Don seeks partnership for Nigeria's educational development

A Professor at the Faculty of Education, University of Ibadan ( UI), Andrew Olu Fadoju has advocated the need for effective collaboration among parents, teachers and the government in the bid at enhancing quality education in Nigeria.

Prof. Fadoju gave the advice while presenting a paper on the occasion marking the  2018 edition of World Teachers Day celebration organized by the institution's chapter of the College of Education Academic Staff Union ( COEASU), which held in the College on Thursday October 11, 2018

Speaking on a topic entitled: "The Right to Education means the Rights to Qualified Teachers", the University teacher described Education as very important "fundamental human rights that everyone should have".

While emphasising its importance in society, Prof. Fadoju said it's provision and increased access would boost enlightenment and promote better understanding of government programmes and policies.

He spoke on issues which include quality education and professional freedom as it affect teaching profession,  role of Teachers Registration Council in promoting quality assurance, teachers education and professional development and what is expected of a good teacher.

The University of Ibadan lecturer emphasized the need for government to priortize education through increased budget allocation saying, " if all states and nations abide with the treaties signed with international bodies such as the United nations and UNESCO on the funding of Education in their respective countries, and do what they are supposed to do, then there would not be problem of quality of education, because there would be access."

Speaking further on quality education, Prof. Fadoju said it is not enough to give education to people because it is their right, such education must be done in the right way.

According to him, "quality education entails learning the right thing and learning it well". He spoke against the use of improvisation in teaching noting that its use is fast becoming retrogressive in contemporary world.

While stressing the need for people to place less emphasis  on paper qualification and attainment of good result as means of evaluating ability and performance, the Education Expert said "an educated person is not one who can read, write or speak good English, it is a rounded person, who will be able to adjust in all situation or circumstances".

He highlighted the importance of character building in the development of a child and the need for policy makers in the educational sector to inculcate virtues of honesty into school curriculum.

In addition, he also make case for teaching of moral, introduction of civic education and skill acquisition saying the move would go a long way in creating employment opportunities and enhance national development.

The Sport Psychology and Security studies expert urged people in teaching profession to exhibit patriotism by being diligent in the discharge of their duties. He equally charged them to always operate within the scope of their professional ethics by recognising and protecting the rights of children placed under their guide.

Describing a teacher as the most important personality in the classroom, the UI Professor however, harped on the need for anyone holding such position,  to maintain the status of a role model by refrain from acts such as alcohol consumption, extortion, lack of adequate preparation before coming to teach in the class, which could  bring   the profession into disrepute.

Prof. Fadoju also advised teachers to maintain high level of integrity saying " if you are teacher without integrity, you don't have a business to be in the class".

On what could be done by teachers to enhance their status in the society, he stressed the need for them to undertake self evaluation stating that the move would enable them to know their limitations. He equally advised them to embark on the improvement of their methodology, pedagogy, practice and curriculum in order to update their knowledge and enhance their performance.

He listed some of the roles expected to be performed by a good teacher to include management of students progress, working as a team players in the school system, promoting parents / community relationships, managing his or her professional development to mention but a few.

While expressing the views that quality education could only be achieved when quality teachers are available, the University lecturer appealed to government to give more attention to training of teachers, stating that move would enhance efficiency and contribute positively to advancement of education and improve its quality.

In his address on the occasion, the Provost of the College, Prof.Olukoya Ogen, lauded the organisers of the event for the choice of its theme which "addresses a crucial problem in the education sector".

He stressed the importance of having quality teachers in schools saying, "a qualified and efficient teacher definitely contributes to an effective teaching and learning environment. That is, if a student must have access to good and qualitative education, the teacher must be adequately qualified, motivated and efficiently inclined towards teaching".

Prof. Ogen recognised the need for teachers to seek constantly for self improvement stating that "the teaching profession requires constant upgrading to be abreast of knowledge, development and technology. To sustain teacher education, there must be a paradigm shift from the old order, where teachers are placed in the lowest rung of the ladder," he remarked.

Also in his address of welcome, the Chairman College of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) ACE chapter, Comrade Tope Rufus Oziegbe explained that the theme for the celebration was chosen to draw the attention of people to the role teachers play in the provision of quality education.

The ACE COEASU chair lauded the management of the College for identifying with the union and provision of good leadership, which has brought peace and enhanced academic development in the institution.

The highpoint of the ceremony which had several important personalities including Principal Officers of the College in attendance, was the conferment of awards on two renowned educationists, Basorun Sehinde Arogbofa, Secretary General of the Pan Yoruba Socio/ Cultural organisation, Afenifere and Chief (Mrs.) Olufunke Iluyemi, a former Ondo State  Commissioner for Education.