NUESA Press members, on the 27th November, met with the Dean; Faculty of Education, Professor Andrew. O. Fadoju, to discuss some of the issues pertaining to the faculty at large.
The meeting which was held in the Dean’s office, Faculty of Education, featured several issues such as; induction, teaching practice, students’ results among others.
Prof. Andrew, while speaking on the issue of induction, made known that there had not been an induction ceremony for the past two sessions. He described that as an “aberration” which was why he had to take it upon himself as at the time he got on board, to appoint Prof. I. O Oladipo of Human Kinetics as the Chairman of the TRCN Induction Committee, in order to resolve the issue of induction which posed as a challenge in the faculty.
He also made known that in the 2016/17 academic session, the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) granted a waiver to 526 graduands from Faculty of Education, University of Ibadan which allowed them to be inducted into the teaching profession without taking the Professional Qualifying Examination (PQE) which had already taken off in other institutions.
In another development, he said that the former Dean of the faculty; Prof. Ademokoya, was not comfortable with the waiver given to UI students because he felt that the popularity of the students should be tested. That led to a controversy which couldn’t let the faculty hold an induction ceremony for that session.
However, in the following session (2017/18), the faculty management registered 170 students for the PQE in which 165 students passed and were inducted.
As for the 2018/19 academic session, the faculty management registered 103 students for the PQE out of which 97 students passed the exam and were officially inducted at the induction ceremony held at the faculty LLT on Thursday, 28th November, with the Registrar of TRCN, Prof. J.O Ajiboye in attendance alongside his team.
According to the Chairman of the induction committee, those who didn’t pass the PQE would be allowed to retake the exam.
When asked about the challenges faced in the process of conducting the induction ceremony, Prof. Andrew responded that the first challenge was the need to change the Chairperson of the TRCN Induction Committee from Prof. Odeolowu to Prof. Oladipo.
“I wanted someone who is accessible, who can be talked to by students wherever they find him, and get their query resolved “, He said.
He also pointed out that money was initially a challenge as there was an issue in collating all the monies paid by students before it was later resolved.
Also, he noted that securing a hall for the induction ceremony was a challenge as the faculty large lecture theatre was not in good shape. He said that the committee initially wanted to go and hire CBN lecture theatre or somewhere else before he requested for a fifty percent of the money they wanted to use in hiring a hall elsewhere, to fix the faculty lecture theatre.
NUESA PRESS visited the faculty lecture theatre and confirmed that efforts were being made to fix the lecture theatre.
Prof. Andrew finally noted that the major challenge faced which was difficult to solve was that many of the students to be inducted had already gone back to their Place of Primary Assignment PPA. He said it was as a result of the delay in preparation for the induction ceremony. However, that resulted to a low turnout as majority of the inductees were not present for the induction ceremony.
“If we have a very poor turnout, I won’t be surprised because if it was done during the graduation week, many of them would have participated”, He said.
“Even during the convocation week, we were expecting six to seven hundred students to obtain their gowns and go for convocation, but the number we had was in the neigbourhood of 180”, He reiterated.
“The ceremony must be conducted because if we don’t do it, TRCN will not release the certificates. So some will have to take the oath and I will also have to say it on behalf of the inductees by proxy, to say they are also qualified to take the certificates”, He added.
Meanwhile, Prof. Andrew stated that he was not in support with the fact that many of the committees on ground didn’t have student members. This made him push for the need to have students at the committee level.
“My administration wants student members because you can not shave students’ heads in their absence”, He reiterated.
When asked about concrete plans towards the next Teaching Practice, Prof. Andrew clarified that he was not done with the plans for Teaching Practice, saying that the committee set up by the Board of Education had made recommendations as regards the improvement of TP exercise, and that the reports would be submitted to the board in December to know if they would be approved or disapproved.
According to Prof. Andrew, rather than allowing students to go scout for schools themselves, there were plans being made to invite school principals or cooperative teachers to the faculty to hear from them, with the involvement of the Ministry of Education.
He made known that lecturers would be sent out to go get schools with the plan to extend TP students a little beyond the immediate environments so as to reduce the over population of TP students in available schools around the University environs. This according to him, would make the presence of TP students be more appreciated by schools just like Youth Corp members.
In the same vein, Prof. Andrew made known that there was a plan to have a committee which would comprise of students from across the departments in the faculty and the Coordinator of TP, Dr. Adeyinka, in other to get the expectations of students with regards to the improvement of the TP exercise.
“It is always good to ask what students expectations are. You (students) might ask for something that is not possible, but we moderate it to what we think the system can take “, He said.
However, Prof. Andrew revealed that there was plan to call for a town hall meeting in other to make students have a general understanding that the introduction of the TP fee was to improve the professional practice.
“Even though we advocated for more funding for Teaching Practice, the university management said students should be responsible”, he said.
He further revealed that there was a step taken by Prof. Ajiboye, Registrar; TRCN, to enable TP students earn allowance during the professional practice just like IT students.
He said that the memo on that had advanced to the level of the Minister.
“It may take time to mature, but either now or later, it will see the light of the day through TETFUND”, he noted.
In another development, Professor Andrew expressed concern over the plan to create a micro teaching laboratory, which was still yet to be achieved. Also, the Teaching Practice Directorate could not be implemented as it was opposed by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Olayinka, due to the already existing Centre for Excellence in Teaching.
“Hopefully, by the end of December, we will get an office for Teaching Practice and get all the things that students need..”, he revealed.
“If you feel there are grey areas that we’ve not looked at, please, don’t hesitate to communicate with me, I want to implement good things for the welfare of our students”
“We shouldn’t keep quiet, the advocacy should continue”, he expressed.
MISTAKES IN STUDENTS’ RESULTS
Prof. Andrew, when asked about the plan of the faculty management on mistakes in students’ results, made it known that students shouldn’t be bothered anymore as a new platform which was just implemented would now make the process of computing results more flexible for lecturers and be easily accessible to students.
“The platform that we have now, they (lecturers) won’t have to go anywhere to look for results as they will have to upload the results from various locations they are..”
“I have written a reminder to all HODs this morning that by 12 noon tomorrow, all the previous results should have been uploaded. So you (students) won’t even need to be issued transcripts as the results can be accessed online “
“If there are still issues about them (results), see your exam officer or level coordinator so they can correct it (from their own end)“
“I’ve spoken to the Director of ITEMS and she has assured me that they are already sorting out the complaints lodged “
“Hopefully, we’ll meet again next week or thereabout to look at what have been corrected so as to have a better version of students’ results“, he said.
Professor Andrew made known that it has not been very easy in running the faculty due to lack of funds. However, he maintained the stance that students welfare is key within the limited available resources.
He further stressed on the need why graduands should fill the Alumni form, saying that it was not just for what the faculty can get from them, but also for the faculty to be able to help them when they are in need.
“Some of them want recommendations, some of them want us to get their transcripts for them. They apply and it takes weeks or months to get transcripts “
“When graduates apply for transcripts, they should copy Faculty of Education so that if they’ve written to the Vice Chancellor to have their transcripts, when they copy us, we’re going to follow up and make sure that within 72 hours, the transcripts are generated and sent to them so as to utilize it wherever they are “
“People have missed opportunities because the university did not respond to transcripts and recommendations in time “, he said.
On the other hand, Prof. Andrew expressed dissatisfaction over some lecturers not treating students well.
“We’ve been talking to our colleagues and in the next board meeting, I will mobilize somebody that’s going to talk to academics about the way they treat students. There are colleagues who don’t treat students well “
“If you don’t treat your student well, you don’t expect that student to give back to the system “
“We are not saying ‘pamper’, we are not saying ‘spoil’. We are only saying be fair!“, he expressed.
However, he urged students to be of good character and act well so as to be able to raise shoulders and defend their positions.
“Our students don’t talk. We are not saying be rude, you can be polite and dress somebody down in a polite manner. What is not good is not good!“, he expressed.
He thereby appealed to the generality of educators to shun indecent dressing so as not to be victims of sexual harassment. He sighted an instance whereby a female student in the faculty was putting on a very short skirt, and when she was being assessed in the Dean’s office by a female lecturer, it was discovered that she wasn’t putting on panties.
Also, he warned educators against littering the faculty environment with soft drink bottles, nylon and all sort of trash, saying that the faculty management would be rolling out sanctions for students who are caught littering the faculty environment.
“We are not interested in the money, but we will collect the money if they don’t want to obey “, he noted.