SMS affecting students’ educational performance – Education Commissioner

Godwin Ettah, Cross River State Education CommissionerShort Message Service, otherwise known as SMS, has contributed immensely to the lowering of standards in Nigerian schools, especially at the primary and post primary levels.

The Cross River State Commissioner for Education, Mr. Godwin Ettah stated this at the weekend in Calabar during an annual spelling competition organized by Good Idea Youths Organization led by Rev. Fr. Kingsley Mgbojirikwe of the Catholic Diocese of Orlu, Imo State.

Ettah who was represented by the Director of Administration in the Ministry, Mr. Chris Abia, said the advent of SMS has drawn youths away from imbibing correct spellings as many youths have come to believe that abbreviating messages on phone is synonymous with correct spellings.

“Our educational system has been negatively affected by the use of SMS and this has created a difficult situation for managers in the sector because young people have attached themselves too much to abbreviated words on phone such that many do not even know the correct spelling of words,” Ettah said.

He thanked the Good Idea Youths Organization for trying to reawaken the consciousness of correct spellings among youths in secondary schools, saying the exercise would assist young people to acquaint themselves with the correct English words and their spellings.

“Competitions such as this have a great role to play in reawakening the consciousness of our young people to the correct English words as well as their correct spellings and it is hoped that a lot would be learnt during the competition,” Ettah noted.

Earlier, Rev. Fr. Mgbojirikwe had explained that his group undertook to organizing spelling competitions among secondary school students to revive the fading culture of reading as well as getting youths to understand and spell English words correctly. “Most people today make mistakes either in the spelling or pronunciation of words.

This is as a result of oversight in reading, laziness to read at all, negative impact of technology like abbreviations of words in sending messages or in chats,” Fr. Mgbojirikwe argued. At the end of the competition, Holy Family High School, Calabar, won the first prize while Saint Patricks College, Ikot Ansa, took the second position. St. Anns in Calabar South took the third position.

CRUTECH opts for name change as her 6th to 10th convocation holds

CRUTECH opts for name change as her 6th to 10th convocation holds


BY: Our Reporter

Cross River University of Technology, (CRUTECH), Calabar, Cross River State holds her 6th to 10th convocation in the school premises this Saturday, 25th November 2017.

The Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Anthony Owan Enoh who made this known during the pre-convocation briefing at the Senate Chambers of the institution said they will be effecting a name change by dropping “technology” in her current name to enable them expand.

The new name will simply be Cross River State University and he explained that it would afford more Nigerians the opportunity of acquiring quality education in different fields. Adding, “5000 students will now be enrolled as against 3,500. The additional 1,500 more students will now be admitted because of our expansion initiative which is why the “technology” in the name of the school will be dropped”.

The Vice Chancellor said during the convocation ceremony, some prominent Nigerians will be honoured with conferment of honorary degrees, namely, the Governor of Bayelsa state, Seriake Dickson, the Minister for Transport, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi and the National Chairman of People Democratic Party (PDP), Sen. Ahmed Markafi.

Also to be honoured with honorary Doctorate degree is the new Chancellor of the University and Paramount Ruler of Obudu LGA, HRM Uti Jeddy Agba. Prof. Anthony Owan-Enoh said the institution will be graduating 7,093 covering five sets for 6th to 10th convocation of the University.

He thanked the visitor to the University, the governor of Cross River State, Prof. Ben Ayade for his Magnanimity saying, “once the approval for the name change is secured the school will be known as Cross River State University and this will pave way for more courses to be approved and accredited as well as giving more people opportunity to study and get proper education”.

He also commended Ayade for increasing the subvention of the school adding that the funds generated from schools will now be channeled to development of infrastructure and other logistics while subvention will take care of salaries and so on.

On the educational standards of the institution he said he can proudly disclose that the University has adopted the “conference marking scheme” in a bid to check fraud, malpractice and other forms of irregularities with a view of increasing efficiency in result collation which has boosted confidence of the public in the system.

His words, “The adoption of conference marking scheme by the school has not only increased our integrity but it has enhanced result collation and this has in no small way boosted the confidence the public has in the system of the university, it has also blocked a lot of loopholes and checkmated irregularities in the system.

Students on their part know that their pass is a pass and those who fail know that their fail is what they deserved. Results are not delayed and the school official internet portal remain active.”

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