Olubanke Ogunlana

I am Olubanke Ogunlana, a Professor of Biochemistry and Quality Assurance Officer at Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria.

The videos are so educative and apt. There is no dispute on the fact that there is a need for a paradigm shift from the traditional teaching and learning methods to a new transformative approach that will equip the learners with broad competencies and local and global problem solving skills.

However, from PROFESSOR CHARMAINE VILLET’s video, she said the new approach is flexible, adaptable, allows for integration of indigenous knowledge, alternative worldviews………….., how can this be possible with the way the African Higher Educational Institutions (AHEIs) are so regulated and AHEIs don’t have full control over their curriculum content. The curriculum content, duration of delivery and other factors are regulated. This new approach is a must for the Africa we want. However, it should not be left alone to the management of the AHEI’s, must of the institutions are struggling as there is there is little or no governmental support for them, most especially the privately owned ones.

Below are my questions
1. Who should constitute and drive the policy to bring about these transformative changes we desire?
2. Who should fund the trainings for the desired changes in the teaching models?
3. What timeline do we give for all these to happen to deliver on the Africa we want?
4. What are the specific and collective roles of the different stakeholders (the government, national regulators, management of AHEIs, lecturers, students, parents, employers and others)

Thank you.