Poor knowledge of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is affecting the performances of Nigerian students in the annual Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examination.
The Special Adviser to Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State on Education, Mr Castro Ezama, stated this in an interview with newsmen in Calabar, recently.
The Tide reports that Ezama was reacting to the plan to change the curriculum for secondary education in the nation by the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC).
Ezama described the recent JAMB results as “being poor because the test was ICT based.
“If you look at our school system, the knowledge of ICT is very low while JAMB is an ICT-based test. If a child does not know how to operate the computer, no matter how brilliant that child is: that child may perform poorly.
“We need to fashion out a way to get our children to be computer literate before they graduate from secondary schools because that level is the bridge between the primary and university education,” he said.
According to him, the state government is partnering NERDC not just in the area of curriculum change to bring the children up to speed with current trends but to train teachers in the state in the current educational patterns.
He called on all those contracted by the state government to fix infrastructure in the schools but had abandoned such projects to return to site and complete their works.
“I am using this medium to call on contractors including those that were contracted by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) to build classroom blocks, to search their consciences and ensure that they do not kill education in the state.
“However, if you refuse to go back to site, the state government will have no other option than to come after you,” he said.
He appealed to the traditional rulers in the state to help secure the schools in their communities from burglars whom he said were fond of vandalising such schools constantly.
Ezama commended the Federal Government for funding education, especially, at the primary level, and appealed for more work tools to enable the teachers carryout their jobs effectively.
Our correspondent reports that the the country’s school curriculum was last reviewed in 2011 and it needs another review to make it meet the current global developmental standard.
Five Nigerians, 29 Others Get Google’s 3rd GNI Five Nigerians, 29 Others Get Google’s 3rd GNI Innovation Challenge
Head of Innovation, Google News Initiative, Ludovich Blecher, said in a statement that the recipients were selected for their initiatives in promoting diversity, equality and inclusion in the journalism industry.
Blecher said the 34 projects of the recipients from 17 countries were chosen to receive $3.2 million in funding.
Accordingly, he noted that the GNI innovation challenge was part of Google’s $300 million commitment to helping journalism thrive in the digital era.
Also, he revealed that he has seen news innovators step forward with many exciting initiatives, demonstrating new thinking.
“This year, we seek to broaden our criteria to include digital innovation initiatives that promote goals like reader engagement, new reader income, subscriptions, disinformation among other things.
“Following a thorough assessment, a round of interviews, and a final jury selection, 34 projects from 17 countries were chosen to receive $3.2 million in funding.
“The recipients met all the five criteria requirements, including impact on the news ecosystem, equity and inclusion, inspiration, innovation, diversity, and feasibility,” he said.
He hinted that some of the recipients include Kenya’s WANANCHI Reporting, Nigeria’s Dubawa, and South Africa’s Quote This Woman+.
The Tide’s source learnt that WANANCHI Reporting provided features that allowed both the unserved and underserved Kenyans from remote and excluded areas to tell their stories.
He said the features of the unserved and underserved highlighted diversity in a manner that avoided misrepresentation by allowing them to contribute to the news ecosystem, through their technology-driven interactive platform.
Blecher said that Nigeria’s Dubawa is a digital platform that helped newsrooms source and license quality images from local African photographers and photojournalists.
It was further gathered that starting with Nigeria, ATLAS looked to host relevant news images and editorial images, curated from local African photographers and photojournalists which anyone could instantly download.
NAF Boss Charges 1,641 AFIT Graduands On Innovation
Amao, who stated this during the matriculation ceremony of 1,641 students of the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) in Kaduna State at the weekend, said by being innovative and focused, the students and staff would be value added agents to NAF facilities and engagements, translating to more development to Nigeria at large.
The Air Force boss noted that the NAF had partnered with Osun State Government to build Africa’s first and largest aviation city in Ido-Osun.
He added that AFIT staff and students’ innovation would add value to the planned aviation city.
Amao, who urged the staff and students to remain focused and hardworking in order to reap the benefits in the future, congratulated the students and the Commandant whom he commended for what he described as the “giant strides in his leadership of the Institute”.
“The Institute wears a new look as the buildings are renovated and many wear a facelift. I encourage you with the maxim that says the reward for hard work is more work,” he said.
Earlier, Commandant of AFIT, AVM Muhammed Yakubu, said the Institute ran a tripartite system, offering National Board for Teaching Education and National Universities Commission’s accredited courses, as well as military technical programmes.
Yakubu restated the Institute’s zero tolerance for drug abuse, cultism, indecent dressing, theft, examination malpractice, and sexual harrasment.
He also urged the students to build acceptable character that would become an asset to them when searching for jobs or when they set up as entrepreneurs.
NCC Makes Case For Indigenous Telecoms Sector Growth
Executive Vice President of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, made the call recently during an event organised by the Policy Implementation Assisted Forum (PIAFo) in Lagos.
With the theme, “Establishing Trackable Metrics for Developing Nigeria’s Indigenous Telecoms Sector”, Danbatta, who was represented by the Head of Nigeria Office for Developing the Indigenous Telecom Sector (NODITS), Babagana Digima, said the development of the indigenous telecommunications sector was vital for the growth of the country.
He said the Commission’s policy and regulatory framework had always laid emphasises on the development of effective local participation of the telecoms sector value chain.
He noted that the Federal Government in 2021 launched a National Policy for Promotion of Indigenous Content (NPPIC), spearheaded by the Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, in recognition of the pertinent need to develop indigenous capacity in the telecom sector.
According to him, for effective implementation of the NPPIC, the Commission articulated several targets and high impact interventions, which were Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-Based (SMART).
“We have not only identified a number of critical stakeholders in the industry, but have also engaged over 30 different entities ranging from MDAs, Mobile Network Operators and SIM manufacturers and mast manufacturers via Nigeria Office for Developing the Indigenous Telecom Sector”, he said.
He continued that the higher level at which the Commission had identified some time-based metrics for NPPIC was classified into immediate, short term, medium term, and long-term items.
“Some of the activities include creation of NODITS dedicated to guiding the policy constitution of local content steering committee and engagement with relevant internal and external stakeholders.
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