By Ikenna Nwokedi, PhD
UNIZIK Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Charles Esimone, FAS, FPSN, has harped on the essence of engaging capable human resources to re-engineer education for better Governance, Security, Creativity and National Development. The Vice-Chancellor made the remarks during his welcome address at the Faculty of Education National Conference tagged: Re-Engineering Education for Good Governance, Security, Creativity and Environmental Protection for National Development in COVID-19 Era.
Prof. Esimone who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Frederick Odibo stated that the theme of the conference is apt considering the fallen standard of education in the country today and insecurity staring us at the face which has necessitated the need for urgent attention to be given to the education sector in the country as it is the foundation for any society which strive for the betterment of its system in all sectors.
In her address, the Dean, Faculty of Education UNIZIK, Prof. Nkechi Ikediugwu said that Education is the bedrock of any good governance, security, creativity and others. The scholar emphasized that Re-Engineering Education through human resources will foster national development and well-being of the upcoming generation. She pointed out that in this era of COVID-19, there is need to re-engineer education geared towards societal growth and national development.
Delivering her speech, the keynote speaker, Prof. Rosemary Igbo stated that sustainable reengineering of education and transformation in the COVID-19 era raises responsiveness to issues of access, innovative teaching and learning, effective and efficient financing and organizing. The former Dean, Faculty of Education, Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu Alike Ikwo, Ebonyi State disclosed that COVID-19 led to creativity and new innovation by way of transition to remote teaching, internet presence in knowledge production and publication.
The University Don called for increased online participation of authors while highlighting the necessity of H-index and I-index factors in publication as well as the need for publishing in reputable peer review outfits such as Elsevier’s Scopus, Clarivate Analystics’ Web of Science as well as being on Google Scholar and Research Gate. She recommended that Nigeria Education Sector needs to intensify the implementation of national policy provisions in the aspect of multicultural education, literacy education, civic education, ICT compliance, environmental education and COVID-19 protocols.
The Lead Paper Presenter, Prof. Chinedu Aguba described Education as the first and fairest thing that the best of man can ever have as it is geared towards making a person virtuous and desirous of being an ideal citizen. The Chairperson ASUU, Enugu State University of Technology (ESUT), emphasized that Re-Engineering Education is aimed at repositioning or ameliorating some disturbing deficiencies with the objective of enhancing both the effectiveness and the efficiency of various educational activities. The scholar stated that the effectiveness of both the learning and teaching components of an educational activity is demonstrated by the ability of the learner to perform the task required in the practice of their profession and as specified in the established learning objectives and outcomes.
Prof. Aguba gave an illustration with the country Finland, which have the least crime rate as a result of their education system which is the best in the world. He concluded by saying that destroying the status of any nation is not by using an atomic bomb but by reducing the quality of education as it is the key to any society that seeks progression.