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Don Advocates Expansion Of Library School Curriculum

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Professor of Library and Information Science, Prof. Boma Beatrice Obi, has called for the expansion of Library School Curriculum to incorporate courses in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) programmes to enable Library Schools churn out 21st century librarians.
Obi made the call while delivering her Inaugural Lecture with the title, ‘Answering Query In The Growing Organism’ at the Auditorium of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education (IAUE), Main Campus, Rumuolumeni, PortHarcourt, last Thursday.
Obi noted that the library profession had changed and evolved tremendously, maintaining that there is the need for the introduction of new courses on ICT to aid library graduates learn and communicate in the technological virtual environment.
Obi, who is also the University Librarian explained that the library is a collection of book or nonbook materials or other forms of recorded information or knowledge purposely selected and methodically organised by a qualified Librarian for use by a target group, averring however, that the qualification can be guaranteed through the training and retraining of librarians to function in the information revolutionary era.
She said, with the trending information technology, libraries have become the dynamic and complex institutions with multiple roles and a host of related operations and services developed over the years. There is the new aggressiveness in the library activities in which librarians are repositioning themselves to be the light to education advancement by integrating knowledge systems and references”. 
The don revealed that the evolving scenario had called for the concept of Reference Services which she said was the Answering of Query from library users.
“The attendant difficulty usually experienced by users in locating any information needed amidst the library stock of varied large volumes of sources gave rise to the reference service, which basically is the Answering Query. Reference Service does not only end in aiding the user borrow books for home reading, it is also a personal service to the individual to enable him obtain the particular information he requires to solve his problem with the greatest ease and the least possible day”  made possible with the up-to-date librarian.
 In his closing remarks, the Vice Chancellor, IAUE, Prof. Ozo -Mekuri Ndimele revealed that the last accreditation of the institution got a 100 percent score courtesy of its good up-to-date library.
Represented by the former acting Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof Joseph kinanee Kinane, Ndimele charged staff and students of the institution to take advantage of the institution’s library for an up-to-date information in their fields of studies.

By: Lady Godknows Ogbulu

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Association Urges Inclusion Of Sign Language In Nigeria’s Education Curriculum 

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The Association of Sign Language Interpreters of Nigeria (ASLIN) has called for the adoption of sign language as part of languages to be incorporated into the country’s education curriculum.
The Kwara chapter Chairman of the association, Mr Ibrahim Owolabi, made the call on Friday in Ilorin while marking the 2022 International Sign Language Day.
“It is a moment of joy to join International Colleagues and The Deaf Community on this special day of Sign Language.
“Sign Language is not just for the Deaf Community but for everyone as it is an internationally recognised language.
“It is worrisome that in some societies they feel unconcerned as regards the well being of the deaf, forgetting that there is Ability in Disability.
“In the Deaf Community we have Medical Doctors, Lawyers, PhD holders, Scientists, Teachers, Businessmen, Communicators, Interpreters, Linguists, the list goes on,” Owolabi said.
He said that the greatest error any society could make is labeling this “learned gurus as disabled”.
“Worthy to note, Sign Language has its own semantics, syntactic, morphological structure, it also has all derivatives or root words or words formation. This is a Language officially adopted and developed by the Deaf Community,” he said.
Owolabi said the day is a day to show the World that Sign language usage is not limited to the deaf community, but all at large in all places the human uses; be it in the library, hospitals, police station, courtrooms, university, media stations or malls.
He therefore cautioned against stereotyping of the deaf community, saying “we are not second class citizens of any nation, we demand attention, love, care and officially adopt Sign Language as part of languages to be incorporated into education curriculum in Nigeria.
“This will allow the growth of sign language in Nigeria and its further adoption by the general populace.”
He then appealed to parents who may have a deaf child at home that such special child should not be held at home, stating that deafness is not a disease and not even contagious rather its a challenge that can be surmounted.

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14-Year-Old Harps On Impact Of Peer Pressure Influence Among Teenagers

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Fourteen-year-old Adejolaoluwa Osunbade of Roemichs International School, Ilorin, on Friday convened a lecture on impact of peer pressure among teenagers.
Ms Osunbade said the initiative was borne out of her desire to make the society a better place as building a society was the work of all.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the lecture was titled “The Impact of Pear Pressure Among Teenagers: The right circle, the right influence”.
“The reason behind it is that I noticed that a lot of teenagers are not independent about their decisions, they do a lot of things because their friends are doing them.
“And our society does not need leaders or people that will be easily influenced by other people’s decision.
“This programme will benefit students and other teenagers to know how to make decisions by themselves without being influenced by their friends or peers,” the SS2 student said.
Dr Ayotunde Omotosho, a Consultant Psychiatrist at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital (UITH), while speaking on the topic, said the lecture organised would have tremendous benefits because peer pressure has mental effects as it relates to young people.
“Research shows that young people generally are heavvily influenced by what their peers do and say and it can be positive or negative.
“It is important to emphasise the effects of peer pressure because it can affect the mental health in a number of ways because young people can be influenced in terms of their perspectives, choices and the support hat is available to them.
“The lecture will have a ripple effect on the students present here because they will take what they have learnt here to their peers and step down the knowledge,” Omotosho said.
Then Chief Counsellor, University of Ilorin, Mrs Annor Patricia, advised parents to make friends with their children to curb the influence of peer pressure.

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Kwara Warns Schools Against Collection Of Illegal Fees

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The Kwara State Government has warned school principals to desist from collection of illegal fees from students or their parents.
This is contained in a statement issued by the Press Secretary, Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, Mr Peter Amogbonjaye.
According to the statement, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, gave the warning after a meeting held with all principals of secondary schools at Saint Anthony Secondary School, Ilorin.
“Your support as school heads is needed for the Administration of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq who is committed to the welfare of teachers while also making huge investments in the education sector.
“Also there should be sanity and discipline across the schools and I urge the Principals to tolerate one another to allow peace to reign in their respective schools.”
Adeosun urged the principals to keep their students indoor, saying any school whose students are found roaming the street risks government sanctions.
“Also, no Principal should admit new students into SS1 without the BECE result, and where there is overpopulation in school, the students should move to neighbouring schools.
“Vice Principal Academics should take charge of all examinations in the school, and staff should not be used as exam officers. Any school found wanting will be sanctioned,” she said.
The statement added that the state government has approved the following fees in schools:
PTA:
JSS – 1,450
SSS – 1,500
NEW INTAKE:
JSS – 3,930
SSS – 3,980
TEXTBOOKS:
JSS – 4,500
SSS – 5,600

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