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NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF IKORODU DIVISION STUDENTS (NAIDS): COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE IKORODU DIVISION EDU SUMMIT (MAIDEN EDITION) ®™√ INN Nigeria ©

The National body of the National Association of Ikorodu Division Students (NAIDS) in partnership with the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Ikorodu Chapter, organised the maiden edition of the IKORODU DIVISION EDU SUMMIT on Saturday, September 4, 2021.

The event was tagged: Setting a Trend of Perpetual Success in Education with the aim to discuss the shortcomings in the educational system in Ikorodu and the nation at large to proffer practical solutions. It had in attendance, students, stakeholders in the education sector, parents, political office holders, amongst others.

The panel session featured representatives of the NUT Ikorodu, Mrs Isiwele Adesalewa and Mr Ibrahim Noheem Olayinka; Mr Bayode Treasures, a Guiness world record holder, and Comrade Akinola Shasanya, the National President of the National Union of Lagos State Students (NULASS).

OBSERVATIONS

The panelists observed that:

  • The educational system makes use of outdated curriculum which contradicts the current realities of the 21st century.
  • In Ikorodu, the interest in education isn’t pronounced though there are concerted efforts to address this problem.
  • Poor welfare of lecturers by the government has forced them to resort to dubious means to make earns meet, including mandating students to buy handouts amongst others.
  • Education in this part of the world isn’t practical. It’s targeted towards acquiring certificates, not knowledge.
  • Despite its acclaimed success, e-learning isn’t effective owing to the lack of political will of the government to provide the needed investment in the learning model.

RECOMMENDATIONS

The panellists, as well as participants, recommended the following:

  • Nigeria’s education curriculum should be reviewed both at elementary and tertiary levels of education to meet global standards.
  • Practicals should be given utmost priority over theories particularly in courses like Engineering and other STEM-related ones.
  • There’s a need for technology inclined education. Teachers should cultivate the idea of allowing students to express their ideas and views about concepts and topics following recent developments via the use of technology.
  • The government should provide better welfare packages for teachers and lecturers.
  • More than ever, students should be interested in self-development and digital learning.
  • Exchange programs should be introduced into the education system, so teachers can acquaint themselves with global teaching practices.
  • There should be proper sensitisation of all stakeholders (especially parents and guardians) on the importance of education in today’s world.
  • There should be more concerted efforts directed toward providing learning opportunities for all.
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