A student of Federal Polytechnic, Bida, Niger State, Miss Adamu Hauwa who emerged overall best at the recently held Psychometrics Examination has received a scholarship from International Psychometric Centre (IPCentre).
The scholarship was a fulfillment of the initial set goal by the institution which is to encourage any student that emerges best in the Psychometrics studies across all institutions taking the course.
International Psychometric Centre’s primary focus is on the Tertiary Education sub-sector of the Nigeria Education Sector where it designs and integrates detailed psychometric studies curricula as separate General Studies Courses into the existing benchmark minimum academic standards for all classes of Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria.
This is in a bid to train Nigerian students and graduates on how to get an understanding of their natural learning preferences and gain important insight into their personality, motivations, natural strengths, and potential areas of growth.
The course according to Timileyin Fashola, the Manager Academics, IPCentre is starting with institutions under the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) and the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE).
The award presentation which was done to Hauwa, first-ever recipient of the honour was witnessed by the Rector of the institution, Dr Abubakar Dzukogi, Dr Maurison C. Nwanewezi, the Deputy Rector, Academics, Mr Ayodele Aroge, the Head, Open Distance, and Technology Learning who also represented the NBTE Executive Secretary.
Other dignitaries include Dr. Maryam Madami, Psychometrics Desk Officer, Federal Poly, Bida, Engr. Aderinola Tokunbo Martins, the HOD, Chemical Engineering, Mr Jacob Igo, a Psychometrician, Mr Muhammed Eneji, Student Affairs Officer, IPCentre while Comrade Ashiru Adefemi, the SUG President, Federal Poly, Bida and Comrade Adetunji Benedict, the NAPS president were also present.
The executive secretary of NBTE who was represented by Ayodele Aroge in his speech stressed the importance of Psychometrics studies which is a field of study concerned with the theory and technique of psychological measurement relating it with the way technology is changing the educational system.
He lauded the effort of the International Psychometric Centre for introducing a hundred percent online course, starting from the registration to assessment of students, and being the head of the open distance learning section of NBTE, he, however, assured that the board will ensure that the program is running effectively and will only get better.
IPCentre through her representatives further shed more light on the relevance of psychometrics to students. Saying “it was emphasized that 21st-century organizations would continue to rely on psychometric tests to determine the best candidate for the available job position, as the world does not rely on what class of degree student’s graduates with, rather, it is now about what you can do”.
He added that students will therefore only know what they can do by first identifying who they are and what their strengths and weaknesses are through Psychometrics. “It is important for students to take this course early enough so as to get it right in the beginning”.