Category : Education

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Lagos holds entrance exams into technical colleges on Wednesday

The Lagos State Technical and Vocational Colleges will hold its entrance examination for the 2019 session on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at all the five centres in the state. This is coming on renewed commitment of the Lagos state Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s commitment to invest more in technical and vocational education in order to ensure the creation of platform where youths would not only be armed with employable skills but would be given requisite education that would make them fit into the changing 21st century. Read Also: Entrance exam into Lagos model colleges begins The Sanwo-Olu administration said there is the need for new education infrastructure that would cultivate a learning environment that prepares the youth for new world that demands creativity, intuition and critical thinking. The government added that technology would be integrated into all school curriculum in the state as well as empowering the youth with much needed skills for the job of tomorrow. The entrance examination will hold at all the five colleges in Lagos state. Agidingbi, Adesoba, Epe, Ikotun and Ikorodu. Admission to anybody of these colleges are free.

Other News / Education - 9 hours ago

Education is critical component of my agenda, says Oyetola

Osun State Governor Gboyega Oyetola has said that education is a critical component of the agenda of his administration to take the state to the next level. He said his vision is to continually increase access to quality education to make the residents and citizens of the state realise their full potentials. The governor spoke at the opening ceremony of the 79th plenary meeting of the Joint Consultative Committees on Education, which was hosted by the state. He said his administration is set to promote equitable and qualitative public education, provide value-based education with an emphasis on the competence and character in line with Omoluabi ethos. The governor said he would invest in better equipment and teacher training facilities, adding that he would sustain investment in school infrastructure development, “which was started by Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola’s administration”. Read also: Oyetola inaugurates 228.5km rural roads, grants LGAs autonomy Linking the nation’s unstable development to failure of the education sector to respond to the needs of the people, Oyetola said there are obvious gaps in technical and vocational education, which, according to him, are expected to take care of middle-level manpower challenges. The governor, who said it was imper...

Other News / Education - 2 days ago

Reschedule UTME for us, candidates disqualified by biometrics beg JAMB

Some 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) candidates affected by biometric verification glitches have appealed to the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to re-conduct the examinations for them. JAMB used biometrics for the examinations that held between April 11- 17 with about 1.8 million registered candidates. The UTME is a computer-based standardized examination for prospective undergraduates to gain admission into tertiary institutions in Nigeria. The Biometrics Verification Machine was introduced by the board in an attempt to get rid of the numerous forms of examination malpractice. During registration, candidates’ 10 fingers were captured and used as clearance to admit them into the examination hall. But it was discovered some candidates, on getting to exam centres, were disqualified because the biometric verification was unable to capture their fingers. They narrated how the biometric verification process disqualified from writing, begging JAMB to reschedule the exams for them. A candidate, Olusolanle Tolulope, from Ekiti, narrated how the biometric refused to capture her finger, leading to her inability to write the exams. According to her: “I registered for the exam at FUOYE ICT and when I got to the centre, I couldn’t resolve my biometric v...

Other News / Education - 3 days ago

215 students bag 1st class honours at Covenant University

A total of 215 students of the Covenant University, Ota in Ogun,were conferred with First Class degrees at its 2018/2019 convocation on Friday. The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Aaron Atayero, performed the ceremony during the instititution’s 14th Convocation and the Conferment of Honourary Doctorate Degrees, and Presentation of Prizes. The event took place within the institution’s campus in Ota. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 1,580 students graduated for the academic session. They comprised: 215 first class honours, 668 second class upper honours, 415 second class lower, nine in third class and 239 post-graduates. Miss Ajia Motunrayo, a student in the Department of Petroleum Engineering, College of Engineering, emerged the best student with a Cumulative Grade Point Average( CGPA) of 5.0. NAN reports that this was the first time that the institution would be attaining such a feat, the closest being the 2016 convocation where Master Winner Deji-Folutile from Department of Architecture had 4.97. Atayero in his address noted that education is a powerful weapon which can be used to change the world and achieve sustainable economic growth, especially, on the African continent. ” The institution is committed to supporting and encouraging research and development works aimed at...

Other News / Education - 3 days ago

Zidora Aid Foundation set to send relief naterials, flag-off Back to School in IDPs

As charity has no end, more giving leads to more giving. This has been the guiding touch for Zidora Aid Foundation, a charity platform recognised both home and abroad. In adding to the existing giving system of the foundation, Zidora Aid Foundation will be embarking on a humanitarian project that focus majorly on the Internally […] Zidora Aid Foundation set to send relief naterials, flag-off Back to School in IDPs

Other News / Education - 3 days ago

Zidora Aid Foundation set to send relief materials, flag off back to school in IDPs

As charity has no end, more giving leads to more giving. This has been the guiding touch for Zidora Aid Foundation, a charity platform recognised both home and abroad. In adding to the existing giving system of the foundation, Zidora Aid Foundation will be embarking on a humanitarian project that focus majorly on the Internally […] Zidora Aid Foundation set to send relief materials, flag off back to school in IDPs

Other News / Education - 3 days ago

Why African varsities are ranked low, by Okebukola

Low investment, shortfall in research capacity and cutting corners in research are some factors which constitute drawbacks to the ability of African universities to compete favourably with their international counterparts in global ranking. Other factors are: weak attraction of international workers and students, poor utilisation of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for visibility and poor data collection and management. A former Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof Peter Okebukola, painted these pictures yesterday when he delivered the Covenant University’s 14th convocation lecture in Ota, Ogun State. The former NUC chief regretted that universities in Africa might continue to experience the ranking challenge due to questions bordering on academic integrity. Okebukola spoke on the topic: World Ranking Parameters: Matters Arising for African Universities. For years, the erudite scholar noted, African universities had been contending with myriads of issues bordering on integrity. Read also: 26% UNESCO funding benchmark a myth — Okebukola The issues, he said, include proven cases of examination fraud, plagiarism across undergraduate and post-graduate levels, forged research data, spurious academic certificates and dishonest report of...

Other News / Education - 3 days ago

Reps move to avert strike actions by university unions

The House of Representatives has called on the Federal Government to release earned allowances of Non Teaching Staff of Nigerian Universities from 2009 to 2016. This followed a motion of Urgent Public Importance by Rep. Aisha Dukku (APC-Gombe) at plenary on Thursday. The call was aimed at averting the impending strike by the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU). Moving the motion, Dukku said that the unions had directed their branches to mobilise members for a nationwide protest before embarking on strike. She said the action was as a result of refusal of the federal government to recall sacked workers of University Staff Schools as well as alleged discriminatory attitude of government towardsmembers of the unions. Read also: Resident doctors call off strike Dukku expressed concern that the unions decried exclusion of their members from being part of National University Pension Company (NUPENCO) soly operated by Academic Staff Association of University (ASUU). “The alleged preferential treatment extended to ASUU by the Federal Government is seen in recent allocation of money by the Ministry of Education. “The ministry allocated 80 per cent of the money to ASUU and only 29 per cent for non-teaching staff unions,” she sai...

Other News / Education - 4 days ago

Frank Edwards celebrates 17yrs of being Asthma free

Nigerian gospel singer, Frank Edwards is celebrating 17 years of being healed of Asthma. Edwards, who took to Instagram handle @frankrichboy to celebrate, also expressed gratitude to God for the healing. According to the gospel singer, he had never used an inhaler since those years and nothing has happened to him. The singer, with excitement, prayed for those going through same challenge, Edwards wrote: Nigerian gospel singer Frank Edwards “Today marks 17 years God healed me from asthma and I’ve never used an inhaler since then. “My prayer tonight is to everyone with any type of health challenge even if it’s a terminal disease. Read Also: Mary Njoku celebrates partnership with Canal+ to grow African films “WE SERVE A GOD WHO CAN TERMINATE TERMINAL DISEASES!! Be free from sickness IN JESUS NAME!!! Edwards is one of the most popular gospel musicians in Nigeria, one of the most appreciated Christian singer and his songs have become very popular. His debut album saw the light in 2008 and was called ‘The Definition’ which consisted of 14 tracks and he released several other albums, like “Angels on t he Runaway” in 2010 and “Unlimited” in 2011. He has become a new label in the music industry and has released famous songs, like:You too dey bless me; Omema o, Mma Mma, Welcome to Zion etc...

Other News / Education - 4 days ago

Covenant Varsity to release 1,555 graduates at 14th convocation

Activities for the 14th convocation of Covenant University, Ota, Ogun State, began yesterday with a special convocation assembly, service and a hooding event for the School of Postgraduate Studies. In a statement yesterday, the institution said 1,555 graduates, comprising 1,312 undergraduates and 243 post-graduate studies will bid farewell to their alma mater at tomorrow’s grand finale which will hold at the university’s chapel. Tagged: The Release of Eagles 19, a former Executive Secretary, now Strategy Advisory Committee of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof Peter Okebukola, will today deliver the convocation lecture. With the theme: World Ranking Parameters: Matters Arising for African Universities, the lecture will be followed by an exhibition of the university’s product, among other activities. Read also: UNILAG alumni to honour Sanwo-Olu, 18 others Tomorrow is the grand finale where the graduands in various academic programmes will be recognised and celebrated for their achievements in the presence of parents, university management and guests. The grand finale, which begins between 9 a.m and 12.30 a.m, will feature a keynote address with the topic: The Africa We Want: The Role of Higher Education, to be delivered by the Chairman of Baobab Media and former Dire...

Other News / Education - 4 days ago

Tips on studying abroad

Nigerian students are happy when they go abroad to study. However, making a success of their stay depends on how well they adapt to their new environment. KOFOWOROLA BELO-OSAGIE examines the coping tips shared with a group of students travelling to the United States for further studies. With about 12, 693 Nigerians studying in United States colleges and universities, Nigeria has the 13th largest population of international students in the North American country. Being accepted to study in the U.S. comes with a lot of prestige for students given the country’s reputation for quality education which offers its graduates greater visibility in the job market.  However, before they get to the point of graduating from these institutions, Nigerians, like other international students, face some challenges that can derail their education if not well managed. In the past, the student visas of many were cancelled leading to deportation; some found themselves in jail because of involvement in crime, while others even ended up dead as a result of ignorance about the weather, culture, involvement with drugs, and other issues. In an interview with The Nation at a pre-departure orientation for students going for undergraduate and postgraduate studies in U.S., EducationUSA officer, Mrs Adeol...

Other News / Education - 4 days ago

Lagos SUBEB to education secretaries: be diligent

Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) Chairman, Dr Ganiyu Sopeyin has told Education Secretaries to be diligent in running their Local Government Education Authorities (LGEA). Speaking at a meeting with the 20 Education Secretaries at the Lagos SUBEB headquarters in Maryland, Sopeyin said Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu desired progress in the sector. He said the governor and his deputy, Dr Olufemi Hamzat, had been visiting schools to ensure repairs of facilities. Sopeyin said in an interview after the meeting: “The Governor (and the deputy governor) since he assumed duty has shown a lot of passion for education – particularly in the area of provision of infrastructure for children in our schools – also to ensure that things go on as expected in schools. We have no choice than take a cue from his feelings, it is a riot act to Education Secretaries to do what is expected of them as managers of education in their various LGEAs to go back to hold meetings with various staff, let them know what is expected of them towards promoting basic education in Lagos State.” The SUBEB chair said the Education Secretaries were reminded of laws governing the regulation of education in the state, and urged them to ensure they were kept. “We discussed zero to...

Other News / Education - 4 days ago

Nigerian mode of skills acquisition archaic, says Rector

International Vocational, Technical and Enterpreneurship College (IVTEC)  Rector Dr Ade Somide has described the mode of skills acquisition in the country as outdated. Somide said this in Ajase-Ipo, Irepodun Local Government Area of the state, during the matriculation of 468 students for a three-month special certificate programme for artisans in the college. He said: “The mode of training and skills acquisition in Nigeria is archaic, old fashioned and it does not fit in well with the 21st century knowledge economy. This college was established as way to modernise the mode of training in this county so that we can have highly skilled labour capable of competing anywhere in the world. We believe it is very important because it not only addresses the issue of poverty it also empowers youth to go out and become employers of labour.” Read Also: Centre trains 836 women in skills The students were sponsored by the Youth Employment and Social Support Operation (YESSO), Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KWIRS), the Presidency, and other institutions. By the end of their programme, Somide said the students would be able to start their own businesses. He said: “Today’s matriculating class  comprised 350 S4J YESSO candidates sponsored by World Bank/National Directorate of Employment, 46...

Other News / Education - 4 days ago

Sundry Misusages XVIII: Hand over/Handover . . . plus more

Still striving to promote correct usage, we move on with alphabetically selected specimens for this edition’s conversation. Here we go: Hand over/handing over/Handover The issue here is that many writers do not mind the word categories these expressions belong to respectively. Hand over is a phrasal verb, while handing over is the present continuous of that same phrasal verb. But handover is a noun. When you confuse the classifications of any words, terms or expressions, you are bound to misuse them, as in the following sentence: A proper handing over will not take place. Handing over has been wrongly used as a noun in this sentence. Correct usage is hand over, which we have identified above as a noun, because a noun is required there. Thus, the sentence should read as follows: A proper handover will not take place. Note, however, that it is correct to say: “We are handing over now to the new chairman.” But handing over is used here in the present continuous sense of the phrasal verb hand over. A related usage, which we should always mind, is where we use handover as an adjective, for example: “The handover ceremony begins this afternoon.” Here, handing over will not serve, because it is no adjective. So, avoid errors like “The handing over ceremony begins this afternoon.” Haven...

Other News / Education - 4 days ago

UNILAG alumni to honour Sanwo-Olu, 18 others

The University of Lagos (UNILAG) Alumni Association (UNILAG) Lagos State branch, has announced plans to honour Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu during its alumni week which begins tomorrow. Chairman of the Lagos branch, Dr Lukumon Adeoti, said at a press conference that Sanwo-Olu, an alumnus of the university, would be presented with an award of excellence in “conceptualization of new ideas for national growth”. He said two other governors, Dr Samuel Ortom of Benue State, and Mr Darius Ishaku of Taraba State, were among the 19 distinguished Nigerians to be honoured by the association this year for their contribution to national development. Read Also: Sanwo-Olu declares Lekki, Ikoyi plazas toll free today The awards would be presented during the association’s annual dinner at the Jelili Omotola Multipurpose Hall on Sunday which would end the activities. Other programmes outlined for the alumni week include: Jumat service will hold tomorrow at the UNILAG Central Mosque; workout/Aerobics, indoor games and novelty match on Saturday at the UNILAG Sport Centre; a special thanksgiving at the UNILAG chapel on and the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Sunday.