A professor of Public Administration, Ladipo Adamolekun, has said that a minimum of a master’s degree qualification for senior secondary school teachers will enhance the quality of teachers and ensure academic excellence.
Canvassing an improvement in teachers’ welfare package as well as the provision of a conducive learning and teaching environment, the scholar referred to Finland where he noted that pre-primary school teachers were mandated to hold master’s degree.
Adamolekun said this in his keynote address on Wednesday during the 25th anniversary symposium of Supreme Education Foundation Schools, Magodo, Lagos.
Speaking on the topic, Selected Issues in Primary and Secondary Education, Adamolekun said that public-private partnership would not only increase school enrolment, it would also ensure the revival of the role of local government in the provision of qualitative education.
He said, “At the primary school level, where teachers are required to have the minimum qualification of the National Certificate in Education, this requirement is not met in many schools (public and private). Similarly, at the secondary school level, the lack of adequate number of teachers with the minimum qualification of a university degree led to the compulsory deployment of NYSC graduates to both public and private schools since the early 2010.”
In her address, the founder of the SEF, Mrs. Adenike Adamolekun, called on stakeholders in the education sector to discharge their duties with professionalism.