AAUA DVC Calls for Teachers’ Freedom, Empowerment
Caption: The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration) of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Prof. Olugbenga Ige, cutting the tape to commission the Zebra Crossing put in place by the Road Safety Club of FRSC, Ikare Akoko Unit. With him is the Unit Commander, Mr B. O. Jimoh (4thL), and other officers and Corps Members
Professor of Plant Science and Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria, Professor Olugbenga Ige, has made a case for teachers in Nigeria to be given unfettered teaching/academic freedom as professionals, to enquire, discover, publish and teach the truth as they see it in their respective fields of competence and qualification.
Ige stated this while presenting a paper entitled, “Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers” on the occasion of the World Teachers’ Day celebration organised by the Nigerian Union of Teachers, NUT, Ondo State Chapter, held in Akure on October 5.
He explained that such teaching freedom would ensure the right of teachers to discharge their duties truthfully and employ their reason to the extent of their intellectual capacity.
In his words, “The concept of academic freedom offers teachers the opportunity to decide what recipes go into the organisation of the knowledge to be inculcated and the methodology to be adopted without much interference from external authorities.
“Inasmuch as it is good to moderate teachers’ activities, excessive restrictions and control of what to teach and how to teach have not been helpful. The school authorities should allow exchange of ideas to flourish. To promote freedom in teaching, the rights of all individuals to express their views should be encouraged in the school community.”
The DVC said the challenges identified bring to the fore the need and quest for teachers’ empowerment, contending that in spite of the enviable garb accorded teachers, it still appears that teachers’ professional freedom has been constrained by a number of factors over the years.
Prof. Ige said, “There are certain factors that have constrained a teacher’s professional freedom over the years in spite of the enviable professional garb accorded them. Such constraints include paradox of academic curriculum, challenge of funding, undemocratic governance and leadership style, and the fact that most times teachers are not involved in the design and recommendation of learning materials.These challenges so identified bring to the fore the quest for the empowerment of teachers towards a desirable and qualitative service delivery.”
At the event which was held at the Teachers’ Hall, Oda Road, Akure, Prof. Ige stressed that empowering teachers will not only secure their professional freedom, it would also help improve teachers’ problem-solving skills and boost their creative sensibility.
“The success of empowering teachers to teach in freedom depends greatly on addressing the challenges identified with the educational system, particularly those relating to the administration of the academic curriculum and other related policies that affect their services.
“Empowering teachers will not only secure their professional freedom, it will equally help build their confidence and stimulate their satisfaction on the job. It will help improve teachers’ problem solving skills and excite their creative sensibility. When teachers are appropriately empowered, professionalism, dedication and expertise in the teaching and learning process will be guaranteed. In all these, benefits of empowering teachers to teach in freedom are inestimable.” Professor Ige submitted.
Defence College Participants Laud AAUA’s Campus
The campus of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria again received applauds from participants of the Course 26 of the National Defence College, Abuja, who described the University’s environment as beautiful, serene and replete with massive physical infrastructures.
The team, led by Commandant Sunday Makinde, last week visited Ajasin Varsity as part of their study tour of Ondo State. They expressed satisfaction with the condition of the University environment, noting that the University has put in place a lot of physical and intellectual properties despite its young age.
He said, “As a study group, we count ourselves very lucky to be in Ondo State. We appreciate the serene and beautiful environment of the school, especially the massive structures.”
The Vice Chancellor, Professor Igbeleke Ajibefun, who was represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), Professor Olugbenga Ige, welcomed the group to the University and thanked Deans of Faculty who joined the Vice Chancellor in welcoming the guests. He noted that AAUA, though young, has its students and graduates doing well in the various spheres of life. !
The DVC said, “On behalf of the Vice Chancellor and the entire University Community, I welcome you all very warmly to our University. AAUA is very young, but it’s fast moving forward. In the last few years, for instance, graduates of this University have been topping in the Nigerian Law School. In the area of sports, two of our students are going to represent the school at the International Games which comes up in South Korea before the end of this year. Our staff, teaching and non-teaching, have won various categories of awards. We are very delighted that you have chosen AAUA as one of the institutions of study.
Professor Ige also commended the group’s study theme entitled, ‘Youth Employment and National Security.’ He stressed that “the topic is very relevant and a good way to address the prevalent socio-economic challenges confronting Nigerian youths”.
The Course, which commenced September 6, took 13 participants to AAUA with representatives from the Nigeria Police, Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as foreign participants from Malawi and the Republic of Mali.
The National Defence College (NDC) is the apex military training institution for the Nigerian Armed Forces, and a Centre of Excellence for peace support operations training at the strategic level in West Africa. It was established in 1992 as the highest military institution for the training of senior military officers in Nigeria.
VACANCIES: AAUA WORK STUDY SCHEME
Students that are interested in the Work Study Scheme should collect their forms from the Work Study Office. The Scheme is aimed at financially rewarding interested students who would be made to work in various units of the University.
Date: 10th October, 2017 – 17th October, 2017
Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm
Duly-filled application forms should be returned latest by 2:00pm 19th November, 2017.