UNIVERSITY OF JOS
(OFFICE OF THE VICE-CHANCELLOR)
INFORMATION, PUBLICATIONS, PUBLIC RELATIONS & PROTOCOL DIVISION
GOVERNOR LALONG LAUDS UNIJOS FOR PRODUCING QUALITY TEACHERS
The Plateau State Governor, Rt. Hon. (Barr.) Simon Bako Lalong has commended the University of Jos for producing professional Teachers who are rated among the best in the country.
The Governor stated this at the 7th and 8th Combined Induction Ceremony for graduating Teachers from the University’s Faculty of Education held at the Multipurpose Auditorium, Bauchi Road Campus.
According to the Governor, societies that experience sustainable development depend on their teachers to play critical roles in moulding the creative and innovative potential of their youths, that is why his administration is according the Teaching Profession a pride of place in its affairs.
The Governor who was represented by the Commissioner for Secondary Education, Mrs Elizabeth Wapmuk stressed that his administration will continue to give priority to the State’s education sector in order to properly engage the youths. Governor Lalong disclosed that his administration has identified areas of collaboration with University of Jos through a World Bank intervention that will soon be implemented towards improving the Country’s education system.
Speaking before inducting the new Teachers as members of the profession, Registrar/Chief Executive Officer of the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), Professor Josiah Ajiboye said the standard of living found in any society depends largely on the quality of its education system as embodied by the competence of its teachers. According to him, Teachers skills and competence similarly depends on the strength of their professional regulation and control mechanism.
Professor Ajiboye noted that the quality of education can only be guaranteed by professional Teachers whose delivery, prowess, ability, coordination and general management of classroom activities would ensure transformation of their pupils, that is why teachers must be well grounded in these areas.
He further stated that learning in Nigeria is rapidly changing due to the clear understanding by Government and society of the role of Teachers in the emerging knowledge economy and the need to attract and retain the best brains in the nation’s educational institutions. It is this, he believes, that has motivated the Government to approve a range of incentives to revitalize and reposition the Teaching profession.
The TRCN CEO advised the Teachers to enhance their teaching skills by moving from the moralistic to the pragmatic where every teacher needs to learn, unlearn and relearn, which for him is the best way for Teachers to have a firm grip of their profession and perform at the expected level. He added that TRCN as a regulatory body, desires to see professional Teachers equipped with the requisite skills to provide a learning experience that will propel the students to become strategic thinkers as they proffer solutions to human challenges.
While Administering the Oath of Practice, Professor Ajiboye urged the Inductees to take the exercise with all seriousness as it is the most important criteria for admission into the profession and a condition for professional practice, saying that any breach of the ethics would attract sanctions.
In his remarks, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Jos, Professor Seddi Sebastian Maimako, represented by the University Librarian, Dr. Thomas Adigun, said Teacher education is a prestigious and powerful instrument for achieving social reforms being the foundation of other professions. Professor Maimako described education as a major key by which a Country can unlock the padlock to all forms of underdevelopment.
Maimako said, in line with its vision and mission, the University is working to produce 21st Century Teachers that can withstand the menace of vices among children and expressed confidence that the Inductees are well equipped with the requisite knowledge, skills, values and attitudes to practice as professional teachers. He believes they are also entitled to benefit from the rights, privileges and obligations of the Teaching profession which further underscores the fact that the Teacher is both a parent and a learning facilitator.
The Vice-Chancellor expressed satisfaction with the contribution of the Faculty of Education to the manpower needs of the Teaching profession, adding that between 2013 and 2016, Unijos had injected 2,263 professional Teachers into the system. He commended the TRCN for ensuring that only trained and certified Teachers occupy the classroom in order to maintain the quality and standard of the profession.
Guest Speaker at the occasion, Professor Shem Binda who spoke on the topic “Coronavirus Pandemic and Education: The Nigerian Experience,” said the lockdown imposed due to the 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic led to the closure of schools which has brought adverse effects on the Nigerian education system. Professor Binda observed that the University of Jos had lost almost an entire academic session following the pandemic.
He explained that, although the lockdown had a negative effect on education, it brought about some positive outcomes such as online learning.
Also Speaking, Dean, Faculty of Education, Professor Joseph Maina congratulated the Inductees for their resilience and perseverance demonstrated in the course of their studies. Professor Maina noted that the Inductees have gone through rigorous training to become professional Teachers with the expertise, skills and discipline that distinguishes them from non-professionals.
Highpoint of the occasion was the induction of over 900 new Teachers from the Faculty of Education for the 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 sets and the presentation of the Education Elder, Alhaji Useini Halilu Pai, the National Electoral Commission (NEC), Resident Electoral Commissioner in Plateau State.
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