NEWS UPDATE - PROF . ARIGBABU ADVOCATES TASUED TRAINING MODEL AS A PANACEA FOR THE DWINDLING STANDARD IN TEACHER EDUCATION

PROF . ARIGBABU ADVOCATES TASUED TRAINING MODEL AS A PANACEA FOR THE DWINDLING STANDARD IN TEACHER EDUCATION

The Vice Chancellor,Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun,Prof. Abayomi Arigbabu, recently advocated the University's Training Model as a panacea to the gaps and challenges in Teacher-Education in Nigeria.

The Vice Chancellor, gave the recommendation recently in Abeokuta during the launching of the Orange Card Project for Teachers in Ogun State with the theme: " The Teachers we sow , the future we reap ".

He noted that TASUED, being Nigeria's Premier and Preferred University of Education implements a Teacher-training model which seeks to prepare prospective teachers for contemporary challenges in the 21st Century world of work.
"Student-teachers are equipped with knowledge and skills in subject content and pedagogy, including mandatory interaction with the computer and other forms of technology which permeates the current world of work" he added .

Prof. Arigbabu disclosed that the TASUED training model includes the fast and easy access to information and e- resources for teaching and learning provided through the University ICT Unit.
Student-teachers undergo mandatory exposure to entrepreneurial and vocational studies for which they earn certificates apart from their primary degrees, which is designed to position graduates for extra stream of income. Workers so prepared are certain of possessing high levels of social stability which would enhance better job performance.

Prof. Arigbabu noted that teachers are the pinnacle on which national development rest upon, warning that if nothing is done to redress the situation, the country will soon have shortages of teachers in educational sector.

Citing a data from recently conducted University Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) by Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB), for the year 2020 where 95,317 applicants applied to study Education as a course of study in the University, out of about 2 Million applicants, he linked the decline to a numbers of factors such as lack of social recognition, inadequate remuneration and unconducive work environment, absence of modern technology that could aid technology, excess workload and lack of current textbooks as some of the problems confronting Teaching profession in Nigeria.

In her opening speech, the Ogun State First lady , Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun commended the State government for investing heavily in the Education sector.
She however, urged government at all levels to place more value and importance on education, while noting that education requires more investment.

The Executive Director, Orange Card, Mr. Oladipo Oke stated that the Teachers Privilege Card Project is an initiative to bridge the gap created by poor attention to teachers. He however, disclosed that with the card teachers will have access to opportunities that are not available before.

Present at the event were Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mrs. Olaseni Ogunleye; Special Adviser on Primary and Secondary Education, Mrs. Soyombo and representatives from TESCOM, ANCOPPS, NUT and ASUSS among others.