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Brief History of the Institute of Education

Brief History of the Institute of Education

The Institute of Education, University of Ilorin, started as a Department of Continuing Education and Extension Services on March, 1, 1980.  The Department was later restructured and got autonomous status on March 1, 1981.  The Institute is primarily concerned with in-service and extra-mural programmes.  Over the years, however, the Institute has widened its scope to cover other service areas.  

The Institute of Education is charged with the responsibility of filling the long-felt need for “Town and Gown” to fuse and bring about mutual understanding and cooperation between the University and the Community it serves.  To fulfill this obligation, it takes active and contributory part in ensuring the generation and dissemination of relevant ideas and suggestions on issues affecting the growth and development of the Community. 

The Institute also engages in the production of professionally qualified and competent teachers for the nation.

By its statutory functions, the Institute is principally service-oriented in the areas of:

  • professional advice to the Ministries of Education and related parastatals;

  • interacting and working with State Government agencies, which are responsible for providing improved educational services at all levels;

  • providing consultancy services in the areas of educational management, development and research to both Federal and State Ministries of Education;

  • providing serving or intending teachers who cannot afford full-time courses opportunity for Sandwich/Part-time courses leading to B.A.(Ed.), B.Sc.(Ed.), and B.Ed. in Arts Education, Counsellor Education, Educational Management, Educational Technology, Human Kinetics Education, Health Promotion & Environmental Health Education, Science Education, Social Sciences Education, Business Education, Adult Education and Primary Education Studies;  Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE); Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Technology (PGDET); and M.Ed. in Arts Education, Science Education, Social Sciences Education, Educational Management, Guidance and Counselling, Educational Technology, Human Kinetics and Health Education;

  • working in close co-operation with the State wing of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), All Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS) and Teachers’ Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) to mount short courses, Workshops and Conferences to improve the skills and competences of Basic (Pre-Primary, Primary and Junior Secondary) School Teachers; and working in collaboration with other State educational agencies such as the State Universal Basic Education Boards (SUBEBS) and the Teaching Service Commission (TSC), as well as Primary and Secondary School Teachers.  The Institute tries to understand their problems and offers suggestions for solutions by way of researches and/or other educational services.

  • The community-based orientation of the Institute in its programmes and practices, and the responsiveness of the members of the Community had resulted in the concept of the “Institute of Education Day”, which is an annual event.  The Institute of Education Day has brought prominent members of the community in contact with the University dons; it has become a forum for sharing thoughtful reflections about prospects and problems of providing educational services to the members of the Community.

    Director of the Institute of Education
    Professor Adedayo Yusuf Abdulkareem, B.Ed.; M.Ed.; Ph.d.; FNIM; MNAEAP
  • Profile of the Director
    The Director, Professor Adedayo Yusuf Abdulkareem  is a Professor of Educational Management.  He was appointed as the 11th Director of the Institute and assumed duty on 6th November, 2013.
    Professor AbdulKareem was born on 29th May, 1951.  He hails from Magobon Compound in Ajikobi Ward of Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria.  He attended Offa Grammar School Offa from 1969 to 1973 to obtain his West African School Certificate and Advanced Teachers’ College (now Federal College of Education), Zaria from 1974 – 1977 for his NCE in Mathematics and Physics.  He had distinction in each of the two subjects.  He attended University of Ibadan, Ibadan from 1979 – 1981 to obtain B.Ed (Hons.) in Educational Management and Mathematics.  For his Masters and Ph.D. degrees, he attended University of Ilorin, Ilorin from 1983 to 1984 and 1985 to 1989 respectively.  He is a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Management (Chattered).  He belongs to a number of professional Associations.  He has a number of publications in reputable journals and books(local, national and international). He has served the University on a number of Committees. 
    He served as the Head of Department of Educational Management between 2010 and 2013.  He also served as Provost of Kwara State College of Education, Ilorin between June 2005 and June 2010.  He was the National President of the University of Ilorin Alumni Association for two terms between 2003 and 2007.  He is a community leader.  He is married with children.

    Past Directors of the Institute of Education

    1
    Late Professor Albert Folorunsho Ogunsola (Director, 1981 – 1984);
    2
    Dr. Joseph Eyitayo Adetoro, CST. J., FCP (Ag. Director, 1984 – 1986);
    3
    Professor Aliyu Abdullahi (Director, 1986 – 1992);
    4
    Dr. Adekunle Akinyemi (Ag. Director, 1992 – 1994);
    5
    Professor A. Abe (Director, 1994 – 1998);
    6
    Late Professor Shehu Ahmed Jimoh (OON) (Director, 1998 –  2001);
    7
    Professor Raheem Adebayo Lawal (Director, 2001 –  2004);
    8
    Professor AbdulGaniyu Oladosu (Director, 2004 – 2007);
    9
    Professor Olawole Olatunbosun Obiyemi (Director,  2007 – 2010);
    10
    Professor Nike Yetunde Sidiqat Ijaiya (Director,  2010 – 2013)

    Sandwich Programme Organizers

    1
    Dr. A. Saidu Arts Education
    2
    Dr. (Mrs.) M.S.A. Mustapha Counsellor Education
    3
    Dr. S. Oyeniran Educational Management
    4
    Dr. (Mrs.) A.K. Soetan Educational Technology
    5
    Dr. S. Bakinde  Human Kinetics
    6
    Mrs. A.M. Elias Health Promotion & Environmental Health Education
    7
    Dr. O.S. Oyelekan Science Education
    8
    Dr. A. Yusuf  Social Sciences Education
    9
    Mrs. D.O. Daramola Adult & Primary Education Studies
    10
    Dr. A.S. Omosidi Project Coordinator
    11
    Dr. A.F.S. Ahmed Postgraduate Diploma in Education 
    12
    Dr. I.A. Amali Teaching Practice Coordinator