Federal Government is worried about the trend. 

The Kaduna State government has been battling with unions because it decided to sack some teachers who performed poorly in an assessment test. 

Now, the Nigerian government is seeing the same thing that the Kaduna State government saw. 

On Tuesday, the Minister of Education Mr Adamu Adamu, said the quality of teachers produced by teacher education institutions and their classroom performance had been adjudged unsatisfactory. ‎

The minister's statement was conveyed by his representative at a two-day Stakeholders retreat/workshop organised by the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) in Akwanga, Nasarawa.‎

‎The workshop has the theme 'RoadMap For Teachers Professionalism and Quality Education in Nigeria'.

Adamu's representative, Muhammed Karage, who is the Director, Basic and Secondary Education, Ministry of Education,‎ stressed the need to address teacher professionalism now to save the profession from total collapse.

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The Minister said the theme of the retreat was timely considering the present state of the economy and the need to reposition teacher professionalism in Nigeria‎.

"It has been said times without number that no educational system can rise above its teachers.

"Hence, teacher professionalism issues have to be addressed now to save the profession from total collapse.

"Teacher education encompasees both the first form of professional training that prospective teachers receive and the continuous professional development of serving teachers,"‎ the News Agency of Nigeria quoted him as saying.

The teachers quality was measured by students' performance and Mr Adamu said the result showed that the pupils performed below 50 per cent in literacy, numeracy and life skills, which was a reflection of poor quality of teaching. 

So many challenges have been identified as the reason the education standard has continued to decline and the Minister highlighted some of them.

"Low quality of entrants into pre-service training; failure of the College and Faculties of Education to match teacher supply with demand and inadequate funding of teacher education are some of the challenges," he said.

Other challenges he also identified are bad teaching practice and implementation; and non-implementation of the national teacher education policy; poor remuneration of teachers and non-implementation of teachers salary. ‎

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To address the issues, the Ministry would ensure that all the 151 Colleges of Education and 200 National Teachers Institute study centres keyed into the teacher education reforms to enhance professionalism.

The ministry through the TRCN would also ensure that the 29 NCE curricular are updated regularly, and also ensure the launch of the National Teachers Education Policy," Mr Adamu stated. 

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