By Abdulwahab Abdulah
Worried about the falling standard of education in the country, a group, Academic Excellence Initiative, AEI, a non-governmental organisation has proffered solutions to cushion the effect of the decline.
The recent result released by the West African Examinations Council, WAEC, which put the percentage of students that passed Mathematics and English at 29%, further gave the group cause for concern.
The group through its executive director, Dr Nasir Ariyibi called for concerted effort to see to the logical improvement of the standard of education in the country. He stated this at the group’s annual seminar for secondary school graduates tagged; Youth Orientation Programme, YOP
The seminar among other things, according to Dr Ariyibi, is meant to guide and counsel the students towards their lofty goals in their academic pursuit. Dr Ariyibi stated that the association will help bridge the gap in the education of students and thereby making them improve their academic performance.
“AEI is a stopgap between the academic ambition of students and all forms of obstacles that may hinder them. The body will hence mobilise personnel, materials, support and fund on behalf of students and judiciously manage same to develop students of unparalleled educational achievement and moral rectitude,” he stated.
Stating further the essence of the YOP, Dr Ariyibi said it is meant to guide secondary school graduates on what to do after school.
“Youth Orientation Programme is aimed at giving the secondary school graduates a sense of direction on what to embark upon after their secondary education,” he said.
Speaking on the topic; Treading the Uncharted Path the guest speaker, Dr Musa Dambele reminded the students of likely challenges they may face in their academic pursuit.
“Manage your time wisely, plan your day, week and months ahead; decide up front how much time you want to give to yourself, friends and religion; stick to your schedule to avoid unneeded stress; form good study habit and be responsible regarding your academic work,” he said.
One of the participants, Qudus Akande said the seminar has afforded him opportunity to know how to channel his energy towards achieving his goals in life.
“The programme has afforded me the opportunity to develop my skill further towards my academic performance; set my goals correctly and work hard to achieve it, I am really grateful to have attended this programme,” he said.