Provost tasks school teachers on higher performance

The Provost of the College, Professor Olukoya Ogen has charged the teachers of Demonstration Schools in Ondo and Models Schools in Akure to improve on their performances in order to keep the high records already set by the schools in the past.

The Provost, represented by the Deputy Provost, Dr. Samuel Akintunde, gave the admonition during one-day training for the teachers of the four schools based in Ondo and Akure. 

Dr. Akintunde, who also doubles as the Chairman, Adeyemi College of Education, Board of Demonstration and Model Schools, observed that the one-day capacity building workshop was to enhance teachers’ performances, keep them abreast of trends in teaching and in tune with the already high standard set by the school.

He noted that the school recorded high performances in their external examinations last year and therefore urged the participants to make utmost use of the training opportunity as they will be rated by performances of the schools in external examinations.

Earlier in his opening remarks, the Chairman, Demonstration and Model Schools Board Monitoring Committee, Mr. Clinton Adebiyi, commended the Provost, Professor Olukoya Ogen for considering it worthy to organize the workshop which is in tandem with the mandate of the Committee.

He added that the workshop will provide the much needed impetus for the teacher’s exposure to current trends in teaching and learning activities.

According to Adebiyi, the objectives of the workshop included amongst others the fostering of an understanding of the nature and dynamics of teaching, encouraging the acquisition of modern teaching techniques, promoting the use of ICT and enabling the acquisition of relevant communication etiquettes. 

Adebiyi observed that teachers are required to fulfill many roles and performs many duties considered ancillary, however the primary purpose of teaching is to facilitate student learning. 

He said: "Effective teachers promote student learning. An average teacher of this 21st century must be able to think out of the box and demonstrate high degree of proficiency in their endeavour."

He lamented that unfortunately, one of the major weaknesses of the teaching profession is that once teachers complete their initial training, they hardly have the opportunity and zeal to grow on the job professionally. 

He pointed out that "knowledge is dynamic and so also are pedagogical ideas. It is only by exposure to workshops seminars and conferences that teachers enjoy professional renewal."

He expressed optimism that, after the training, teachers of the schools would have acquire enhanced knowledge, skills and the right attitude needed to perform in their teaching career. 

The teachers during the training were exposed to methodology of teaching in the social sciences, science and arts, applications of ICT and modern techniques in teaching and learning and language and communication strategy for effective teaching and learning. 

The resource persons drawn from different schools in the College included Dr. D. A. Falade, Dr. R. O. Oloyede, Dr. J. O. Akinbi, Dr. S. O. Olagunju and Mr. C. O. Adebiyi. 

In attendance at the training were all teachers from the Schools from Ondo and Akure, members of the Demonstration and Model Schools Monitoring Committee and staff of MIS and Information and Public Relations Unit.