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Hello everyone.

It has been a while. It’s been more than a year since I posted a blog about the links that I’ve liked and so there are quite a few. I miss making lists and finding images and sharing things with other people. So this is that, and something I want to do more of. The image above is like design catnip for me, and if I ever started a newspaper I would want it to look like this!

So without further ado here are the links I’ve liked…

  • In this month’s LRB, Stefan Collini has a great article titled “Snakes and Laddersabout the myths around meritocracy, especially in the UK and the US. A few excerpts: “Everything suggests that meritocracy is the camouflage adopted by self-sustaining dynastic advantage in an age of democratic sentiment. The dynasties in question are not the old quasi-aristocratic families (though, as it turns out, they do rather well in the new world of ruthlessly competitive careers), but, even so, a relatively tiny segment of the population is managing to transmit advantage from generation to generation.“…“Helicopter parenting is just superordinate labour applied to the project of reproducing status in a meritocratic regime.’ Thus, ‘investments in human capital, made while parents are still alive, have replaced bequests of physical and financial capital as the dominant means for conveying elite status down through the generations’ – a form of wealth transmission that has the further advantage of escaping taxation.”… “High-status roles that once came with a relatively high salary are now, by corporate standards, ludicrously underpaid. In the US the chief justice of the Supreme Court earns roughly $270,000 per year, while the ‘most profitable law firms pay their average partners over $5 million annually, or roughly twenty times as much (and the signing bonus paid to former law clerks at the Supreme Court, who are perhaps two or three years out of law school, is now $400,000).’ Those who make careers as teachers, public health workers, officials in federal agencies or in local government have fallen far, far behind most of their contemporaries who have gone into the lucrative parts of the private sector.”
  • A revised PIRLS 2011 to 2016 trend for South Africa and the importance of analysing the underlying microdata – The perennially insightful Martin Gustafsson wrote this important paper in 2020 about previous errors in the PIRLS reading score trends. The TL;DR version is that the 2011 scores were incorrectly calibrated and lower than we previously thought they were, meaning that the trend (from 2006–>2011–>2016) is actually a continually upward trend rather than a stagnating one. Important stuff.
  • Teachers’ unions and industrial action in South African primary schools: Exploring their impacts on learning” – an important 2019 paper by Gabrielle Wills exploring the 2007 teacher strikes using SACMEQ III data. Teachers in the wealthiest quartile of schools in SA striked for 5 days on average compared to 13 days for the poorest 75% of teachers (medians are even starker: 1 day compared to 15 days).
  • Quite a few people have been asking about the upper end of the matric performance distribution in SA. This is not something that is typically reported by the DBE in their annual matric publications (for whatever reason). I have been referring people to the appendix of my 2019 paper (Spaull & Makaluza, 2019) where we show the numbers of students achieving at each of the deciles of performance for the ‘main’ matric subjects. For example, there are only 5,815 students who got 80% or more for Mathematics in 2018.
  • Professional development that improves STEM outcomes – Hill et al 2020. Although based on US evidence, a nice meta-analysis. The conclusion: “Overall, we found, the evidence suggests that the most effective programs focus on topics — including curriculum materials, academic content, and how students learn — that build knowledge teachers can directly use during instruction. We argue that such learning opportunities support teachers in making more informed in-the-moment instructional decisions.” (see also Lynch et al 2019)
  • Lots of helpful and interesting articles on early grade reading referenced in this 2020 RISE post by Yue Yi and her colleagues at RISE…including:
  • “Intervening at home and then at school: A Randomized Evaluation of Two Approaches to Improve Early Educational Outcomes in Tonga” (Macdonald et al, 2018).
  • Improving Reading Instruction and Students’ Reading Skills in the Early Grades: Evidence From a Randomized Evaluation in Haiti” (Guzman et al., 2020).
  • A 2006 evaluation of Breakthrough to Literacy in Botswana (Peacock & Morakaladi, 2018).
  • “The impact of language policy and practice on children’s learning: Evidence from Eastern and Southern Africa” (UNICEF, 2016)
  • “Pacific Early Age Readiness & Learning Program (PEARL): Every Child Ready, Every Child Learning”
  • Implementing and Evaluating Interventions to Improve School Readiness and Early Literacy Experience from the Pacific Early Age Readiness and Learning Program” (Vu et al. 2019)
  • The Smithsonian announced makes nearly 3-million images available online and free to use. Viva Creative Commons viva.
  • “Audacious Education Purposes: How governments transform the goals of their education system” (Reimers, 2020)
  • Sad Public Service Announcement: Less than 2% of South Africans have a post-grad qualification (Branson, 2020) 😦 Their research project (Siyaphambili) also has a great interactive website.
  • “Benchmarking early grade reading skills in Nguni languages” (Ardington et al, 2020) – important ‘plumbing’ work that needs to be done in the background as we move towards all children reading for meaning by age 10.
  • “Where Have All the Textbooks Gone? Toward Sustainable Provision of Teaching and Learning Materials in Sub-Saharan Africa” (Read, 2015). useful World Bank report on an understudied area.
  • SACMEQ has released SACMEQ IV reports for Botswana, Namibia, Mauritius and South Africa.
  • “NGOs and the effectiveness of interventions” (Usman et al 2021) – interesting new paper… “a local development NGO’s prior engagement with target communities increases the effectiveness of a technology-promotion intervention implemented by it by at least 30 percent. This “NGO effect” has implications for the generalizability and scalability of evidence from experimental research conducted with local implementation partners.” (via Justin Sandefur)

That’s all for now but hopefully I will be blogging more in the neat future…

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Nasarawa State College of Health Science & Technology Keffi (NASCOHST) Admission Form for 2021/2022 Academic Session

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Nasarawa State College of Health Science & Technology, Keffi (NASCOHST) admission form for the 2021/2022 academic session.

Nasarawa State College of Health Science & Technology Keffi (NASCOHST) Admission Form

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission into the Nasarawa State College of Health Science & Technology, Keffi (NASCOHST) various programmes for the 2021/2022 academic session.


How to Apply for Nasarawa State College of Health Science & Technology Keffi (NASCOHST) Admission Form

  1. Log in to http://admissions.nascohst.edu.ng
  2. Click on None Jamb Applicant
  3. Fill in the “Sign Up Form” correctly
  4. Sign in to make payment
  5. Click on the Green Button on the page where this “Click here to see payment options for this form
  6. You can now make your online payment with your ATM card ONLY
  7. Making payments does NOT mean that you have completed your application, return to the portal and login with your username and password to complete your application
  8. Don’t forget to print out your after submission. 

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Waziri Umaru Federal Polytechnic Birnin Kebbi (WUFPBK) 26th Matriculation Ceremony Schedule for 2020/2021 Academic Session

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Waziri Umaru Federal Polytechnic, Birnin Kebbi (WUFPBK) matriculation ceremony schedule for the 2020/2021 academic session.

WUFPBK Matriculation Ceremony Schedule

The management of the Waziri Umaru Federal Polytechnic, Birnin Kebbi (WUFPBK) invites students, staff, and the general public to the Orientation Lectures and Matriculation Ceremony for the 2020/2021 Academic Session.


WUFPBK Matriculation Ceremony Schedule

The following activities have been outlined for the event:

Day 1
Date: Monday, 2nd August 2021.
Event:Matriculation Lecture.
Venue: Polytechnic Auditorium.
Time:10:00am prompt.

Day 2
Date: Tuesday, 3rd August 2021.
Event: Matriculation Lecture.
Venue: Polytechnic Auditorium.
Time:10:00am prompt.

Day 3
Date: Wednesday, 4th August 2021.
Event: Matriculation Ceremony.
Venue: Convocation Arena.
Time:10:00am prompt.

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Galaxy College of Health Technology (GACOHT) Admission Form for 2021/2022 Academic Session

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Galaxy College of Health Technology (GACOHT), Bauchi admission form for the 2021/2022 academic session.

Galaxy College of Health Technology (GACOHT) Admission Form

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission into the various National Diploma (ND), Higher National Diploma (HND), Diploma and Certificate programmes of the Galaxy College of Health Technology (GACOHT), Bauchi for the 2021/2022 academic session.


How to Apply for Galaxy College of Health Technology Admission Form

Candidates can obtain the application form at the school premises OR kindly follow the link: https://admission.galaxycht.com/ to fill the online admission form on the school portal

APPLICATION GUIDELINES

ACCOUNT ACTIVATION

  • 1. Click on New Application.
  • 2. Enter your Name, DOB, Email and a valid phone number (ensure that it is your phone number for it will be used in subsequent communication with you).
  • 3. You will be redirected to the confirmation page.

CONFIRMATION PAGE
Please write down

  • 1. your application number. and
  • 2. your password.

LOGIN

  • 1. Use your application number and password(The one you got earlier on the confirmation page) as your Username as well as password.
  • 2. A successful login will take you to the payment page.

PAYMENT

  • Confirm your information on the page and proceed to select a payment method. 
  • After a successful payment, you would proceed to fill your application form. 
  • You are required to enter your personal information including your names and other relevant information. A valid phone number is required which is going to be the primary communication medium in regards to your application.

CHOICE OF PROGRAMME

  • You are required to select the choice of your programme of study from the list of available programmes.

EDUCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • i) You are expected to enter Primary School details, Name of the institute, address of institute, starting year, ending year, year of the award.
  • ii) In addition to the above, applicants are expected to enter Secondary school details, Name of the institute, address of institute, starting year, ending year, year of the award.

UPLOADING YOUR PASSPORT PHOTOGRAPH

  • You are required to upload o’level result, primary certificate, birth/declaration, indigene, identity, and your recent passport photograph that is very clear and with a plain background. The picture should be a JPEG format and not more than 50kb in size..

APPLICATION SUBMISSION

  • After filling in all the necessary information, you should submit the application by clicking on the ‘Submit application’ button. Before final submission of the application, cross-check to ensure all the information are correct. This is because after any of the information..

PRINTING OF APPLICATION FORM

  • After successful submission of the application, your application page is displayed Click on Print Application to print it..

APPLICATION STATUS

  • You will be contacted via SMS/EMAIL on your phone for the admission letter.

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