A former Dean of Student Affairs of UNICROSS, Professor Uduak Effiong, has called for a revisit of induction processes for newly admitted students of Nigerian universities.
He made the call in a WhatsApp message to Mr. Cornelius Ellah, Acting Head of Department of Mass Communication, UNICROSS and Chairman of the university's Media Team.
The message was Professor Effiong's reaction to Mr. Ellah's WhatsApp status where he described how two newly admitted students of the Department of Mass Communication were trying to understand the course codes of the Department's First Semester lecture time table.
According to the post, while one of the students mentioned that there is a mistake in the timetable because "they wrote GSS instead of JSS", the other student responded that there was no mistake because "JSS is Junior Secondary School while GSS is Greater Secondary School."
Mr. Ellah mentioned in the post that he corrected the students.
Accordingly, Professor Effiong wrote that:
"Dear Cornel, I couldn’t help laughing! But thanks for helping out before more wrong meanings are internalized.
However, this observation of yours further underscores the need to revisit fundamental induction processes for newly admitted students in universities in Nigeria."
He recommended that registration should be Department-based after payment of fees and added that at the Department, the new student should receive the University Handbook; Departmental Handbook; Time-table cards; Class Admit cards, Academic calendar and lecture time-table (which indicates courses, lecture room, course lecturer as well as schedules).
Furthermore, Professor Effiong recommended that newly admitted students should submit five sets of personal files containing all relevant documents.
He further recommended that the files should be collated, serialized and distributed to the student's Faculty, Registrar’s Office, Student Affairs as well as Bursary, while one should be retained by the Department.
He submitted that: "This way, the same list of screened and qualified students generated by the Department (with the files) is utilized by other relevant units of the university to provide services to the students of that Department.
New students often receive these materials with joy and retire to their rooms to read through the documents. The first two weeks are so crucial to occupy the minds of new students with useful materials and events otherwise, 'unwanted groups' will steal their attention. Repairing the damage is often more difficult, so prevention (as much as possible) remains the best option. God bless you for every effort you make to raise a responsible generation for Nigeria."
Professor Uduak Effiong was the Dean of Student Affairs of UNICROSS (formerly CRUTECH) from 2007 to 2014.
He currently serves as the Presiding Prelate of AME Zion Church, Eastern Episcopal District.
UNICROSS Media Team