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In what could be described as a flag of Academic Excellence, the Centre for Degree Programmes (CEDEP) of the Federal College of Education Abeokuta in affiliation with the University of Ibadan on Tuesday 22nd of February, 2016 at the Kunle Filani Lecture Theatre held her 4th matriculation ceremony for a total of three hundred and fifteen (315) students for the 2015/ 2016 Academic Session.
The Matriculants included two hundred and thirty two (232) Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) Candidates and Seventy eight (78) Direct Entry Students spread across eight (8) Departments accredited by the University of Ibadan and the National Universities Commission.
Delivering his speech, the Vice Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Professor A.I Olayinka, represented by the Dean, Faculty of Arts and the Chairman, Joint Board of Examiners Committee of Affiliation Management Board, Prof. A.B Ekanola acknowledged the unprecedented success made by the Federal College of Education, Abeokuta Management in achieving the mission of expanding the frontiers of knowledge as well as producing an all-round developed graduates for the transformation of the society.
The Vice Chancellor noted that there has been an increase in the number of intakes from 300 at inception to 315 students, attributing it to the high standard of education maintained by the University of Ibadan and the Federal College of Education, Abeokuta.
While promising a replica congenial Academic environment available in the main campus, Professor A.I Olayinka urged the matriculating students to take full advantage of the opportunities provided by the University and the College, noting that the joy of matriculation cannot be fulfilled without graduation.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Provost of the College, Dr. A.A Ajayi informed the gathering of the available qualified Academic and Non-Academic Staff in various Departments, adequate teaching and learning materials, equipped laboratories and resource rooms available for all round development of the students.
Regardless of the warm gesture of the College to playing host to diverse Clubs and Associations for the building of formal and informal capacities in students, the Provost emphasized zero tolerance culture of the College and the University of Ibadan to cultism and other illicit behaviours.
The Provost therefore urged the new students to embrace dialogue in their relationships with Lecturers, Course Advisers, Coordinators, Head of Departments, Deans and Officers of the Student Affairs Department, Director, Centre for Degree Programmes (CEDEP) and the College Management.
The event witnessed the presence of the College Management, University of Ibadan Management, parents and guardians of matriculating students.
40 years after the first matriculation of 86 students for the 1976/1977 academic session, the College Management on Tuesday, 22nd of February at the Aduke Maina Hall, matriculated a total of One Thousand Six hundred and eighty students for the 2015/2016 Academic Session comprising of School of Art and Social Science-473, School of Science - 408, School of Education-316, School of Vocational Education-251, and School of Languages- 232.
Congratulating the matriculating students on their admission into the Centre of Academic Excellence, the Provost of the College, Dr A.A Ajayi advised the students to maintain the required high level of academic excellence in order to justify government and parental sponsorship, especially in this era where the world is faced with economic challenges.
The Provost, who reiterated the unflinching commitment of the Management to moulding students for Excellence, stated that it would not relent on its zero tolerance position for Cultism, Hooliganism and Thuggery. He advised lucky Matriculants to be wary of evil Clubs and Associations that would jostle for their membership.
The Provost finally drew the attention of newly admitted students to the need to be diligent in their Academic pursuit because Students with less than 1.00 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) would be placed on probation and advised to withdraw if there is no improvement.
Present at the occasion were the members of the College Management, Deans, Directors, Parents and Guardians of the Students.
The Centre for Degree Programme of the Federal College of Education, Abeokuta (CEDEP) has produced three First Class Degree Graduates of the University of Ibadan. Two out of the three; Giwa Adebowale and Atoba Mutiu Gbolahan read Biology/Education while the third; Sarakat Abisoye Seun studied Human Kinetics and Health Education. Revealing this information at a send forth party held in honour of the past Chairman and members of the board of CEDEP on Thursday 10th March, 2016. The Provost, Federal College of Education, Abeokuta Dr. A Ayodele Ajayi further stated that the College is exploring opportunity of extending the degree programme to other departments of the College. It will be recalled that the Provost had promised the Theatre Arts department that the College will make a case for the Degree Programme for the Department in the next dispensation. According to Dr. Ajayi, running the degree programmes in affiliation with the University of Ibadan is a first step in an attempt to get an autonomous degree awareness status for the College.
Explaining further, the Provost observed that for the College and sisters to run autonomous degree programme the Act establishing the College would have to be amended. “The Act Establishing the Federal College of Education will need to be amended to state that the College of Education can award both NCE and Degree programmes” he said. This arrangement according to the Provost shall afford any intending candidate the opportunity to obtain an NCE certificate in the first three year and continue a 2 years Degree Programme thereafter.
Earlier in his address the Director CEDEP , Dr. Rafiu A. Soyele while welcoming guest at the occasion said the send forth was organised in line with the believes of the culture of appreciating. Dr Soyele emphasised that the past Chairman and Board members have worked hard for laying the foundation of the Centre. “Whatever growth /development that we might be witnessing now is built on the efforts they put in place”. Those who were honoured with the send forth are:
Members of the College Community on Friday 26th February, 2016 received with shock the passing away of Miss Toyin Deborah Adebayo of the Yoruba Language Department. Miss T.D Adebayo who until her death was an Assistant Lecturer in the Department, died after a brief illness in Owo, Ondo State.
College Update prays that God gives the entire Staff and Students of the College the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. May her gentle soul, rest in perfect peace (Amen).
The new Students’ Union Executive and the Students’ Representative Council were sworn in on Thursday, 7th January, 2016 in a solemn ceremony at the Aduke Maina Hall of the Federal College of Education, Abeokuta.
The Provost, represented by the Deputy Provost, Dr Mrs B.A Adeniji urged the new EXCOs to embrace dialogue as violence could not solve any matter. She stressed the need for Students’ Union Executive to understand that they were focus of all students as well as role models and therefore should behave in manners that suggest thus. Speaking further, she said that very soon there would be a constitutional review of the Students’ Union Constitution she also advised the EXCOs on the appropriate channel of communication.