NOUN VC tasks academic staff on professional self-development
By GABRIEL DIKE
Monday, February 06, 2012

The Vice Chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Professor Vincent Ado Tenebe, has charged academic staff of the nation’s universities to engage themselves in professional self development to ensure productivity.

Speaking at a workshop organized by the Regional Training and Research Institute for Open and Distance Learning (RETRIDAL) to sensitize academic and non-academic staff of NOUN on the mounting of Post Graduate Diploma in Distance Education (PGDDE) in the university, Professor Tenebe observed that most academic staff of universities, including Professors, do not have Education background.

He reminded participants of a clause in Nigeria’s education policy that states that every teacher should have a qualification in Education, at least a National Certificate in Education (NCE). “You will recall that it is now a policy of the Federal Government that any person wishing to teach in education institutions in Nigeria must be a professional and registered teacher.”

“Recognition and appreciation must be given to both the Regional Training and Research Institute for Open and Distance Learning (RETRIDAL) and the School of Education for appreciating the need for the sensitization of academic and non-teaching staff of NOUN without education background. I personally see it as an opportunity for self-improvement and value-adding.

May I state here and now that I also look forward to becoming one of the students to enroll for the PGDDE in ODL programme, either now or in the very near future. I urge fellow professors and my other very senior academic colleagues (without background in Education) to join the bandwagon and not be left behind in the race for self-improvement and opportunity for capacity building,” he added.|

To underline the import of the PGDDE programme in NOUN, Professor Tenebe revealed that the university would bankroll the first batch of staff who enroll for the programme, but warned that the university would deduct the amount spent to sponsor any staff who fails in the programme from the salary of such staff. “ To further underscore the import of this directive (that all academic staff without Education certification must improve themselves professionally), I as the Chairman of Senate, directed that all those staff who will be among the first set of students for the programme are to enjoy sponsorship from NOUN.”

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