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UNIOSUN VC Urges Academics to brace up for a New World Order

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The Vice-Chancellor of Osun State University, Professor Labode Popoola has called on the academic staff of Universities, Polytechnics, and Colleges of educations to embrace virtual teaching during this lockdown period and beyond.

Professor Popoola made the call weeks after the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu instructed institutions to start virtual teaching.

Meanwhile, the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, told the Education Minister that the environment is not conducive enough for them to start virtual teaching giving series of excuses.

However, Prof Popoola in his statement during an online interactive session with the academic staff of the University on setting a new agenda for the realities that the COVID-19 pandemic will have on the educational sector and most importantly, navigating through the realities.

According to him, “the world woke up in the last quarter of the year 2019 to a so-called Wuhan flu. Unexpectedly, it has turned out to be a global pandemic, catching the best economies, best medical systems, and best technologies unawares. Of course, it came with different conspiracy theories, including most ridiculously, the Generation 5 (5G) technology dimension.

“The pandemic is indeed an enormous shock to local and global governance. However, a New World Order has been imposed on humanity, and it is a reality that will not change. The question is, where do we, as universities and other higher education institutions stand in the context of the emerging realities? How do we prove our societal relevance, if any? How do we justify society’s investment on us? There are still many more questions, which we have to provide answers for.

“The pandemic is indeed an enormous shock to local and global governance. However, a New World Order has been imposed on humanity, and it is a reality that will not change. The question is, where do we, as universities and other higher education institutions stand in the context of the emerging realities? How do we prove our societal relevance, if any? How do we justify society’s investment on us? There are still many more questions, which we have to provide answers for.

“In the coming days, weeks, months, and years, we will have to completely adjust our ways, attitudes, and practices, else, we will sink.”

He remarked that there was an urgent need to revolutionize our teaching and learning. “Gladly, we at UNIOSUN have commenced this process before COVID-19 came knocking, and I am delighted about the enthusiasm generated by all members of the UNIOSUN family.”

“Again, and finally, the time has come for a permanent shift in behaviour regarding professional and other travels; for example, moving from one institution to the other for external examination, doctoral examination and occasional course delivery.”

“We need to use this as an opportunity to build our capacities in online teaching programmes. The possibilities are limitless and it is only for us to explore. This will demand a shift in mindset, taking ownership, readiness for stewardship, and accountability. The challenges will always be there, and may also be daunting, but our calling teaches us to be undaunted.” Professor Popoola added.

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