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The First Five Colleges of Education in Nigeria

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Colleges of Education started as Grade ii awarding institutions or Teachers Training Colleges which later metamorphosized into Colleges of education when the Nigeria Certificate of Education, NCE came up.

This article presents the five oldest Colleges of Education in Nigeria and their short histories. We need to know that the primary purpose of establishing colleges of education was to train personnels who will handle the academics of the primary and secondary schools in Nigeria.

Below are the five oldest Colleges of Education, according to their ages.

1. Federal College of Education, Kano, Kano State: The college began as Kano Men’s Training CollegeIn 1962, the name was changed to Kano Teachers CollegeFinally in 1990 it was renamed Federal College of Education, Kano.

2. Federal College of Education, Zaria, Kaduna State: It started in 1962 as a Grade ii awarding institute with the name “Advanced Teachers Training College” The name was changed later to “Zaria Teachers Training College” and in 1990, it was given its present name, “Federal College of Education, Zaria, Kaduna State”

3. Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, Oweri, Imo State: It was established in 1963 and became an NCE awarding institution in the year 1973. It was renamed Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education in 2007.

4. Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, Ondo State: It was established in 1963 and named after a renowned educator, Canon Moses Akinpelu Adeyemi.

5. Federal College of Education, Akoka, Lagos: This is the first technical college of education in Nigeria. It began as a Technical Teachers College in 1967 before it was renamed Federal College of Education (Technical), Akoka, Lagos.

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