The under mental representation of women in the direction of higher educational establishments in Federal Republic Of Nigeria was the focusing of a unit of ammunition tabular array organised by Accessure Educational, an advocacy grouping on education, in concurrence with the Goethe-Institut Lagos, recently. Uchechukwu Nnaike reports
As in most parts of the world, women are still under-represented in higher instruction direction in the country. Female deans and professors are a minority group, while female frailty premiers are a rarity. This was the entry of the organizers of a unit of ammunition tabular array on Women as Leadership inch Higher Education: Challenges and Opportunities, organised by Accessure Educational, an advocacy grouping on education, in concurrence with the Goethe-Institut in Lagos.
The event, which featured female academicians in Nigerian higher institutions, therefore became necessary for women who have got attained noteworthy places in the system, against all odds, to share their experience and discourse issues like, what have to be done to raise the figure of women in cardinal places in higher education; how successful female academicians achieved their current places and to find if there were typical feminine societal and direction qualities that could be good to the whole sector. Undertaking Director of Accessure Educational, Mr. Bayo Olupohunda said the meeting was also to promote women in higher instruction to aim for leading positions.
One of the Discussants and Acting Dean of Faculty of Education at the University of
Lagos, Prof. Olufunke Lawal, said in the history of her university, there have been only one female Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Acting Dean, no female Vice-Chancellor, Bursar and other principal officers. This, she said, be givens to suppress women's influence. Although she admitted that the state of affairs was improving, she said, women still have got a batch of work to do to make an appreciable impact in higher instruction direction in the country.
Director of Programme, Technical and Vocational Education at the Yaba College of Technology, Lagos , Dr. Patricia Okumabor, said there were more than male pupils in the Technology and technological fields, while women are mostly establish in the Broad Humanistic Discipline and Humanities. This situation, she said is also widespread in some monotechnics and polytechnic institutes across the country. Apart from the ill-proportioned admittance figures, females are establish in other less competitory courses of study which bounds their hereafter potentials.
These issues were articulated in a communiqué issued at the end of the unit of ammunition tabular array where participants observed that there is grammatical gender discrimination, which is often elusive and systemic. "Though no policy statements discriminating against women, academe have long been dominated by men, and the male position in policy development, public presentation evaluation, and interpersonal interactions generally prevail."
The grouping said women's schoolroom public presentation was often evaluated more than critically than men's and that research by women or about women was frequently undervalued by male colleagues. Initial wage derived functions between work force and women addition in favor of work force and women take two to 10 old age longer than work force to be promoted.
It was then recommended that obstructions in establishments that forestall women from achieving their full potentialities should be removed and that formal and informal policies which would promote women to work optimally should be adopted and enforced.
Specifically, they said establishments should turn to unfairnesses in hiring, promotion, tenure, and wages of women academics. Adding that there was demand for on-campus child attention facilities. If universities are big enough, they should be able to back up a kid attention facility.
They also suggested mentoring of immature and aspirant female academicians by successful ones; scholarship provided for bright female people and giving of grants, to female research workers as well as addition registration of the girl-child into Tertiary institutions.
It was additional recommended that women should be encouraged to encompass new engineerings in their research and instruction and that their accomplishment should be famed for their motivation.
Other participants at the round table included, Mrs. Modupe Adeniran, Acting Director, section of Research and Innovation, National Universities Commission; Prof. Modupe Ogunlesi, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academician and Research, University of Lagos; Prof. Aize Obayan, Vice- Chancellor, Covenant University Ota, Ogun State; Dr. Beatrice Ayankogbe, President, National Association of Women Academics (NAWACS) and Uchenna Udeani, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education University of Lagos.