Since yesterday when executives of the School of Technology Students Association (SoTSA) invited me to sit on a panel to vet new aspirants for executive positions, I have been thinking, “why me?” I ask because the same people had invited me to be their patron when they came into office. I turned it down because I didn’t want to add to three positions I already held in different capacities in my school. Well, I accepted this temporary assignment to be on the panel to vet some twelve candidates who had applied to be either the Association’s president, vice-president, general secretary, women’s organiser or financial secretary.
During a short break, I prepared a flash card with two questions for four of the students who invited me. I asked;
- Were you part of deciding Mr. Budu’s addition to the vetting panel? ____
- If yes, why did you think he should be part?
There was another lecturer on the panel; he was the Association’s Patron. So first, students will invite you for such an assignment because you are their Patron. The second to fifth reasons I share below from the responses the students provided on the flash cards.
Very critical when it comes to thinking. Vibrant and a merger between fun and seriousness.
YES. Looking at the student-lecturer relationship at SOT now, it was evident that [he] knows more about what students are capable of. This and many more, that’s why [he was] invited.
I actually gave the recommendation to the EC [Electoral Commissioner]. Why, because I believe in his judgement.
Yes, Mr. Budu is one of the people I know when given a task make[s] sure the task is done right. Again he has the welfare of students at heart. Also has one of the unique way of analysing stuff.
In summary, teachers need to
- establish good and respectable links with their learners inside and outside the classroom.
- challenge learners thinking – for they will know and appreciate that.
- do you work with all diligence anytime, anywhere, and dare to stand out.
Have you ever faced such situation? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below. Thank you.