BY DAYO ADESULU
As students device various means of promoting examination malpractice, one of the foremost educationists in Nigeria and board member of Thames Valley College, Shagamu, Ogun State, Mr. Tunde Kolade has called for trial and conviction of people who violate the law on examination malpractices.
He said; “We have law on examination malpractice and nobody has been convicted under that law. That has emboldened parents to finance examination malpractice for their children and also lubricate the system by paying those who want to do it over time.”
According to him, we may not be able to catch and convict all students and lecturers that engage in exams malpractice, however, few of them could be made a scapegoat, adding, ”just use five lecturers as an example and everybody will sit up.
Kolade who spoke during a press briefing to intimate Nigerians with what Thames Valley College is out to correct in the sector said quality education is not all about the physical structure but in quality of learning.
He said, “Our greatest showcase of the school is not in the physical building but in the quality of education. Good as an infrastructure may be, you cannot graduate an empty headed person from it.”
The educationist who lamented the shortage of quality teachers in the sector pointed out that teachers determine level of students’ academic performance.
He urged government to mass-train teachers and give incentives to those who are ready to teach in villages saying such move will bring vibrancy to the sector.
He explained that in modern way of teaching, students should be exposed to ICT way of learning even as it is done at Thames Valley College. According to him, when China went into the moon, what they were doing was being shown in the classrooms of the primary and secondary schools in China which helped to fulfil the practical aspect of learning.
He disclosed that in TVC, they are not employing perfect teachers, but teachers who are ready to learn. “Teachers are the most difficult people to teach. We are looking for teachers who are willing to learn and learn new ways of doing things,” he added.
Describing what education was years ago, Kolade disclosed that public schools were decent, adding that government board members were from the locality, therefore teachers and principals could not mess up because they had a board that could report them to the government.