Following the resumption of the 2018 sandwich academic session of the Institute of Education (IOE), University of Ilorin, the mini-campus of the University has become a beehive of activities.
When the Unilorin Bulletin reporter visited the campus last Thursday (August 9, 2018), both the returning and new students of the Institute were seen busy with either their registration procedure or academic activities such as lecture and tutorial.
A Contact Four (400 Level) student of the Department of Business Education of the Institute, Mrs. Alabi Sarat Toyin, who spoke with Unilorin Bulletin, commended the University management for providing them with relatively conducive learning environment. She also appreciated the quality of teaching and research they are being exposed to courtesy of those she described as "hard working and conscientious lecturers", who, she noted, handle them as their biological offsprings.
On their part, Mr. Fatai Olarewaju, who is a 100 Level student of English Education of the Institute from Saki West Local Government Area of Oyo State, and Miss Akanbi Damilola, a staff member of the Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board, also expressed their pleasure with the quality of services being rendered to the sandwich students of the University. They said that the services they receive at the Unilorin Institute of Education are far better than those offered by sister institutions attended by their friends and colleagues.
The students expressed satisfaction with both the teaching and other administrative services being rendered to students, which, they said, were far better than what their friends and colleagues, who are under-going similar programmes in sister institutions elsewhere.
A staff of the University's Counseling and Human Development Centre, attached to the Institute, Mrs. M. A. Raheem, confirmed that the resumption of the 2018 sandwich academic session had reflected on the magnitude of activities of her Centre as the number and calibre of cases brought for professional counseling intervention have increased tremendously.
Mrs. Raheem noted that there were remarkable differences in the kind of counseling needs of the sandwich students compared with their regular counterparts. She noted that the difference cannot be divorced from the relative maturity and wider experiences of the former compared with the latter.
Also speaking with Unilorin Bulletin, the Director of the Institute of Education, University of Ilorin, Prof. Lasiele Alabi Yahaya, expressed joy with the hitch-free commencement and activities of the 2018 Contact Session.
Prof. Yahaya disclosed that there has been no serious inadequacies which can hinder service delivery to students and interested members of the public. He advised students who are yet to complete their registration formalities to ensure that they do so without further delay, stating that without that they would not be able to settle down fully for the lectures and other intellectual activities that the Institute had packaged for them to ensure that they graduate not only as scheduled but for them to leave the University adequately prepared for the ever challenging real world.