By Vincent Ujumadu
AWKA- THE ONIT College of Education, a private institution approved by the Federal Government and National Commission for Colleges of Education, has taken tertiary education to many communities in Anambra State whereby many people were availed the opportunity of acquiring tertiary education without much stress. The college operates in such a way that lectures are delivered at designated centres convenient to the students.
Affiliated to the Anambra State Government-owned Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, the institution offers Bachelor’s degree and Nigerian Certificate of Education, NCE, in technical, vocational and other professional courses in such a way that the trainees could apply their acquired knowledge and relate same to the problems in Nigeria.
At its matriculation ceremony for the 2017/2018 academic session at the weekend, 191 candidates were admitted for degree programmes, while 299 were for NCE. The consultant of the institution, Professor Oby Nwafor, while addressing the students, described them as icons in their various communities who must show the light.
According to her, education at ONIT College of Education was not merely to acquire certificates, but to empower the students to be of great value to the society. She observed that placing emphasis on certificate was responsible for examination malpractice that had become prevalent in the country, warning that anyone who entered the institution with papers that were results of examination malpractice would be summarily thrown out.
“We have a mechanism in place to detect forged certificates and our pride is in the quality of what we are doing and we will never allow anybody to take it away from us,” Nwafor said.
The consultant further said: “Students are expected to develop initiatives, independence, resourcefulness and investing spirit required for adjusted life in developing economies. Courses in entrepreneurship education are offered as part of the general studies, just as spiritual development is provided in an atmosphere of religious freedom with positive staff guidance.
“The college believes that knowledge, when applied properly, will make the world a better place for everyone. This is why the focus is intellectual pursuit at ONIT is applied knowledge.”
Deputy Registrar of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Lady Julie Nnubia, who represented the institution at the ceremony, reminded the students that the university was noted for academic excellence and would therefore not tolerate any kind of examination malpractice.
“I enjoin you to be good ambassadors of this great institution anywhere you go. Be intelligent to acquire knowledge, which will be imparted into you. You must also possess the requisite character that will blossom and change our society,” Nnubia said.