WINNING STUDENTS‘ FOR SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY THROUGH AN EFFECTIVE USE OF THE DIAGNOSTIC NATURE OF CONTINUOUS ASSESSMENT By: N. E. U. INYANG

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By the introduction of continuous assesslnent into the education system in Nigeria it has been hoped that a system in which the leturing of a pupil is properly monitored with a view to remedying any anomalies would evolve. This would replace a previous systern which condemned over 50% of the Nation’s potential youths to failure. But as revealed through interviews, the practice of continuous assessrnent in the primary. secondary and tertiary institutions in Nigeria lacks the diagnostic function on which the realization of the above hope is placed. This paper reviews the negative practices of continuous assessment in the Nigerian educational institutions, compares these with practices which have yielded positive results both within and outside Nigeria and suggests ways for the effective use of continuous assessment to help win more students for science and technology in Nigeria.

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Professor N.E.U. Inyang has always been a teacher. He started as an Assistant Science Master at Duke Town Secondary School, Calabar. From 1976 till date he has taught in various institutions. He was appointed Acting Head, Department of Science Education in Uniuyo from 1994-1998 and promoted Associate and full Professor of Science Education in 1999 and 2002 respectively. He has taught undergraduate courses in Science Education, supervised undergraduate projects and jointly supervised Masters and Ph.D dissertations and theses both in University of Uyo and during his sabbatical leave to Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.

Prof. Nsedu Inyang served in various capacities in the Science Teachers‘ Association of Nigeria (STAN) at both State and National levels. It was during his tenure as Chairman of Akwa Ibom State branch of STAN, He that Akwa Ibom State Branch was adjudged the best branch of the year for an outstanding membership among other achievements. Prof. Inyang served the Akwa Ibom State Government as a resource person at various workshops for primary and secondary school science and mathematics teachers.

Prof. Nsedu Inyang has been engaged in a number of Editorial services. He jointly published Integrated Science Workshop proceedings on the Integrated Science Curriculum in the 3 3 system Secondary Education in 1981. He jointly edited a book of readings on science and society 1997. He is editorial adviser of the integrated Science Education series of Integrated Science Panel of STAN and an author of the Basic Science of the University Press Plc, Ibadan, Nigeria.

To date, Prof. Nsedu Inyang has 45 publications to his credit made up of 22 journal articles and 23 book chapters, many of which can be accessed on this knowledgebase. He attended and presented several the keynote addresses and lead papers at conferences, some of which includes Teacher’s Day in 2009 at the Akwa Ibom State rally of NUT and a motivational talk at the Mobil/NNPC/Akwa Ibom State Science quiz, facilitated by the Akwa Ibom State Branch of STAN etc.

Prof. Nsedu Inyang has played a number of leadership roles in his christian life. He is happily married and is blessed with successful children.
His personal knowledgebase and website can be accessed via www.nseduinyang.com.ng

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