Brief history of the college

The decision to establish an Advanced Teachings’ College (ATC), as it was called at Katsina-Ala was taken by the government of the defunct Benue-Plateau state headed by the Late Mr .J.D Gomwalk.

Though financial provision was made for this in the 1975/76 estimates, and in the five-year development plan, no practical steps were taken to implement this decision. In January, 1976, Mr. D. O Idah was appointed principal with instructions to commence whatever arrangements necessary to get the college started by September, 1976, on a temporary site either in Makurdi, Jos or Otukpo.

In the same year however, more states were created, and Benue State was carved out of Benue Plateau with Abdullahi Shelleng as the governor the State and the immediate emphasis was on the setting-up of the new administrative machinery in Makurdi. Consequently a decision was taken to start the college on temporary site at Katsina-Ala. The present temporary site was acquired from the Local School Board (LSB) which had earmarked it for the construction of another primary School in Katsina-Ala town.

Semi-permanent primary-School type structures were hurriedly erected and re-modeled, and the first batch of 530 students arrived on the 15th November, 1976 to offer twenty subject combination. Since then, the academic and students enrolment have been on the increase year in year out. At present, there are five academic schools, thirty one academic Departments and a preliminary programme. There is a Division of continuing Education, which handles the NCE part-time programme for both serving Grade II teachers and other interested members who might not have time for full time studies. It was not until 1984 that the college was established by law following enactment of edit No. 20 of 1984

The Early childhood care education programme is the newest in our academic programme. The college has a computer science Education Department and attaches great importance to this programme and computer have also found their way in to many homes. College of Education Katsina-Ala has therefore this challenges to provide literacy and knowledge of computer Technological development of citizens.

Students’ enrolment too has risen tremendously over the years. Since its inception in 1976 and with the intake of 530 students, students’ population has grown appreciably now to 10000. From 1976-2016, the college has produce 86 B.Ed graduate, 36, 117 NCE graduates, 891 ACE graduates, and 12 TTC graduates and 382 PDE graduates. The staff strength now stands at 631.

It a thing of dismay that the B.Ed programme, which was launched during the 1982/83 academic sessions in affiliation with University of Jos, graduated only two sets totaling 86 graduates and was stopped on the orders of the Federal Government.

However in the 2014/15 Academic Session the college restarted the B.Ed programme, this time in affiliation with the University of Calabar. Ten (10) programme options are available for the programme.
The Objectives of Establishing the College Includes:

  1. To train and provide qualified N.C.E. Teachers for primary and post primary institutions in the state and beyond.
  2. To provide courses of in-service and part time to those persons who may not, due office engagements and/or other work, have time to undertake courses on full time basis.
  3. To create an enlightened society.
  4. To provide qualified persons for University Education.

There are at present twenty-nine accredited courses offered by the five schools of College. The acceptance of an offer of provisional admission by a candidate into any of the department implies an acceptance of the rules and regulations that may from time to time made for governance of the college. Such an acceptance also implies that students are obliged conduct themselves as law abiding and responsible members of the academic community in accordance with the best standard laid down by the college authorities.

The Governing Council

The college which was established in 1976 as advances teachers college and then change into college of education, following an edit which was enacted 1984, also established a governing council as the body responsible for the highest administrative organ charged with the responsibility of making policies and insuring their effective implementation. Members of the council are appointed by the governor of the state with college registrar as its secretary.

In the absence of the governing council, Provost Advisory Committee (PAC) acts on its behalf with the supervision of the State Ministry of Education which has the duty of approving all the policies made by (PAC) before they are implemented.

Academic Board

The Edit also provided for Academic Board which shall have direct control and supervision of academic activities of the College. It has the Provost as its chairman with the College Registrar as secretary. Other members of the board include all Deans of schools and Heads of Department, the coordinators of continuing Education, PDE and SIWES, the College Librarian, College Examination Officer, COEASU Chairman and Secretary as well as Chief Lecturers.

Provost Advisory Committee (P.A C)

The provost Advisory Committee is set up by the provost to assist him/her in all aspect of management/administration of the College. It is composed of the Provost as Chairman, Registrar as secretary, all principal or management staff and Deans of Schools as members.

Administrative Department

There are non-academic Departments in the College whose existence are very vital to the college they include the Registrar, Bursary, Maintenance Unit, Sick Bay, Students’ Affairs Division, Exam Records and Statistics, Senior Staff, Establishment, Junior Staff Establishment, Academic Office, Council and Legal matters and General Administration.


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