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Ms Olukayode Ige, an Educationist and Head Teacher, Claret International School, Abuja, has advised parents to engage their children on sex education at home from early years.

Ige gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja.

The expert said that sex education must be age appropriate and could commence from two years.

She said that information for certain age group must be transferred appropriately as sexual abuse was becoming rampant and children from the age of two were becoming victims.

Ige explained that sex education has become pertinent due to the rise of sexual abuse among children in the society.

She said children were abused sexually at homes by relatives, in schools by teachers or students, and social gatherings by strangers, hence the need for children to be abreast with safety rules.

The educationist said children need to understand and be aware of their body parts as well as being conscious of their environment and whoever they are with.

She said that parents need to teach their children that their private part was meant for them alone and needs to be covered at all times.

Ige added that parents should encourage their children to be strong and speak out whenever someone tries to see or touch their private areas and not die in silence.

According to her, there are five safety rules that parents should teach their children.

She listed the safety rules to include touch alert, being alone alert, talk alert, see alert and hold alert.

“Touch alert, means no one is supposed to touch their private areas only the people mummy or daddy approves of.

“Secondly, being alone with a stranger is called alone alert and on no account should a child be left alone at home, with neighbours or even in the classroom.

“Thirdly, talk alert means every child must have the confidence to speak out when confronted with such situation and parents must have the patience to listen carefully to them.

“Fourthly, see alert means children should not be allowed to view movies that are not censored, naked persons or pictures and parental control should be activated on cable networks.

“While lastly, hold alert means children should not be held in sensitive areas of their body, they should ensure no one kisses their children except family members,’’ Ige said.

She added that parents should ensure the girl child do not sit on the lap of any male including uncles while parents should also avoid getting dressed in front of their children.

Teenage children, she said, must be taught the right values of sex so that the society does not teach them the wrong one.


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Country Manager, UCMAS Nig, an education firm, Mr. Emmanuel Alade, has said that pupils should be provided with mental skills to reduce the high rate of failure in mathematics.


Alade, who noted that the fear of Mathematics had become a generational problem, said the situation could be tackled through the nurturing and development of the brain power of the children at an early stage of their lives.

He stated this on Saturday during a briefing in Lagos. He said, “When both the right and left hemispheres of the brain are developed, the brain gets stimulated and challenged. This helps to accelerate their speed and accuracy, not only


Mathematics, but also in other areas. That is when the genius in a child is discovered.”

The initiative, he noted, was committed to offering creative and rewarding means to nurture the development of children.


He said, “We will continue to stimulate the brain neurons of children in order to enhance their concentration, imagination and reasoning abilities. This also helps pupils in developing multi skills in mental arithmetic, listening, comprehension, visualization, and memorisation, among others.”



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The Chairman, Exam Ethics Marshals International, an NGO, Mr Ike Onyechere, has called for a uniform cut-off mark of admissions into tertiary institutions in the country.

Onyechere on Friday also said the criteria for choosing candidates in educationally advantaged and educationally disadvantaged states should be removed by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board.

The Chairman noted that candidates from educationally disadvantaged states usually had lower cut-off marks than candidates from educationally advantaged states.

He urged JAMB to look into the issue and make the necessary adjustment.

According to him, every candidate seeking admission into Nigerian universities should be made to gain admission with a uniform cut-off mark.

“If you look at it, Akwa Ibom was carved out from Cross River and Akwa Ibom is listed as educationally advantaged state while Cross River is categorised as an educationally disadvantaged state.


“In other words, the candidates from Cross River will have a lower cut-off mark than candidates from Akwa Ibom. For me, it doesn’t make sense.”

He explained that most of the states listed as educationally disadvantaged had more Federal Government institutions than states listed as educationally advantaged.


“Kaduna State has over 20 Federal Government educational institutions but it is being categorised as educationally disadvantaged.

“So those are the kind of anomalies that JAMB should remove and those are the kind of things I am referring to as higher dynamics of malpractice.”


Onyechere further called on JAMB to come up with policies that would give the youths equal opportunity to access tertiary institutions in the country.

He also said that accessing admission should not be slanted in favour and against certain people in some areas of the country.


Onyechere said that accessing admission would boost the quality of education in the educationally disadvantaged states.

“All those things should be removed. If you pass, you pass, so you don’t have to water down the quality of education because you want to accommodate certain people.”



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Meadow Hall Foundation’s Education Convention on Thursday 19th discussed fresh perspectives on pertinent educational issues in Nigeria.

The convention under the theme: “Transforming our society through education”, proffered ways through which the country’s education sector can become world class and influence increased impact in nation building.

It was reported that the event, held at City Hall, Lagos Island, Lagos, had in attendance education stakeholders including teachers, head teachers, school leaders, school owners, parents, community members, government officials and policy-makers.

In his presentation, Fela Durotoye, CEO, GEMSTONE Group, harped on the need for Nigerian teachers to improve on their qualification and skills.

“What you learn is what you earn. Someone with Masters will earn more than someone who had first degree. Someone with secondary school certificate will earn more that the person who had just primary school certificate.

“In essence, you must continually improve on yourself because the more you sharpen your knowledge, the better you earn and more importantly, the better you get at teaching your students who are the leaders of tomorrow.

“Having said that, the government must know that education require significant funding, regular monitoring and interface with stakeholders.

“The private sector, NGOs, schools and parents must also play their roles. We cannot transform this country if we just stay and watch”.

Obafela Bank-Olemoh, Special Adviser to Lagos State Governor on Education, said government and schools must collaborate to pluck out quacks from the teaching profession.

He said it was unfortunate that unqualified teachers had made it into the system and lamented that such was affecting quality of learning.

“We must ensure that those who have no business in the classrooms do not make it there because it negatively impacts on students at the end of the day.

“In Lagos, we hold teachers in high esteem and do our best to bring out the best in them. This administration is also making learning conducive for pupils. Our model is being used as case study in some states.

“Above all, we are reviewing policies and formulating new ones. Let me add that we are open to suggestions to make our education sector stronger”.

Sir, Demola Aladekomo, Founder CHAMS Group, advocated empowering of teachers.

The technology expert and philanthropist said the federal and state governments should stop thinking teachers only want money or high salaries.

“Teachers don’t need all the money in the world. They only want basic needs. Housing, car loans/transportation allowance and funds for education of their own kids.

“These can be achieved through mortgages; governments should stop acting as if some things are impossible.

“The truth is that teachers are happy to see those they taught successful. Most billionaires today attended one school or the other and their teachers are always proud to make reference of them.

“So those in power only need to make teachers feel comfortable on the job by taking good care of them. Their reward should start from earth”.

Meadow Hall Foundation is the non-profit arm of Meadow Hall Group, which supports communities, public schools, pupils and teachers through various developmental initiatives and programmes.

Its vision is to advance the educational outcome of the Nigerian Child by enhancing teaching quality.



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The current Register of Joint Admission and Matriculation Board(JAMB), Prof Ishaq Oloyede disclosed that about 1.237 million candidates have submitted their applications for the upcoming UTME.

He further disclosed that across the country, over 678 CBT centers would be put to use for the examination.This is an increase from the figure last year which was 650. 



He also estimated 1.5 million candidates will sit for the forthcoming UTME.


The board has also insisted on profile creation and the other processes to strengthen the education data and also ensure candidates do not go through any difficulty after graduating from tertiary institutions. 


Prof Ishaq also mentioned that the reason for enforcing the biometric registration is to avoid any incidence of multiple registrations as noticed with previous years registration.






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