30 Apr 2013

Libraries and Educational Development

   
           "If you can't read, it's going to be hard to realize dreams"
                                    - Booker .T. Washington

The importance of books in the process of education can not be undermined. In the Nigerian society, education is not complete without the introduction to certain texts. If you were a student of literature, you could not escape reading certain texts that were mandatory as stipulated in the curriculum. Most young people drew inspiration from books such as Achebe's Things Fall Apart, Soyinka's The Lion and the Jewel, while others became disciples of Shakespeare after reading texts like Hamlet, and Julius Caesar.

Can we say best practices is adhered in the management of Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria! UTME: Fraud proof or not?

NUC Headquaters, Maitama Abuja
From the dailies, NUC denies issuing widely circulated 2013 University ranking according to a story credited to the Punch just as Channels cover the two week warning strike called by UniAbuja ASUU reportedly to drive home their demands one of which is the removal of the current VC Prof. Adelabu. 3 UNILAG graduates recieve Elumelu Legacy Prize for being the best undergratuate and graduate student in the year under review, Thisday quotes Education Minister Ruqayyatu Rufai warning Polytechnics to steer clear of

On the Welfare of Teachers in Nigeria

  


    “Nigeria Union of Teachers has directed teachers in 18 states that have defaulted in the implementation of the 27.5 per cent salary increment to begin a stay-at-home strike from June 1”….

This is an excerpt from a news article published in The Punch newspaper dated 18th of April 2013. Seeing this, all that came to mind was the fate that was about to befall the different students that would be affected by this intended strike action by their teachers. In a country where the educational sector has experienced a significant amount of decline, which is still ongoing, this is not the best of things to happen.

26 Apr 2013

Live WAEC questions leakage demystified. Dearth of Primary/Secondary school Infrastructure! 49 fake Universities, hmn!

WAEC Questions: No Leakage.
In the news today, PUNCH reports WAEC says supposed live questions for the on-going May/June 2013 WASSCE posted on Facebook are fraudulent, and in Taraba state of Nigeria three students have been killed while about two hundred others were injured yesterday as the examination hall where their May/June 2013 WASSCE was holding collapsed according to a story on Xinhuanet.

ON STUDENT POLITICS


Greatness won with honest toil
Guide our people this to know...
For a mind that knows, is a mind
That's free
[The University of Ibadan Anthem]



In the past month there have been elections in a lot of faculties and departments cutting across the entirety of the campus. There were the Press Nights, Manifesto Nights and the regular functions but unlike the elections of previous years, there was something fundamentally different: The lack of participants.

25 Apr 2013

24 Apr 2013

Regulation of private universities, Government contributions towards education, the death of JAMB-UTME and much more in today's news

Private Universities need more oversight?
Trending today, Medical and Dental Council to prosecute 20 fake Doctors, as well as suspending Igbinedion Varsity medical school's accreditation. Another private university is in the news as the daily post reports that Babcock University claims its school fees aren't outrageous. Meanwhile, UNILORIN registrar advocates that administrative cadre of tertiary institutions be made professional. Perhaps oversight by a professional body (as suggested by UNILORIN) will help in regulating practices at private institutions as well. Then again, isn't oversight of administrative practices a function of the Nigerian University Commission (NUC)?

The federal government and education policies
Speaking of NUC, their former scribe Okebukola blames sub-standard education on inconsistencies in

Veridis Quo

Veridis Quo*

The concept of self is one that is as old as time itself. God himself, our omniscient jealous best friend from Biblical lore, had to become some form of a self when he began creating us. Giving himself a voice - ‘Let there be light’, using eyes to look at his creations, walking through the Garden of Eden and using hands to create that first emotionally unstable apple-biting man. Basically, when God wanted to create and be God on this here plane of existence, he had to find some form of self within his infinite being to accomplish it.

23 Apr 2013

MY UNDERSTANDING OF THE TRUTH

The able-bodied men on the street
without motive, without vision, without mission....
Hungry and desperate
P.O.C Umeh [Ambassadors of Poverty]


"Over forty thousand people applied to this great institution but only four thousand of them were invited for the post UTME screening. Out of those four thousand students, only about two thousand five hundred of you were offered provisional admission into this great and esteemed institution. If you are sitting here in this hall, I want you to know how lucky and privileged you are and also to congratulate you on scaling the first hurdle...."
Something like that was what one of the principal officers of my school said during the first day of the "Freshers' Orientation". Freshers as we were, we absorbed everything hook, line and sinker and we started to carry ourselves in the regal manner only we could muster; little did we know what was in store for us.....

World Book/Copyright Day, Updates on Tertiary education capacity...

William Shakespeare
Top on the news today, reading culture strongly canvassed for Nigerian students as World book and Copyright day is observed across the globe, diverse opinions continue to trail the operations of NECO and JAMB.

Global software developer, Oracle, poised to improve technological capacity in Nigerian universities, also, another multinational Esso Exploration trains Nigerian lecturers under the university partnering programme. Nigerian born MIT student aims to solve the nation's energy crisis.

Experts approve pan-African accreditation council to undertake quality assurance on university courses while fostering qualification recognition and academic mobility across Africa, NUC introduces unified University System Management Portal as its 100% rating excites Ajayi Crowther University VC. Meanwhile, Veritas university graduates 59 pioneer students as FUTA VC alleges first class degree awards by private schools as marketing strategy!

Still on Nigerian University stories;


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22 Apr 2013

In the news: Jamb terminated? Bokom Haram menace! Lots more...

In the news today, Ilorin kicks against scrapping of UTME/JAMB by arguing that the current model helps sustain the student diversity on campuses. Experts also advised government to 'first clinically separate issues before taking a final decision' on overhauling the examination process for undergraduate admissions. In response to widespread criticism , the minister of state for education was quick to debunk the notion that the federal government is in a rush to render the examination body null and void.

Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) decries the continued operation of the federal character policy within Nigeria's educational sphere. In particular OAU's vice chancellor chooses meritocracy over diversity as he argues that abolishing the federal character policy will foster a merit based system for University admissions. If the importance of a culture of meritocracy is important for our constitution, then one can't blame the VC for wishing the same for his campus.

The challenge of bridging the digital divide at schools is one we continue to face as a nation. Thisday and Punch cover seperate stories pertaining to investments made by firms into enabling an ICT friendly environment at schools. Punch newspaper also touches on the importance of vocational skills, in particular focusing on how a private establishment has helped various educational institutions establish skill acquisition programs in the auto repairs/mechanics industry.

Also in the news; Dreams, aspirations cut short by violence..


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16 Apr 2013

Grading in Nigerian Schools: Student Development As Certified by Teachers

Grades are a very important part of education. One can easily say grades make or mar one’s academic life. To know a good student, all one needs do is to check his/her grades, since they are the evidence of the test of the knowledge of such a student in different subjects. Grading of a student’s work is mostly done by Teachers, in exclusive cases, it is done by external examiners, who would have been educators at one point in their lives. In Nigeria, teachers grade their students based on marking schemes developed to gage the performance of their students in different subjects. Most times these marking schemes grade students based on the level of difficulty of these subjects, while some grade based on the number of students who register to take on such a course, however it is generally known that teachers design their marking schemes according to their personal designs. Now, it is important to note that grades have a serious effect on the performance of students in school; also they have a lot to do with the general academic standard of any academic institution.

11 Apr 2013

THE PARENT- TEACHER- ASSOCIATION (P.T.A): STILL RELEVANT?

It is a general saying that the first point of contact a child has is with family in a home. Objectively, one might not want to conclude that every child indeed comes from a home, but to fulfill the purpose of this write up, I would work with the assumption that every child does come from a home. That brings me to ask, what exactly is a home? Who and who make up a home? How does a home contribute to the development of a child?