Educational psychologist, Prof. Imaobong Akpan, has advocated the inclusion of their expertise in the nation’s educational system.
Akpan, a professor of Educational Psychology, University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, said the country’s educational system was suffering because educational planners had neglected the crucial roles of educational psychologists in the teaching and learning process.
Speaking during the 94th Inaugural Lecture of the University titled, “The Educational Psychologist: The Unsung Catalyst in a Dysfunctional Society”, Akpan recommended that their expertise be consulted and fully included in the development and implementation of national and regional education policies.
She said until Nigeria sees the need to incorporate the services of educational psychologists into the teaching/learning process, the system would continue to suffer avoidable mishaps.
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The professor expressed regret that despite the relevance of educational psychologists in the society, they remain largely uncelebrated in the society, and called for the official recognition of educational psychologists in the national and societal development framework.