Moulding for excellence as the motto of the Federal College of Education, Abeokuta, Nigeria is a reflection of the College emphasis on academics with character education. As the college has zero tolerance for undesirable behaviour, however, the society continues to raise doubt on the quality of its teachers as a result of a big gap between the town-gown principle of education due to a lot of moral decadence being witnessed in the country. These social ills include armed robbery, corruption, kidnapping, pipeline-vandalization, hostage-taking, prostitution, ethno-religious insurgencies etc. This paper therefore attempted to investigate what the students perceived as the concept of ‘moulding for excellence’, its defects and prospects in the college. Chi-square (X2) statistics were used to analyze a sampled opinion of 218 students representing 8.4 percent of the total students’ population. Three null hypotheses based on Male-Female, Degree-Non Degree, and Science-Humanities contingencies were tested to investigate the students’ perceptions. It was discovered that significant differences existed in the perceptions of the students based on various contingencies specified at P<0.05. Even though, the perception of the NCE and degree students in the college were in tandem with the motto of the college, however; most percentages opinion of the degree students were a bit lower to that of their NCE counterparts. Appropriate recommendations were therefore made to strengthen the compliance of the students’ and the college authorities to the motto of ‘moulding for excellence’ and forging synergy between the college and the family system in Nigeria.
Rasheed Adenrele Adetoro, Federal College of Education, Nigeria
Stream: Education for sustainable development
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