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Stakeholders in the Education industry on Thursday 25th January 2018 converged at the Music Recital, Federal College of Education, Abeokuta to deliberate on the new National Teacher Education Policy.
The one day sensitization programme which was convened at the stance of the Honourable Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu was well attended by the representatives of the seven states in the South West.
While presenting the policy, Mr Asubiojo who represented the Minister, noted that the policy was aimed at producing skilled and capable teachers that could produce students who would compete globally. He added that the process of arriving at the policy involved research, survey, interviews, focus group discussions and interactive sessions with stakeholders among others.
Earlier in his address, the Chairman, Dr Gbenga Sopeyin, noted that the quality of Teachers would determine the quality of Education children received. Dr Sopeyin who is also the Chairman of SUBEB Lagos State, added that the policy was highly essential because it guides the teacher on what to do. He further urged all stakeholders to take good advantage of the meeting in order to have a fruitful deliberation.
Presenting a paper entitled “A framework for monitoring the implementation of the National policy on Teacher Education” the Communication Coordinator of Teacher Development Programme, Mr Chinedu Anarado gave a brief on the policy framework, strategy development, Review of the implementation of the strategy against the aspiration of the policy, monitoring and evaluation framework, baseline measurement and target setting among other things.
At the end of the discuss, stakeholders in attendance resolved that, to produce committed teachers, only students who picked Education as most preferred choice should be considered for admission and bursary issued to students of Education. In addition, it was opined that Teacher Education should be under Federal Government of Nigeria and should no longer be under the concurrent list as well as involvement of stakeholders in accreditation exercise.
Present at the meeting were, representative of the Honourable Minister of Education, Mr Ezekiel Funso Asubiojo; Provost Federal College of Education Abeokuta, Dr A.A Ajayi; Chairman Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Dr Gbenga Sopeyin; Dean Faculty of Education, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife, Professor Bayode Popoola; Head of Department, Science and Technology, Faculty of Education, University of Lagos (UNILAG), Professor Uchenna Udeani; Dean School of Arts and Social Sciences Federal College of Education, Abeokuta, Dr I.A Olorunsogo; Dean School of Education, Mr S.O Davies; Dr S.I Ezeani; Mr Nweke Richards N.E; Director of information, Mr Bola Adesina. Others in attendance were Mrs T.O Oguntona, SUBEB Lagos; Mr S.O Adeotan, Mr Badru L.O, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Ogun State; Mr Ajayi Ayotunde, Director Academic Planning, FCE (T), Akoka, Lagos; Dr S.O.A Fakorede, University of Lagos; Mr Kuye Wasiu, SUBEB Ogun State; Mr O. J Amoo, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Oyo State; Mr D.O Dawudu, Crescent University; and Mr M. Oghogho, Mr Aje Maikarfi both from Federal Ministry of Education, Abuja .
Staff and students of the College have been enjoined to always wear their Identity cards to avoid being mistaken as miscreants.
This statement was contained in a release signed by the College Chief Security Officer, Mr J.A Adeyemi, on Tuesday 6th February, 2018 with reference number F C E/AB/SEC/CC 52.
The release further stated that only 100 level students who were yet to be issued identity card would be permitted on campus with photocopies of their admission letters. It added that people who enter the College premises through unauthorised routes would be arrested and treated as intruders.
The Alumni Association Federal College of Education Abeokuta has on Tuesday 30th January 2018 marked the 41st foundation day of the College amidst joy and celebration as the foundation of the Alumni secretariat was laid by the Provost, Dr A.A Ajayi.
In his opening speech, the Provost appreciated both the past and present executive members for contributing their quota to the growth and development of the College. He further pledged his unflinching support to the growth of the Alumni Association.
Earlier in his welcome address, the National Alumni President, Mr Tope Balogun appreciated the College Management for their unrelenting support towards the Association. He noted that the support got so far from members of the Association at home and in diaspora had helped a lot in his tenure as the alumni President. He therefore solicited for more support from all members of the Association. Goodwill messages were thereafter entertained from members of the Association after which the official laying of the Alumni Secretariat was done by the Provost, Dr Ayodele Adetayo Ajayi at the construction site.
The Anti - Cultism and Religious Matters Committee (ACRMC), Federal College of Education Abeokuta has on Friday 26th January, 2018 organised its first quarter prayer meeting of the year.
Members of the Christian community converged at the Chapel of Peace to pray and thank God on behalf of the Management, Staff, Students and College Community as a whole.
The Provost, Dr A.A Ajayi who read the first lesson stated that God had been faithful to every staff of the College despite all challenges of the previous year. He advised that all staffers should remain focus on God being the only one who could see us through these challenges adding that at the end of all these, it shall be well.
In the same vein, the Muslim faithfuls also gathered at the College Mosque. The chief Imam of the college mosque, Dr Taofeek O Salaudeen offered Prayers for the Management, Staff, Students and the College Community as a whole.
Representative of the Dean, Faculty of Education, Professor S. O Makinde, in his remarks during the facility assessment visit made by Lagos State University to the College on Thursday 1st February, 2018 noted that FCE Abeokuta was fully prepared for the LASU Sandwich degree programme in terms of infrastructures, teaching and non-teaching staff.
Professor Makinde who was highly impressed at the Provost’s presentation on a brief profile of the College stated that “in no doubt, FCE Abeokuta would be a very good partner of LASU in this Sandwich degree project”. He stated further that LASU was no longer known for negative reports under the new Vice Chancellor who had transformed the University to a mega University.
While appealing to the College Management to pay a courtesy visit to LASU, he stated that the Vice Chancellor would be favourably disposed to granting FCE Abeokuta’s request to run programmes that were accredited at Lagos State University.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Provost, Dr Ayodele A. Ajayi gave a brief profile of the College which focused on FCE, Abeokuta since inception, sources of funds, breakdown of Schools and Departments as well as Staff strength of the College.
He thereafter prayed that Lagos State University should grant the College request of kick starting the Sandwich Degree programme soonest.
Speaking on the peculiarity of LASU’s Sandwich programme, the Acting Director, Sandwich Degree, Dr Olusola Oladipupo stated that there was no discrimination between the regular and Sandwich certificates of LASU as a unified curricular were being used. She added that the LASU sandwich programme had been running for over 20 years and that usually, graduates of the sandwich programme were being admitted at LASU for further studies.
While giving the vote of thanks, the Registrar Mr R.A Akinola appreciated members of the team from LASU, Deans and Directors present. He prayed that soonest, the sandwich degree programme would commence at the Federal College of Education, Abeokuta.