A Professor of Guidance and Counselling, Professor Alfred Adegoke has advocated functional education in the country in order for it to move out of recession and economic quagmire.
Professor Adegoke who was the lead paper presenter at the 7th School of Education Annual National Conference held in the College from Monday 10th to 14th July, 2017 at the Obongawan Grace Ekong Lecture theatre, Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo recommended that Government at all levels should show its commitment and political will to ensuring functional education through the funding, policy making supervision and monitoring of educational projects and programmes.
In his paper titled “Tackling Economic Recession through inclusive and functional Education in Nigeria”, Professor Adegoke described functional education is an evidenced based-intervention utilizing everyday activities of daily living.
“Functional education is therefore quite different from the concept of education. While education simply refers to the process by which knowledge and skills are acquired, functional education is more encompassing meaningful and most desirable. This is because it is the type of education that equips the recipient with the knowledge and skills needed for performance of productive task. It is one that helps the society met their developmental needs” he explains.
Professor Adegoke noted through that functional education qualitative manpower is produced and the educational system of any nation determines its type, nation and caliber of manpower to be supplied while the educational system and the commitment of human resources development have been attributed to their level of achievement and other breakthroughs experienced in these countries.
The former Dean of Education, Faculty of Education, University of Ilorin, posited that Human resources not capital or income, nor material resources constitute the ultimate basis of wealth of a nation because they are just passive factors of production. It is the human resources that accumulates capital, exploit natural resources, build social economic and political organisation and carry over national development.
According to him, functional education is a leveler of opportunities that will bring about graduates who are entrepreneurs and self-dependent and employers of labour.
He further recommended among other things that government at all levels should as a matter of urgency increase the percentage of their annual budget allocated to education to align with UNESCO recommendation, while supervisory agencies of the educational institutions should be more committed in playing their roles as watch dog to educational institutions.
He also called for special emphasis on technical education, refocusing primary school education, redeveloping the curriculum to be structured to reflect functional education, provide modern infrastructure, return schools to original owners and return of teachers’ Colleges/retraining of teachers.
Early in his opening remark before declaring the conference open the Provost of the College, Professor Olukoya Ogen congratulated the School of Education for holding its 7th edition of the conference without any financial support from the College Management. While personally pledging his support, he gave the assurance that in future the College will support the school.
The Provost welcome the Chairman, Chief Femi Ogungbeni and the lead paper presenter, Professor Alfred Adegoke who he described as a distinguished scholar and an intellectual of note.
In his remark, the Chairman of the conference, a former Permanent Secretary, Ondo State, Chief Femi Ogungbeni said the theme of the conference is in tandem with the current challenges facing the country.
He observed that in other climes education is used in research and development which Nigeria as a country is curiously present an indifferent attitude. He expressed hope that the theme of the conference will bring out ways to tackle education in recession and recommend some solution to economic recession currently being experienced in the country.
In her address of welcome, the Dean School of Education, Dr. (Mrs.) Oyenike Oyinloye appreciated the College Provost, Professor Olukoya Ogen for his sterling leadership style and commitment to make Adeyemi College of Education become a pride of the nation in the provision of qualitative Teacher Education.
“In his bid to lift Adeyemi to the next level, he has given recognition to the provision of inclusive education for the virtually impaired students in the College, as they no longer have difficulties reading, and answering questions like the normal students in the College during examinations. Also worthy of commendations is the transformation of the College through ICT which has placed our noble College among the leading ICT driven institutions in the Country” she stated.
Speaking on the theme Dr. Oyinloye said that there is no doubt that this year theme “Teaching Economic Recession through inclusive and Equitable Quality Education in Nigeria” is very timely and that it will enable all stakeholders in the development of Nigeria to device strategies for instigating the turbulent times in our dear nations.
The well attended conference also had in attendance the Deputy Provost, Dr. Samuel Akintunde, the Acting Registrar, Mrs. Olufisayo Fakorede, the Bursar, Mr. Olaniyi Abdul and Acting College Librarian, Mr. Akinade Awoyemi.
Others are Chairman, Committee of Deans, Dr. Folorunsho Balogun, Dean School of Vocational and Technical Education, Dr. A. Akinbani, Dean School of Languages, Dr. Johnson Ojo, Dean, School of Degree Studies, Dr. Gbade Ikuejubee, Director, Academic Planning and Quality Assurance, Dr. Ireti Alao and Dean, Arts and Social Sciences Dr. Falade.
The opening ceremony was rounded up with presentation of award of gift to Chief (Dr.) Moses Jayeola-Omoyeni, a lecturer in the School who retired after thirty three years in service.