Why parents force students to study sciences – Arts Dean
Oritsemaye Oluwatukesi, Hassan Oluwatobi
The Dean, Faculty of Arts, Prof. Olufunke Adeboye, has said the inclination of Nigerian parents to force their children to study science based courses is born out of their misconception of disciplines in the humanities.
Adeboye, who stated this in an interview with UNILAG SUN, noted that skills and knowledge acquired by students in the humanities help them deal with human related issues.
She explained that without the existence of humanities based disciplines, it would be difficult to maintain world peace, stressing that these disciplines are concerned with abating tensions birthed by the existence of some scientific innovations.
According to her, “...that was
born out of a very big misconception because disciplines in the humanities are
the things that humanize the society and some of the skills and knowledge that
we acquire you can't just begin to compare them with the sciences.
She continued, “If the society is all about sciences, there will be a lot of tension, there will be a lot of issues that we will not be able to resolve because the thread that brings out the human in us is what the disciplines in the arts educate the students on, so it is very important.
The dean noted that academics are putting in efforts to discourage parents from such actions, by counselling them on the need to allow their wards express themselves freely.
Meanwhile, Adeboye, the first female dean of the faculty, lamented the dearth of female academics during her early days in the profession. She mentioned that there were few women in the teaching profession, leading to a shortage in possible mentors.
She observed that things have however changed in recent times.
On the need to empower students with relevant skills necessary to survive after studentship, the dean said that the faculty has a committee tasked with the responsibility of assisting students with entrepreneurial skills to establish their own businesses.
Her words, “...The university has an entrepreneurship scheme for which they got some grants and they have been disbursing them to see how they can help students qualify to set up businesses
“The faculty also has a committee, the consultancy and entrepreneurship committee. And the mandate of that committee is to look for ways that we can encourage students, especially those who have readymade marketable skills to set up and see how they can stand on their own even after their graduation.