Choosing the right school for your child can be a daunting exercise, and most parents consider factors such as a friendly and stimulating environment, the quality of teachers and well-equipped laboratories available in the school. But can all this be found in one school? Big question! The Nigerian-Turkish International Colleges (NTIC) readily provides the answer with its vision to create a modern and conducive environment for teaching and learning, in order to produce intelligent youths who become productive members of the society, writes OLUMIDE BAJULAIYE…
The NTIC was founded in 1998, and today it boasts of several nursery, primary and secondary schools, segmented into boys boarding, girls boarding and co-educational day schools. In total, there are 16 schools located in Kaduna, Yobe, Ogun, Lagos and Kano states. At the moment, the schools have approximately 4, 000 students from Nursery to Senior Secondary School. As an International school, NTIC has invested heavily in modern technologies. Besides, its adoption of contemporary teaching techniques has made teaching more learner-centered and interactive. The schools have extremely dedicated and supportive staff members that provide excellent quality education for the students. NTIC seeks to provide quality education while moulding students to become global thinkers who learn through experience and application.
According to Mr. Sabri Linal, the Deputy Managing Director on Education, NTIC believes that imparting good values while allowing the students to learn and grow in a happy, vibrant school environment will impact the way they view learning.
“Our students learn in a very friendly environment where there is cordial students-teacher relationship. NTIC raises individuals as humans first, then leaders hand in hand for love, brotherhood/sisterhood and a peaceful world,” he said.
NTIC’s Education Philosophy
The Nigerian-Turkish International Schools’ education philosophy provides the educational administrators and teachers with the right vision, which guides them to attain the educational objectives needed for its students.
Linal said: “In Nigerian -Turkish International Schools, we believe in creating a suitable and conducive environment for our students to learn and strive in. It is our belief that a combination of theoretical and practical approach to teaching is one of the most efficient ways of transmitting knowledge to our students, using a curriculum of high standard focused on science-oriented subjects as a guide.
“It is with this belief that we strive to make available high quality classrooms for theoretical learning, and provide modern laboratory and social clubs for our students to practice what they have learned in class”.
A modern dining hall in which delicious and nutritious food are served is also provided. The food given to students is balanced in dietary fibre and the menu is attractive. The colleges have many facilities like sports, fields and playgrounds, multi-media rooms, modern labs for various subjects with smart boards and well-furnished classrooms all with air conditioners.
Ratio of Teacher to Students-1 to 9
The average number of students per class is 24 and the ratio of teacher to students is 1 to 9. As for hostels, the number of pupils in each room is 6 to 10 and the room has ACs and quality bunks and lockers. The schools have students from across the country.
NTIC operates Nigerian curriculum like every other schools in the country. Also, the school have room for students who have interest in writing foreign exams. The schools boast of both Nigerian and Turkish teachers, but all Science subjects are handled by the Turkish teachers, with 98 per cent of the students from Nigeria. The school has no religious or ethnic bias, as it has students from Christian and Muslim backgrounds from across the country. Students have freedom of worship as they are allowed to practice their religion as when due.
NTIC Initiates National Mathematics Competition for Primary 5, 6 Students
As science-oriented, fully fledged and government approved secondary schools, NTIC places a special emphasis on teaching of Science subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics. Among the aforementioned subjects, Mathematics is a key subject. For the number of years that NTIC has existed in Nigeria, it has discovered that students have developed a phobia for Mathematics, “thus, leading to poor performance in science-oriented courses. The NTIC is the initiator of the National Mathematics Competition for Primary 5 and 6 students, which is annually done in collaboration with the National Mathematical Centre, Abuja.
“Some important aims of the competition are to encourage pupils to overcome Maths phobia and promote teaching and learning of Maths across the nation. The maiden edition of the competition started in 2003 with a participation of 800 pupils in four states. In 2004, the competition had around 28, 000 pupils participating. Many successful students have been awarded NTIC scholarships, with cash and various prizes both for pupils and teachers,” Linal said.
NTIC, Pioneer Organiser of the International Science Olympiad
The NTIC is also the pioneer organiser of the International Science Olympiad (ISO), an international competition in Science subjects of Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science and Biology with participating countries drawn from more than 20 countries around the world. The competition creates an international atmosphere where students from different countries interact and share their cultural values.
NTIC represents Nigeria as an ambassador in the field of education at international arenas. The Nigerian-Turkish International Colleges have demonstrated that Nigeria can take the leading role in Africa and the world by organizing the International Science Olympiad.
According to Linal, new students (JSS1) of NTIC are given a period of 2 months for them to get used to the learning environment at the school. After the first term examination, an Olympiad Selection Examination is given to all JSS1 students. Considering the Olympiad Selection Examination results and the 1st exam results, between 8 and 12 students are selected to Olympiad Group in all branches of NTIC.
“These selected students are given 4 periods of weekly Olympiad Lessons after the closing time. Three Olympiad Camps are held in a year; once after the end of each term. Until the Second Olympiad Camp, students are only given Olympiad Lessons in Mathematics.
“During the Second Olympiad Camp, students are given 4 Mathematics, 2 Physics, 2 Biology and 2 periods of Chemistry Lessons daily. At the end of the camp, students are to write Olympiad Exams in each subject. Apart from this, students are asked to write their preferences among these Olympiad subjects. Considering both the results of the examinations and their preferences, students are shared into 4 categories: Mathematics-Informatics, Physics, Biology, and Chemistry.
“Students are to continue in their respective Olympiad Groups all along their Olympiad Life. Until the end of JSS3, students in Mathematics-Informatics Group are given 4 periods of Mathematics Olympiad Lessons and 2 periods of Informatics Olympiad Lessons weekly. From the beginning of SS1, students in Mathematics-Informatics Olympiad Group are shared into two groups; Mathematics or Informatics,” Linal added.
NTIC Wins Lots of Medals
NTIC has won a lot of medals for the country and for the school. Out of seven international Olympiads ever produced by Nigeria, five of them are from NTICE. Out of the 21 international medals, 14 of them are from NTIC, and 9 out of the 14 International Olympiads (Pan African Countries) are from NTICE. Arts students are not left out. Last year, students from NTIC came tenth in the whole world from essay competition. Also, the school has recorded various successes from Spelling Bee competition from states and nationally.
Character Development, Integral Matter
In NTIC, character development is an integral issue for the students both within and outside the school. Even after the completion of their studies, their trained and dedicated teaching staff members are keenly interested in the welfare and development of the students.
The class teachers have weekly hostel meetings, where the students learn how to be better individuals and improve their behaviour within a scheme of work of moral education in line with planned behaviour sets. There are behavioural goals and levels that students are supposed to achieve, implementing in their daily lives for each class sets. Students stay in fixed levels of expected behaviour and they do not move to an upper level until they individually demonstrate all anticipated behaviours. “In the process, the school mould the behaviour and characters of the students and these are painstakingly carried out to ensure that we have more reasons to hope for a brighter future,” he said.
With the help of personality and career tests and correct guidance, students are assisted to choose their future university courses. With a wide range of club activities, students are also encouraged to explore and develop their talents. NTIC holds annual sports tournaments among its branches across Nigeria to contribute to peace and unity of the nation.
There are also a lot of benefits from a strong communication between school and parents especially in terms of the children’s social, emotional, and intellectual developmental needs. Through this communication, children tend to achieve more, consistently complete their homework, have better self-esteem, become more self-disciplined, and show higher aspirations and motivation towards schooling.
NTIC students get a chance to broaden their horizons as well as meet new people and gain experience through trips and excursions to Turkey, UK, USA, and Australia among others. They go on fieldtrips as well to put theoretical knowledge into practice. Apart from that, there are also excursions for parents as well.