The present administration in Ogun State is determined to enhance the knowledge of students in its public secondary schools in Information and Communication Technology as well as its applications in everyday living.
To this end, it is making plans to provide more state-of-the-art computers and their accessories in all the schools across the State.
Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Barrister Segun Odubela dropped this hint in Abeokuta when he hosted the Board and Members of the State chapter of Computer Teachers Association of Nigeria (CTAN) during a courtesy visit.
He affirmed that the step would make the students ICT compliant and become active participants in the “global village” that the world is fast becoming.
“As you are aware, the trend all over now is computer and the world itself is turning into a global village. We cannot afford to be behind in this trend” Odubela stated.
He also assured that as a step in this direction, his Ministry would involve members of CTAN in relevant activities, particularly, the compilation of computer science examination for the unified examinations for secondary school students in the State.
“Everything possible will always be done to collaborate with you in all our activities that are computer-oriented” he pledged.
Speaking earlier, Chairman, Board of Trustees of CTAN in the State, Mr. Olusola Otesile, urged the State government to look into lopsided posting of computer teachers in its public secondary schools.
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December 3, 2013 | Editor
A new method of teaching English Language has been introduced into the country’s basic educational level.
The new method called “synthetic Phonics” is to help improve reading, Writing and speaking skills among pupils.
The Supervising Minister of Education, Mr. Nyesom Wike stated this in Abuja at a meeting with State Commissioners of Education, Chairmen State Universal Basic Education Boards and Directors of Schools.
He urged stakeholders to encourage the use of synthetic phonics so as to improve reading and writing among children in our primary schools.
The Acting Executive Secretary of UBEC, Prof. Rashid Aderinoye, noted that the meeting was a follow-up to the recommendation made by the Nigerian delegates at an international conference in the United Kingdom in 2012.
Underscoring the importance of the initiative, Aderinoye said there was the need to link properly curriculum, teaching method and the teacher in order to solve the reading challenges presently faced in the country.
To achieve reading and comprehension, Aderinoye said, teachers must understand the basic principles for children to know letter-sounds correlations, and to learn the skills of blending and segmenting them in order to decode and spell words correctly.
Source: Radio Nigeria Online
November 24, 2013 | Editor
As part of measures to address the lopsided posting of secondary school teachers whereby more teachers are concentrated in the urban to the detriment of the rural areas, the Ogun State Government has commenced a data screening exercise in schools across the four divisions of the state.
Shedding light on the four-day exercise holding at the Abeokuta Grammar School, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta, the Chairman, Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM), Ms. Olubukunola Onabanjo said it would bring about even distribution of the teachers and enhance qualitative teaching and learning throughout the state.
“The major objective of this exercise is to tackle the challenges of lopsidedness of teachers and solve the problem of shortage of teachers in the rural areas headlong”, Onabanjo stated.
She advised principals to give accurate data on the number of teachers and students available in their respective schools, emphasising that this would help in posting them in accordance with the recommended teacher-student ratio.
Onabanjo assured that the commission would spare no effort to ensure welfare of both teachers and students, pointing out that their needs would always be given priority attention.
Also speaking, the Principal-General, Remo Division, Mr. Michael Oredein noted that the exercise could not have come at a better time, particularly now that the resumption date for a new session was drawing nearer.
Oredein also shared the optimism expressed by the Onabanjo on the importance of the exercise, urging the principals not to withhold data needed for an effective screening programme.
Speaking in the same vein, Chairman of the All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS) in Egba Division, Mr, Kinkunmi Adenekan said the exercise would help ease the pressure on some teachers who have been over burdened due to the non-availability of subject teachers in some of the schools.
September 7, 2013 | Editor
The Federal Government on Wednesday said it had developed a new Teacher Education Curriculum in line with the current needs of the education system in the country.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqayyatu Rufa’i, told newsmen in Abuja that, the new curriculum for teachers was part of the four-year strategic plan for the development of the education sector.
“We recognise the importance of teachers in the quality of education delivery.
“It is one of the reasons that a framework on National Systems is being developed on Teacher Development Needs Assessment and Teacher Professional Development.
“This will help us to continually be aware of our teacher needs, fill the gaps and also enhance the professional development of our teachers,” she said.
Rufa’i said that Micro-Teaching Laboratories were also being constructed in 58 federal and state colleges of education at a cost of N11.6 billion to further enhance the quality of training for teachers.
She said that would go a long way in supporting the integration of modern technology in the teaching and learning process.
According to her, in the area of Continuing Professional Development, over 200,000 teachers and other education personnel participated in programmes to improve their skills and competency in the past year.
She said those included specialised programmes within Nigeria and overseas for teachers of Sciences, Mathematics and the English Language.
She said that, at the tertiary education levels, 6,840 academic staff in universities, polytechnics and colleges of education were benefiting from scholarship programmes within and outside Nigeria.
The minister said that, a total of 1,641 of those were studying outside Nigeria, adding that was meant to improve the number of lecturers with Ph.D. degrees.
She said that 100 graduates were the initial beneficiaries of the Presidential Scholarship for Innovation and Development.
The minister said that those beneficiaries had started their studies and that would go a long way to further enrich our academic communities.
August 16, 2013 | Editor
Empowering the Teachers is a teaching fellowship that enables outstanding young Nigerian and Ugandan faculty in science and engineering to collaborate with faculty at MIT in developing new curriculum and teaching methods.
The program is offered by MISTI together with its corporate partner Total. The director of the program is Professor Akintunde Ibitayo Akinwande, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT.
Empowering the Teachers will select up to twelve outstanding young faculty fellows from the disciplines of electrical engineering, computer science, computer engineering and mechanical engineering in Nigerian or Ugandan universities to spend a semester at MIT in 2014. Selected fellows will observe instruction in their disciplines and work as a group to prepare innovative curricula and approaches to teaching that can be introduced into their home universities on their return.
During their stay at MIT, the faculty will participate regularly in at least two MIT subjects (including lectures, recitations and tutorials) that correspond to courses the faculty members teach at their home universities. They will attend weekly Empowering the Teachers Fellows Seminar meetings on curriculum development and meet with professors and teaching assistants. Beyond the fellowship semester at MIT, Empowering the Teachers will support online communications, periodic reunions and meetings in Nigeria and Uganda in order to build over time a community of faculty devoted to excellence and innovation in science and engineering education.
The Empowering the Teachers program covers travel, living and instructional materials expenses of the participants. The home universities of the successful applicants will commit to provide paid leaves of absence during the period of the MIT program.
To be eligible for consideration for selection, a faculty member must hold a PhD and teach in a department corresponding to Electrical Engineering and Computer Science or Mechanical Engineering at a university in Nigeria or Uganda. Only candidates at the level of Lecturer One will be considered.
Application and selection
To apply, please send as attachments in ONE email to email@example.com:
a) the completed program application form and
b) a copy of your current curriculum vitae (please include which coding languages you know how to use)
You will also need to submit your:
c) Empowering the Teachers Fellowship 2013-2014 Profile via Google Docs: http://tinyurl.com/oyvrcf2
The deadline for applications is Monday, August 5, 2013.
An MIT committee will establish a list of top candidates. Candidates from Nigeria will be interviewed in Abuja by MIT faculty during August 19-23, 2013. Candidates from Uganda will be interviewed in Kampala in August, 2013.
Source: MIT Website (Africa)
July 22, 2013 | Editor