Poor record keeping is another bane of the school and perhaps the worst terror confronting the students. Not only is the faculty careless the way it handles results it also indiscriminately manufactures examination results for Sandwich candidates. One of the most common discrepancies is when the result a candidate wrote down from the score sheet of his lecturer/examiner is different from the one that is compiled for him/her when the Sandwich Department releases collated results or at the end of it all when he is about to collect the certificate. Invariably it is at such crucial moment that quite a few discover that they had a carry over in some courses! Cruel, isn’t it? It is worse now that results are delayed indefinitely this is because even most lecturers can no longer remember the student making complaint to them(he/she completed the course three to four years ago! ) and many can not figure out where the score sheet is. So when you go to complain you meet a dead end; the lecturer insists he has released the result to the office of Sandwich studies while the office insists it is not with them. Two examples will serve to illustrate the worst of it all. A respected member of the faculty went on sabbatical (or left the school). He taught several undergraduate and post graduate courses. For example he taught a course in 2006 to PGDE students. He was the excuse of the department for delay in release of collated results and certificates for that set of students because, they claimed, he did not release any of his results before traveling. However, those who know him well (fellow lecturers)quietly vouched for him that he could never do that. The man, several countries away, had to take the bull by the horn: pay a visit to Nigeria and, did the unusual, re-conducted the examination for the few of his old students who could be notified and attended (a few years after they were supposed to have graduated!) All along he had insisted that he submitted all the missing scores to the administrative staffs of the Sandwich Office. He then took it upon himself to spend a few days in the school’s archive to search for the marked scripts. He found them and thereafter, strangely, the Sandwich Office found the rest of his scores and identified the culprit who misplaced them. That was in September 2009! As at August 27, 2010 the rest of the results have not been released nor certificates issued to at least 70 out of 110 PGDE students who should have graduated in 2006. The same with the undergraduate students who are much more. Yet the Faculty of Education of the University of Lagos keeps on as if nothing is wrong, the Dean of the Faculty of Education then Professor Ajeyalemi, and Dr N. R. Ikonta now ( the sub dean is Dr Okoli), sleep while the Vice Chancellor of the University snores. Mrs P O M Togunbo is the Admission Officer School of Post Studies. Maybe if other qualified and experienced persons are employed to handle the courses under the supervision of Unilag lecturers the results of sandwich students will no longer be delayed or postponed. Sandwich examinations are usually conducted between October and December but often when lectures resume in August of the following year the lecturers would not have marked examination scripts. Yes, they mention it themselves. They just dump it somewhere to concentrate on the new session of full-time post-graduate and under-graduate students. And when they do mark the scripts they have to be begged to let students who wrote them see their scores. Or they claim to have sent the scores to the administrative staffs in the Sandwich Office from whom it can be checked. But, always the admin staff will claim ignorance of any such thing. It could be very frustrating as you never know who to hold responsible. All results are mysteriously compilled and shown to you( including those you never saw) after your final examination in your final year. This is when many students discover that they have carry-overs in their freshman or sophomore years. Many of these lecturers (respected ladies and gentle men) are alumni of foreign schools. Is this how they run universities in Harvard, Princeton, Cambridge, Moscow to mention a few? If the lecturers or admin staff members want their palms greased, guess what, many students will willingly bribe them to see the results! After all it will save you an extra year! Some lecturers and admin staffs are tin gods when it comes to allowing students check examination scores. You can not say any of them is too responsible to be one of those who will not allow students see the outcome of the examination they wrote. No, you can not. To, rightfully, wish to know your score in examinations is akin to seeking a visa to migrate to America. To try to seek redress when you know that the result you saw is incomplete or there seems to be a discrepancy, maybe you wrote a test that was not recorded for you, is like planning to cross the Sahara Desert or Antarctica– herculean! A well known lecturer who is a religious figure and regularly travels overseas for holiday is a study in this: he is swarthy, burly and surly. It is not unusual for results compiled for you when examinations results are officially released to be different from the one you actually saw in the score sheets of the lecturers. Often results are so carelessly handled that you wonder if what you are told is your score is genuine. The sandwich examination results of one of the most respected lecturers (mentioned earlier)was misplaced like that. This actually seemed like malice afore thought. Maybe someone in the faculty or among the admin staff did not like him and WANTED TO USE HIS WORK TO PUNISH HIM!
Yes, we are few, scattered and too matured to carry out an extremely violent unrest to forever teach the faculty an unforgettable lesson. But, in our own way, we will do what we can for two reasons: to free ourselves, and to save future generations of students – mostly fellow teachers like us who will unknowingly come to pursue academic studies in the University of Lagos from a fate like this.
STUDY MATERIALS: Now let us take a close look at the books they recommend to us. First, each of them is the writer of his own books, for his own courses, and will never recommend a book from any other source, even a Nobel Prize winner. This is for pecuniary purposes. If these are truly well trained teachers themselves why not write text books that will compete with foreign books in the international market? Why can,t these persons write books that can be recommended by foreign schools in other countries for their students. That is foreign schools such as the University of Alabama, the Massachuset Institute of Technology, University of Cairo etc. It is doubtful that any private university in Nigeria with an eye to the future will put any of these types of books on the reading list for its students. Of course anyone can ‘create’ a book since all it will take is to copy ideas from all sorts of foreign writers who wrote on such topic earlier and put their names at the back of the book as references to avoid accusations of plagiarism.
Let us peruse some of such books that can never be recommended elsewhere except University of Lagos, Nigeria!
1) Growth and Development ( A Practical Guide To The Study Of Educational Psychology)
by Olayinka, M.S. & Omoegun Mopelola
Publishers: Onas B Press, Bariga, Lagos.
Unacademically, there is no date in the book.
The Forward was written by the then Dean of the Faculty of Education of the Lagos State University, Ojo: Prof( Mrs) Bolarin, T. A.
THE CONTENT includes
.Stage Theories of Development
.Genetic Factors that Determine Development
.Environmental Influences on Growth and
.Problem of Individual Differences
.Understanding Child’s Psychology For Better
REFERENCES: books by notable academics like Sorenson, H and M. Alm M., R.F. Silverman,
I. Bulua and A. Mai,
O.M. Omoegun(Literamed 1995)
Can these books be used in the Harvard University, any university in China, Singapore, Ghana, Cottonou even Lagos Business school here in Nigeria?
2) THE ADULT LEARNER a psychological analysis
by ’Supo Jegede
Publisher: University of Lagos Press, 2003.
He dedicated the book to Odunola, Okunola and Anjolaolu likely than not these are his children.
The Content of the book, which can never be recommended or sited elsewhere includes
The Adult – Understanding the Adult and Adulthood
Experience as a Characteristic of the Adult
Learning and Learning Theories
Counselling the Adult
REFERENCES: His references includes books by notable academics such as:
he himself ’Supo Jegede,
D. F. Hultsh and F. Deutsch,
Hampton L. Carson,
M. Domjan etc
3) Introduction to Guidance and Counselling(A Basic Text for Tertiary Institutions)
by Ayoka Mopelola Olusakin & M. Bassey Ubangha
ISBN 978-33376-1-0. 1996
Publisher KSP & Depet Publishers
7, Olorunsogo Street, Oremeji, Mokola, Ibadan.
Nigerians wear their religion like a badge to make it speak for them and deceive others rather than let their work speak for them. And so the first thing the writers did was to dedicate the book
“To the glory of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.”
THE CONTENT includes
1 The Meaning of Guidance and Counselling
2 The Importance of Guidance and Counselling
3 Vocational Guidance and Counselling
4 Introduction to Psychological Testing
5Individual and Group Guidance and Counselling
THE REFERENCES include books by
Agoi, J (1991)
American Personnel andGuidance Association(APGA) (1967)
Lefever,Turrel and Weitzel(1941)
Stertzer,B and Stones, S.C.(1976)
Zeran, F.R. and Ricco, A.C.(1962)
4) ELEMENTS of ADULT EDUCATION
’Lere Adewale ed
Publisher—Benjasprint Ltd, P O Box 3058, Akoka,Yaba, Lagos.
THE CONTENTS include
ADULT EDUCATION and DEVELOPMENT by ’Lere Adewale
His REFERENCES –
Akinpelu, JA (1988)
Fauere, E. et al (1972)
Myrdal, Gunnar (1968)
Schon, D. (1971)
APPROACHES to COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
by Rosemary Nwangwu
The REFERENCES –
Larson Ola F.(1972)
Wrighte R (1995)
SPECIAL EDUCATION AGENCIES in NIGERIA
by Olubunmi Oladipo
The REFERENCES –
Uchendu, C (1983)
RESEARCH ACTIVITIES in ADULT EDUCATION
by Timothy O. Popoola
The REFERENCES –
Bodgan, R. (1982)
Bloom, B. S. (1980)
Ennis, R. (1973)
Federal Government of Nigeria(1979)
Rescheler, N. (1987)
Sheffield, J. R. & V. P. Diejomaoh(1982)
5 FUNDAMENTALS of CURRICULUM and
R O IGWE (C)2003
PUBLISHERS Dedun Educational Books,
Agoro Street, Somolu,
The CONTENTS *CONCEPTS of CURRICULUM
*APPROACHES to CURRICULUM
*TAXONOMY OF EDUCATIONAL
*CONTENT SELECTION and
*PREPARING EFFECTIVE DAILY
*DISCIPLINE and ACADEMIC
QUALITY CONTROL in a SCHOOL SYSTEM
REFERENCES Akande, MO (1985)
Barock, GH (1980)
Brady, L (1987)
Broadbeck, M (1963)
Rusk, RR and Scotland, J (1985)
World Conference Organisation of the Teaching
6Fundamentals of Pedagogy General
Principles of Education
by Akande Michael Oke
Publisher Ikoyi Publishers Ltd. 285 Agege Motor Rd,
Olorunsogo, Mushin, Lagos.
Contents *The Concept and Purpose of Teaching
*Teaching Practice Techniques
*About to Teach
*The Teacher in the Classroom
*Evaluation of Teaching
*The Spirit and Purpose of the Teaching
*Special Revisional Questions with Marking
Schemes and Scoring Guides
References His references include:
1Raths & co. I Green, T F (1971) The Activities of Teaching McGraw Hill Co., NY,1971.
2Huddings, BB.(1971)The Instructional Process
Rand McNally& Co. Chicago, 1971.
3Patterson,A.D.C.(1965) Techniques of Teaching,
George Pergamon Press, London,1985.
4 Palardy, J M (1975) Teaching Today: Tasks and Challenges, Macmillan, New York,1975:33-42.
5 Ryburand Forge, Ibid.
6 University of Lagos, Faculty of Education Teaching Practice Code of Conduct.
It is Forwarded by a Prof M S Olayinka. There is a Biblography too and a Glossary of Terms
Revealingly, nearly all the books cited by the esteemed professor here are ancient books. Probably books he studied in his undergraduate years. For a text book first published in 2001 the references and bibliography should be largely composed of books written within tee past decade. Not books written three decades earlier. Any wonder why books by these academicians are never cited anywhere in the world or studied in foreign institutions of higher learning! No wonder Nigerian graduates are made to begin all over again if they go outside Nigeria to study!
What a shame!
7Essentials 0f Educational Technology
Publisher Raytel Communications Ltd. (2005)
Contents 1.Educational Media
2.Educational Technology: Concept, Applications and Psychological Foundations.
3. Community Resources for Teaching and Learning.
4.Systems Approach to Instrution.
6. Educational Resource Centres.
References Each area of focus has its reference
section. These include:
Thorndike, E L (1913)
Akinpelu, B., Adewoyin,B and Otunla,K(1999)
Brown, JW.;Lewis,R B and Harcleroad,F.F(1983)
Hass, K B and Paker, H.(1955)