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COE Gidan Waya has a framework to protect staff and students – Provost

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Alexander Kure is a professor of comparative literature with over 30 years of teaching and research experience. He was appointed Provost, Kaduna State College of Education, Gidan Waya, Kaduna in 2018. In this interview, he talks about the milestones recorded and measures to protect his students and staff amid insecurity.

what are the milestones you have achieved since taking over as provost more than three years ago?

The college, since its inception a little over 40 years ago, has had its share of different leaderships. For me, becoming Provost was an opportunity to contribute to the growth of the institution and one of the things I did was consult with former Provosts and their experiences have been eye-opening.

I was briefed on issues ranging from deep tribal and religious sentiments, to lazy academic culture, financial extortion of students, sectarian tendencies among students as well as the pervasive desire to break rules and procedures by students and staff.

We encouraged staff development and urged more to seek scholarship; therefore, the number grew astronomically and added value to the institution. The college established a study center in Jagindi and entered into agreements to begin academic activities in the Kufana, Zonkwa and Saminaka areas of the state.

We have achieved NUC accreditation of all B.Ed programs and based on a recent JAMB assessment, the college was the second most sought after college of education in Nigeria.

With the new Management Information System (MIS), we have information about every student and staff in our database. We have ensured that productivity is encouraged by ensuring staff alignment and rapid promotion.

Upon taking office, I discovered that many contractors had abandoned key project sites and decided to bring them in to come back and ensure completion. Indeed, TETFund does not finance new contracts when there are backlogs of undelivered projects.

You were recently awarded by NANS as the most outstanding provost, what made you do this?

Perhaps they were overwhelmed by some measures we took that had a direct impact on students. In the aspect of student/management relations, cordiality has been established.

In line with our desire to ensure standards are maintained, we have adopted zero tolerance for misconduct in exams and other forms of misconduct and have taken cognizance of economic hardship and stopped unnecessary student fees such as field trip fees. and other forms of extortion.

A policy is now in place that for any lecturer to prepare papers, they must seek permission and approval from management, as recommended by the Academic Council. Likewise, we have greatly improved the publication of results and certificates because until now many have complained of not knowing their academic status after graduating. Previously, students had to take exams without knowing the results of the previous three semesters.

In addition, to ensure a lasting relationship with outside communities, we were able to set up a special committee called the “Friends of the College Committee”, chaired by Gidan Waya District Chief and composed of members from security agencies, the business world, young religious and traditional leaders. Others are appointed staff members, members of the Students’ Union government and our internal staff unions.

The school is located in an area where there are security issues, how can you secure lives and property in the college?

Security is everyone’s challenge given the current trend in all parts of the country. We were able to establish a solid framework with the security agencies. We are very aware that the college could be a target in terms of a security breach, which is why we have made arrangements and have been staffed with soldiers who are positioned inside the establishment to stem any insecurity. .

The presence of the base Operation Safe Haven in front of the college was very useful. Recently, through the efforts of the state government, our internal security has been enhanced as we partner with a private security team that will inject modern techniques into the college security system.

The “friends of the college committee” that we have set up also monitors activities in the region and advises the college accordingly.

What are the main challenges the college has faced lately?

The college itself could be considered a collective challenge as it has been a herculean task to achieve the desired results due to several reasons including lack of funds. The road network leading to the college is a horror; entering the institution during the rainy season and the dry season is a challenge; the view does not represent an academic environment.

The non-completion of student hostel renovations is another challenge and therefore all of our students remain off campus, forcing landlords to exploit them and exposing students to rape, armed robbery as well as worship. and drugs.

The non-completion of the college fence also created a way for intruders to gain access to the college and cause damage.

Another problem is the failure of some projects to be carried out by contractors, which has not only delayed the college in terms of infrastructure development, but also slowed its growth.