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When Your Child Brings Home a Bad Report Card

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Many parents are wont to get angry when their children come home with bad results at the end of a term, semester or any examination. The first thing they think about is how to shout on or punish the child.

While a bad report card could be as result of laziness or unseriousness on the part of the child, other factors such as illness, learning disabilities, inadequate material and emotional support from the parents themselves, the inability of the teacher to adequately impact knowledge to each pupil or student according to his or her individual needs or a not too meticulous teacher who failed to record the child’s grade appropriately or misplaced some exam or assessment scripts could contribute.

Parents must make it a point of duty to first find out the source of failure before reacting. How do you address a problem without first knowing the cause? Finding out the problem sometimes takes patience and especially if there are no obvious reasons why the child should perform badly.

Those whose children have been doing well and suddenly start bringing home bad results have the main responsibility of finding out why.

Also when your child is always failing and bringing home bad results, it is not enough to write the child off as dull. Even dull children and those with learning disabilities can be helped with medication, behavioural and lifestyle changes or enrolled in special schools.

To find out reasons for the bad results, you need to talk and listen to your child. You need to meet with his or teacher. Look inward at yourself too , have you played your own role properly? Try to observe things all around the child including events or things that could have caused him grief, emotional imbalance or lack of concentration.

Also give in time to help your children with their homework, and endeavour to find out if your children have enough books, writing materials . Also visit their teachers from time to time to discuss their progress, and get additional teachers to teach them after school or weekends.

A story was told of a ten year old boy who was always failing in his class until his parents discovered, he had problems with his sight and which he never complained of. Notes written on the board , appeared blurred to him, and so he copies only few words or as much as he can identify. He always gazes at empty note books while appearing to be studying or reading to his parents.

Until one day when his mother asked him to bring his note books to see his scores in the previous week. To her horror, all he had written down in the notes books made no sense.

Only after much prodding did he tell his parents the state of things, and that he was afraid to tell them for fear of being beaten or scolded for not seeing what is written on the black board.

His story changed when he was given a pair of glasses after an eye check with the doctor and his seat was changed from the back to the front row. He became a straight A student immediately.

While some parents may find this difficult to accept, it is indeed true that some children are more gifted than others. Parents while giving all support should observe their children over time and should not have too high expectation of them. Your child with all support could naturally be an average student after all !

Do not over stress your child after all investigation by believing he or she must get an A in every subject to please their parents. For a small number of gifted students, a perfect report card is attainable. But for most students, the idea of being a lifelong straight-A student is unrealistic.

Raymond Iheme, a school teacher also advises that said parents reaction should depend on the situation surrounding the bad result… whether the child is brilliant and whether the parents are brilliant or whether the child is handicapped.

He said if the parents are able to give the child what it takes to come up with a good result and the child comes with a bad result, the parents should be disappointed and encourage the child to do better but if the environment is not conducive to a good performance, the parents should blame themselves.

On expectations, he said: “It is garbage in garbage out. What you give to your child is exactly what you will receive from the child. It is not when you don’t invest in your child, you expect wonderful result from the child. If you invest in your child, you will expect bountiful result. But some parents find it difficult to spend money on their children, giving the child the type of education they need.

“Imagine a parent who gives their children stock to go and sell after school. If the child comes home with such bad result, will the parent blame the child? The parents don’t have any right to blame the child because they are the cause of the bad result.”

According to him ” If the environment is conducive, they allow the child to read when necessary, pay the child’s school fees on time, give him extra lessons, if the child comes home with a bad result that is when they have the right to scold the child, warn, advise or even punish the child because it is a great disappointment.”


Source: Daily Trust (BY OJOMA AKOR)

January 31, 2014 |

Education: The Bedrock of an Ideal Society

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Education, in its general sense, is a form of learning in which knowledge, skills, and habits of a group of people are transferred from one generation to the next through teaching, training and research. Generally, it occurs through any experience that has a formative effect on the way one thinks, feels or behaves in the society. It could be formal or informal, and it must be noted that when we talk about it being the bedrock of the society, we refer to a perfect blend of the two. Right to quality education is one that has been recognized and propagated in Nigeria for a long time.

The educational sector, supervised by the Federal Ministry of Education, has a system that divides formal learning into kindergarten, primary, secondary and tertiary education. Also, the Federal Ministry of Education also performs the duties of implementing policies for State-controlled public education and state schools at a regional level.

Thus, it is saddening that despite the government’s recognition of the role education plays in nation building, the educational system of the country has been deteriorating over the years.

In its drive to ensure that the standard of education in Ogun State outpaces what obtains in other states, the administration of Governor Ibikunle Amosun has embarked on a free educational system at the primary and secondary levels in accordance with Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s tenets and ideals on education. His administration has shown its commitment to bringing about a sustainable change and re-energizing the education sector.

As evident in the State budget for the year 2013, the educational sector takes the lion share with a total of N44.3billion earmarked to the sector, representing 21percent of the total budget of N211.79 billion. This remarkable step to invest so much in providing quality education for the people will only yield result if there are qualified, committed, and motivated teachers who are capable of producing “Grade A” students.

Given the administration’s cognizance of the fact having well-trained teachers is instrumental to the success of any educational programme, there is a drive to rid the system of fraudulent and irregular activities like forgery and use of fake credentials as well as examination malpractices. As a matter of fact, successful attempts at sanitizing the educational sector last year attracted numerous commendations from different quarters.

In addition, the government has performed excellently in the area of human capacity development. Teachers in the state are consistently being put through training programmes to meet the constantly changing demands of their job.

For illustration, about N140million spent on Human Capital Development programmes for teachers in public primary and junior secondary schools was a huge step in the right direction. Also worthy of note is government’s unique idea of bringing into the state some astute United Kingdom tutors to assist in the raining of about 200 teachers in core subjects like English and Mathematics last year.

Recently, the current administration ensured that a teacher’s salary scale could peak at GL17 (the highest grade in the public service).

Realising that having qualified, well-groomed teachers without creating an enabling environment would be wasteful, the Amosun-led administration, as enunciated in the five –point agenda, intends to also rebuild Ogun State through qualitative, in standard learning environments. Consequently, it has embarked on a continual refurbishment of dilapidating classrooms and construction of new ones across the state’s senatorial districts.

The ongoing construction of model schools in all the 20 local government, along the line of “Ogun Standard”, is of even more significance. After completion, the 1000-capacity model schools, owing to the standard infrastructural facilities they possess, are expected to produce that brains ever to emerge from the country.

To further encourage proper knowledge impartation in the students, the Governor has directed that teachers salaries, allowances and all outstanding bonuses are paid as at when due. Already, 4,591 teaching and non-teaching staff of the Teaching Service Commission had been promoted in 2011.

At this age, the importance of science cannot be over-emphasized and that is the reason the government purchased and distributed Laboratory equipment such as microscope and human skeleton to all Secondary schools in the State. Having also distributed instructional materials and books for free, as well as payment of WASSCE fees on behalf of all SS3 students, government is also set to dole out school bags to all public primary and secondary schools.

Ogun state has been reaping good rewards from as a result of its kind gestures. Significant improvement in its higher educational system in which the students performed excellently well in the last WASSCE, NEC, SSCE results, is an attestation to this.

Also noteworthy, is the sponsorship of outstanding students in last year’s WASSCE examination from each local government councils to the United Kingdom for a leadership conference to motivate other students to also excel. These students will further receive scholarship for their tertiary education.

With the government so far investing N365million on instructional materials distributed to students in public primary school, N120 million on bursary, scholarship and grants to students of Ogun State origin, the foundational dividend of democracy is finally within the grasp of the people.

The Gateway State is on its way to effacing the rot in the education system and raising the bars high for other states in the country. There’s certainly a bright tomorrow for our “future leaders” to look forward to.


Source: Daily Post
Author: Ebunlomo Taiyese

May 10, 2013 |

UTME JAMB CBT Practice Test

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JAMB LogoIn preparation for newly introduced Computer Based Test (CBT) for candidates, the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has launched an online JAMB CBT Practice Test.

The Computer Based Testing (CBT) preparatory engine is presently in two different versions, i.e. paid and free versions. The free version of the program has been integrated into JAMB portal, so all interested students can use the program for free. The paid version which grant access to full features of the testing engine not captured in this free version.

The free version is available for student practice, this is to help them get familiar with Computer Based Testing (CBT).  Users are allowed to pick from a choice of 21 subjects.

Here are some observation a candidate should note about the JAMB CBT Practice Test and the live JAMB CBT examination.

On selection of a subject, you are presented with a set of instructions which I think are the standard instruction that apply to the live JAMB CBT examination and not the JAMB CBT Practice Test including a time duration of 45mins for 50 questions. For the JAMB CBT practice test, you are expected to attempt 10 questions in 10 minutes. Like a typical Computer Based Tests (CBT) application, there is an on-screen timer counting down the moment the first question is display.

For the JAMB CBT practice test, you are notified if the option you choose is wrong and allowed to try again, this definitely will NOT be the case in the Live JAMB CBT examination.

During the JAMB CBT Practice test, you can change your subject, I doubt if this  option will be possible during the Live JAMB CBT examination.

Finally, after the JAMB CBT Practice Test, a detailed result page is displayed showing a list of all your items and responses. This certainly will not be the case after the live JAMB CBT examination. The best you MAY have is your result if JAMB decide to release the result immediately. If otherwise, candidates should know that one of the beauty of CBT is the fact that the result is ready immediately each examination is completed.

Interested candidates can start practicing now on their computers and mobile devices. Signup an account now in order to access the full version that includes everything like in the real JAMB CBT senario comming up next year.

Jamb has discontinued the former link and launch a new CBT practice portal

April 11, 2013 |

Gems From WAEC Online – Regulations and Syllabus

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West African Examination Council (WAEC)This article is a follow-up to an earlier one titled Gems From WAEC – eLearning Toolkit which presented a resource provided by WAEC to assist students understand the required standards expected in the final Examination on each subject.

Regulations and Syllabuses for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination used to a a bulking book. With The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) romance with the internet, it is not surprising that the document now live on the Internet. By the way, I don’t know if the print version still exits.

The document can be divided into two main parts:

1. The Regulations:   guidelines governing the examination.

2. The Syllabus:  examination goals and objectives, examination scheme and scope  of assessment.

Every prospective candidate ought to be familiar with this document.

Your goal should be to cover the syllabus for the subjects you intend to take. The best time to start is day one of your Senior Secondary Class. The next best time is now. Make it you reading companion and guide.

 

March 24, 2013 |

Gems From WAEC Online – eLearning Toolkit

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West African Examination Council (WAEC)The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has gone a long  after her establishment in 1952. The body should be commended for employing technological advancement in fulfilling her mandate. Students now register for WAEC Examinations and check their result online.

It that all?

I stumbled on a resource by WAEC that is not as popular but provides very significant leverage for any student that explores it. I’m referring to the WAEC eLearning Toolkit

Have you heard of it before?

It a resource provided by WAEC to assist students understand the required standards expected in the final Examination on each subject.

According to WAEC:

The primary aim of the initiative is to equip students for better performance in Future examinations. Students performances on previous exams are analysed with the secondary aim of detecting the weaknesses and profer a solution for all stakeholders concerned with Senior Secondary School Examinations.

For each subject, candidates’ performance assessment by the Chief Examiner in 8 past examinations spanning 4 years is reviewed. The result is presented under the following categories: General Comment, Performance, Weaknesses, Strength and Observation to respective Questions.

What are you waiting for, explore the WAEC eLearning Toolkit

March 23, 2013 |

Planning for Your Children’s Education

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planning for your children educationFinancial experts say parents who fail to plan properly for their children’s education end up battling to send them to school. In this article culled from Punch Newspaper,  Simon Ejembi writes on ways parents can avoid such a fate.

It is quite common to hear statements such as “Kids grow so fast”, “Wow, you’ve grown so big, overnight”. While many parents are well aware of how fast their babies can grow, they fail to recognise and plan for these needs that come with that growth. Consequently, they fail to plan properly and pile pressure on themselves. One area that is commonly neglected by many parents is education. They wait until the kids are old enough to go to school before they start working towards financing their education.

In a world where bills and responsibilities are ever-increasing, financial experts say this is a costly mistake.

The Lead Trainer, YoungBiz Nigeria, an organisation that trains children to be financially responsible,Mr. Shogo Aminu, says, “Many of these parents are reactive and not proactive, which is the category that most people fall into.”

Aminu, who say the best time to start planning for a child’s education is now or even before they are born, stresses that planning and saving for the child’s education “has to become a habit” for parents.

Start early

“When you get married, you plan to have a child. So you also have to plan about the child’s education,” says Aminu.

For people who already have children in school with no plan in place, he advises that as they battle with the financial pressure, they also need to find a way to save for the future. For example if a child is in secondary school, it is advised that the parents should start planning for their university education now.

For Aminu, the most important thing is that “parents need to learn how to plan.” Indeed, many experts have stressed that the first thing to do is to plan. All other decisions are based on the plan that you have.

He stresses, “The clear thing is that for the moment they (parents) need to find a way round their many responsibilities, so they can begin to plan for the future”.

Chose a type of education

In planning, you have to decide what you want for your children in terms of education. What type of education do you want them to have? Do you want them to go to public schools or private schools? Are you considering a local university or polytechnic or are you planning to go beyond that and send them abroad? All these determine what the education will cost.

Save now!

Having decided the type of education you want the children to have, among other things, the next thing is to save. To save, however, Shogo says you have to consider what you earn.

He says, “After deciding what I want for my children, the next thing is to look at my take home pay in terms of my own standard of living; and based on the set target I start saving. Interestingly, there are quite a number of ways in which that could be done.

“For instance there is this rule of compound interest of money, that is how long it takes for a particular amount to be doubled; it is called the “rule of 72”,  which is more like, if I’m saving a particular amount, how long will it take for me to double the amount? For example if I earn N50,000 monthly and I’m able to save N2,000 monthly by the end of the year  it will be N24,000. If you look at the interest it gets to a particular amount but the real good thing is the rule of compound interest, which means that if I have N24, 000 and I keep it over years it will keep increasing, and increasing.”

He explained that because such a method of saving may require years to raise the required sum, it could be used to save for university education. He stressed that the most important thing about saving is making a habit of it.

Don’t just save, invest

Apart from saving, financial experts say it is also wise to invest in property, stocks and the likes; especially for long term targets.

According to Aminu, and investment in land is a safe option to consider when looking for an alternative to saving.

“Looking at land, since its value appreciates, buy a piece of land in an area, maybe develop it, and get the Certificate of Occupancy,” he advises. He said explained that by tying down the land and keeping it for years, its value is bound to appreciate.

Some financial experts say investing in stocks is a good option. They explain that since shares are a long term investment, they are a good way of saving money for the future. With the crisis witnessed in the global markets in recent times, they however, warn that parents need to understand the market and seek professional guidance if the opt to invest in shares as part of their plan for financing their children’s education.

Target scholarships

Many successful people today were only able to go to school because they got scholarships to do so. Experts say if parents pay proper attention to the education of their children, they might develop the intelligence required to win scholarships in the future, thereby saving their parents hundreds of thousands if not millions. While Aminu admits that hoping on a scholarship could be likened to trying to win a lottery, he stresses that “it also happens a lot”.

He says, “If you have time for your family and, beyond lesson teachers, pay close attention to the education of the children and if you can really push them, you might be surprised that they will do very well and win scholarships. The main thing is that there is a drive, a plan, and taking concrete actions towards it.”

Consider trust accounts

Financial experts say parents can also opt for trust accounts in their bid to finance their children’s education without undue pressure.

According to Aminu, this involves putting a lump sum into an account after which you can deposit a particular on monthly or weekly basis. He explains that a number of banks were doing this in the past, adding that even although some stopped, they are still some trustees which are subsidiaries of these banks still doing that.

He says, “Some insurance companies have “Child Saving Accounts” and some banks also have “Kiddies Account”.

He explains that the advantage of special accounts is that parents can’t withdraw from them before a predetermined date.

“Some trust accounts allows you to withdraw but money will be paid to a school. So, it is a way to keep the money out of your hands.”

Don’t leave the children out

In doing all of the above, it is important that parents involve their children and seek appropriate insurance cover. According to experts, it is important that children understand the importance of planning for the future and savings. That way not only will their demand for toys and trivial things be minimal, they will also assist their parents in the process by saving a part of cash gifts they receive.

Bear in mind that financing your children’s education goes beyond just paying their tuition fees, if they are not financially responsible, it is almost certain that your savings will not be enough.


Source: Punch Newspaper

March 14, 2013 |

5 Reason Students Fail Examinations

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failed-examYour son or daughter  has just got a mock exam/test result and has failed miserably.  He/she did lots of revision, but said he/she had a complete blank when faced with the paper. So what went wrong?  Here are the top reasons why students fail.

1. Not Enough Revision

First things first, revision does not = reading.  Revising is an active process. Students really don’t understand what they are reading. They should know what every word means, be able to analyse every diagram, bullet point, graph and date.  Mind maps, mnemonics, highlighting key point and notes summaries on cards are all useful ways of doing active revision.

2. Starting Revision Too Late

The path to success lies in good planning.  Start revision early. Little and often is better than a mad panic at the end. Revision should be started so that there is enough time to understand, learn, memorise and to practice past papers.  Students should create a revision timetable and stick to it.  This will ensure that all the topics are covered and not just the ones the student likes.  They should go over work a day later and then a week  later.

3. Stressing Too Much

Students can put themselves under unnecessary pressure during exam season.  Parents can relieve the burden by making sure that they are eating regularly and getting enough sleep.  Tiredness makes revision ineffective and affects performance in exams.  Revise for maximum 30 minute intervals and then have a 5 minute break.

The exam should be treated as a normal school or college day, other than that they are doing an exam. Follow your normal routine will help you relax.

4. Running out of time in the exam

Students should answer all the easy questions first and then go back to the ones they have missed out.  They should spend more time on high mark questions and only answer questions they are asked to.

5. Misreading the question

It’s one of the first lessons our teachers teach us, but it is one of the most common reasons why students fail.  They did not understand what was required from the examiners and therefore did not answer the question. Students should get hold of a stash of past papers and make sure they also have the answers to check their understanding.  Then familiarise themselves with exam questions and the language used and always ask themselves “What do they want me to write?”.  They will be less likely to misunderstand if they have come across similar questions before and being confronted with an exam paper won’t freak them out.


Source: This article was culled from Kip McGrath Blog, it was originally written by a Kip McGrath colleague who runs the Luton and Stevenage Centres but the link to the original source was inactive

March 11, 2013 |

Varsities Should Adopt Nigerian Languages – Yoruba Literature Author

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A Switzerland-based Nigerian and a graduate of Computer Science, Mr. Segun Adebiyi, is planning to focus on writing Yoruba Literature books for children. In this piece, he tells SEGUN OLUGBILE how the need to teach his  children his local language led him to become an author

When he left Nigeria as a secondary school graduate for Switzerland over 20 years ago, Segun Adebiyi’s aspiration was to become a computer scientist or a banker. Today, the Ado-Odo, Ado-Ado-Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State -born culture enthusiast has not only realised his dreams, he has also become an author.

But rather than author an accounting book or a banking resource material, he has authored a Yoruba Literature book for children. The book has also been adopted by the National Educational Research and Development Council as one of the literature books to be used in the nation’s primary schools. Also, the National Library of Nigeria has enlisted the book in its archive.

Married to a Swiss national, Feline, with three children, Adebiyi had succeeded in teaching his three children how to speak and write his native language even though they have never been to Nigeria.

Life at Switzerland, he said, was not as rosy as he had thought. But with determination and perseverance, Adebiyi who had his primary school education at LGSC School, Atan-Ota and secondary education at Vetland Secondary School, Agege, Lagos, secured admission to Institut für Informatik Ausbildung, to read Computer / Information Science. After his degree, he proceeded to Swiss Business School for a degree in Banking and later had a Master’s in Business Administration.

“I experienced some culture shocks which made me resort to use my local name, Olusegun instead of Mike, my Christian name. Swiss are friendly and they love their culture and language. Though they have four national languages, they never relegate their tradition and culture to the background.  As an African going into such environment for the first time; their punctuality shocked me. Their children are also too informal with their parents   and in some cases they address their parents by their first name. They publicly display affection, when you are invited to an occasion, you dare not go with another friend without their permission, the differences are many but it’s not to be condemned because their values and way of life are completely different from ours,” he said.

However, when Adebiyi got married to Seline, a teacher, about 15 years ago, he decided to teach his children Yoruba language and culture.  To show how serious he was about the initiative, Adebiyi named his three children, Babatunde,  Adeola and Oluwatumininu respectively.

So how did his wife react to this?  Adebiyi said, “She was very fine with the idea, she also encouraged and supported me, their growing up is not limited to being taught Yoruba alone, but to also live as Yoruba persons while also embracing western culture, the environment in which they are growing up. Although sometimes there tend to be conflict of cultural differences, we also take time to explain things to them, on a general note it’s very fascinating how they could swift from being Yoruba children to European or vice-versa.

“To me, the most valuable thing any parent could give a child they raise abroad is to let them know and understand the culture of where they are coming from, this is the norm among Indians, Chinese, Koreans and Italians,” he said.

To teach his children Yoruba in a foreign land, Adebiyi shopped for a collection of Yoruba children literature books that teach morals, folklore and culture of his people.

“After a while, I exhausted the few ones that I could lay my hands on. Thereafter I resorted to telling them folktales including the popular Alo Ijapa (the tortoise stories) that we were taught at home by our parents and in school by our teachers. The children were enthusiastic so also was their mother. So, in order not to kill their zeal, I started putting the story together. The end result was the book titled, Oba Adeleke Alaso Eye,” he said.

Adebiyi said he was also motivated to write the book because of the importance he attaches to Yoruba culture and the need to revive the dying reading culture among the youths.

“I also write the book to promote and raise public awareness at appreciating our indigenous languages and protect our culture and tradition from disintegration. One major problem facing us today is  the problem of cultural pollution.Despite the knowledge and skills we acquire on a daily basis, we are still backward because we have neglected our culture and tradition. I can tell you that Nigerians are some of the most educated people in the world more-so apart from Egypt, early African civilization started among the people of Nigeria, so today we should actually be more advanced in every area of life given our track record of institutional capacity building and knowledge acquisition if we had not neglected our indigenous languages. So writing this Yoruba book is to challenge every stakeholder, Yoruba academic scholars, parents and traditional rulers who are also the custodian of our culture on the need to once again embrace our culture.

“The second reason why I wrote the book is to promote and raise public awareness about culture of reading. We have to again cultivate the culture of reading into our daily lives, and children are the most affected in this area, children usually need to be engaged. One of the ways to engage them is to encourage them to read, most kids of today have an extremely bad reading culture.’’

On how the book was adopted by the NERDC, Adebiyi said it was just by chance. “A Nigerian professor came to Switzerland and saw the book. He was surprised   that  a Nigerian  living in Switzerland could write a Yoruba book. We later met and he brought some copies of the book  to Nigeria. That was how the Federal Ministry of Education and the NERDC got involved,” he said.

So would he abandon banking to become an author? Adebiyi said he had not decided on that yet. “ But I can tell you that I’ve been motivated to write more books by my children and by the acceptability of the first one by the Nigerian education authorities,” he said.

Adebiyi who was on holiday in Nigeria urged Nigerians to encourage the usage of indigenous languages by their children.

“I was shocked that children born and bred in Nigeria find it hard to speak our indigenous languages. This is shameful. We must preserve our national identity. One’s indigenous language fundamentally portrays his or her primary identity,  it’s the most acceptable way by which any human  being can identify with his or her root and race. The good news is that most parents are getting to understand the importance of having their children understand their mother tongue, there is the need to understand and realise that no matter how hard one tries to imitate a white man, he  can never be one,” he said.

Asked if  indigenous languages in the country could go into extinction soon, Adebiyi said some might but not Yoruba language.  “I am very optimistic that Yoruba as a race and as a language would not go into extinction, we are  a people with enormous ingenuity, well informed and diverse so extinction is not an issue at all but it’s good to raise an alarm when we observe abnormality that will always help to get us  back on the right track.

“But government should make one indigenous language compulsory. Another step one would expect from the government is the need to assemble a gathering of the best brains in the art, history, literature, linguistics, anthropology and other relevant faculty which will drive a continuous research and inventions of new words on our languages and make it available for our use. That is one way of eradicating this syndrome of combining local language with English while communicating,” he said.

“But when these words are not available on our own dictionary, the easiest escape route is the use of English to fill those gaps, so to bring our languages back to the mainstream of our society we also need to be steadfast and be consistence with whatever approach we are implementing,” he explained.

Asked to compare Nigeria’s education policy and structure with his host nation, Adebiyi said, that the only difference is in better planning and implementation and a robust improvement processes

But would he  support calls by some Nigerians that indigenous language should be adopted as a language of instruction in the nation’s universities?  Adebiyi said it was a good suggestion.

“I am in support of such initiative, on our continent that is the practice in some universities in Kenya with Swahili, in South African with Afrikaan, in Egypt, Arabic is used for lectures in most universities there, apart from that, in most of the developed countries and eastern Europe, that is the practice.  In South East Asia, it might interest you to know that 44 universities in the US teach Yoruba as a Major, why not in Nigeria? If you don’t try out new things you can’t get a new result,” he argued.

Speaking on the thematic preoccupation of the book, Adebiyi said it is just an educative prose that propagates value versus materialism for children between the age of  nine and 13 years.

January 31, 2013 |

Things You Should You Consider When Choosing a School?

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Class Size: The total number of children in each classroom could make a variation in how much your son or daughter gains. Generally, state schools have large classes, however if you go searching you may find some which may have smaller classes. Independent/ private schools tend to have smaller classes.

School Size: Some children function better in large schools where they have many other children perform with and various choices for classes. Others like smaller schools, when you find there aren’t as numerous choices for classes and closer relationships with students and teachers can be done. Again, state schools are generally large, with large classes and fewer teachers. However, a great number of those teachers are dedicated and hard-working people who are going to do their perfect to allow child the individual attention they are in need of.

Location: Most families will try to go with a college adjacent to them for convenience. It is vital to consider your child’s safety on the visit to and from school, and though in college, and what facilities are really in the zone as well (library, public swimming pool and so forth), whenever you can.

Diversity: To many parents it is important and get a school that should be racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse. You might want to look aside of your own community if you need your youngster to experience a really multi-ethnic, multicultural school.

School Fees: State schools all charge fees, as set by their Governing Bodies, but if you are willing to are unable to pay for the fees they could still accept your son or daughter – no child may be denied basic education. Ask along at the local schools about fees, ‘hidden costs’ (an example would be books, stationery et cetera), and fee exemptions or discounts (many colleges offer discounts for siblings). Independent schools charge higher costs and don t offer fee exemptions, but a majority of offer bursaries and scholarships for deserving learners.

December 22, 2012 |

Why You Should Not Study Medicine

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In Nigeria, it could roughly be said that Medicine is the king of career choices particularly among science students. Students and their parent alike see it as the ultimate career path. Similarly, most secondary school teacher almost always scramble brilliant students to make medicine their career choice.

Understandably, the reasons for this pressure toward the choice of medicine are not far fetched. Firstly, Medicine is recognized as a prestigious career, whose practitioner command great respect because of their important roles of restoring health and preserving life. In the eyes of the member of the public, doctors are only next to God. The perceived strenuous and prolonged academic rigours a medical practitioner successfully scaled through further commands there respect in the society.

Furthermore, the economic downturn and the easy way medical doctors secure employment make the course particularly very attractive. It is also regarded as a high-paying profession, a veritable means of achieving financial sustainability.

Presently, medicine in Nigeria does not occupy the same position it did in the 70s and 80s. Things have changed. Moreover, it does not appear that teachers, students and their parents recognize this fact as they still mount lots of pressure on students to make Medicine a career choice.

and emphases have shifted, not for lack of need of medical doctors but as a result of government policy formulation and implementation which had displaced health service provision and management to the back bench.

A major error is counselling exceptionally brilliant secondary school students to pursue medicine as a career without adequate consideration of their interest and natural talents. From my experience, most intelligent students studying medicine ultimately become victims of their high intelligence; this is because Medicine as a course or career is filled with lots of frustrations and challenges that take more than being intelligent to overcome. Pure passion and unshaken interest are what carries a medical student through such crossroads.

Several of my colleagues daily endure and not quite enjoy their lives either as medical students or practitioners. They simply do not fit into the role that Medicine has forced them into.

I recall one of my junior colleague in medical school, kept repairing all sorts of electrical appliances and later dumped Medicine after about eight years in school to begin a new career in Computer Science. There are many medical graduates as this.

Another reason why students must mot rush into Medicine as a career is the poor condition of service particularly in Africa and that includes Nigeria. This is why many doctors work round the clock from government hospitals to private hospitals at the same time. It is the same reason why some engage in unprofessional activities such as termination of pregnancies so as to make ends meet particularly with the unending demand from close and distant relations who see him as a financially buoyant member of the family. The arduous life that most doctors live has led to family breakdown, depression, untimely death etc.

I recall a lecturer in the medical school kept telling us that if we wanted to be rich, we should leave medical school and sit for JAMB again choosing Accounting or some other business courses. We thought he was joking, but now we know better.

Unemployment has also hit the medical profession. Gone are the days when securing job as a medical doctor was automatic. Many doctors now travel from one state to the other looking for job. This has forced many to leave Nigeria for greener pastures overseas.

So, Medicine as a career is not good after all for all and sundry. Yes, it is a good and most fulfilling career for certain few and not the crowd that are filling Medicine in their JAMB forms every year. You are one of these few if you have the following characteristic namely:

  1. a strong passion and love for fellow human beings.
  2. Derived pleasure from helping others
  3. Willing to be paid lesser than the job you do
  4. A strong sense of discipline
  5. Average intelligence

In conclusion, I must confess that this is not an easy write-up for a medical doctor like myself, but it was written to help you so that you will avoid the mistake that other highly intelligent students have been forced to make.

December 14, 2012 |
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