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History of National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) in Nigeria



The National Commission for Colleges of Education was established by Decree (now Act) 13 of 17th January, 1989 (Amended Act 12 of 1993) as a completion of tripod of excellence in the supervision of higher education in the country.

The establishment of the commission was a resultant effect of the utmost importance accorded to quality teacher education by the Federal Government of Nigeria. Since inception, the Commission has continuously pursued goals of quality assurance in teacher education. The pride of the commission is based on the seminal philosophy in the National Policy on Education (NAPE) which states that “no education can rise above the quality of its teachers ….”

For over one and a half decade of its existence, the commission had ensured that teacher education contributed immeasurably into national development. In pursuit of its objectives, the commission had standardized and continuously reviewed the curriculum of the Colleges of Education. This constant review of the curriculum had strengthened the capacity of Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) graduates. After the laying down of minimum requirements for the Colleges of Education, the Commission had gone ahead to accredit their courses. The accreditation of the courses is carried out once in five years.

Functions of the National Commission for Colleges of Education

The enabling Decree (now Act) No. 3 of January 1989 (amended decree No. 12 1993) mandated the Commission to perform the following functions:

  1. Make recommendations on the national policy necessary for the full development of teacher education and the training of teachers.
  2. Lay down minimum standards for all programmes of teacher education and accredit their certificates and other academic awards after obtaining thereof prior approval of the Honorable Minister of Education.
  3. Approve guidelines setting out criteria for accreditation of all Colleges of Education in Nigeria.
  4. Determine the qualified teachers needs of Nigeria for the purpose of planning facilities and in particular prepare periodic master plans for the balanced and coordinated development of Colleges of Education.
  5. Inquire into and advise the Federal Government on the financial needs of the Colleges to enable them meet the objectives of producing the trained qualified teachers of the country.
  6. Receive block grants from the Federal Government and allocate them to the Colleges of Education.
  7. Act as the agency for channeling all external aids to Colleges of Education in Nigeria.
  8. Harmonise entry requirements and duration of courses at the Colleges of Education.
  9. Collate, analyse and publish relevant information relating to teacher education in Nigeria.
  10. Advise on and take measures to improve immediate and long term prospects of technical and business education teachers with respect to status and remuneration.
  11. Provide encouragement for women to enter a wide range of pre-vocational courses in technical education.

Over the years, the commission could boast of continuously achieving all these objectives. In addition, it had gone extra mile to bring in new innovations towards the development of teacher education in Nigeria.

Immediate Past NCCE Governing Board Members

Find below our esteemed Governing Board Members:

Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife Chairman
Mohammed Dantsoho Member
Mrs. Margaret Zidon Member
Mrs. Ngozi Nnadozie Member
Mr. J. Eboigbe FME Representative
Prof. Olo Akieunsola Representative, COP
Prof. Isa Abubakar Ochepa Representative, COP
Dr. N.S. Nguzor Representative, COP
Alhaji Halilu M.I. Member, Repr FMF
Repr. of NUT Member
Repr. of NA of Education Member
Mrs. Fatima Abdulkadir Member, Repr of Ministry of Women Affairs
Repr. of State Ministry of Education Member

Current NCCE Management

Find below our esteemed Management Staff:

Prof. Bappa-Aliyu Muhammadu Executive Secretary
Dr. Alex A. Maiyanga Director, Planning Research and Statistics Department
Hajia Jumai Suleiman Director, Personnel Management Department
Vitalis I. Uji Ag. Director, Academic Programmes Department
Achumie Jonathan C. Director, Physical Planning and development Department
Mr. Jonah Obasi Director Finance and Supplies Department

NCCE Departments

Executive Secretary’s Office
Academic Programmes Department
Planning, Research and Statistics Department
Physical Planning and Development Department
Finance and Supplies Department
Personnel Management Department

Duties of Executive Secretary’s Office

The Executive Secretary’s Office remains the revolving nucleus for the operation of the NCCE. It comprises specialized Units like the Internal Audit, Legal Services, Public Relations and General Administrative pool of support staff. The scope of the specialized Units are not limited to operations within the Office but also cover the entire NCCE Departments and the Colleges of Education in image projection, legal advice, financial/ accounting and professional guides.

Units in the department

General Administration Unit:
Duties of the unit include:

  1. Daily office and personnel resources, administrative support to the Executive Secretary
  2. Preparation of memoranda, letters, briefs, reports and short speeches
  3. Collection, documentation and dispatch of data / report.
  4. Inter-departmental liaison.
  5. Provision of Secretarial/ Clerical Duties.
  6. Representation of the office on the Commissions ad-hoc and standing Committees.
  7. Collating reports from officers who represent the commission on Colleges Governing Councils, etc.

Legal Services Unit: services offered by the unit cut across the Commission and the Colleges, namely:

  1. General Legal advisory services.
  2. Vetting/ preparation of agreements.
  3. Secretarial services on Housing matters
  4. Handling litigation issues, etc.

Public Relations Unit: functions of the unit include:

  1. Organization of periodic press conferences.
  2. Involvement in Commission’s annual national conferences.
  3. News coverage of activities with the Commission and Colleges.
  4. Daily monitoring of press reports on NCCE/ Colleges.

Internal Audit Unit: This is a continuous, independent management control and appraisal unit with the following broad functions:

  1. Pre-payment auditing
  2. Verification of prices
  3. Post-payment auditing
  4. Surprise checks on Commission’s stores
  5. Routine checks on College accounting systems.

Women Affairs Unit: the functions of this unit include, amongst others, the following:

  1. Conducting research into gender issues
  2. Administrative matters on gender issues
  3. Organization of conferences on gender issues
  4. Liaising on issues of women in Colleges of Education

Academic Programmes Department

Functions of the department include:

  1. Curriculum development for teacher education particularly courses offered in Colleges of Education.
  2. Accreditation of courses for the award of NCE
  3. Making recommendations for the entry requirements and duration of courses in colleges of education.
  4. Make recommendation for Pre-vocational, Technical, Agricultural, Business and Home Economics programmes.
  5. Laying down and reviewing, when necessary, the standard to be attained in Teacher Education.
  6. Carrying out evaluation and assessment of NCE in-service Teacher programmes.
  7. Laying down the method of assessing students for the award of NCE
  8. Taking charge of the Commission Library and Documentation center.
  9. Coordination of Library development in the Colleges of Education.
  10. Coordination of issues related to Educational Services.
  11. and other schedules as may be designated from time to time.

Units in the department

Education Unit
Sciences Unit
Languages Unit
Arts and Social Sciences Unit
Library Unit

Planning, Research and Statistics Department

Functions of the department include:

  1. Conducting researches on education, particularly teacher education.
  2. Coordination of research work on teacher education.
  3. Responsible for analysing and producing statistical data arising from the operations of the commission and Colleges of Education.
  4. Consider research fund for the Commission and for Colleges of Education.
  5. Maintaining the Computer Services of the Commission including Internet services.
  6. Undertaking periodic reviews of policies and research findings on teacher education.
  7. Making recommendations on the National Policy necessary for the full development of teacher education and the training of teachers.
  8. Proposing academic plans for policies and their implementation.
  9. Handling the Commission’s national Confrences.
  10. Handling the publication of the Commission Journal, The Nigerian Teacher Today (TNTT).
  11. Production of NCCE’s Newsletter, News briefs, Monographs, Brochures, etc.
  12. Making of all the Commission’s publications.
  13. Any other schedule as may be referred to it from time to time.

Units in the department

Research Unit

Management Information System Unit (MIS)

Statistics Unit

Monitoring and Evaluation Unit

Policy and Publications Unit

Physical Planning and Development Department

The department is responsible for the coordinated development of physical facilities in the Federal Colleges of Education Nationwide.
Functions of the department include:

  1. Maintenance of Commission properties which include furniture and machines.
  2. Rationalising and prioritizing capital projects in Colleges and recommending the tying of available capital grants to such projects.
  3. Preparation of guidelines and approval of master plans for the Federal Colleges of Education
  4. Developing / preparing capital budgets for Colleges
  5. Processing, vetting and recommending for approval, all capital project designs and documents including master plans, with their costs as submitted by colleges.
  6. Collating, rationalising capital projects for Colleges of education.
  7. Development of design briefs for all capital projects of the commission and vetting of designs submitted by consultants.
  8. Processing, vetting and recommending for approval, costs of projects of the Federal Colleges of Education.
  9. Monitoring and coordinating all physical development of the Federal Colleges of Education on regular basis.

Units in the department

Architectural Planning
Engineering and Quantity Surveying
Maintenance sub-unit (directly under the office of the Director).

Finance and Supplies Department

Functions of the department include:

  1. Inquiring into and advising the Federal Government on the financial needs of the Colleges.
  2. Receiving block grants from Government and allocating same to the Colleges based on approved parameters.
  3. Keeping the books and account of the Commission.
  4. Organising annual budget hearings of Federal Colleges of Education to determine the financial needs of both recurrent and capital nature of each college.
  5. Collating the various estimates of the Federal Colleges of Education and submitting same to the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Finance and Economic Development for recurrent grant and the National Planning Commission for capital grant.
  6. Preparing the Secretariat’s annual financial operating system
  7. Defending the Secretariat’s budget and that of the Colleges at the various levels of defense with the Federal Government.
  8. Management of the Commission’s funds in accordance with decree (now act) No. 3 of 1989 as amended.
  9. Preparation of financial accounts of the commission and causing same to be audited annually, and
  10. Handling pension accounting.

Units in the department

Fund Management and Control
Budget and Colleges Accounts
Financial Accounts

Personnel Management Department

Human resource management is at the core of organisational growth and performance. The department is responsible to use the meagre resources to ensure continuous staff efficiency and maximise productivity.


  1. General Administration of the Commission
  2. Personnel Matters of the Commission
  3. Board Meetings
  4. Communicate to various Colleges of Education
  5. Undertake periodic review of the terms and conditions of Personnel in the Colleges of Education
  6. Establishment Matters
  7. Preparation of Annual Reports of the Commission
  8. Protocol and Welfare Matters
  9. Administration of Pension matters and Staff Training
  10. Any other duty as may be assigned from time to time

Units in the department

Senior Staff Establishment Unit
Junior Staff Establishment Unit
Protocol / Welfare Unit
Pension Administration and Staff Training sub-Unit
Transport sub-unit

NCCE Commissions the Digitization of the NCE Minimum Standards & Teaching Practice Documents

History was made recently when the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) commissioned the Digitization of the NCE Minimum Standards, Micro-Teaching & Teaching Practice Documents. The complete volume of the documents can be assessed online at

The Digitization project also involves the production of tens of thousands of the Digitized documents in auto run CD-ROM format. The Commission plans to later distribute the digitized materials CD-ROMs to Colleges and other stakeholders.

Silver Jubilee Celebration and National Conference on Teacher Education 

Between 16th and 20th November, 2015, the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) organized a national conference as part of the activities to mark the Silver Jubilee celebration of the Commission. The theme of the conference was “TEACHER EDUCATION REFORMS: GLOBAL AND NIGERIAN EXPERIENCES”. The keynote speaker was Prof. Peter Okebukola, OFR and the lead papers were presented by Prof. Peter N. Lassa and Prof. U. M. O. Ivoyi, fnae. At the end of the conference, participants came up with recommendations for sustainable quality teacher education in Nigeria. For details,

Colleges of Education in Nigeria

The National Commission for Colleges of Education has under its control one hundred and fifty two (152) Colleges of Education/NCE awarding institutions, comprising 21 Federal Colleges, 47 State Colleges, 61 Private Colleges, 9 Polytechnics offering NCE and 14 other NCE-awarding institutions. These Colleges are found across the length and breadth of the country and are easily accessible by land and air.

The newly appointed Executive Secretary for the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE), Prof. Bappa-AliyuMuhammadu, has assumed duty. He was appointed on the 1st of August, 2016 by President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR. Prof Bappa-Aliyu Muhammadu born 66 years ago hails from Alkaleri, Bauchi State. He is a Professor of Technology Education and until this appointment he was with Technology Education Faculty of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi, Bauchi State. He had over 20 publications to his credit.

In a handing over ceremony on Thursday 4th August, 2016, the out-gone Executive Secretary, Prof. Monday T. Joshua, welcomed the new Executive Secretary and wished him well in the quest for Quality Teacher Education in Nigeria. Prof. Bappa-Aliyu Muhammadu, thanked his predecessor and wished him well in his future endeavours, adding that, he will improve on the already existing drives towards Quality Teacher Education and appealed for cooperation from the Management and the entire work force to reposition Teacher Education in Nigeria.

He affirmed his readiness to work with the work force he met in addition with his experience of 35years as a teacher to move on the on-going drive for Quality Teacher Education in Nigeria. He reiterated that his administration’s guideline will be the core mandate of NCCE and the integration of the change mantra agenda.The handing over was done in the presence of the Commission’s Management Staff and entourage of out-gone and in-coming Executive Secretaries respectively, of the present Administration.

Students’ Enrolment in all NCE-Awarding Institutions

Year MF F
2009/2010 338,237 163,172
2010/2011 318,887 157,228
2011/2012 319,768 154,767
2012/2013 330,405 159,111
2013/2014 368,322 175,842

Key: MF = Total of Male and Female, F = Total Female

NCCE Statistical Data Template

You can download the NCCE Statistical Data Template using this link Download link.. Please, return all duly completed data forms using


His Excellency, Mr. President Commander–in–Chief of Armed forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, approved the re–constitution and appointment of Chairmen and Members of the Governing Councils of the Federal Colleges of Education. The Councils were inaugurated by the Honourable Minister of Education, Mal. Adamu Adamu on Thursday 25th May, 2017 at the National Commission for Colleges of Education, Abuja. Retreat for the Chairmen, Members and Principal Officers of all Federal Colleges of Education took place between Thursday, 25th to Friday, 26th May, 2017. Provosts and Principal Officers of the affected Federal Colleges of Education were on ground to receive the Chairmen and Members at the inauguration venue.

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