In a speech which outlines his vision for the next five years, the new vice chancellor of Tai Solarin University of Education, Prof Abayomi Arigbabu has declared his intention to develop appropriate education programmes that will address the present skill gaps in the teaching profession with respect to the newly introduced 34 trade and entrepreneurial subjects at the secondary school level.
The Vice Chancellor in his speech during the investiture ceremony held at the institution on the 27th of June, 2018 said part of his objectives was to reposition TASUED academic programmes to respond to identified deficiencies in the education sector.
Prof Arigbabu while lamenting that the newly introduced curriculum at the secondary school level was designed up to implementation without adequate specialist teachers in vocational and technical subjects, said the institution intends to rise to the challenge of resolving the problem.
In furtherance of his agenda, the Vice Chancellor stated that he intend to ensure that TASUED becomes a centre of excellence by designing innovative and demand-driven post graduate programmes in all areas of education including pedagogy and andragogy.
Worthy of note was also the plan to improve the web presence of the institution to achieve between 1st to 10th positions on the webometric ranking of Nigerian Universities.
“I intend to leverage on technology to achieve effective and efficient digitization and uploading of academic staff publications and lecture notes towards a more robust TASUED open educational Resource (OER platform), establish smart classrooms, improve on funding/resource management and enhance staff capacity for better service delivery.
“I will leverage on my experience as the pioneer Dean of Students to improve student emotional, social and intellectual wellbeing; reposition the work study programme for greater succor for indigent students and keep students busy with recreational and creative facilities”, he said.
The Pro-chancellor of the institution Prof Olufemi Bamiro in his remarks explained that funding will continue to be a major challenge for Nigerian Universities in view of the fact that the government still regards increase in tuition fees a no-go area.
He stressed that it is imperative for vice-chancellors to be more skilled in a business management sense, and at the same time, be more democratic considering that the school head will have to deal with diverse stakeholders within and outside the institution.
He therefore charged the new vice chancellor to be resilient and called for the support of staff and students in achieving the goals of the institution.