Category : Education

Other News / Education - 7 hours ago

We’ve broken monopoly of WAEC, says NECO Boss

Acting Registrar of the National Examination Council (NECO), Mr Abubakar Gana, has said the examination body now releases results on time, making it possible for universities to process their admissions. Gana said the establishment of NECO in 1999 as an indigenous examination body did not only break the monopoly of the West Africa Examinations Council (WAEC) but also resolved the problem of delayed admissions by tertiary institutions because of failure to release Senior Secondary School (SSS) examination results on time. The acting registrar noted that WAEC had been living up to its responsibilities since NECO was established. Gana spoke yesterday in Minna, the Niger State capital, when he received an Icon of Education Transformation Award from the leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), led by its Senate President Gambo Mohammed. READ ALSO: WAEC: we won’t re-issue certificates He said: “Since 2000, we have been conducting examinations and one advantage I want you to understand is that we have given WAEC a wake-up call and they are now living to their responsibility. “You may recall that there were times in the past where universities and other tertiary institutions took very longer period for them to admit students. “But with our coming, we started re...

Other News / Education - 21 hours ago

AbdulRazaq: education, good nutrition keys to child’s future

Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has said that his administration will boost school enrolment and support good nutrition for the children. “We maintain that access to quality education and good nutrition are key to the future of our children,” the Chief Press Secretary to AbdulRazaq, Rafiu Ajakaye, quoted the governor as saying in a statement commemorating the Day of the African Child. The governor said: “It is for this reason that our administration is seriously considering joining the National School Feeding programme to boost good nutrition and school enrolment for our children. Read also: AbdulRazaq releases N20m to fix Kwara township roads “Also, Kwara will henceforth pay better attention to the quality of education our children get.” About the rising number of school-age children roaming the street, the governor urged parents to avoid anything that could jeopardise the future of their children and the state. “The Child Rights Act is domesticated in Kwara and thus applies to every child. What this means, in part, is that it is unlawful for any parents not to enrol their children in school. On our part, we’ll do our utmost to boost economic activities to create wealth,” the statement stated.

Other News / Education - 21 hours ago

WAEC: we won’t re-issue certificates

Owners of West African Examinations Council (WAEC) certificates have been advised to guard them well. The body said on Sunday it will not re-issue on account of misplacement, fire, flood or theft. The council’s Head of National Office, Mr. Olu Adenipekun, said the advice became necessary as lots of people have been approaching the council at various times for a re-issue of the lost certificates. He said: “Let me make it clear that in the real sense of it, our certificates are issued only once, irrespective of who is involved or the circumstance that led to the misplacement, and that remains the truth of the matter. “We do not issue our West African Senior School Certificates Examination (WASSCE) twice. “But, if we have such cases of theft, fire, flood and others, as it concerns these certificates, yes, in reaction to our operational environment, we can consider the issuance of an ‘attestation certificate. “About five years ago, the council, that is, the highest governing body met and took a decision on this, stressing that there is no test body that issues two of its certificates to a single candidate in one examination. “But, if a candidate should experience such losses through fire, flood or theft and can provide all the necessary proofs required to that effect, that will show...

Other News / Education - 22 hours ago

Abiodun constitutes panel on MAUTECH, Ogun Poly

OGUN State Governor Dapo Abiodun has constituted a committee to look into the operation of Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology, Abeokuta and Ogun State Polytechnic, Ipokia. Abiodun, in a  statement yesterday by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Kunle Somorin, stated that the committee has become necessary because the state-owned Moshood Abiola Polytechnic (MAPOLY) has been comatose since the Moshood Abiola University of Science and Technology, Abeokuta and Ogun State Polytechnic, Ipokia were created. The governor added that as a result of the unresolved issues, the fate of candidates and students of MAPOLY and their lecturers now hang in a balance while academic activities have also been disrupted. He, therefore,  ordered that MAPOLY should revert to status quo ante with full academic activities restored as the committee determines the way forward for the new institutions. “As a responsible government, we cannot fold our arms and allow the situation to continue. Read also: Abiodun names SSG, CoS “We cherish human capital development. This committee is, therefore, set up to holistically review the status, viability and sustainability of these newly established institutions,” said the governor. The review committee is expected to recommend operational modalities for th...

Other News / Education - 1 day ago

Old students’ association to visit Oyetola on improving education standard

The old students of St. Charles Grammar School, Osogbo, have disclosed plans to meet the Osun State governor, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola, on how to improve standard of education in secondary schools. They further disclosed that they are planning to appeal to the state government to return their school to the Catholic Church, the founder and original owner. Addressing a press conference to mark the opening ceremony of the 59th St. Charles Founder’s Day Anniversary in Osogbo, President of the institution’s alumni association, Charlean Rotimi Aluko, said the call for return of the school and others to their original owners has become urgent and imperative because of students’ poor academic performance over the years. Aluko, who maintained that students are better managed by the owners than government, said the alumni of the school are planning to meet the state governor, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola, to advocate returns of schools to owners as part of their strategy to restore lost glory of education system. According to him, return of schools to their original owners would stem the tide of falling education standard. He said: “When schools were in the hands of original owners, they were properly managed under strict regulations of the missionaries. So, the takeover of schools by...

Other News / Education - 1 day ago

Students’ detention: Parents to withdraw wards from Madonna Varsity

Parents of students of Madonna University, Okija, Anambra State have threatened to withdraw their children from the institution following detention of six students of the institution and a lecturer. The media last week was awash of reports of school’s management detention of six students and a lecturer at the Awka prison since February. The detainees were accused of expressing opinion on Facebook the institution considered damaging. The media reports, The Nation gathered had generated public outcry including threats by some parents who thronged the university to withdraw their wards. Speaking with The Nation, one of the parents, Christopher Onyejekwe, whose son was among the detainees, said he had visited the founder of the University, Rev Fr Emmanuel Edeh over ten times to beg for his son’s release. He however regretted that such appeals  fell on deaf ears. He said, “Fr Ede arrested my son since February 19 till date, saying that he will not release them until they die in prison. Read Also: Madonna varsity alumni support the blind “I have approached Fr. Edeh to appeal to him. When the police arrested students, I went to Fr. Edeh 11 times and met him. On the 11th time, the only condition he gave me was to go and pray, which I did.” Another parent who spoke in confidence said the...

Other News / Education - 2 days ago

2019 UTME: Proprietress hails performance of visually challenged candidates

Bethesda Home for the Blind in Mushin, Lagos State, says the performance of its candidates at the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) is a sign of greater things to come from the school. The Proprietress of the school, Mrs Chioma Ohakwe, made the statement in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Lagos. According to her, the heart warming and encouraging performance, is a product of the hard work, dedication, commitment and determination put in place by both the staff and students of the home, before the test. “This year,   we enrolled 25 visually impaired candidates for the JAMB organised UTME, as against the 23 that sat for the same examination in 2018. “One out of these 25 visually challenged candidates, posted the highest score,: 275 while the lowest was 192. “This performance is an improvement over that of 2018, where the highest score by one of the candidates was 237, with the lowest was 189.” She attributed the secret behind the performance to early preparation, commitment and dedication on the part of the teachers and determination on the part of the students. “We are indeed proud of this performance as it showed that all the efforts put into preparing the candidates ahead of the examination were not in vain. “Again, we prepa...

Other News / Education - 4 days ago

Our admission cut-off mark remains 200, UI insists

The management of the University of Ibadan has declared the cut-off mark for the premier institution remains 200 as against 160 agreed on by the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB) and stakeholders of higher institutions. JAMB announced on Tuesday that cut-off mark for admission into federal universities will be 160 for 2019. On Tuesday, JAMB and stakeholders at the 19th Policy Meeting on Admissions to Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria approved 160 and above as the national minimum benchmark for 2019 admission into public universities. But many educationists criticized the cut-off mark, describing it as ridiculously low and a further indication of the falling standard of education. UI, on its part, said it will have nothing to do with the national minimum cut-off mark. Read Also: Candidates react to JAMB’s 160 cut-off mark for admissions In a statement by the office of its Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Idowu Olayinka, the institution said: “For the avoidance of doubts in the minds of our prospective admission seekers, their parents and guardians, our alumni and alumnae and the general public, the minimum mark for any course at the University of Ibadan, and all its Affiliated Institutions, remains 200 out of the maximum of 400. “This has been the position of the Senate of the Univ...

Other News / Education - 4 days ago

LAUTECH student, 15 others arrested for alleged robbery, cultism

The Police in Oyo State on Thursday said it had arrested 16 suspects, including an accounting student of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, over alleged armed robbery, cultism and conspiracy. The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Shina Olukolu, disclosed this while briefing newsmen of the command’s activities at the police headquarters, Eleyele, Ibadan. Olukolu said that the suspects were believed to be the criminals terrorising people of the state in the last few weeks. He assured that the officers and men of the command were to ensure that they rid the state of criminal elements. He said that the arrested LAUTECH student had confessed to being a member of illegal Eiye secret confraternity in the institution and had been unleashing mayhem on members of the public and students. Olukolu said that operatives of Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) arrested the student following a tip-off on June 6 at about 7.30 p.m. in Aroje area, Ogbomoso. Read Also: 15 police officers in detention over extortion “The suspect had been on the wanted list of the police for involvement in series of criminal activities and a team of SARs operative on patrol swung into action after getting the information about him and was arrested. “Two locally-made pistols, four live cartridges, o...

Other News / Education - 4 days ago

Court fixes date for ruling in suit challenging NAU ASUU election

A High Court sitting in Awka, Anambra State, on Thursday, fixed July 3 for ruling in a suit seeking the removal of the Executive of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Nnamdi Azikiwe University (NAU) branch. Dr. Chris Abakare, who contested for the position of the chairman of the union but lost to Dr […] Court fixes date for ruling in suit challenging NAU ASUU election

Other News / Education - 4 days ago

Court fixes July 3 for ruling in suit challenging NAU ASUU election

A High Court sitting in Awka on Thursday fixed July 3 for ruling in a suit seeking the removal of the Executive of the Academic Staff Union of Nigerian (ASUU), Nnamdi Azikiwe University (NAU) branch held in 2018. NAN reports that a lecturer with the NAU, Dr Chris Abakare, sued the ASUU over irregularities in its recently held election. Justice Peace Otti, who was supposed to deliver the ruling on Thursday, fixed the new date, adding:” the ruling is not read,”. NAN reports that Abakare, specifically claimed that he was wrongfully disqualified from participating in the process based on what he called election malpractice resulting from ‘proposed’ guideline introduced after the process of election had begun. Read Also: ASUU shelves planned strike He contended that his disqualification was unlawful, insisting that he met all the criteria needed for him to participate in the election. Abakare had contested for the position of the chairman of the union in the election but lost to Dr Stephen Ufoaroh. Abakare, in suit No.A/295/2018, filed by his lawyer, O.M. Madukaife, contended that he was unjustly disqualified from contesting the election and prayed the court to set aside the exercise. Other defendants are Prof Okey Agu, Dr Okechukwu Nwafor, Prof. Dennis Aribodor (immediate past chairm...

Other News / Education - 4 days ago

Bauchi to declare state of emergency in education

Bauchi State Governor Bala Mohammed has vowed to tackle the declining standard of education in the state’s schools through the declaration of state of emergency. Mohammed, who lamented the backwardness of the state as one of the former citadels of knowledge, said a state of emergency would soon be declared in the sector. The governor spoke in Bauchi yesterday when members of Global Affairs Canada visited him at the Council Chambers, Government House. Mohammed said declaring a state of emergency would help tackle the challenges facing the education sector. According to him, similar measures would be taken in the agriculture and other sectors. “It will be recalled that far back into the First Republic, Bauchi State was reputed as one of the bastions of all categories of educated manpower in Nigeria. “Unfortunately, that reputation has been blown away and the state has become a byword for educational backwardness; a shadow of its former self. The greatest evidence of this decline is the report by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) that there are 1.3 million out-of-school children in the state – the highest in Nigeria. The performance of the state is nothing to write home about. “Never again will any child of school age be left behind...

Other News / Education - 5 days ago

Challenges of gifted education

The three best candidates in the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), Ekene Franklin, Igban Emmanuel Chidiebube and Oluwo Isaac Olamilekan scored 347, 346 and 345. Their marks reflect how gifted they are. Their feat has sparked debate on how Nigeria manages education for the gifted. KOFOWOROLA BELO-OSAGIE reports. Ekene Franklin Ezeunala, 15, has been in the news since  the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB)  Registrar, Prof Is-haq Oloyede, named him as the best performer in the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) on May 11. The SS3 pupil of Meiran Community Senior High School, Ojokoro, Lagos State, scored 347 in the result released 16 days to his 15th birthday. Last Friday, he was presented with a $40,000 presidential scholarship of the Academic City College, Ghana, to study Computer Engineering even though the result of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) he just completed would not be released until August. Ekene got the scholarship because the International Academy for the Gifted (IAG)  has assessed him as a gifted child with intellectual abilities higher than his peers.  The academy, a non-profit run by Professor of Algebra, Adewale Solarin, has scientific and personality tests used to assess and...

Other News / Education - 5 days ago

Sundry Misusages XIII: Ensue . . . plus more

Gentle reminder, please: we are still considering English words, phrases and expressions commonly misused, which misusages often tend to misinform, mislead, confuse and fail to communicate effectively, especially when they come from on high – dizzying academic heights to which all should bow and learn from. We are afraid such misusages are so rampant that we may highlight many more in several editions to come. Trust, you cannot be bored, because what concerns all should interest all. Consider the following: Ensue: You can rest assured that in many instances of the verb ensue that you encounter, it is invariably misused – usually to mean ongoing, apparently. See the misuse in the sentence below: The major distinguishing characteristic is that refugees cross the border of the country from other countries where violent conflict ensues . . . . The word ensues in this statement ‘is incorrect usage, because to ensue is to “happen or occur afterwards or as a result” (Oxford Dictionary of English/AmazonKindle). And the common experience is that people flee a raging conflict in their own country to become refugees in another country.’ To correctly convey this message, therefore, we re-construct, thus: The major distinguishing characteristic is that refugees cross the border of the countr...

Other News / Education - 5 days ago

Lagos public schools sweep Stockholm water prizes

Lagos State schools have won the top three prizes of the 2019 National Stockholm Junior Water Prize (SJWP) 2019 organised by the Swedish Embassy. The three public and two private secondary schools that represented Lagos in the national finals held at the premises of the Embassy of Sweden in Abuja, won the first, second, third, fifth and sixth prizes. The “Water Purifier” project by Ansar-Ud-Deen Grammar School, Randle Avenue, Surulere came first; Abibat Mogaji Millennium Senior Secondary School, Iloro, Agege got second prize; while and Mary Grace College, Abule Egba took the third.  The fifth and sixth prizes went to Penny International College and Kuje Senior Secondary School, Agboju, Lagos. Read Also: GOtv Boxing Night 19 holds in Lagos Lagos was the only state with five projects shortlisted for the final among the about one hundred projects received across the country. The projects were screened by the Young Waters Professionals, organisers of the Competition online. Following the screening, 12 projects, including five from Lagos, were shortlisted for the final. SJWP is open for projects striving to improve water quality, water resources management, water protection, water and wastewater treatment as well as water education and social related aspects of water. The...