About 20 students from different tertiary institutions have benefited from the International Psychometric Centre (IPCentre) scholarships.
The Chairman of IPCentre Governing Council, Otunba Abimbola Davis, who disclosed this in Ibadan, said the scholarship fulfilled the initial set goal by the centre to encourage students who emerge as the best in the Psychometrics studies across all the institutions offering the course in Nigeria.
He added that the scholarship was to encourage and facilitate the study of Psychometrics as it would ginger more students to study the course, stating that Psychometrics is a new phenomenon in the Nigerian educational system.
According to him, the awards are with the support of the University of Cambridge. Federal Ministry of Education and other stakeholders.
“The IPCentre’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 (GS) courses into the existing benchmark minimum academic standards for all classes of tertiary institutions in Nigeria,” he explained.
Davis added, “It is also a strategic network, dedicated to research, teaching and product development in both pure and applied psychological assessments with emphasis on the online environment and impart practical knowledge of psychometrics in different disciplines.”
Davis, who disclosed that presently over 100 schools and 100,000 students have keyed into the course, stressed further those efforts were in place to introduce psychometrics in secondary schools in Nigeria.
He also mentioned that the advocacy to enlighten Nigerians about psychometrics’ numerous advantages is ongoing, stating that a magazine (The Genius) has been launched to disseminate information about psychometrics and the educational system in general.
He added that by September this year, the publishing partner of the centre would launch a portal known as The Ripsnorters, an online platform where citizens can get to meet people from different spheres of life.