– Says presidency working to stabilize education, keeping students in schools
President Muhammadu Buhari’s Senior Special Assistant for Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said the presidency is working to stabilize the education system so that parents retain their children to learn in educational institutions. higher education in the country.
Shehu said this on the sidelines of the 11th Glisten International Academy graduation ceremony, in Abuja on Saturday.
The theme of the ceremony is “Exponential Visibility: Breaking the Glass Ceiling”.
The special assistant, whose son also graduated from school, advised the students to make good use of their studies.
“For graduate students, I want to say that they have an important decision to make who is going to the next level in their pursuit of education.
“You can see that many foreign institutions invite students at a reduced rate to study overseas.
“I will say that Nigerian universities are just as good and even better and we hope we can stabilize university education in the country so that parents do not have to pay exorbitant sums to educate their children abroad.
“University education in Nigeria should be the best for our children,” he said.
Shehu, while reacting to the recent month-long extension of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike, called on parents to join the government in begging the union to return to the classroom.
“It came like lightning in the sky. We are shocked as this has come at a time when the President is fully committed to resolving the ASUU strike and getting students and teachers back to school.
“The extension, I believe, should not have been done because the spirit in which the government is now trying to solve the problems of the ASUU is such that there should also be a benefit of the doubt in favor of the government on the part of the ASUU”, he said.
He therefore hoped that a quick resolution would be made so that normality would return, saying speakers could return to class while discussions of their issues could continue.
“The strike is unnecessarily prolonged and it should not have been.
“I want to advise parents to join the government in begging ASUU to end this strike because the government is doing its part and parents are worried and they should start talking to ASUU,” he said. added.
The school’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Hajia Samira Jibir, said that it is high time for schools to embrace technology as a medium of education.
Jibir advised the students to go out and shine towards a brighter future as well as for them to value themselves, the immediate society and the world at large.
“If we want to get it right, then, as John Dewey said, ‘If we have to teach the students of today as we taught those of yesterday, we deprive them of tomorrow.’
“Our today is driven by technology, so we need to embrace and adapt to technology-based education,” she said.
In addition, the school’s Chief Education Management Professional, Mr. Charles Eneh, said that the cognitive and inclusive learning method used by the school sets it apart from a cluster of schools in the country.
Eneh said the school had graduated over the past 11 years and as such had seen improvements in its operations.
“It’s something to remember and I have to tell you it gets better every year.
“Every year there is something new and the quality of students we produce is all about improvement.
“At Glisten International Academy, it is not only the cognitive that we examine, the psychomotor is also emphasized. I have to tell you, we operate an inclusive school, we practice differentiated learning, and we get students to think critically and take something out of it.
Chief Care Professional Ms Prisca Godwill said the school monitors her academic progress as she leaves the country to acquire additional certificates and skills.
Goodwill said the students have also returned home after studying abroad to contribute to the country’s development.
“Most of the time when they leave the shores of the country we have the alumni association, so with that group we actually monitor the progress of the students.
“One way or another we have what we call a progress report and sometimes we get feedback from the schools, calling direct and the response we get has been amazing,” she said. declared.
Some of the best graduating students expressed their joy as they were called upon to receive awards for their outstanding performance throughout their schooling.
Mr. Ahmed Khalifa, the top graduate student in the ensemble, thanked those who played one role or the other in making it successful.
“I’m honored for the opportunity I’ve had from everyone, my parents, school management and staff at the stage we are at.
“And we hope that in higher institutions we can come forward and become who we want to be tomorrow,” he said.
Aasiya Siddiqui and Jemimah Oshadami finished second and third overall respectively.
Some institutions of higher learning such as Philomath University Abuja, Canadian University Dubai, American University among others have offered scholarships to the students of the school based on the percentage.