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The Provost Dr A. A. Ajayi has reiterated the focus of his administration in ensuring that the college maintained its status as the centre of academic excellence and has also said the enviable feat would not be compromised.

The Provost while addressing the PDE students at the orientation programme organised by the Centre for Sandwich and Pre-NCE Programme (CESAPREP), Federal College of Education, Abeokuta at the Music recital hall on April 21st, 2017 made it known that the college had not recorded failure in all of its programmes and as such the college’s drive to produce students who are record-breakers would be pursued vigorously.

Dr A.A Ajayi ably represented by the Deputy Provost, Dr R. A Soyele, emphasized teachers’ relevance in the society adding that the PDE students should be proud of the teaching profession and always present themselves as professional teachers.

On the need to make hard work a point of duty, the Deputy Provost urged them to cultivate good reading habit and attend classes regularly. He further advised them to subject themselves to serious reading due to their calling as custodians of knowledge “show me a teacher that has stopped to read and I will show you a teacher that has ceased to exist” he quoted.

As part of its drive to produce graduates that are marketable, Dr Soyele stated that the college forbids “runs” and further made it known that PDE students are required to be studious and dedicated to becoming professional teachers.

On the non-recognition of the PDE by Ogun state Government, the Deputy Provost made it known that politics was involved and therefore assured them of tireless efforts being made to get it recognized by the state.

Earlier in his address, the Director CESAPREP, Dr Ben Edegbai, advised the students to submit their transcripts in time adding that at the end of the programme the students would be given certificate and be inducted as professional teachers under TRCN.

He further encouraged them to make proper documentation at the administrative unit so as to be recognised as students of the programme. He concluded by saying “what is worth doing at all is worth doing well”.

In her own address, the Ogun State TRCN coordinator, Mrs O. Oniyide who made the students understand that TRCN was the apex regulatory body for teacher education in Nigeria, educated the new PDE students on the needed requirements for pursuing PDE and further told them that with TRCN license they would have the privileged to practise as professional teachers anywhere in the world.

Mrs Oniyide congratulated them for choosing to become Professional teachers by running the programme. She revealed that TRCN had issued a standing order that by December 2017 all teachers who were not registered members would leave the classroom.

The College Librarian, Dr G. O Oyewole represented by Mr M. M. B Ogunleye, urged the students to make regular use of the library in order to enhance their study.