The Institute of Education, University of Ilorin »
is making plans to provide free adult education
and counselling services to its host community.
This development was confirmed by Prof.
Mudashiru Yusuf , the Director of the Institute in
While speaking to newsmen on Monday, April 11,
Yusuf said the services, which would commence
before the end of the year, was part of the
university’s corporate social responsibility.
“ Efforts are on to bring back the self-sustaining
extramural classes for candidates who have been
failing in public examinations like the UTME and
“ The programme will be carried out as social
services, its costs will be within the means of
members of the University’s host community, “ he
He also added that the institute would introduce
diploma programmes in Human Kinetics, Health
Education, Instructional Radio and Television,
Arts and Craft, and Photography for School
Certificate holders, and HND conversion
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The director said the expansion of the courses
was part of the Institute’s mandate to add value
to the socio-economic development of its host
“We are planning a Community Counselling Centre,
which is going to be a free service by the
“Experts will be engaged to counsel on marital
affairs, academic matters, job issues, mental health
issues, and teenage affairs,“ he said.
Yusuf said the initiative was a joint effort of the
university’s Counselling Unit, Centre for
Supportive Services for the Deaf, Department of
Health Education and the College of Health
“ We want to give the community a standard
extramural environment where students will be
taught and not assisted to cheat like some centres
are doing; we want to set the standard.
“We are educators; we know the standard and we
will not just be blaming others for doing what is
wrong, we will establish the standard and then
others will follow the standard, “ he said.
According to him, the infrastructure required for
the take-off of the programme “are on ground.”
“ We are discussing with the administration and we
are calling experts to assess what we have on
ground, and efforts are on to ensure that this place
is put into very good shape ,“ he said
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