HOLIDAY JOBS FOR GRANDPAS😁😁

 

Our grandchildren are with us for holidays, briefly though.

These notes were written for my family whatsapp last night.I am sending them to my social networks and my blogs in case it might inspire some grandpas and grandmas to take their children out to some places near their residences that might excite the children

HERE IS THE STORY OF A TRIP made to replace their just sitting at home watching DSTV.

Hope u will find the notes and pics useful for your personal use.

Trip for today included NIPOST, FIRE SERVICE, POLICE STATION, ITUAH HOSPITAL, EVA BOOKSHOP, TFC.

All places visited were in Festac. No traffic hold-up and cost next to nothing.

1.NIPOST…reconstruction going on….everywhere is tight but they gave us lots of attention despite no notice through their PRO and another woman Very nice people.Among services they provide is bus transportation for school excursions which I was never aware of.

2.At the Fire Service it was the same.The children climbed the fire truck, sat on the driver’s seat..Lots of services being provided too. including supplies and servicing of fire extinguishers.In the past Mason College used to go as far as Ojuelegba and Alaba market for such services

The fire engine looked rather old compared to all the beautiful houses in Festac that might need them.I have decided to draw the attention of Festac residents and Rotary Clubs around to this fact through FB, Twitter and my blogs .

3.At the police station we just wanted to take pictures with the men at the gate but one of their officers invited us to bring the children inside for a brief talk which they gave.

4.Next to Dr Ituah’s hospital and Anna Hall both located at the end of 512 rd Festac.He has been our family doctor for decades. Handled all their mothers while they were growing up. His children also attended my tutorial school.We took pics with him and his nurses.

5.Then to EVA or AVA bookshop close to the hospital. Proprietress also had a child in my school.All grown up now.

6.We bought ice cream at TFC then proceeded to my wife’s shop B-Jeweled on 32 Road

7.While at B-Jeweled we bought some maize and pear from a place nearby to take home.

As soon as we were in we celebrated with the corn and pear.😁

Yes they enjoyed the day rather than sitting down and watching Cartoon Network.

So when will u do yours and let’s read about it to inspire other oldies like us?

End of story and thanks for reading.

KUDOS TO MORALVILLE ACADEMY,FESTAC TOWN

Today,I gave a keynote address to parents, staff and pupils of Moralville Academy at TFC Place in Festac. I attended because the proprietress gave me a long notice and reminded me often.I also attended because she is my ex-student who told me that I am an inspiration on school administration to her.

The ceremony was gorgeous and I felt a bit emotional seeing my other ex-students with their children, the decor, the organizational efficiency, the happy children and their proud parents.
It reminded me of something I posted on my FB wall about a month ago

“….IT IS THE GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT OF A TEACHER TO ENABLE HIS STUDENTS SURPASS HIM…”..JOHN KEMENY

The gathering had representation of the major ethnic groups in Nigeria. No politics, no hate, no tribal profiling. They were Nigerians all discussing as one. From the ceremony u couldn’t help noticing that most Nigerians do not have problems with themselves until pastors, imams, politicians start playing their usual games on their minds.

Congrats to the children,parents,and staff of Moralville Academy.Congrats to Mr and Mrs Ogunde.May God bless the lovely work you are doing with those children IJN…AMEN

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SCHOOL-BASED MATHS CLINICS BY EDUPEDIA ASSOCIATES, LAGOS

SCHOOLS' REMEDIAL MATHS CLINICS FOR POOR STUDENTS

SCHOOLS’ REMEDIAL CLINICS FOR STRUGGLING MATHS STUDENTS

WHAT IS MATHS CLINIC?

Maths Clinic is a program designed to bring students who are lagging behind in Maths up to the level of achievement realized by their peers. There are a number of reasons why a student might need Maths Clinic. It is a motivational attempt to make Maths make sense to struggling students. That is, to make Maths have a human face and not to be like a ghost that cannot be seen. If properly delivered it looks and feels like a class of History, Literature, English of mathematics. it is an attempt to teach Maths for human beings and not aliens

Some students attend schools of poor quality and don’t receive adequate grounding in Maths and Language to prepare them for external exams or for life. Other students may have transferred in and out of schools or missed school a lot, creating gaps in their Maths education which contribute to lack of knowledge in the core subject. Students may fear or hate Maths while others may have learning disorders and other issues which have impaired their ability to learn the subject.

One major objective of Maths clinic is to reduce or wipe out the defeatist thinking or attitude of students. This is done by stepping back to more foundational topics to “HYPE THE PSYCHE” or to engage in thorough counseling. All the students might not be in a position to solve all Maths problems at the end of a few weeks but tutors of the clinics must try to modify (if they cannot change) students’ attitude of panic towards Maths.

Maths clinics are not usually conducted like regular Maths lectures They are more like psychological booster programs for students who find Maths or Maths tutors rather unfriendly or difficult to understand. Maths clinics are special in that they have particular needs to fill using particular methods. The mathematics curriculum blends conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and application of mathematics content. To meet the individual needs of all students, instruction and assessment are differentiated within the classroom to support the success of all students.

Maths Clinic classes should be a mixture of learning and fun which students can look forward to. They are also supposed to stimulate and refresh students during the period. The goal of clinics and seminars should be to challenge, amuse and provoke students into seeing, thinking and acting in many usual and unusual recreational ways to understand what used to be difficult for them…..Read more notes on the following from our book……

SCHOOLS’ REMEDIAL CLINICS FOR POOR MATHS STUDENTS

Maths Clinic Teaching Strategies/Practical Examples of Maths Clinic Activities/Sample Maths Quiz Collection for Group Activity in a Maths Clinics

 

SCHOOL MATHS WITHOUT FEARS-WHOM ARE THE 4 BOOKS MEANT FOR?

FOR STUDENTS

1. SCHOOL MATHS-HOW TO BANISH YOUR FEAR
2. SCHOOL MATHS-HOW TO STUDY FOR A GOOD GRADE

FOR TUTORS AND PARENTS

3. SCHOOL MATHS- SMART TIPS FOR TUTORS AND PARENTS

FOR SCHOOLS AND EDUCATIONAL ADMINISTRATORS

4. SCHOOL MATHS- REMEDIAL CLINICS FOR STRUGGLING STUDENTS

 

SCHOOL MATHS WITHOUT FEARS-4 BOOKS OF EDUPEDIA ASSOCIATES

SCHOOL MATHS WITHOUT FEARS

There is no reason to pretend that Maths is easy. To be candid Maths requires a lot of effort and hard work and consumes a lot of energy and cognitive power. Maths is a language with a unique vocabulary, written sometimes with a dizzying array of often incomprehensible symbols. No matter how simple it may be, solving Maths can also be a challenge for quite a number of persons. Not all students are gifted mathematicians. Maths is not easy to be friendly with until most of the anxiety and fears are removed as being proposed by us below.

For Maths, no single text can make all the difference needed by students. They need far more help than what their recommended books or classroom teachers can give them. Nevertheless, we feel that readable handbooks like ours, arranged appropriately to motivate them towards having a friendlier relationship with Maths would be a partial solution to removing their anxiety, fears and sometimes ignorance about the subject.

It is with great pleasure that we introduce our four books specifically written to assist and reduce the anxiety and hatred of Maths by students. We assure every reader, whether student, tutor or even parents that these books are loaded with many relevant approaches for learning/teaching the subject.

The books are the outgrowth of our remedial work with Maths students over many years. They constitute an effort to guide students, teachers, parents, schools and administrators in taking necessary measures at improving the habit of studying Maths. The various techniques mentioned in the books if practiced or taught to students in the correct manner will help them reduce the quantum of failures to a minimum and will further improve their confidence.

We wish to restate that they would be suitable particularly for WAEC, NECO, JAMB classes and examinations. Even some A-Levels and university students who want to brush up on the basics will also find a lot of useful content in the books.

 

 

ASUU STRIKE: WONDERING WHERE TO READ WHILE UNIVERSITIES ARE SHUT?

ASUU STRIKE: WONDERING WHERE TO READ WHILE UNIVERSITIES ARE SHUT?

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ASUU strike

The on-going strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities [ASUU] was declared by its President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi as total, indefinite and comprehensive. He said there will be no teaching, examination, supervision or attendance at statutory meetings of any kind while the strike action lasts.

The goal of the strike, Ogunyemi said, is to compel government to address critical issues including funding for revitalization of public universities based on the FGN-ASUU Memorandum of Understanding [MOU] of 2012, 2013 and the MOA of 2017; reconstitution of Government’s  current team to appoint a leader of its renegotiating team “who has the interest of the nation at heart”; release of forensic audit report on Earned Academic Allowance [EAA] payments; settlement of all outstanding EAAs and mainstreaming of same into salaries beginning with the 2018 budget.

Other ASUU demands include payment of EAAs to University of Ilorin lecturers without further delay; payment of arrears of salary shortfalls to all universities that have met the verification requirements of the Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit [PICA]; provision of a platform for ASUU to engage governors on proliferation of universities, underfunding of university education and undue interference in state universities’ affairs; and release of Pension Fund Administrator’s [PFA] operational license to NUPEMCO.

At Senate plenary last week, Chairman of Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETfund Senator Barau Jibrin blamed federal government for not implementing agreements it reached with ASUU. Meanwhile, Minister of Education Malam Adamu Adamu has appealed to striking ASUU members to exercise restraint in their demands. He said ASUU’s problems with government began during Umaru Yar’adua’s administration in 2009. He said the 2009 agreement between ASUU and federal government provided for funding of universities with N1.3 trillion over a six-year period. The minister however said the government could not fulfill its pledge because international oil prices crashed after 2009. Past administration made promises to the union when the economy was resilient, he said.

Malam Adamu also said at the inception of this administration, the country’s economy slid into recession with consequences for all sectors including education. Now that our economy has exited recession, Adamu appealed to parents, students and ASUU to continue to exercise restraints while government responds to the plight of the education sector.

It would be recalled that the 2009 agreement is the originating document from which other MOUs were entered into by federal government and ASUU. Issues in the 2009 agreement centered on increased funding, academic freedom and university autonomy. In 2012, government raised a panel that visited all public universities and assessed their needs. The Needs Assessment report informed the signing of the 2013 MOU. Due to failures experienced in implementation of the 2009 and 2013 MOUs, the federal government in September last year signed a Memorandum of Action [MOA] with ASUU. The 2013 MOU and the 2017 MOA both originated from the 2009 agreement.

Failure by successive administrations to honour the terms of agreements reached with ASUU is a major indictment on government. The current strike could have been forestalled if government had invited ASUU to re-negotiate the terms of the MOUs and MOAs based on the economic challenges facing the present administration. To that extent ASUU’s action is justified but it is important for its members to appreciate that there are other sectors with competing needs.

Critical though education is to the country’s development, not all of its needs can be met because other sectors also have pressing demands. There has been no prolonged ASUU strike action since 2013. Relative stability achieved in the academic calendar has restored parents’ confidence in our public universities. This huge gain must not be frittered away. Prolonged ASUU strike actions since the 1990s created a situation where the elite sent their children to foreign universities in Europe, UAE, Malaysia, Ghana and Benin Republic.

We urge both sides back to the table to re-negotiate the 2017 MOA within bounds of economic reality. This strike action must not become protracted with hardship for students, parents and the lecturers themselves.

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ASUU STRIKE: WONDERING WHERE TO READ WHILE UNIVERSITIES ARE SHUT?

SCHOOLS’ REMEDIAL CLINICS FOR STRUGGLING MATHS STUDENTS BY KAYODE ODUMOSU AND MORENIKE GBAGI

SCHOOL MATHS WITHOUT TEARS BY KAYODE ODUMOSU AND MORENIKE GBAG

SCHOOLS’ REMEDIAL CLINICS FOR STRUGGLING MATHS STUDENTS

 

FOR SALE: SCHOOLS’ REMEDIAL CLINICS FOR STRUGGLING MATHS STUDENTS

1. INTRODUCTION

2. PREFACE

3. CONTENTS

A.SCHOOLS’ REMEDIAL STUDIES, EXAMINATION SEMINARS AND MATHS CLINICS (BY EDUPEDIA ASSOCIATES)

 M40. Education in Nigeria and relevance of Edupedia Associates

M41.The Painful Nigerian Secondary School System

M42. The Life of an “Average” Nigerian Secondary School Student

M43. The Case for Improved Educational Support Services

M44. After-School Classes

M45.School-based Remedial Studies

M46.School-based Examination Seminars 

M47.School-based Maths Clinics

M48.Checklists for teaching Maths and other Sciences

M18.10 Global inspirational experiences for Maths students

M49.Achievement of Remedial Studies and Parents’ Testimonials

M50.Testimonials by students

M51.About Edupedia Associates

M52.Remedial Studies Terminologies Available at Edupedia Associates

B.MATHS QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS TECHNIQUE(OR WHAT WAEC/NECO MATHS EXAMINERS EXPECT YOU TO KNOW)

M101.Maths syllabuses and examination schemes (WAEC/NECO/UTME)

M102.How WAEC/NECO set exam questions

M103.Getting ready for WAEC/NECO exams

M104.Mapping out a revision strategy

M105.Interacting with revision materials

M106.Pointers and words of wisdom directly from WAEC

M107.180 WAEC Maths theory questions, answers and guidelines for revision

M108.Dos and Don’ts on the day of exam and in the exam hall

M109.Getting ready for theory/objective questions, emergencies and dealing with panic

M110.How WAEC/NECO mark Maths examination scripts

4. EDUGUIDE BOOKS & REFERENCES

5. ABOUT THE EDITORS (BACK PAGE)

 

SMART MATHS TIPS FOR TUTORS AND PARENTS BY KAYODE ODUMOSU AND MORENIKE GBAGI

SCHOOL MATHS WITHOUT TEARS BY KAYODE ODUMOSU AND MORENIKE GBAGI

SMART MATHS TIPS FOR TUTORS AND PARENTS

 

FOR SALE:SMART MATHS TIPS FOR TUTORS AND PARENTS

1. INTRODUCTION

2. PREFACE

3. CONTENTS

A.SMART MATHS TIPS FOR TUTORS AND PARENTS

M30.Why students see most Maths teachers as enemies
M31.Personal notes for tutors
M32.Planning content before the lesson
M33.Organizing the classroom
M34.Presentation and explanations
M35.Delivery and performance
M36.Setting ground rules for classroom behavior
M37Consolidation and practice
a. Doing practical Maths work
b. Solving problems /Doing group exercises
M38.Coordinating Maths teaching
a. In your school
b. Get going
M17.50 alphabetically-arranged ways parents can help their children overcome Maths anxiety.
M18.10 global inspirational experiences for ( parents of) Maths students

 

B.MATHS QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS TECHNIQUE(OR WHAT WAEC/NECO MATHS EXAMINERS EXPECT YOU TO KNOW)

M1.Maths syllabuses and examination schemes (WAEC/NECO/UTME)
M2.How WAEC/NECO set exam questions
M3.Getting ready for WAEC/NECO exams
M4.Mapping out a revision strategy
M5.Interacting with revision materials
M6.Pointers and words of wisdom directly from WAEC
M7.180 WAEC Maths theory questions, answers and guidelines for revision
M8.Dos and Don’ts on the day of exam and in the exam hall
M9.Getting ready for theory/objective questions, emergencies and dealing with panic
M10.How WAEC/NECO mark Maths examination scripts

4. EDUGUIDE BOOKS & REFERENCES

5. ABOUT THE EDITORS (BACK PAGE)

 

HOW TO STUDY MATHS FOR A GOOD GRADE BY KAYODE ODUMOSU AND MORENIKE GBAGI

HOW TO STUDY MATHS FOR A GOOD GRADE BY KAYODE ODUMOSU AND MORENIKE GBAGI

HOW TO STUDY MATHS FOR A GOOD GRADE

FOR SALE:HOW TO STUDY MATHS FOR A GOOD GRADE

1. INTRODUCTION

2. PREFACE

3. CONTENTS

A.HOW TO STUDY MATHS FOR A GOOD GRADE

M21.Maths in the School/Classroom
M22.Maths Homework and Assignments
M23.Maths Private Study and Solving of Problems
M24.Maths School Tests and External Examinations

B.MATHS QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS TECHNIQUE(OR WHAT WAEC/NECO MATHS EXAMINERS EXPECT YOU TO KNOW)

M1.Maths syllabuses and examination schemes (WAEC/NECO/UTME)
M2.How WAEC/NECO set exam questions
M3.Getting ready for WAEC/NECO exams
M4.Mapping out a revision strategy
M5.Interacting with revision materials
M6.Pointers and words of wisdom directly from WAEC
M7.180 WAEC Maths theory questions, answers and guidelines for revision
M8.Dos and Don’ts on the day of exam and in the exam hall
M9.Getting ready for theory/objective questions, emergencies and dealing with panic
M10.How WAEC/NECO mark Maths examination scripts.

4. EDUGUIDE BOOKS & REFERENCES

5. ABOUT THE EDITORS (BACK PAGE)

 

HOW TO BANISH YOUR FEAR OF MATHS BY KAYODE ODUMOSU AND MORENIKE GBAGI

HOW TO BANISH YOUR FEAR OF MATHS BY KAYODE ODUMOSU AND MORENIKE GBAGI

HOW TO BANISH YOUR FEAR OF MATHS

 

FOR SALE: HOW TO BANISH YOUR FEAR OF MATHS

1. INTRODUCTION

2. PREFACE

3. CONTENTS

A. HOW TO BANISH YOUR FEAR

M11.Preamble to “How to banish your fear of Maths”
M12.About the nature of Maths
M13.About the branches of WAEC/NECO Maths
M14.About why students fear or fail Maths
M15.But you are not alone (Quotes by others who did not like Maths)
M16.How to reduce personal anxieties about Maths
M17.50 global inspirational quotes for Maths students
M18.10 global inspirational experiences for Maths students

B. MATHS QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS TECHNIQUE(OR WHAT WAEC/NECO MATHS EXAMINERS EXPECT YOU TO KNOW)

M1.Maths syllabuses and examination schemes (WAEC/NECO/UTME)
M2.How WAEC/NECO set exam questions
M3.Getting ready for WAEC/NECO exams
M4.Mapping out a revision strategy
M5.Interacting with revision materials
M6.Pointers and words of wisdom directly from WAEC
M7.180 WAEC Maths theory questions, answers and guidelines for revision
M8.Dos and Don’ts on the day of exam and in the exam hall
M9.Getting ready for theory/objective questions, emergencies and dealing with panic
M10.How WAEC/NECO mark Maths examination scripts.

4. EDUGUIDE BOOKS & REFERENCES

5. ABOUT THE EDITORS (BACK PAGE)

 

SCHOOL MATHS WITHOUT TEARS BY KAYODE ODUMOSU AND MORENIKE GBAGI

SCHOOL MATHS WITHOUT TEARS BY KAYODE ODUMOSU AND MORENIKE GBAGI

Mrs Yetunde Morenike Gbagi

NOW AVAILABLE FOR SALE! “SCHOOL MATHS WITHOUT TEARS”

ABOUT BOOKS

*Made up of 4 handbooks depicting 5 different ways of learning Maths without tears
*Each handbook is made up of about 100-120 pages
*Each focused on areas of most needs based on our 40 plus years of Maths remedial work
*Not the usual problematic textbooks which turn Maths into mountains for students.

VALIDATION BY OUR EX-STUDENTS WILL BE APPRECIATED
*Mason/PASS college students are hereby requested to please validate our work with them by buying these books for their libraries or for their relations who might need relevant help on Maths.

CONTENTS OF EACH BOOK
Please see the posts after this.
Thank u.

MATHS WITHOUT TEARS FOR STUDENTS AND TUTORS: PREFACE

MATHS WITHOUT TEARS FOR STUDENTS AND TUTORS: PREFACE

There is no reason to pretend that Maths is easy. Maths is a language with a unique vocabulary, written sometimes with a dizzying array of often incomprehensible symbols. No matter how simple it may be, solving Maths can also be a challenge for quite a number of persons. Not all students are gifted mathematicians. And even those who are may have forgotten some of the topics earlier covered. To be candid Maths requires a lot of effort and hard work and consumes a lot of energy and cognitive power. Maths is not easy to be friendly with until most of the anxiety and fears are removed as being proposed by us through our books.

Unfortunately, our system of Maths education is a kind of an unwished nightmare to many students. Everyone knows something is wrong. The National Assembly announces, “We need higher standards.” The public schools say, “We need more teachers and teaching aids.” Educators say one thing, and teachers say another. They are all wrong. The only people who understand what is going on are the ones most often blamed and least often heard: the students. They say, “Maths classes do not inspire us,” – and they are right!

Our books attempt to answer these questions as well as inspire the students involved. But they are not the usual run of the mill textbooks on Maths listed by topics and divided into unending chapters of punishment. Each book is divided into four broad sections for easy understanding. The theoretical and practical contents are short enough to educate students, teachers or parents. To do this the books avoid turning each chapter and page into fearful mountains which students must climb.They are reader-friendly and are unlike many Maths textbooks which make students anxious and fearful. They are like writing novels or literature in place of Maths problems. These compilations from various authors and our internal resources constitute an attempt to remove a common nightmare and portray Maths in a more realistic and friendlier manner. They also set out to show how WAEC has been helping students to improve their performances in Maths over the years.

Learning Maths not only requires strong fundamentals but also a lot of practice, and making mistakes is part of that process. Making errors in Math is a good thing, and can help the students to learn and explore Maths in a better way. However, repeating same mistakes again and again over an extended period will not benefit the students and will be harmful to their confidence. One of the major reasons for preparing these books is to help in minimizing such unnecessary errors

For Maths, no single text can make all the difference needed by students. They need far more help than what their recommended books or classroom teachers can give them. Nevertheless, we feel that readable handbooks like ours, arranged appropriately to motivate them towards having a friendlier relationship with Maths would be a partial solution to removing their anxiety, fears and sometimes ignorance about the subject.

Are you a Maths student or Maths tutor? If you are, then these books are for you They are part of our 40-year old Maths toolbox and should therefore be great and unique gift items for your students, your teachers and parents too. Though written principally as references for students and for anyone with interest in secondary school Maths they are also intended to assist Maths tutors and parents in their quest to make Maths softer and friendlier to students. As a matter of fact, students, teachers, businesspeople, accountants, bank tellers, check-out clerks — anyone who uses numbers and wishes to increase his or her speed and arithmetical agility, can benefit from the clear, easy-to-follow techniques detailed in both books

Go on and open the books. Only then can you understand how and why some students who used to be terrorized by Maths became teachers of the subject they once loved to hate.

Good luck

MATHS WITHOUT TEARS FOR STUDENTS AND TUTORS: INTRODUCTION

MATHS WITHOUT TEARS FOR STUDENTS AND TUTORS: INTRODUCTION

“For more than two thousand years a familiarity with Mathematics has been regarded as an indispensable part of the intellectual equipment of every cultured person. Today, unfortunately, the traditional place of mathematics in education is in grave danger. The teaching and learning of mathematics has degenerated into the realm of rote memorization, the outcome of which leads to satisfactory formal ability but does not lead to real understanding or to greater intellectual independence…” (Amazon Book Review)

Maths is one of the most important subjects in Nigerian schools because of its role for progress to higher studies and for daily living in the society at large. However it is also the most misunderstood subject leading to inappropriate teaching methods causing anxiety in students which in turn leads to hatred of the subject.

It is with great pleasure that we introduce our two books specifically written to assist teachers and reduce the anxiety and hatred of Maths by students. We assure every reader, whether student, tutor or even parents that both books are loaded with many relevant approaches for learning/teaching the subject. They are:
1) MATHS WITHOUT TEARS FOR STUDENTS AND TUTORS
2) SCHOOL MATHS COMPANION AND HANDBOOK

MATHS WITHOUT TEARS FOR STUDENTS AND TUTORS

The first book is a Q/A book in the main. It was written to promote strategic competence through Maths problem-solving exercises, focusing on students’ areas of weakness and generally reducing errors. This is to be achieved through guidelines and relevant notes provided by examination bodies such as WAEC and NECO. However, unlike other Q/A books in the market it establishes 3 additional methods for learning/teaching Maths. These are specified through additional notes and constitute why this book is better than all the other Q/A books in the market. The additional methods included are:

-The Motivational Approach- Teaching students why Maths could be interesting and rewarding.
-The Procedural Approach- Teaching students how to develop a tactical approach towards Maths literacy and understanding
-The Clinics and Seminars Approach- Arranging effective after-school Maths clinics, remedial measures schools can employ to boost the morale of their students for Maths learning.

The notes also specify the roles great tutors, parents and organizations like Edupedia can play to improve the performances of their wards. This book provides an overall supportive role but it is not a typical “Maths For Dummies” book.

It is well segmented and intuitive. It also has more text information explaining what needs to be done on a step-by-step basis. Therefore, it has the potential to be the definitive Maths book for teachers and students across all national exams. The aim of this book is to explain, carefully, how to learn/teach Maths but not in a deeply
technical or calculative manner. It aims to distill the essential ideas and explain things in simple language.

So let us summarize the main ideas in the books as follows:

a. Maths is not easy but can be surmounted by anyone
b. If you are looking for a Maths miracle without making some effort you may not find such in these books
c. It is important knowing that Maths can be more easily learned through different approaches outlined in both books

NIGERIAN ELECTIONS: EDUCATING THE ELECTORATE NOT TO SELL THEIR VOTES AND CHOOSE GOOD ASPIRANTS

It is evident that politicians for the past four to five decades in Nigeria have not delivered good governance to Nigerians nor managed our resources to improve the well being and welfare of its citizens. It is common knowledge that these politicians in their estimation have perfected the cycle of deceiving the electorate by literally buying the votes of the people and foisting incompetent people on the citizens on the platform of their political parties. Strategies of manipulation also include exploitation of ethnic sentiments and religious dispositions of the electorate to impose these visionless, corrupt and ethically immoral people of them. This current government set us back many years with the level of nepotism that we thought had died in our country and many lives have been lost in what could be considered the archaic and backward policies of cattle herdsmen that has resulted in many deaths.
Change of leadership could not be more compelling than in 2019. This is why the electorate has to be enlightened to no longer be deceived by N1000 or a piece of Ankara to mortgage their quality of life and those of their children to hirelings and charlatans who wear political garbs with no understanding or desire to serve their people. Good governance is about is about service to the people. Valuing with integrity the trust that is reposed on leaders to judiciously and efficiently manage the nation’s resources to the direct benefit of the people of Nigeria. It is not about ethnicity or religion or tribe. It is about being accountable, transparent, committed to meeting the goals that have been set to deliver to the electorate in a timely manner. Let us do all we can, using the social media and other media to disarm money politics in our country that undermines our ability to choose wisely those who will deliver on their campaign promises and stop the rot of incompetent leadership in Nigeria.
The time for change is 2019. Please, do not sit on the fence. Get involved. Join a movement to change Nigeria. I have joined the Red Card Movement. Let us take charge of our destiny and drive change that will deliver good governance and the benefits of a progressive nation for our country. Let us educate the electorate. The time to start is now.

BY HERBERT AKIN SOWEMIMO

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WHICH WAY NIGERIA? ASSESSING THE CONSTITUTION AND ROLES BEING PLAYED BY OUR LEADERS

Query 1:

Examine the critical elements of the Nigerian Constitution and identify aspects of it needing an amendment for a better administration of the country.

Our Response:

The 1999 Constitution lies against itself as it is not a people’s constitution, but rather foisted by the military. Hence it’s anti-developmental applications.
A critical element requiring urgent amendment is in the area of the security apparatus of the country. Our allusion points at the Police, where centralization has limited effectiveness while accounting for crass incompetence.
The police are underpaid, under-trained and overstretched. Consequently, the soldiers who are the last line of defense of any nation are now the first, having been drafted to 32 out of the 36 states doing internal security operations.
The 68 items on the exclusive list must be revisited and be worked on. These in part also have been the cog in the wheels of effective development.
Legislation on resource control must tilt in favor of states, while formula of monthly allocation must be reversed, such that the federal government gets less in the suggestions of LG…40… States …40 and the federal government 20.
Extra-budgetary allocation and honorarium will be made possible to the federal purse for security reason.

Query 2:

Examine the roles of Political, Traditional and Religious Leaders to determine if they have fulfilled their critical roles in nation-building and development of the society.

Our Response:

Of a truth, the majority of these ‘power groups’ should and would have contributed more, but the ethnic clannish and religiosity skew have obliterated expected efficiencies.
Let us x-ray these traditional and religious leaders a bit more closely.
The former, whose task is to both preserve and teach core values, while staying neutral has lost it, partly because our kind of democracy has supplanted their mode of evolution as they have to get approval as well as Staff of Office from the governors, invariably, they are tied to the apron strings of their paymasters.
If we go down even to our recent history, we know that when Sultan of Sokoto Sir Abubakar 111, the father of the current Sultan Saad, was going on his first pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, he left his household in the care of Mr. Dike, an Igbo from the South who went to Sokoto in 1915. Mr. Dike was so trusted that he had access to the Sultan’s bedroom.
Dike’s offsprings are still in Sokoto fully integrated. In doing this, Sultan Sir Abubakar 111 was practicing what his worthy ancestor, Shehu Usman Dan Fodio advised in his book, “Bayan Wujub al_Hijra” where Dan Fodio wrote, “one of the swiftest ways of destroying a state is to give preference to one particular tribe over another, or to show favor to one group of people than another, and draw near those who should be kept away and keep away those who should be drawn near.”
So how come we have missed the way so dastardly?
The religious leaders themselves teach, that their religion is the only channel to God, thereby creating a direct or subtle psychological mindset of religious superiority to others. It further engenders hatred and divisions, while causing jeopardy to harmony.
Political leaders also seem superior to the laws, as they repeatedly violate the constitution and subvert the process of justice in connivance with their lawyers and corrupt judges.

Posted By C&L Alumni Core Group.

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WHICH WAY NIGERIA? EXAMINING OUR SUBSISTING MORAL AND RELIGIOUS VALUES

Constitutional Provisions on religion

In the Federal Government of Nigeria Constitution of 1999, in Part II, section 10 it states the following:

The Government of the Federation or of a State shall not adopt any religion as State Religion.

The sub-section 1 under section 15 of Part II of the same constitution where it is said that the motto of the Federal Republic of Nigeria shall be Faith, Unity, Peace and Progress it also stipulates the following:

Accordingly, national integration shall be actively encouraged, whilst discrimination on the grounds of place of origin, sex, religion, status, ethnic or linguistic association or ties shall be prohibited.

The Federal and State governments have complied fully with the provision (i) above but the same affirmation of adherence cannot be said of provision (ii) both at the Federal and State levels. The challenges and negative consequences that this non-compliance has posed in undermining the effective management of resources at both levels of government will be enunciated later in the synopsis.

These constitutional provisions confirm the secularity of the practice of religion within Nigeria and guarantee its citizens freedom so to do if it does not present threats to life and property of others or constitutes itself into a nuisance thereby inconveniencing the peaceful way of life of others or breach their fundamental human rights.

Though these conditions are not explicitly stated in the provisions, they are considered intrinsic in their definition towards living in peace with each other with mutual understanding.

Geographical Religious Diversity

Contemporary statistics indicate the following as the percentages by the population of the major regions in Nigeria:

Muslim – 50%

Christianity – 40%

Others – 10%

All states in the Federation have a mix of all these religions in different ratios and we can state a generalisation that the Southern part of the country comprising the South West, South Central, and South East are more predominantly Christian and the Northern part of the country comprising North West, North Central, and North East are predominantly Muslim.

Before the late 70s and early 80s, the state governments and previously regional administrations were religion agnostic and did not participate in religious activities formally or as governments. The relationship between adherents of these major faith was simple, non-hostile, tolerant, accepting to the extent the Muslims enjoyed Christmas celebrations with Christians and Christians enjoyed Idel Malud and Idel Kabir celebrations with Muslims so much so that gifts and food were exchanged during these times between themselves. There were no incidents of hate speeches between Christians and Muslims and intermarriages did not meet with resistance from either faith as such.

The moral values of followers of both faiths and in general everyone else was founded on age-old cultural dos and don’ts that had stood the test of time and continued so to do. It is a fact also that traditional idol worship namely Ifa, Ogun, Oya, Oshun were mixed with these major faiths as well.

Religion was private, and many adopted or were brought up in these faiths by following what their parents taught them and practiced.

Religion and Governance

Religion in government started late in the 80’s where States in the northern part of the country to help many more Muslims in their states fulfill their religious obligations to go to Mecca started to subsidize the flights and gave logistical support to operationally and effectively manage a fulfilling experience for its adherents. This provided the opportunity for many more Muslims to embark on this journey annually. What used to be a privileged journey for the rich or those that could afford it became commonplace and the proceeds of the oil boom that enhanced the size of the disposable income of many also played a very crucial part.

The equivalent activity of traveling to Jerusalem for Christians was not a religious obligation in their faith and consequently, it lagged when it came to state support. For many Christians, this remained a spiritual desire which they finally were able to influence the state governments to subsidize and support as well. Religious organizations have since been set up formally in some states of the Federation to manage these activities every year to which resources are allocated from the state budgets.

Though religion remains private, the involvement of state governments has given it a different coloration. The backdrop of committing state resources to supporting these activities has in effect empowered State Governors to push the boat of their religious beliefs further into the sea when they are in office thereby endangering the secularity of religion in states. We see this in attempts made by some state governors to compel the wearing of the hijab in some secondary schools in the South Western segment of the country.

The knock-on effect of this state government involvement in religion has led to the establishment of Sharia courts in some states of the Federation particularly in the northern part of the country. This has been a direct impact on the Judiciary in the country leading to a parallel judicial system in some parts of the country.

Religion and Faith

The growth of religious tourism in the country has become an industry in the country to which significant resources are committed yearly. The inherent expectation of these activities would be that adherents of these faiths will be more pious in their behavior reflecting their beliefs in the teachings of these faiths. Sadly, this has not been the case. Religiosity now straddles the country, particularly in the Christian faith where churches number over 25000 across its length and breadth.

Despite this growth of places of worship in the country, there is more corruption in all facets of public and private sectors of the economy. Crime in various forms has also become a commonplace which prior decades ago was not the case. These include kidnappings, ritual killings, large-scale embezzlement of government funds by public officers and criminal conspiracies between banks and government establishments to defraud.

To state that the motivation for the growth of places of worship in the country was more financial than spiritual would not be far from wrong. In the counterproductive message of miraculous and sudden wealth by many churches, the work ethic of the adherents of the Christian Faith has been severely undermined with a consequence that creativity, innovation, and hard work have stunted and become moribund. The deliberate and conscious mis-emphasise of wealth as a message primarily for self-enrichment of Pastors has severely damaged the economic benefits that honesty, integrity, and accountability have afforded our economy and by extension our country.

Religion and Politics

The rather primitive mentality of ‘do or die’ in Nigerian politics and the obsession for political office for self-enrichment as against service has resulted in the use of every deviant device and mechanism to secure a political position. Religion, therefore, has become a victim and a tool exploited by politicians in very manipulative ways to get support and undermine opponents. The mixture of politics and, religion, however, is very toxic and rhetoric by politicians in attempts to secure votes exacerbates religious intolerance and results in conflicts and clashes between different party supporters that sometimes leads to the loss of life.

Exploitation of religious beliefs also blinds the views of the electorate about the capabilities of a potential candidate and constrains their ability to evaluate objectively what such a candidate will deliver if elected. Consequently, incompetent, inexperienced, unprincipled and morally bankrupt people find their way into public office on the back of religious beliefs to the detriment of the people for a minimum of four years.

The loss in the mismanagement of resources, the under-development of the state of the economy, the visionless posture of such people causes irretrievable damage and the consequences last a long time. In some cases, the quality of life of such people fall and standards of behavior are compromised all around. The society is then the victim of religion that has been abused for self-gain.

Points to ponder

That official involvement of state governments in religious tourism should be discontinued as there is no empirical and visible evidence of tangible benefits to these activities

That the non-intervention of state governments in religion will deter the abuse of governors in their offices to arm-twist the electorate to adopt their personal beliefs via the imposition of educational policies that are sympathetic to their own religious disposition

That the non-intervention of the government at all levels in the country will further respect the multi-religious society that we are and strengthen our nation as one that is secular.

That the non-intervention of government in religion and religious affairs will further disarm politicians from its exploitation and better empower the electorate to make informed decisions about candidates to ensure people of good standing and right competencies are elected into office.
That the non-involvement of government in religious affairs will help to deter the religious extremists among us from exploiting the ignorant and poor youngsters from becoming terrorists and focus their attention in the delivery of good service to all Nigerians

That the non-involvement of government in religious affairs will help the peaceful co-existence of people of different faiths better live in harmony across the length and breadth of Nigeria.

That the resources currently used in funding the subsidies to religious locations be better utilized in meeting the developmental goals of medical, educational, social infrastructure in the country.

It is evident that politicians for the past four to five decades in Nigeria have not delivered good governance to Nigerians nor managed our resources to improve the well being and welfare of its citizens. It is common knowledge that these politicians in their estimation have perfected the cycle of deceiving the electorate by literally buying the votes of the people and foisting incompetent people on the citizens on the platform of their political parties. Strategies of manipulation also include exploitation of ethnic sentiments and religious dispositions of the electorate to impose these visionless, corrupt and ethically immoral people of them. This current government set us back many years with the level of nepotism that we thought had died in our country and many lives have been lost in what could be considered the archaic and backward policies of cattle herdsmen that has resulted in many deaths.

Change of leadership could not be more compelling than in 2019. This is why the electorate has to be enlightened to no longer be deceived by N1000 or a piece of Ankara to mortgage their quality of life and those of their children to hirelings and charlatans who wear political garbs with no understanding or desire to serve their people. Good governance is about is about service to the people. Valuing with integrity the trust that is reposed on leaders to judiciously and efficiently manage the nation’s resources to the direct benefit of the people of Nigeria. It is not about ethnicity or religion or tribe. It is about being accountable, transparent, committed to meeting the goals that have been set to deliver to the electorate in a timely manner. Let us do all we can, using the social media and other media to disarm money politics in our country that undermines our ability to choose wisely those who will deliver on their campaign promises and stop the rot of incompetent leadership in Nigeria.

The time for change is 2019. Please, do not sit on the fence. Get involved. Join a movement to change Nigeria. I have joined the Red Card Movement. Let us take charge of our destiny and drive change that will deliver good governance and the benefits of a progressive nation for our country. Let us educate the electorate. The time to start is now.

Posted By C&L Alumni Core Group.

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