Prior to the commencement of academic activities under the auspices of the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) by the College, the School existed as Humanities Division. In 1991 when the College affiliated its programmes with the NCCE, the School became School of Arts and Social Sciences. Since then the School continued to flourish bearing this name until in 2013 when the NCCE came out with a new curricular which main objective is to produce functional NCE graduates. Consequently, the nomenclulare of the school was changed to School of Secondary Education, Arts and Social Science Programmes.
Investigation of the relationship between man and his environment both in social and metaphysical contexts so as to come out with ways that will enhance quality of life on this planet forms the principal domain of Arts and Social Sciences.
According to the NCCE, (2012), the objectives of the School of Arts and Social Sciences in relation to the Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) are:
- To produce teachers of Arts and Social Science subjects that can contribute positively to the production of teachers in those subjects for the Junior and Primary Schools in Nigeria.
- To assist students to acquire basic knowledge, values and norms needed for improving quality of their lives and that of the nation.
- To assist students to acquire balanced personality and imbibe the spirit of self-reliance.
- To broaden the horizon of students for life-long educational pursuit.
Admission requirements into the School are the same for all the subjects under it. The NCCE (2012) gave the following as a general admission requirement in the School:
- A Senior Secondary School Certificate (SSCE) or G. C. E. ‘O’ Level with credits passes in four (4) subjects at not more than two sittings including English Language and Mathematics
- A Grade II Teachers’ Certificate (TC II) with credit or merit in four subjects, two of which must be relevant to the course the candidate wishes to offer. Credit in English and Mathematics is compulsory.
- Associate Certificate in Education awarded by an approved institution in Nigeria or abroad, is also an acceptable qualification.
- Successful completion of Pre-NCE final examinations of the College with a minimum CGPA of 2.00 qualifies a candidate for admission.
- For candidates wishing to study Islamic Studies in Arabic or English a Senior Arabic and Islamic Studies Certificate or Certificate in Arabic and Islamic Studies or Higher Islamic Studies Certificate from recognized institutions are acceptable provided that they have not less than four credits or merits which must include Islamic Studies and Arabic and credit/merit in English and Mathematics.
- All candidates wishing to be considered for admission into the College must enroll for and write the selection examination organized by JAMB.
- Candidates will also be required to pass the College’s elimination tests and interviews which are conducted from time to time.
Departments under the School
The School comprises of 6 Departments namely Arabic Medium, Economics, Geography, History, Islamic Studies and Social Studies.
Subject Combinations Under the School
Subject combinations under the School include Islamic St/Hausa., Hausa/ Social Studies, History/ Islamic Studies, History/ Hausa, History/ Social Studies, Geography/ Social Studies, Geography/ Economics, Economics/ Social Studies, Economics/ History, Geography/ History and Arabic Medium. In 2012, additional ombination which include Islamic Studies/Social Studies, Islamic Studies/Economics etc were created.
The School is being administered by the Dean supported by six Heads of Department and School Committees. The Committees are:
- Board of Studies- It is the highest decision making body in the School. All the six heads of department are members while the Dean is the chairman. Other members of the Board include the School Examinations Coordinator, Representative of the School at the College T/Practice Committee, all Chief Lecturers in the School and a Secretary who is to be appointed by the Board.
- School T/Practice Committee which is headed by the School T/Practice Coordinator. The Coordinator oversees T/Practice issues in the School. Members of the Committee are all the Departmental T/Practice officers.
- Examinations Committee is headed by the School Examinations Coordinator and all Departmental examinations officers are members. The Committee handles examinations related issues in the School. For more information see the discussion on examinations below.
At the departmental level, each Department is being administered by the HOD who is assisted by the Departmental Examinations officer, T/ officer, Students welfare/advisor(s), Students Project Coordinator (s) and others members of academic staff charged with different responsibilities.
The School has Examinations Committee which is made up of the departmental examinations officers, the Coordinator and his assistants. The Committee is headed by the School examinations Coordinator. Examination issues in the School are handled by the School’s Examination Coordinator and his two assistants. The School Examination Coordinator represents the School at the College Central Examinations Committee.
Examinations administration in the School, like in the other Schools, is centrally conducted by the College. However, examinations which involve field trips are conducted by the Department concerned.
The semester system places emphasis on Continuous Assessment (CA) and examination in judging the performance of students. Usually, the CA constitutes 40% while examination stands for 60%. This is the procedure of assessing students in all the departments of the School.
LIST OF DEPARTMENTAL STAFF
- DR. ABUBAKAR MAI HANKALI – DEAN SCHOOL OF ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
He was born on the 12th December 1956 at Suru Town, in Suru Local Government of Kebbi State. He attended Suru Primary School from 1964 – 1970 and Centre for Islamic Studies, Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto in 1986 where he obtained Diploma in Arabic and Islamic Studies. Dr. Maihankali obtained BA, MA and PhD Arabic respectively in 1992, 1998 and 2008 from the same Usmanu Danfodiyo University Sokoto . He was appointed the Dean of School of Secondary Education (Arts and Social Science Programmes) in 2016, the post which he holds to date. As an academic staff, Dr. Maihankali publish articles in reputable journals.