The Vice Chancellor of Cross River University of Technology, Professor Augustine Angba, has advised academic staff of the university to always mark scripts and submit results on time, to avoid queries from higher authorities of the university.
He gave this advice yesterday while addressing academic staff at the COVID 19 training and virtual learning orientation program organized for academic staff by the university’s management.
The Vice Chancellor advised that “in terms of marking scripts and submitting results, please don’t be queried for missing deadlines. Those who submit before deadline will always be encouraged to do better.”
He decried situations where some academic staff reportedly fail to mark examination scripts long after the completion of semester examinations.
Professor Angba described that habit as mischievous, adding that the habit gets particularly inexcusable when it leads to loss of examination scripts as it reportedly does, sometimes.
The Vice Chancellor reminded academic staff that their primary duties are research and teaching.
Therefore, he encouraged them to focus on developing themselves and developing their careers, for the sake of humanity. He stated that: “For the very junior colleagues, I want to advise that you play very low on politics. Politics is not too good in an academic environment. If it must exist, allow your senior colleagues to get involved in it. You need a lot of time to build yourselves.”
In addition, the Vice Chancellor encouraged academic staff to submit proposals for Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), adding that there are several “money spinning opportunities” for academic staff who submit worthy and acceptable research proposals.
In that regard, he said “don’t think your proposal must be perfect before you submit…. There is no way that you will have a globally competitive CV that you can’t access any grant.”
Meanwhile, major highlights of the COVID 19 training and virtual learning orientation were presentations of papers on “CRUTECH: The Challenge of COVID-19” by Professor Emmanuel Uttah, Chairman, CRUTECH Central Committee on COVID-19 as well as discussions about the Short Term Modality (STM) for Virtual Learning in CRUTECH.
Yesterday’s session marked a full resumption of academic activities in Cross River University of Technology for the continuation and conclusion of the 2019/2020 academic session.
Students are expected to resume in phases beginning with years 3, 4 and 5 students who are scheduled to resume on Monday, January 25th, while years 1 and 2 students are expected to resume on Monday, February 22nd.
This phased resumption is due to the need to abide by COVID-19 protocols regarding physical distancing and spacing.
By CRUTECH Media Team