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Academicians decry students’ poor attitude to studies, urge govt to prioritise education

BY IN AEI On 06-10-2018

Academicians have decried the lack of seriousness on part of students in focusing on their studies across the country and have also urged the government to give adequate attention to education.

Guest speakers at the 12th edition of the annual Youth Orientation Programme (YOP) of Academic Excellence Initiative (AEI) have decried the lack of focus and seriousness on the part of students and proffered solutions to the education problems plaguing the country.

The vice Chancellor of Tai Solarin University of Education, Prof Abayomi Arigbabu, who spoke on the theme of the programme: ‘Pathways to my future’ urged the students to be studious in their academic pursuit.

Prof Arigbabu who was represented at the occasion by the Dean, College of Vocation and Technology Education, Tai Solarin University of Education, Prof Bayo Ayorinde said the only way to achieve academic excellence is for students to remain determined and dedicated to their studies.

He stressed that students need to have mentors who will guide them through the process of learning in life.

While speaking at the event, Dr Kehinde Soetan an associate professor at the department of Veterinary Physiology and Biochemistry, University of Ibadan, tasked students to be self-disciplined in order to attain academic excellence in their studies.

Dr Soetan who spoke on the topic ‘Self Discipline: A Backbone of Academic Excellence’ told the students that no one attains height in life except the one who is disciplined.

Guiding the students on how to develop self-discipline, Soetan urged students to use their time judiciously, keep records of their activities and measure their progress on daily basis.

Keep records of tasks, get feedbacks on progress, Schedule tasks for the day, prioritize your list and start working on the schedule in order of importance. Do not be discouraged. Do not be intimidated. Take a break and refresh. Mark your progress on a calendar or chart in your room or personal library.” he said.

The university don also called the participants attention to impediments to education for students as lack of concentration, motivation, courage, dedication and bad company. He urged them to do away with those factors that can hinder them in the pursuit of their academic success.

Do not associate with those who will discourage you or pull you down. Move with excellent people, achievers. Have role models; observe the people in your life and see to what extent self-discipline and habits assisted them to accomplish their goals. Ask them for advice on what works and what does not work,” he said.

Dr Soetan however decried the neglect of adequate funding for education on part of the government, hence; he charged government at all levels to accord education the necessary attention it requires to enable its improvement to meet up with the UNESCO standard.

The standard of education is falling in our nation quite unfortunate, lots of factors are involved, one of which is that government is not giving enough attention and funding to education. By UNESCO standard, 26% should be budgeted to education but in our country – Nigeria, less than 20% is given to education. This is one of the reasons Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Nigeria Union of Teachers and other pressure groups are calling on the government on the need to prioritise education and give funding to education at all levels in order to improve the standard of education,” he said.

In his words, the Executive Director of the Academic Excellence Initiative, Engr Faheed Olajide said Nigeria is at a cross road with many challenges and observed that giving adequate attention to the education of our youths is one of the major solution to address the current challenges.

The way forward is that government and other stakeholders (Parents, Teachers etc.) that are really committed to Nigeria as a project, should understand that the catalyst, the answer to rebuilding this nation and getting this nation back to prosperity is education. The moment we realize this, we will all put our best so that we have a new generation of Nigerians that will contribute positively to the growth of our nation” he said.

Olajide said AEI was formed as a result of the decline in standard of education in the country and was determined to contribute its quota to bringing back a generation of productive youths who will in turn make the country proud.

Academic Excellence Initiative as an organization was created as a solution to the educational problem identified in our society, we saw back in those days that going the way we were, we would have a new generation of students that will not know anything and cannot be of productive use to our society. AEI was formed to assist students and support their development in such a way that they will grow to become responsible and productive citizens of Nigeria and the world at large.”


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