QUALITY ASSURANCE

Managing curriculum implementation in Pan African College of Education, Nigeria requires careful monitoring to ensure effectiveness. In particular, it is important to determine whether the implementation of the curriculum results in the desired output: professional teachers. It is in line with the above fact that the Directorate of Quality Assurance unit ensured strict compliance with NCCE policy as directed by Federal Ministry of Education of Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The National Commission for Colleges of Education has a responsibility for the quality of the academic programmes in Colleges of Education. Therefore, in order to enhance quality of NCE products, the NCCE is involved in enhancing its Quality Assurance system. The NCCE Quality Assurance system shall continue to monitor an Institution’s curriculum inputs, processes and products to determine whether the intended target (the creation of a body of professional teachers) is achieved.

In the case of the new NCE Programmes to be implemented at NCE-awarding Institutions this means that a QA system will:

  • Assess the quality of leadership and support services and their impact on the quality of administration and the quality of graduate output;
  • Assess the quality of staff and student welfare in NCE—awarding Institutions in Nigeria;
  • Ascertain the conditions and status of equipment, learning materials and facilities in NCE-awarding Institutions in Nigeria;
  • Encourage innovation and re-orientation toward the changing needs of the target beneficiaries;
  • Encourage and facilitate a variety of learning methods within the Institution’s Schools, Departments, etc., that is conducted in a consultative and consensus building fashion [mentoring process];
  • Ensure the choice of appropriate and credible student assessment methods relevant to the chosen learning methods;
  • Be concerned with good outcomes and not detailed specifications of curriculum content;
  • Ensure there are adequate resources to deliver the curriculum and
  • Determine the quality of input, process, and output variables that provide information on learning outcomes and their improvement for the purpose of decision making and decision taking.

In order to enhance its effectiveness, Quality Assurance shall be conducted at two levels, namely:

  • Internal Quality Assurance (by the institution offering the NCE programme).
  • External Quality Assurance (by the NCCE);

In the case of External Quality Assurance, the NCCE shall continue to carry out Accreditation of Academic Programmes, Resource Visits, (establishment of new NCE-awarding Institutions and mounting of new programmes), and the Monitoring and Evaluation of Academic Standards in NCE-awarding institutions.

The NCCE shall also continue with its responsibility of monitoring institutions’ level of compliance with the implementation of Teacher Standards, such as, monitoring of the Teaching Practice, monitoring of Assessment procedures, monitoring of Acculturation/ Language Immersion Programmes and the aspects of Professional Practice.

In the case of Internal Quality Assurance, all NCE-awarding institutions must establish an Internal Quality Assurance Unit to ensure that the guidelines provided in this Implementation Framework are followed. The unit should be headed by an experienced lecturer not below the rank of a Chief Lecturer and must have at least Master Degree in Education Measurement and Evaluation, Curriculum Studies or other related disciplines. He will head the unit for a tenure of 2 years which is also renewable. The unit should have appropriate number of supporting staff. Pan African College of Education is in strict compliance with the above as it has a Director of Quality Assurance into a chief lecturer who possesses a Master Degree in relevant field into Ph.D in view. The roles of the unit in the college include the following:

  • Generates formative data that can be used to improve the quality of the management and delivery of the NCE courses;
  • Provides information to the public and other interested partners about quality and standards;
  • Authenticates and keep samples of students journals;
  • Ensures that quality and standards are maintained in the schools and the college in general;
  • Collates, analyze and provide self assessment records of the institution and
  • Reports to the Management on Monthly basis or as the need arises.
  • Monitoring Teaching
  • Reports of the external examiner should be made available to the centre; unit or department.

The College DQAUs has some degree of autonomy and full support from the college Management to achieve its goals.

In particular, PAN AFRICOED ensures that:

  • curriculum implementation in the institution focuses on student teachers achieving successfully the Teacher Standards;
  • Learning Opportunities are provided to student teachers through the design and use of effective learning materials, group and individual assignments, regular formative assessment, self-study, lectures, field trips, etc.;
  • assessment is based on adequate knowledge of the necessary techniques and domains for the measurement and evaluation of different types of learning outcomes;
  • lecturers engage in activities that would enhance their professional knowledge and practice through professional engagement (monitoring of attendance at conferences, seminars and workshops in relevant areas); and
  • Teaching Practice and Acculturation/Language Immersion Programmes are closely monitored and carried out as stipulated in the Minimum Standards and this Implementation Framework.