The teaching practice exercise which started on the 7th of November, 2016 came to a happy ending on the 17th of February, 2017. The exercise is a crucial part of the academic program of students in the Faculty of Education as it enables them practice as pre-service teachers before they become in-service teachers.
Aside the graduates of the 2013/2014 academic session who had a long term teaching practice exercise due to the Academic staff union of universities (ASUU) industrial strike at that time, the teaching practice exercise had always been a day-release exercise where students have to go for the exercise in their various schools of practice and still come back for lectures.
The 2016/2017 teaching practice exercise was not different from day-release except that the first six (6) weeks of the twelve (12) weeks was during the holidays and the last six (6)weeks was during lecture hours. While the first part was stressful and demanding because students had to go from their various houses whether far or near, it cannot be compared to the second part which is more stressful as students had to combine going to classes and going to their teaching practice schools. Students however started counting down from the beginning of the second part and could not hide their joy when the exercise finally came to an end on the 17th of February, 2017.
While some students received loads of gifts when leaving, some were not so lucky with gifts but definitely received “thank you”. Students however revealed that although the exercise was stressful and very demanding, it was an interesting experience.