By Adeleke Oluwatosin
The department of English Language Obafemi Awolowo University had students–lecturers interaction to address issues affecting students academics in the department. The meeting which started around 11am on the 16th of October at mainbowl in sport complex had the presence of the new Head of Department Professor Rotimi Taiwo, Prof Babalola, Prof Soneye, Prof Adegbite, Prof Ayeomoni, Dr Mrs Famakinwa , Dr Soji Babalola, Dr Mrs Aruwa, Dr Fajobi and many other lecturers. The meeting was designed to facilitate students lecturers interaction and to solve the challenges and difficulties students are facing in the department.
The Head of department Professor Rotimi Taiwo while addressing the students, expressed his dissatisfaction on how students do not attend lectures. He regarded this as a bad behaviour by students which also contribute to poor performance of the students in the department. He said that students who do not attend lectures can not effectively understand the course and good grades cannot be recorded. The HOD also made it known that the department has provided public address system for all the four levels in the department to ensure effective teaching and learning ability. Professor Babalola also added that even though the lecture capacity is not conducive for learning, and the large number of students in the department, it shouldn’t warrant students from missing lectures.
When Dr Raheem and Dr Bamibgade were addressing the students, they also expressed that students nonchalant attitude towards academics is not good enough. Dr Bamigbade then enjoined the students to meet with their part advisers at all times when any problems or difficulties arise. And the important of having a part adviser is to meet with him/her for guidance both on academics, course registration, results and life issues.
The students, while reacting to this, complained of not seeing their results on time, inaccessible departmental library’s, lecturers approach to teaching, mass failure, and late mobilization of students for their NYSC programme.
Mr Babatunde a part four students of the department popularly known as Babatee also expressed his dissatisfaction on poor results of the students. He explained how many courses in the department have always been the bone breaker of students cumulative grades and he enjoined the lecturers to address the issue. Honourable Demola also a part four students lamented on how their part adviser has not be accessible right from part one. He added that the part adviser Dr Mrs Fajobi hardly attend to students need at the appropriate time.
Miss Anuoluwapo a part three students also demanded the department to make provisions for writing contest, scholarship opportunities to further aid students performance and self development.
While speaking with Dr Soji Babalola, he said that students want good grades but they do not study hard. He lamented on how poor students write during the exams which is very bad.
Dr Faleye, a lecturer who teaches phonetics and phonology, in his reaction to students comments said that students should stop putting blames on the department for poor performance but they should work and study hard. He added that no lecturer is interested in failing students but students should buckle down in their exams in order to record good grades. He further explained that consistent reading is the only key to good grades.
Prof Dipo Salami when giving the closing remarks enjoined the students association to work with organization outside in order to get internship opportunities and added that all students request would be attended to by the department.