VC TASKS SUPERVISORS ON OBJECTIVE ASSESSMENT OF STUDENTS ON I.T.
The Vice-Chancellor, Ondo State University of Science and Technology (OSUSTECH), Okitipupa, Prof. Sunday Roberts Ogunduyile has tasked lecturers going for the supervision of students of the University on attachment at the various industries to ensure proper supervision and objective assessment of the students without any bias or favour.
The VC, who was represented by the University Librarian, Dr. Fredrick Ajegbomogun gave the charge during the first orientation programme / interactive lecture organised for supervisors by the (SIWES) Unit of the University on Wednesday, 18th December, 2019 at the main campus.
Ogunduyile opined that industrial attachment is meant to augment what students learn in the classroom, adding that the lecturers should give the supervision necessary attention and seriousness.
He appealed to them to conduct themselves well and be good ambassadors of the University at the various places they will visit.
Speaking on a lecture titled: “The New Face of SIWES Supervision”, the University SIWES Coordinator, Dr. Dipo Akomolafe observed that in the past, supervisors had been using their own initiatives for the supervisions.
He stated that henceforth, the supervisors would be adequately guided on the dos and donts, as well as laid down standards and expectations in order to ensure a very effective and quality supervision.
Akomolafe added that he drew the inspiration to organise the Orientation Programme from the post-supervision report submitted in 2015 by the former Acting VC, Prof. Adegoke Adegbite. He opined that with the programme, supervisors would be acquainted with the requisite knowledge of what supervision encapsulated.
Akomolafe therefore commended Prof. Adegbite for his diligence and particularly, for taking his time to write and submit a comprehensive report after carrying out the supervision of students at their various IT destinations at that time.
According to him, supervisors are expected to visit the students at the places of their placements at regular intervals, so as to appropriately authenticate and appraise their performances.
He asserted that during the supervision, supervisors are also expected to establish the relevance of the placement with the student’s courses of study, discuss with the industrial-based supervisors about the performance of students, identify the entrepreneurship opportunities in the students’ course of study, make necessary observations about the student concerned and build a relationship with the industries and the University.
Akomolafe said the supervisors are equally expected to sign students’ logbooks, observe their activities, ask questions and present well written report of his/her findings after the supervision/visit.
Emphasising the importance of logbooks, Dr Akomolafe stated that it is an important tool in which students must record their daily activities during the course of the IT. He stressed that OSUSTECH, in this respect, has developed a logbook that is comprehensive, up-to-date and simplified to allow easy and flexible entry of activities by students.
He stated that aside the logbook to be properly examined, the University supervisors, as well as the industrial-based supervisors, must ensure they fill and submit form A and form 002 with respect to every student supervised.
Akomolafe, who stressed that the University holds her staff in high esteem, warned supervisors against all forms of unprofessional conducts before, during and after the supervision.
He warned that on no condition, should any supervisor accept any gratification from any student stressing that unnecessary familiarity should not be covertly or openly displayed during the course of supervision and afterwards.
The SIWES Coordinator hinted that all the activities of the Unit are now fully computerised. He added that with cooperation of the University’s ICT Unit, his office can now interact with all students, their industrial-based supervisors and university supervisors online.
Ending his lecture, Dr. Akomolafe assured the supervisors that all their allowances and entitlements would be adequately paid by the University, stressing that necessary mechanisms are already in place to ensure this.