ASUU president says teaching in two universities helps to develop lecturers

ASUU president says teaching in two universities helps to develop lecturers

- Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, president of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), says lecturers should be encouraged to teach in two universities

- Ogunyemi explains that teaching in two universities helps lecturers with adequate knowledge which they put back to the system

- The ASUU president explains that lecturers who go on sabbatical are paid by both their original universities and the one they are visiting

The national president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, has explained that teaching in two different universities is in the best interest of the lecturers engaging in it.

Ogunyemi made this argument when he spoke at a forum organised by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

Noting that it was not criminal for lecturers to teach in two universities, Ogunyemi argued that the experience affords the lecturers an opportunity to understand and compare standards.

According to him, it would also help the lecturers to bring back ideas to help universities that are not measuring up.

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ASUU president says teaching in two universities helps to develop lecturers

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“The university systems allows for what we call sabbatical. It is part of university tradition and practices all over the world.

“The purpose that it serves is that you create window for peer review. In other words, what you are doing in university A, you go to university B and see whether that is what obtains exactly, or you need to borrow something, or you share some ideas," he said.

The ASUU president said going on sabbaticals is encouraged among lecturers because the latter often come with fresh ideas no matter how small.

He added that lecturers who engage in it are paid by both their original universities and the tertiary institution where they go for the sabbaticals, but that they must first get approval before engaging in it.

“It is like a research/teaching leave; you also go to another place within Nigeria or outside Nigeria to acquire new information, knowledge and bring back the knowledge to add value to your workplace.

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“So, it is part of the inbuilt mechanism for developing the competencies and skills of the university academics for global competition. So, working in more than one place is not a crime," he said, adding that it should not be something that should be debated. had reported that a former vice-chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Professor Oye Ibidapo-Obe, had appealed to members of the ASUU to enrol into the federal government's Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS). ( - We have upgraded to serve you better.

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