A former Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Ota in Ogun, Prof. Aize Obayan, said on Friday that the competency tests being administered to teachers by some state governments was a step in the right direction.
Obayan made the remark in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
NAN reports that some states in the South-West had begun an assessment of teachers in public primary and secondary schools to ascertain their skills and competence.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs Olayinka Oladunjoye, had said the objective was to ensure that the teachers had the right competencies for optimum performance.
According to Obayan, the development will ensure continuous assessment of the teachers’ capabilities.
“Learning must not just be a one-off thing. It must be continuous; and for this to be achieved, we must expand the frontiers of teaching starting from the teachers.
“And so, if we have such teachers who have been saddled with the responsibility of expanding the frontiers, it, therefore, means that the teachers must always be on their toes, taking into consideration the curriculum as well,” she said.
The professor of Counselling Psychology, however, warned that for such assessment to yield maximum results, a progressive assessment base should be put in place.
The don added:“We must ensure that these teachers are being sent to undergo refresher courses as often as possible to catch up with existing trends in education.
“There must also be a lot of practicalities in place for training and skills development, and do less of theoretical.
“This whole issue about assessment is a serious business and must be seen as such.”