It was a remarkable moment as the Faculty of Education, Akwa Ibom State University welcomed her newly admitted and returning students for the 2015/2016 academic year.
The Dean of the Faculty, Prof. Franca Anijaobi-Idem during the in-house orientation exercise held for the students at the university main campus welcomed them, and charged them to quickly adjust and settle in for serious academic work. She officially presented the new Faculty of Education Handbook and advised them to get the handbook which are given free of charge courtesy of the vice chancellor who had paid for the production. She urged them to make it their companion to be well informed about the tenets of the university.
While addressing the students, the Dean said the faculty is well positioned on a sound foundation to be a world class “Teacher Education Faculty”. She however lamented the general public outcry about the quality of graduates produced by tertiary institutions across the country and stressed the fact that quality education demands discipline and diligence on the part of both the lecturers and the students.
Professor Anijaobi-Idem said the faculty has zero tolerance for examination misconduct urging students to be punctual to lectures, carry out their assignments, spend more time in the library and be focused in their studies to achieve their ambition. The Dean asked the students to shun all social vices such as cultism, sexual immorality, indecent dressing and to uphold noble values like hardwork, integrity, respect for constituted authority, self control, decency and excellence.
Also, the Dean assured the students that the Faculty has put modalities in place to help strengthen student-lecturer relationship while emphasizing that a greater percentage of students’ success or failure depends on how both group are able to manage such relationship. She therefore called on lecturers to be available and accessible to students as this will help the students academically and make lecturers take responsibility for their students’ successes.
The returning students were advised by the Dean to pay their fees on time to avoid suspension of studies and to see their academic advisers to be properly guided in completing their course registration forms.
Meanwhile, other lecturers of the faculty took turns to advise and encourage the students. The exercise ended on a good note as the participating students attested to the fact that the exercise was very rewarding as they now have a new perspective to issues about the faculty.