The Academic Excellence Initiative (AEI) has expressed concerns that existing school clubs have become mere social gatherings in most schools and therefore not addressing academic challenges as stipulated.
The Executive Director, AEI, Engr. Faheed Olajide made this disclosure in his opening speech at the award/Scholars’ day held in Lagos themed Digital Transformation Trends in Education.
According to him, it is a far cry that most of the existing school clubs such as the Debating Socket, Jet Clubs and others have become a mere social gatherings in most schools and therefore not addressing academic challenges as stipulated.
In an effort to address some of the academic challenges, the Academic Excellence Initiative (AEI) has expressed that there is need for a new fusion and drive towards academic excellence in in the education sector.
While acknowledging existing efforts, he identified how his organisation was bridging the gap using technology.
“It is now an established fact that the world is already a global village through digital transformation.
“We’ve found out that with this change, the education sector in Nigeria has also witnessed a lot of technological inputs.
“Thanks to our AEI Global Educational Excellence Award winner of 2018, the JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede for these giant strides in digital transformation of the University and Tertiary Entrance Examination (UTME) in the last four years”, Olajide noted.
Speaking further, he added that many students were found to be lagging behind with the necessary computer skills needed.
“AEI organized a Pre-UTME Computer Based Tests (CBT) on a free of charge basis in 4 States involving over a thousand students.
“From the results and observations, it is sad that many students are yet to be well acquainted with the use of computers and by extension Computer Based tests which severely impacted their performances” Olajide added.
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In his welcome address, Executive Chairman of Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State, Honourable Jelili Sulaimon stated the AEI deeds are worthy of emulation because virtually everything has been digitalised.
“Gone are those where typing skills were elevated but nowadays computer and cyber security skill are essential.
“We are supporting this initiatives because it will add a lot of value to Alimosho local government area and the educational institution within”, he said.
Jelili Suleimon however urged parents to encourage their kids to embraced computer knowledge because it will still be relevant in three decades to come.
Also, in his speech, the chairman of the occasion, DR. AMB. Prince Francis Origa posited that the humanitarian activities of AEI is one the major core areas that is worth investing on.
“They are selling nothing other than Academic Excellence to the leaders of tomorrow to better the future of our nation,” Origa acknowledged.