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Osun’s ‘Opon Imo’ Tackles Educational Woes

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Osun State government has come up with ‘Opon Imo’ ideology, which is ‘Tablet of Knowledge’, to aid students’ preparation for internal and external examinations, in line with best global practices.

According to Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Osun State’s Governor, the computer tablets are preloaded with lesson notes on 17 subjects offered by students in the WASSCE and NECO (SSCE) respectively and contains six extra-curricular subjects including sexuality education, entrepreurship, Civic, Computer Education, Yoruba History, and Traditional Religion.

The Governor who was represented by Mrs. Titi Laoye Tomori, the deputy governor, said the fit would affords students unfettered access to textbooks, makes teaching and learning exciting to teachers and students and has practice questions in the text zone and past questions  and revision notes for 10 years.

The Deputy who doubles as the State Commissioner for Education added that the present administration in the State inherited an educational system in abysmal state.

“On assumption of office of the Aregbesola administration public schools educational system had collapsed and was at the lowest level; school infrastructure had collapsed, the buildings were dilapidated and students’ performance in examinations was abysmal as only 3% was “matriculable’.

“School fees were prohibitive in tertiary institutions, with grants insufficient to schools for basic education, bursary was not realistic, and elementary school pupils were malnourished and poorly dressed for school, demoralized and uninspired staff”.

In view of the deplorable state of educational sector in the State, Tomori noted that The State Government convened an Education Summit in February 2011, where the findings, reports and recommendations of the Summit have since become the education road map for the State.

‘Opon Imo’ ideology is an offshoot of the Summit. Under the scheme, Osun State Government plans to unleash 150,000 Copies of Opon Imo, teachers would receive their copies, there are 63 text books in the e- library, revision notes for ten years, a mock test center and an MOU already signed with the Chinese manufacturer for the establishment of the production factory in the State of Osun.

The Computer tablet is solar powered. Power outage should not hinder academic endeavours.

It is easy to carry, could be used anywhere and at any time. This system of learning has improved academic performance in developed countries. Computer Tablets is produced for high school students. Virtual learning Center pre-loaded with lesson notes for SS I-III. The teacher in the virtual classroom introduces the subject for the Day.

She added that the State’s New School System is now structured into Elementary, Middle and High Schools. The Elementary school comprise of pupils between the ages of 6-9 years, with daily academic activities would span 8am – 2pm. “This categorization is currently known as Primary 1-4 and would henceforth be known as Grades 1-4. There are Infrastructural Facilities designed to accommodate 900 pupils and 10 Elementary Schools would be delivered by the end of July.

“The middle school is made of pupils between the age ranges of 10-14 years, whose daily academics activities is between 8am – 3.00pm. This categorization is currently known as Pry. 5, 6, JSS 1, 2 and 3. They would henceforth be referred to as  Grades 5-9 and an example of a middle school has been built at Alekuwodo, Osogbo, ready for commissioning,” she said.

Others in the high school who are to benefit from the ‘Opon Imo’ are students in the age range of 15 and 17. This category is currently known as SSI- SSIII and would hence forth be known as Grades 10 -12. The Infrastructural facilities designed to accommodate 3000 with facilities like libraries, food court, football pitch, laboratories &examination Halls

“The new system aims at exposing pupils/students to modern facilities in form of standard classrooms, boarding facilities, libraries, science/ ICT Facilities,” the State Commissioner for Education noted.

Meanwhile, the State Government said it is spending millions of naira to provide enabling educational system comprising of feeding, uniform, provision of infrastructure, among other developmental agenda.


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Join Inlaks Live TechTalk Edition on Hyosung’s Revolutionary MV 100 ATM Model

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Inlaks, the leading Information Technology Systems Integrator specialised in the deployment of highly scalable ICT Infrastructure solutions, will on Monday September 28, deploy the second edition of its virtual thought leadership segment called “TechTalk”.

Techtalk which was formerly a pre-recorded segment hosted on the organisations YouTube channel has now transitioned into a live virtual event across Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. The virtual edition kicked off in August 2020 with a segment on Financial Crime Mitigation, honing in on the superiority of Temenos Financial Crime Mitigation Solution with Emmanuel Orororo, Sales Manager, Financial Business, Inlaks.

The 2nd edition of Tech Talk promises to offer the same measure of insights as it dives into the world of Automated Teller Machines (ATM) with a focus on MoniValue 100, a revolutionary ATM solution by Hyosung TNS. The MoniValue 100 is especially adapted to the present times as it is a cardless, contactless and changeless solution.

Join this virtual event live by logging on to any of the social media pages below on Monday, 28th September 2020. YouTube: Inlaks, Facebook: InlaksNg, Twitter: Inlaks, Instagram: InlaksNg

Inlaks is a leading system integrator in Sub-Saharan Africa. The company partners with leading OEMs in the technology industry to provide world-class information technology solutions that exceed the needs of its customers.

Over the years, Inlaks has built a reputation as the foremost ICT and Infrastructure Solutions Provider, helping customers effectively seize new market and service opportunities.

With an impressive customer base that includes six Central Banks in West Africa, 18 of the 24 banks in Nigeria and other major customers in the West African region, Inlaks has become the dominant Information Technology Company in Africa.

Inlaks’ customers cut across various segments including Banking, Telecommunication, Oil/Gas, Power, Utilities and the Distribution sectors of the economy. For more information, please visit www.inlaks.com


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Millions of Cyber Attacks Launched on Nigeria, Others- Reports

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There were 3.8 million malware attacks and 16.8 million Potentially Unwanted Applications (PUA) detections over a 7-month period in Nigeria, according to Kaspersky security solutions.

Millions of Cyber Attacks Launched on Nigeria, Others- Reports

Elsewhere in South Africa, there were almost 10 million malware attacks and a staggering 43 million PUA detections, showing the growing desperation of the attacks.

The company reported on 28 million malware attacks in 2020 and 102 million detections of potentially unwanted programs (pornware, adware etc.) accounted for by the beginning of August 2020.

These numbers show that it’s not only the malware that attacks users but also the “grey zone” programmes that grow in popularity and disturb their experiences, while users might not even know it is there.

Potentially unwanted applications (PUAs) are programmes that are usually not considered to be malicious by themselves.

However, they are generally influencing user experience in a negative way. For instance, adware fills user device with ads; aggressive monetising software propagates unrequested paid offers; downloaders may download even more various applications on the device, sometimes malicious ones.

calculating interim results of threat landscape activity in African countries, Kaspersky researchers noticed that PUAs attack users almost four times more often than traditional malware.

They also eventually reach more users: for instance, while in South Africa, the malware would attack 415,000 users in 7-months of 2020, the figure for PUA would be 736,000.

“The reason why ‘grey zone’ software is growing in popularity is that it is harder to notice at first and that if the programme is detected, its creators won’t be considered to be cybercriminals. The problem with them is that users are not always aware they consented to the installation of such programmes on their device and that in some cases, such programmes are exploited or used as a disguise for malware downloads,” said Denis Parinov, a security researcher at Kaspersky.

By taking a closer look at PUA, it becomes apparent that they are not only more widespread but also more potent than traditional malware.

Evaluating results over the same 7-month period in Nigeria, there were 3.8 million malware attacks and 16.8 million PUA detections – which is four times as much.

Kenyan and South African threat landscapes have been more intense. In South Africa, there were almost 10 million malware attacks and a staggering 43 million PUA detections.

Kenyan users faced even more malware attacks – around 14 million, and 41 million PUA appearances, Kaspersky said.


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Tech Giants Strike Deal with Advertisers over Hate Speech

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Web giants including Facebook have struck a deal with advertisers on how to identify harmful content such as hate speech, after an impasse over the issue which led to boycotts of the platform.

Tech Giants Strike Deal with Advertisers over Hate Speech

The agreement — which also included Twitter and YouTube — laid out for the first time a common set of definitions for hateful statements online.

In July, hundreds of advertisers including big-name consumer brands suspended advertising with Facebook as part of the #StopHateForProfit campaign, saying the social-media titan should do more to stamp out hatred and misinformation on its platform.

And earlier this month a group of celebrities — including Kim Kardashian, Leonardo DiCaprio and Katy Perry — stopped using Facebook and Instagram for 24 hours, to push a similar message.

The World Federation of Advertisers (WFA) said in a statement Wednesday: “Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, in collaboration with marketers and agencies through the Global Alliance for Responsible Media have agreed to adopt a common set of definitions for hate speech and other harmful content and to collaborate with a view to monitoring industry efforts to improve in this critical area.”

The alliance was founded by the WFA and includes other major trade bodies.

According to the WFA, key areas of agreement included applying the alliance’s common definitions of harmful content; developing reporting standards for such content; establishing independent oversight; and rolling out tools for keeping advertisements away from harmful content.

The WFA said that properly defining online hate speech would remove the current problem of different platforms using their own definitions, which it said made it difficult for companies to decide where to put their ads.

“As funders of the online ecosystem, advertisers have a critical role to play in driving positive change and we are pleased to have reached agreement with the platforms on an action plan and timeline in order to make the necessary improvements,” said Stephan Loerke, chief executive of the WFA.

Luis Di Como, executive vice-president of global media at Unilever, a major advertiser, sounded a note of cautious optimism.

He said: “The issues within the online ecosystem are complicated, and whilst change doesn’t happen overnight, today marks an important step in the right direction.”

Speaking in July, Facebook’s founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said he remained adamant that the company did not want hate speech on the social network.

On Wednesday, the company’s vice-president for global marketing solutions, Carolyn Everson, said the agreement gave all parties “a unified language to move forward on the fight against hate online.”

 


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