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Coalition effort raises Jigawa ranking by 41% success in WAEC, NECO



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From Ahmed Rufa’i, Dutse

Efforts of the National Youth and Civil Society Coalition for Development (NYCSD), a non governmental organization in collaboration with the Jigawa state Government to increase the percentage success in NECO and WAEC examination has started yielding positive outcomes.

The National president of the coalition (NYCSD), Comrade Aminu Aminu gave the indication while delivering his speech at a one day public lecture on drug abuse and immorality in tertiary institutions organized by the NYCSD, NTA and NITDA at the 3 Star hotel in Dutse, Jigawa State.

The National president explained that his organization collaborated with the ministry of education in the state to give an intensive training to 500 Senior Secondary School’s English and Mathematics teachers to improve their capacity in teaching.

This he said has succeeded in increasing the percentage of students of the state that passed the NECO and WAEC examination from 21% to 62%.

Comrade Aminu Aminu added that “This is part of our contribution for the younger generation to obtain quality education in order to have productive future generation.”

Commenting on the menace of drug abuse among students in tertiary institutions he said the situation is alarming.
He challenged all stakeholders to join hands in the fight against the menace with out further delay.

Comrade Aminu therefore called on government and private organizations to support the continuous campaign against drug abuse in tertiary institutions.

The Director General, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, (FRCN), Dr. Mansur Liman represented by the zonal director, kaduna National Station, Mallam Buhari Auwalu noted that the fight against drug abuse was a collective responsibility of institutions in the society.

He appealed to parents, religious bodies, the traditional institution and government at all levels to work towards reversing the recent statistics on prevalence of drug abuse released by the national drug law enforcement agency, (NDLEA).

The DG said the youths who are the leaders of tomorrow should be given proper orientation to avoid drug and substance abuse which could jeopardize their future.

Dr Liman commended the organisers of the lecture for efforts in sensitizing stakeholders on various roles in fighting drug abuse that become more prevalent among youths in recent years.

In a remark, the Director General, National Information Technology Development Agency, (NITDA), Dr Kashifu Inuwa represented by the Director Cyber Security, Dr Lawan Ahmed, stressed the need for parents to be alive to their responsibility of proper child upbringing, as drug abuse and moral decadence among youths mostly starts from home.

While highlighting the health hazards of drug abuse, Dr. Kashifu called for more efforts by relevant agencies to rescue the youths from drug abuse and its many ills.

Meanwhile, the Director General of the NDLEA, Brigadier General (Rtd) Buba Marwa, represented by the Assistant state Commander Drugs Demand Reduction, Abubakar Alhaji urged the government at all levels to find alternative business ventures for the repentant drug peddlers to reduce crime in the society.

The lecture was attended by students of tertiary institutions across the Northwest zone of the country.

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Don urges teachers to learn, deploy AI tools in teaching




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By Friday Idachaba, Lokoja.

Professor Kehinde Victoria Fatokun, a Professor of Science Education, has called on teachers to adapt to changes, learn and deploy Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools in the teaching profession.

Prof. Fatokun made the call at the 18th Inaugural Lecture series of the Federal University Lokoja (FUL) as part of her advocacy for resourceful teaching and productive learning.

The Inaugural Lecture had the topic: “Transforming Chemistry Instructional Practices: Navigating through Resolving Learning Intricacies and Integration of Innovative Pedagogy.”

She said that the world was evolving as methods and procedures continue to change with innovations and technological breakthroughs adding that the teaching profession should also adopt new technologies including the Artificial intelligence tools.

The Professor of Science Education called for the development of intensive research and knowledge transfer culture, permeating all teaching and learning activities.

She said that the development of appropriate skills in students should be paramount and learning should be made appealing to them, in order to produce competent graduates.

Prof. Fatokun stressed that Educational research findings on current pedagogical issues should not be ‘kept in the shelf’ but be made available to the ‘implementer’ in an applicable manner for solving most of the instructional challenges they often encounter.

The former HoD, Department of Science Education, Anchor University, Lagos, tasked Curriculum developers and Authors to strive at tackling issues of “difficult concepts” during curriculum reviews with the application of novel approaches.

She suggested that emphasis should be placed on simplifying instruction to demystify misconceptions while there should be flexibility in adapting the curriculum content to the global trend.

“Published books should be clear, simple to understand and all ambiguity that create additional learning concerns should be removed”, she urged.

She however urged the FUL Management team to organize workshops for all teaching staff with the aim of familiarizing them with innovations in teaching especially the use of modern techniques and learning technologies for their pedagogical skill development.

She charged the Quality assurance directorate to ensure proper monitoring of academics through specific metrics to ensure quality teaching.

Prof. Fatokun charged students to be intentional about learning, not just cramming and passing examinations adding that conscious effort should be made henceforth to ensure understanding and retention to aid the application of the knowledge gained.

Speaking earlier, the
Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Olayemi Akinwumi noted that the Inaugural Lecture series of the University had become “a beacon of intellectual discourse and academic excellence, showcasing the groundbreaking research and innovative thinking of our academic Staff.”

He described the Lecture topic, “Transforming Chemistry Instructional Practices: Navigating through Resolving Learning Intricacies and Integration of Innovative Pedagogy,” as both timely and apt.

The Vice-Chancellor noted that in navigating the complexities of modern education, the need to evolve teaching methodologies that would better address the diverse learning needs of students had never been more pressing.

“In the rapidly changing landscape of higher education, the integration of innovative pedagogy is crucial for preparing our students to meet the demands of the future”, he said.

The Vice-Chancellor who declared the Lecturer as “Discharged and Acquitted” after the delivery, described the 18th Inaugural Lecture as much a celebration of Prof. Fatokun’s achievements as it is “a testament to her collective contributions.” (Ends)

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Inculcate critical thinking, Inspire, guide your Students – Poland Ambassador tasks teachers




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By Friday Idachaba, Lokoja.

Ambassador of Poland to Nigeria, Her Excellency, Ambassador Joanna Tarnawska has called on teachers to encourage critical thinking, inspire and guide their students or listeners to become innovative problem solvers.

Tarnawska made the call as a Guest Lecturer at the 6th Distinguished Public Lecture of Federal University Lokoja titled: “How to Effectively Pass Knowledge and Inspire Students in the Contemporary World.”

The Guest Lecturer said gone are the days when teachers were seen as encyclopedia and repository of knowledge. saying, “A teacher is not an encyclopedia anymore, a teacher is a book mark, a beacon who points to the relevant paragraph.”

Tarnawska stressed that teachers must be well grounded and knowledgeable in their respective disciplines, and urged them to guide, teach on how best to gather information and get the gist.

She said, “Know your subject matter and be ready to deepen your knowledge continuously, Know your audience, adapt your language and content to the listeners.

The Envoy said that with the influx and abundance of information with the world turned a global village, it is important to know the authentic from the fake and safekeep facts, especially now that everything can be checked online.

“Encourage questions, building an atmosphere of trust will be helpful to achieve this. Modern lessons should not only be teacher centered, Keep a balance and make time for student centered lessons.

“Never ask the question, “Do you understand?”, instead, ask questions to check your students understanding, always give practical examples,
be engaging and make sure your listeners are following you”, she said.

Speaking earlier in his address, Prof. Olayemi Akinwumi, Vice-Chancellor of Federal University Lokoja, commended Ambassador Joanna Tarnawska for the promptness with which she accepted to deliver the Distinguished Public Lecture.

Prof. Akinwumi noted that the topic of the lecture, “How to Effectively Pass Knowledge and Inspire Students in the Contemporary World” is not just timely but imperative.

He said, “In an era marked by rapid technological advancements, societal transformations, and global interconnectedness, the role of education transcends mere dissemination of facts.

“It therefore behoves upon us to instill in our students a hunger for knowledge, a love for learning, and a sense of purpose that extends beyond classroom boundaries.”

The Professor of History said as Vice-Chancellor of the esteemed institution, he was keenly aware of the profound impact that effective teaching and inspirational mentorship can have on the lives of our students.

Akinwumi urged all stakeholders to reflect on how we can collectively shape the future of Education, and recommit to the noble pursuit of empowering the next generation of leaders and innovators.

He enjoined all to embrace the spirit of collaboration, innovation, and lifelong learning as we listen to the lecture together. (Ends)

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22 NTIC students to participate in 3-day NMC’s Olympaid Camp




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The National Mathematical Centre (NMC) has selected 22 students of the Nigerian Tulip International Colleges (NTIC) to participate in a 3-day Olympiad Camp.

The Olympiad competition covers subjects such as Mathematics, Science, Arts, Music, Literature, History, Culture, Information Communication Technology among others.

The Managing Director NTIC, Feyzullah Bilgin, in a statement on Tuesday said, “In a remarkable display of academic prowess, 22 students from Nigerian Tulip International Colleges in Nigeria have been handpicked by the prestigious National Mathematical Centre (NMC) to participate in a rigorous 3-day Olympiad Camp.

“The selection of these bright minds not only highlights their exceptional mathematical abilities but also underscores the dedication and commitment they have shown towards their education.”

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