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Thursday, August 30, 2012
Ogun draws roadmap for education development TUNBOSUN OGUNDARE
he Ogun State government has drawn up a strategic plan as roadmap to drive education development in the state. The state’s Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr. Segun Odubela stated this at a workshop recently organised for teachers in the state’s public primary and junior secondary schools on how to improve their teaching and management skills and school
management. The event, which held at Abeokuta Grammar School, Idi-Aba, was organised by the state’s Universal Basic Education Board and it kickstarted the series of workshop programmes organised by the board. According to Odubela, it is only total overhauling of the education sector through service delivery, provision of adequate infrastructural facilities, free text books and learning aids to students, particularly at the basic education level that can move the sector
forward significantly. The commissioner, who, was represented by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Alhaji Ambali Ishola said the state would continue to invest in teachers’ intellectual capability so that they would be more effective on their jobs. Speaking earlier, Chairman of the state’s UBEC, Alhaji Mufutau Ajibola, said the training would improve the quality of teachers, especially at the basic education level in the state. He disclosed that 2,564 primary
school teachers and 1,124 in the junior secondary schools in addition to 30 statisticians and 62 others would be trained during the workshop. Speaking in the same vein, the UBEC Zonal Coordinator, Dr. Joshua Olakulehin assured that the commission would continue to partner the state’s SUBEB and all other major stakeholders to ensure that teachers and education managers at the basic level update their knowledge regularly through the capacity building programmes.
L-R: Director, Agency for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-formal Education, Lagos State, Mrs. Fola Amore; Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Education, Otunba Fatai Olukoga and Quiz Master, Mr. Moronfolu Ojitiku at the final stage of the adult learners’ quiz competition held in Ikeja recently
V-C blames economic woes on poor training MOJEED ALABI
he Vice-Chancellor of Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado-Ekiti, Prof. Oladipo Aina, has identified lack of leadership training as a major reason for the socio-economic challenges currently facing the country. The V-C, who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Olugbenga Aribisala, made the observation recently during a workshop for students’ union leaders of the institution. He expressed dismay at the absence of training and retraining programmes on key sectors of the economy and leadership kills for
individuals and organisations. He said the need for workshops concerning students’ unionism in Nigerian tertiary institutions could not be overemphasised as there was the need to change the orientation of students on their belief in violent actions as means of resolving issues with authority. “Rampaging or violent demonstrations are archaic, students should embrace peaceful demonstrations and dialogue to resolve issues,” the VC said. During the workshop, the Dean of the School of Post-Graduate Studies, Prof. Eddy Olanipekun admonished the students to change with time as violent demonstrations
are no longer in vogue. In his address, which was themed; Students’ unionism in the 21st Century, he advised students to always adopt productive dialogue rather than engaging in riotous protests. Olanipekun, however, noted that students could only embark on protests when other avenues of dialogues have been exhausted. Another speaker, Femi Jemilohun, reminded students all over the country that their first assignment in school was to obtain good certificates and imbibe a culture of good character. On his part, the students’ union leader, Mr. Adeoye Aribasoye, said the workshop had afforded
them the opportunity of a good orientation on students’ unionism.
‘Most Nigerian graduates are incompetent’ MOJEED ALABI AND L ATEEFAH IBRAHIMANIMASHAUN
he Managing Director, Dragnet Solutions, Nigeria’s leading computer-based testing and talent management firm, Mr. Robert Ikazoboh, has decried the poor competence level of graduates from Nigerian higher institutions compared to their foreign counterparts. Ikazoboh, while analyzing the body of data that his company has gathered over the last five years through employment tests for leading multi-national companies both in Nigeria and the UK, noted that the competence gap between an average Nigerian graduate and a UK trained is 17 per cent. This development, he said, might make the attainment of the country’s Vision 20:2020 national economic projection difficult to achieve if concerted efforts were not hurriedly made to reverse the trend. “Using the Dragnet Graduate Standardisation Examination (GSE), which offers an independent source of reliable information of graduates leaving our tertiary institutions and seeking graduate employment opportunities, the nation can obtain some insight into the comparative performance of our graduates. “Since November 2007, Dragnet Solutions Limited has been involved in testing Nigerian graduate applicants. The data so far gathered offers the nation insights into the quality of our graduate human capital. The tests measure rea-
soning ability in the workplace. In particular, the tests are basic aptitude tests concerned with verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning and abstract reasoning for the workplace. One of the insights that the data analysis shows is that the average quality of human capital being produced in Nigeria is 17 percent lower than that of the UK,” Ikazoboh added. To address this situation, he urged the Federal Government to embark on a nationwide assessment of Nigerian graduates, with a view to determining the level of their aptitudes and reasoning abilities. In another development, the Lagos State Controller of Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity, Mrs. Nofisat Arogundade, has expressed dissatisfaction over the performance of many Nigerian graduates during job interviews and advised that non-governmental organisations should engage graduate job seekers in special trainings that will improve their knowledge and skills needed at work places. Mrs. Arogundade stated this in an interview with National Mirror, stressing the need to de-emphasise paper qualifications as against graduates’ competence. While urging students to always go for courses that are marketable, Mrs Arogundade stressed the need for social organisations to support the Federal Government on the sponsoring of students in Almajiri schools across the country. She added that such support would enable the Almajaris to be economically productive after their trainings.
Teachers’ institute adopts e-learning A ZA MSUE, K ADUNA
he Director General, National Teachers’ Institute (NTI), Kaduna, Dr Aminu Ladan Sharehu said the institute had joined the Consortium of E-learning Institutions International Council on distance education to strengthen educational programmes in the country. He also said the institute had migrated from the civil service salary structure to the Consolidated Tertiary Institutions Salary Structure (CONTISS), adding that other academics from other higher institutions have started showing interest over the en-
hanced salary structure. Sharehu, who stated this while speaking with journalists in Kaduna, added that, NTI had equally paid arrears of allowances owed its members of staff. According to him, NTI staffers are now enjoying benefits similar to that of workers in other tertiary institutions in the country. This development he said was received with joy by workers who now work harder. Speaking on the response to genuine agitations from the institute’s pensioners for payment of their accumulated pension arrears, Sharehu said a process which was initiated to address the issue had enabled the institute to settle
all the backlog of arrears of pensions from 2004. His words: “The establishment of the school places the NTI at par with other tertiary institutions in the country and we successfully registered the NTI as a member of the International Council on Distance Education (ICDE) which is the apex global body that coordinates the activities and operations of open and distance learning institutions. Again, the NTI is now a member of the Consortium of e-Learning Institutions which is being spearheaded by the Hamdan Bin Muhammed e-University in Dubai, United Arab Emirates” he said.
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