The Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) has formally inducted into teaching profession as professional teachers, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Prof. Zana I. Akpagu, and four other professors who were 2016 recipients of the University’s special professional teaching awards.
Inducting the 279 education graduates of the University and the special awardees who include the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Zana Akpagu; Ntufan Dr. Richard Omang Ntui; Prof. A. J. Isanghedihi;
Prof. Obinna I. Enukhoha Ochiriozu, and Prof. Usang Bassey, the TRCN Registrar, Professor Josiah Olusegun Ajiboye, stated that the induction protocol was a lunch pad for connecting theories with practice. The process, he added, was aimed at improving the quality and status of both teachers and teaching in Nigeria.
In his words, “Today’s occasion is a further demonstration of the University’s resolve to continuously support TRCN in the achievement of its mandates. This occasion provides us with the opportunity to strengthen the existing ties between the two educational institutions.” He noted that the induction of the University’s Vice Chancellor and four other principal officers of the school was a show of camaraderie aimed at appreciating the officers for their continuous support for TRCN activities over the past three years.
Ajiboye assured the congregation at the 3rd Induction of professional teachers at the University of Calabar, Nigeria, recently, that TRCN would not relent in its determination to improve the teaching and learning process by strengthening the abilities of teachers to ignite inspiration in learners, and make it an experience that would propel learners to become strategic thinkers. To achieve this, he said TRCN will continue to partner with stakeholders in order to create the synergy that will elevate the teacher and teaching as a profession.
The guest lecturer at the occasion, Prof. (Mrs.) Susan M. Umoh, Arts Department, Faculty of Education, University of Calabar, was able to analyze the numeric aesthetics of the 3rd induction exercise at the University. According to her, the induction exercise was significant because of its numeric position in the series. “This is the third in the Faculty of education, for historical purposes, we delve into the past years to present the practice. TRCN induction exercise in this Faculty: The first induction was held on Thursday, August 28th 2014; it featured 176 inductees; the second induction was on Tuesday, September 8th, 2015; where 174 persons were inducted. Today, this third outing fields 279 inductees; the highest number so far.” She said.
Earlier, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar commended the leadership of TRCN and that of the Faculty of Education of the University for living up to expectations in ensuring that the all-important ritual of inducting the qualified graduates into the profession is held annually. His words, “This exercise as we know is primarily intended to license these graduates to teach at any level of our educational system.” This, he stressed, endorses the idea of professional ethics maintenance and makes teachers aware of the numerous responsibilities they owe the students and the society at large through the process of indoctrinating them into worthwhile knowledge.
He said his administration had commissioned a committee on on-line distance learning to ensure the smooth acquisition and management of knowledge via internet at any time and place within the university campus as opposed to teacher-centered or teacher mediated learning process. Under the same platform, he noted, “Students will be able to interact with lecturers and course mates in a chat room, assignments given to them will be submitted online.” The Vice-Chancellor further stressed that under the arrangement students can visit sites related to their courses and download materials, among other things.