ABIODUN JIMOH, ABEOKUTA
A total of three hundred and nine students of Federal College of Education (FCE), Osiele, Abeokuta were inducted at the 4th Graduation/Induction ceremony for professional teachers held at the College new school of arts and social sciences hall, on Thursday, September 26th, 2019.
The 4th convocation was the formal induction of 5th and 6th set of FCE/ Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) into Professional Diploma in Education (PDE) program; Bachelor of Education (B.Ed), and Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) graduands into the teaching profession.
The induction ceremony which was the first time that all the College programmes will be presenting students for combined induction ceremony by TRCN has total of 151 students graduated in PDE program; B.Ed has 145 students, while 13 students graduated from NCE program.
The colourful ceremony witnessed large turnout of dignitaries in the education sector across the country. Among them were the Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of TRCN, Professor Josiah Ajiboye and his management team; Prof. Olugbemiga Oworu, the guesys lecturer, who also is the Chairman, University Teaching Practice Board, Tai Solarin University of Education (TASUED), Ijagun.
Others were representative of the Permanent Secretary, Ogun State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mr. Aikulola Olu Ola, who was the chairman of the occasion; Directors of CESAPREP and CEDEP; Principal officers in the College, and many others.
In his welcome address, Provost of the College, Dr. Adetayo Ajayi described the event as another landmark achievements for the first and oldest tertiary institution in Ogun State established 43 years ago with the vision to train and produce well grounded and motivated NCE graduands.
Dr. Ajayi noted: “It is yet another major contribution and execution of our College mandate to help our nation train and develop the needed human capital for her socioeconomic development, especially in the education sector. The common saying that no nation develops or grows beyond its level of education.
“Furthermore, it is on record that the College has not lost any of its academic session since its establishment 43 years ago. The peaceful atmosphere has earned it, the Ogun State most peaceful tertiary institution award several times.
Also, TRCN Registrar/CEO, Prof. Olusegun in his address expressed his pleasure to be a the induction ceremony of graduates of the College, which is a demonstration of the zeal and commitment of improving the teaching and learning process in the country.
“Induction is one of the critical elements that adorn a profession and make it clear that teaching is no longer an all-comers affairs. Induction programs for beginning teachers have become a favoured policy initiative in recent decades.
“For the new teachers taking oath of practice, I urge you to take this exercise with all seriousness it deserves. Oath taking is the most important legal basis for admission into a profession and a condition for professional practice. Please note that any breach of the law particularly on oath, calls for sanction.
“The oath administration symbolizes induction of all new teachers into the profession. By the event of today, all inductees shall be accepted into the teaching profession. I congratulate the inductees and wish them the best in their career.”
In the same vein, the Permanent Secretary ably represented by Dr. Waheed Olanloye, Director, Primary and Higher Education Department, said: “Teaching is a profession of trust because every professional that contributes to nation building is a product of at least, a teacher.
“Unlike other professionals whose influence are transient, that of teacher is eternal, which suggests that teachers role is pivotal to national development. Will it then be safe that teachers should be held responsible for what becomes of a nation.
Induction is an initiation into the world of practice and your licence as a professional.”
Moreover, the guests lecturer, Professor Oworu, in his induction lecture titled ‘Repositioning the Teaching Profession for National Development’ delivered at the event made some salient points that if taken into cognisance would further the development and growth of teaching practice in Nigeria.
He added that over the years, the responsibility for improving the society has been placed on the education system and particularly on the shoulders of teachers. “The National Policy on Education (2004) in its introduction states that ‘education in Nigeria is an instrument per excellence for effective development.
While concluding the lecture, he used the occasion to congratulate the Provost and his reliable principal officers as well as the dependable staff of the College. Also, he congratulated the graduating students whom he referred to as colleagues. “You have been empowered by the quality of training given to you, as saying goes, to whom much is given, much is expected.”
Prior to all these addresses, Dr. Ben Edegbai, Director of Centre for Sandwich Preparatory Programs (CESAPREP), stated that Tue journey of the PDE so far easily attested that it was one of the best Post Graduate Education in Nigeria, having been prepared by Deans and directors of education and passed through the highest decision making body in education in the country, which is the National Council of Education.
Dr. Egbedi hereby enjoined the professional teachers to know that they are priceless. ” No one can pay for your services, so don’t feel bad when the pay is not much. Teaching job is not for money conscious people but your passion and commitment to the job can open doors that will bring in the money. “
Meanwhile, in an interview with some of the graduands, they lauded the quality of teaching resources exposed to in the course of their learning at the College. They also praised their lecturers and other staff for the role played in moulding them for greater challenges in the teaching profession.
According to Mary Onuawuchi Anozie, PDE graduate, she expressed happiness to be part of those who scaled through the teaching process in the institution. She added that what she had learnt would propel her to higher heights in the profession.
“We all know that any moment from now teachers that are not qualify will be sent out of the system. So being part of the inductees, is one of the great things to have happened to me and even to my fellow colleagues. I thank God for being a TRCN member and having the certificate as required to be the teachers as required by the state government.
“And I am so happy also that the certificate is not only limited to any part of the state or country, but can be used even outside the country. I will continue with my teaching job, though its not a huge paying job, but at least, one should have passion for the kind of job he or she is doing, especially when it comes into teaching in this way. I am going to take it to the next level,” she opined.