SSANU, NASU strike plunges UI into darkness

IBADAN- The University of Ibadan (UI) has been plunged into total darkness following the non-teaching staff unions’ strike, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. The strike was embarked upon on Monday by the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) as directed by their national bodies. Speaking with NAN on Tuesday on the effects of the strike, the Chairman, SSANU, UI, Mr Rasak Omisore, said the union was forced to down tools to press home their demands. He said their agitations included unpaid four months’ salaries and funding of the universities, both at the federal and state levels. Omisore added that there would be no meaningful development in Nigeria if the funding of education took the back seat. “We are also talking about the constitution of governing councils for all the universities where their councils have been dissolved, as the importance of councils in universities cannot be underestimated. “We are expecting the Federal Government to invite the national council of our union to address the issues of our …

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Niger govt frowns at viral debate video, says pupil used violent language

NIGER- Niger State Ministry for Basic and Secondary Education has condemned the use of vulgar and violent language in a school debate by a pupil from a school in the State. This was contained in a statement by Malam Jibrin Kodo, Information Officer of the Ministry and made available to newsmen in Minna on Sunday. The viral video on social media showed a pupil using inappropriate language during a debate in one of the schools in the state. The statement said that “the disturbing content of the video, was evident that the student was coached to use violence and vulgar language in his presentation. “Such behaviour is not only unacceptable by the Ministry, but also goes against the values, respect and decorum that should be upheld in an educational setting,” it said. The ministry, however, emphasised the importance of promoting a positive and respectful learning environment for students and pupils at their formative age. It noted that the use of vulgar and violent language not only reflects poor orientation for the individual pupils but also for the school and the educational system. …

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50% Of Pupils In Enugu State Cannot Read In English Or Solve Simple Mathematics Questions- SSG

ENUGU- The Secretary to the Enugu State Government (SSG), Chidiebere Onyia, has disclosed that recent findings show that 50 per cent of pupils in the state can neither read in English nor solve simple mathematics questions. Onyia made this known on Thursday in Enugu, while delivering a keynote address titled, “Smart Basic Education and the Future of Africa” at the quadrennial convention of the Old Boys Association of Union Secondary School, Awkunanaw. The SSG said the shortcoming was discovered in November 2023 when the government conducted its Baseline Assessment of primary schools in the state. Onyia also expressed concern that the current teaching mode does not equip the pupils with scientific, technological, productive, and digital competencies. He said, “Our findings were shocking. After six years of primary school, 50 per cent of our children cannot read a single word in English and those who can read struggle with comprehension. “50% of our children cannot solve simple subtraction challenges. What we found out in Enugu State is written large across our nation. “The World Bank, UNICEF, and UNESCO have defined this as …

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Abia Govt. Begins Reforms in Education Sector

Umuahia, – The Abia Government says it has begun massive reforms in the education sector to improve the standard of education. The Commissioner for Information and Culture, Mr Okey Kanu, said this on Wednesday while briefing newsmen on the outcome of the State Executive Council meeting at the Government House, Umuahia. He said that plans were underway  to conduct a comprehensive re-accreditation of private schools in the state. He also said that an enforcement team had been set up to ensure that private schools in the state met all the minimum standards required by government. According to him, the enforcement team will look into the curriculum of the schools to ensure they meet the required standards and are compliant with the rules and regulations guiding their establishment. “The team will look at the space these schools have because a lot of schools these days don’t even have grounds for children to exercise. “There are too many things in their menu with regards to standards,” the commissioner said. He said that government was determined to reposition the education sector, which informed …

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We Got Quality Education At Taraba State Poly – Alumni

By Sylvanus Viashima, Jalingo The Alumni Association of Taraba State Polytechnic, Suntai, on Thursday said that the quality of learning they got from the Polytechnic has given them an edge over other students in most of the Universities they attended to further their education. The members are reacting to Social Media reports that the school produces students who bribe their way and literally buy certificates without learning. Mr John Israel Bobuin, the leader of the alumni association told journalists that most of the students who graduated from the school and are studying in other institutions of learning in and outside the state have distinguished themselves. Bobuin said that most of the offices in the state are also staffed by graduates of the school and are doing very well in their various fields of endeavours. “Our attention has been drawn to a malicious story making rounds the social Media that the Taraba State Polytechnic is producing students who graduate without adequate knowledge. The story, alleged that students bribe lecturers to pass their examinations without learning anything. “This is a big slap …

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“Politicians are using their children’s education for campaign strategy” Cubana Chief Priest vows to support ASUU strike peaceful protest

Nigerian entrepreneur, show promoter and socialite, Pascal Chubuike Okechukwu better known as Cubana Chief Priest has promised to support Nigerian students if they decide to start a peaceful protest because of the ASUU strike. He stated that he would support them with his full chest the same way groups bought aspiration forms worth hundreds of millions for politicians. Cubana Chief Priest noted how the crime rate keeps increasing because the youths are not properly engaged with education. He pointed out how politicians are using their children’s education for the 2023 campaign strategy. “If students begin peaceful protest of this ASUU strike I go support them for the movement with my full chest just the same way groups bought aspiration forms worth hundreds of millions for politicians. The crime rate keeps increasing because the youths are not properly engaged with education. Our economy is collapsing because so many states like my state generate so many funds for their economy from these students when schools are in session. Owerri has 5 major universities in it, the city is nothing when schools are on strike, the …

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I’ll Prioritize Education, IGR – Taraba APC Guber Aspirant Promises

By Sylvanus Viashima Jalingo (Precise Post) – The Taraba State governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief David Sabo Kente on Saturday promised to prioritize education and the boosting of Internally Generated Revenue if elected governor next year. The Governorship hopeful who disclosed this in Jalingo while officially declaring his intention to contest the governorship ticket of the APC in the 2023 Taraba governorship race explained that he will introduce double stream teaching and learning model to revive the education sector if given the mandate. He explained that the double stream would entail children going to school both morning and evening to end the menace of out of school children Kente noted that the model would enable his administration to use less educational infrastructure to train more students so that the funds for additional school infrastructure would be channelled to teachers’ welfare and other developmental projects. He said he will tap the enormous natural endowment in the state to improve state’s Internally Generated Revenue and address the development needs of the state rather than depending …

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Aremu Says Sound Education, Solution To Insecurity, Banditry

AGENCY REPORT Ilorin – Mr lssa Aremu, Director-General, Michael lmoudu National lnstitute for Labour Studies (MlNlLS), has said that sound and qualitative education would help curb banditry, kidnapping and other vices in the country. Aremu said this on Sunday while delivering a lecture on the implementation of the new National Education Development Plan at the 55 anniversary celebration of the llorin Grammar School (lGS). Aremu, who is an old student of the school, noted that there is no substitute for qualitative and sound education and urged the three tiers of government to invest more in education According to him, education is the only weapon that can eradicate all security challenges and other negative tendencies retarding national growth and development. “Nothing can be equated with sound education in any society, after education is education, education is capable of eradicating security challenges confronting the nation,” he said. He lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for puting in place new National Education Development Plan and urged stakeholders in the education sector and Nigerians to support him towards the realization of the objective. Aremu also called …

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JAMB takes over collection of registration fee from CBT centres to end extortion

JAMB says it has taken over the collection of the N700 registration fee for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), from 2022. It said in its weekly bulletin issued in Abuja on Monday that it would collect the approved N700 registration fee at the point of registration and remit the same to the various approved centres. “JAMB will as from the 2022 UTME exercise, be collecting the approved N700 registration fee on behalf of the various Computer-Based Test (CBT) centres along with its UTME registration fees. “The board will then remit whatever is due to each registration centre to its bank account on a weekly basis or any timeframe acceptable to the centre owners. “This laudable step was borne out of a painstaking review of the entire UTME registration process which has revealed some unethical and unacceptable practices by many CBT centres. “It is to be noted that these centres were allowed to collect only N700 as registration charges, but some fraudulent centre owners misused that opportunity to engage in conduct unbecoming of respectable establishments. “They indulge in massive extortion …

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NUT directs teachers not to shun Kaduna planned test

The National Executive Council of the Nigeria Union of Teachers has directed its members in Kaduna State not to participate in the competency test being organised by the state government. The Deputy National President of the union, Mr Kelvin Nwankwo, gave the directive in Kaduna on Wednesday, during a meeting with teachers in the state. Nwankwo explained that the union issued the directive following plans by the Kaduna State Government to conduct competency tests for public primary school teachers in December. The Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board had in July announced plans to conduct competency test for primary school teachers to ensure quality teaching. Dr Christy Alademerin, Permanent Member, Human Resource Management, Kaduna SUBEB had disclosed that the competency test was to ensure that the state has “the best of the best”. “We are going to conduct the competency test to either weed out incompetent ones or whatever the outcome will look like, just to maintain the standards,” she said. Reacting to the development, the state wing of the union in a communique on Aug. 18 declared that none …

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Nigerians are competitive abroad due to good education at home, says Buhari

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has said the competitiveness which Nigerians display abroad is a result of the good education they acquired before travelling out of the country. This is as he urged Nigerians in Diaspora to always abide by the rules of their host countries. The President said this when he met with the Minister of State Foreign Affairs of the United Arab Emirates, Shaikh Shakboot Alnahyan, at the sidelines of the Paris Peace Forum on Friday. Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina disclosed this in a statement titled ‘Nigerians Competitive Both Home And Abroad, President Buhari Tells UAE Minister.’ Adesina quoted Buhari as saying, “Nigerians are all over the place, very competitive. And the competitiveness starts from home, where they have acquired good education, gone into businesses, and then take all that abroad.” The President encouraged Nigerians in Diaspora to “subject themselves to the rules and standards of the country in which they live either as working class, or doing businesses.” He welcomed the offer by UAE to partner with Nigeria …

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Kogi closes illegal schools

The Kogi State Government yesterday began the closure of sub-standard and illegal schools operating in the state. In a chat with reporters shortly after the exercise in Lokoja, the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr Wemi Jones, said the ministry had been empowered by law to close down any illegal school in the state. Jones, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Pastor Emmanuel Idenyi, said Kogi State Education Law came into effect in 2020 which empowered the ministry to close down sub-standard and illegal schools. He stressed that until the affected schools fulfilled the ministry’s conditions for operations in the state, they would remain closed. According to him, there is a task force already set up by the ministry that is going around, adding that the exercise would continue until set goals were achieved. He advised owners of other sub-standard schools in the state to be ready for the same exercise. The proprietors of some other schools were advised to report at the ministry today. Source

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Drop Your Arms, Get Education And Do Away With Evil – Fulani Christians Plead With Killer Tribesmen

According to a report by SaharaReporters, some Christian Fulani people under the aegis of Fulani Christians Association of Nigeria (FULCAN) have started a campaign to correct the wrong impressions many Nigerians have about Fulani people. The group which aims to create a new image for themselves and the next generation of Fulani people, said they are being stereotyped as killers and violent people. In a statement released on Friday, the group urged Fulani people in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Central African Republic, Niger Republic, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Gambia and others to work hard to shake off the negative stereotype. Chairman of the group, Rev. Buba Aliyu said, “The Fellowship brings together Fulani across the entire West African region. The denominations that came together to form FULCAN were SIM, ECWA, TEKAN, Anglican, EYN, COCIN, Baptist, CRCN, NKST among others and unite the entire Fulani who are Christians in Nigeria and other West African countries. We are out to educate and create this awareness that there are Fulani Christians in these countries. “We the Fulanis that have accepted Jesus Christ as our Saviour …

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Maritime University Boss Hails Effedua Over Outstanding Performance In MAN

By Ogechi Okorie Abuja (Precise Post) – The Vice Chancellor of Nigeria Maritime University, NMU, Okerenkoko, Prof. Emmanuel Adigio has praised the Rector of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Commodore Emmanuel Duja Effedua (Rtd.) over his outstanding efforts at repositioning the nation’s premier maritime education and training centre to world class in less than 4 years in office. The VC who was represented by the Dean, School of Maritime Transport and Logistics of the institution, Dr. Victor Omoke made this known during the educational tour of the Academy by Cadets of NMU on Tuesday. While commending the rate of transformation in the Academy, Dr. Omoke classified the quality of educational and infrastructural facilities put in place by the Rector in the Academy as second to none in the Country. He hinted that the class of leaders in the likes of Commodore Effedua (Rtd.) is what Nigerians desire, adding that Nigeria needed to replicate his likes in every sector of the economy for speedy positive changes. He said “I visited the Academy few years ago and it is nothing compared to …

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UNICEF hands over girl child education funding to Zamfara govt

By Ibrahim G. Ahmad Gusau – The United Nations International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has officially handed over the programme of funding and management of Girl Child Education to the Zamfara government with effect from July 1, 2021 Ms Miriam Moreso, UNICEF Chief Education Manager, Sokoto Office, handed over on Friday, at a meeting to mark the end of UNICEF’s girl child education activities, which would henceforth be the responsibility of the state government. Moreso said UNICEF had created a solid foundation in the area of girl child education, leading to increased school enrollment and continuity in the state. She called on all stockholders in the state to put their best to ensure the sustainability of the programme, as it had a lot of advantages in promoting education among the teeming youths. The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Alhaji Lawali Mainasara, said that the state government was doing its best in education development and the ministry had already planned to include girl child education in the state’s educational Master plan to enable the sustenance of the programme. said that Gov. …

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Former Liberian Leader Sirleaf, Launches First Ivy League School In Abuja (Photos)

By Our Reporter Abuja (Precise Post) – Former Liberian President Helen Johnson Sirleaf was the first to pay glowing commendation on The Aretean school, Abuja, as the school opened its doors to Abuja residents at the weekend to begin operations and achieve the dream of providing quality education to Nigerians based in the capital city. The Areaten, a brainchild of years of careful and purposeful planning runs a British Curriculum and is focused on giving children under its wings sound and well-rounded education supervised by leading professionals with international certification. The school is beginning its pre-term calendar with Booth camps for Football, Basketball and Swimming from the 5th of July, 2021. Parents are rest assured that The Aretean will surely be home away from home, as the premises is filled with fun things that will keep their children and wards educated and entertained, while at the same time receiving quality teaching from well trained teachers.

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