The Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of T echnology, Minna, Prof. Abdullahi Bala, fsssn, has dispelled the notion that the Committee on Monitoring and Quality Teaching is for witch-hunt.

Prof. Bala made the clarification recently  when he declared open a 3-day workshop on Students’ Registration and Examination Computation Application jointly organized by the Quality Assurance and Productivity (QAP) Unit and the Information Technology Services (ITS), at the Caverton Lecture Theatre, Main Campus.

The VC who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Yahaya Ahmed Iyaka, emphasized that teaching is the most important duty of an academic staff, hence the need to take it seriously.

He said that the workshop became necessary following the challenges that occasion the computation of results because the existing format puts the burden solely on examination officers stressing the need to get level advisers involved with such duties as well.

Prof. Bala disclosed that Management therefore tasked the Ag. Director, ITS to come up with a software to help address the issue.

He added that level advisers are to counsel students and compile the results of the level they oversee while exam officers handle only final year results.

Earlier in a welcome remark, the Director QAP, Prof. Adai Ibrahim said the workshop was organized to keep the participants abreast of happenings, especially in the University’s quest for excellence.

Making a presentation, Chairman of the Committee on Monitoring and Quality Teaching, Prof. Akim Osarhiemen Osunde stressed the need for heads of department to get closer to their students in order to  get feedback and ensure service delivery.

Prof. Osunde who is a former Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) pointed out that HODs were ambassadors of the VC, a reason for them to take charge of affairs in their departments.

Frowning at a situation where some lecturers unilaterally change lecture timetable, he warned that no staff is allowed to make changes to the lecture time table without approval from the Head of Department, which must be communicated to the Director of Academic Planning, the only acceptable exception being rescheduling of a lecture due to unfavourable circumstances such as when a lecture clashes with Senate meeting which the lecturer involved is to attend.

As a way of ensuring service delivery, he said that lecture time tables and course allocations for a semester must be done before the end of the  preceding semester.

The former DVC added that as part of global best practices, lecturers are to, before commencement of a semester,  prepare their course ware, detailing the objectives, expected outcomes, modes of delivery as well as modes of assessment to enable students prepare ahead for the course.

Giving an overview of the workshop, the Director ITS, Dr. Adamu Mohammed, said the new staff e-portal will enable lecturers update contents and synopsis of the courses they have been assigned, just as it also shows the number of students registered for a course.

He acknowledged the onerous responsibilities of examination officers, adding that it was the reason more sessions of the workshop were devoted to them.

Heads of Departments, Postgraduate Coordinators, Examination Officers and Level Advisers participated at the workshop which ended on Friday, April 5, 2019. Sessions for level advisers held simultaneously at the Bosso and Gidan Kwano Campuses.

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