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Corona College tasks FG on funding, graduates 155 students

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Corona College of Education (CCED) Lagos, has assured of its commitment to ensuring value and technology- driven education system to enhance development of the sector.

This is as a total of 155 students of the college received various certificates for the 2019/2020 academic session.

The Provost, Dr. Olajumoke Mekiliuwa, disclosed this at the third convocation ceremony and lecture, organised by the institution.

Theme: “Town and gown synergy: Bridging the gap between theory and practice towards a sustainable society,” the guest speaker, who is Deputy Vice Chancellor, Pan Atlantic University (PAU), Prof. Enase Okonedo, and other stakeholders, identified funding as a major challenge confronting the sector and appealed for government’s urgent intervention.

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Okonedo said it is imperative for African institutions to focus on values and come out with practical solutions to societal issues.

The don called on Federal and state Governments to ensure that service learning and provision are inculcated in the curriculum.

Mekiliuwa, in his address, reminded the graduating students that beyond the knowledge and skills they have acquired in the classrooms, there are skills that employers are looking for in them.

Expressing her dissatisfaction with current educational funding in Nigeria, Mekiliuwa noted that things could be better, as the country still falls short of 26 per cent UNESCO recommendation.

She said the lecture became imperative to establish an academic tradition for the college in information dissemination to generate discourses around pertinent issues in the sector to galvanise change in the sub-sector.

Mekiliuwa said end users of products from the university system have often expressed concerns over the employability status of Nigerian graduates,  saying this showed  the disparity between what is taught in the curriculum and the skills that are needed outside there.

She maintained that the college is committed to its vision and mission of being the best provider of teacher education in Nigeria, with premium quality and standard. for the training of globally competitive graduates.

Speaking further, she maintained that the lecture avails the graduating students opportunity to know that they need to build competences, skills, adaptability, creativity into themselves and go out there to make a change in the schools they are teachers.

At the ceremony, about 155 students were awarded certificates, diplomas and prizes.

The provost enjoined the graduating students to be agents of change and solution provider to the numerous challenges bedeviling the sector.

CCED Chairman, Mr. Adedotun Sulaiman, represented by Mrs. Sade Odunaiya, said the college was established to build teacher’s capacity and for continuous professional development of teachers.

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