Colleges of Education Staff Union (COEASU) Federal College of Education Abeokuta branch organised its maiden edition of the Teachers day Programme to celebrate themselves as teachers and award some members who had meritoriously served in various capacities. The theme for this year’s Teacher’s day was “Teachers at the heart of education recovery”.
It would be recalled that the World’s Teacher’s Day was marked 5th October and the day was a UNESCO day of observance, which was first held on 5th October, 1994 and has been marked on that same day every year. Teacher’s day was introduced to highlight the contributions and achievements of education workers around the globe, as well as drawing attention to teachers’ objectives in their workplaces.
The Provost, Dr R.A Soyele while speaking at the programme congratulated the COEASU Chairman and her team for organising such a laudable programme adding that the Chairman was a woman of action and the first to organise such a programme since inception of COEASU in the College.
Speaking further, Soyele noted that professionally, Teachers could not be swept aside saying that teachers impart knowledge, which according to him, make them popular around the world. He thereafter appreciated all Staff for their support during the period he was the acting Provost and therefore sought for more support as the substantive Provost so that the College would move to enviable heights.
While welcoming members to the programme, the Chairman COEASU FCE Abeokuta branch Comr. Dr O. O. Oni emphasised the need to honour teachers adding that gone were the days when Teachers’ rewards were in heaven. According to her, teachers’ rewards were right here on earth and should be highly recognised because they were moulders and builders of other Professions.
Speaking on Ethics of the Teaching Profession, a former member of Council and a Chief Lecturer in English Department, Dr Bolapade Ige described teachers as the ones showing the way, guide and imparter of knowledge among others. She highlighted some points which according to her were unethical for the teaching Profession and these included but not limited to - Teachers not attending Lectures when they ought to, making an hour lecture to half an hour because of lack of preparation, failure of the Teacher to conduct continuous assessment, male teachers having amorous affairs with female students for marks among many others. She therefore advised Teachers to be disciplined, honest, contented and perform up to expectation.
Highlight of the programme included goodwill messages from the Father and Mother of the day, Alhaji N.O. Sodipe, a retired Chief Lecturer from the School of Languages and Dr F.A.O. Akinnusi also a retired Chief Lecturer from the School of Vocational Education, the occasion was adorned with songs by elders of the Union, cultural dance, “Ewi” rendition among other activities.