Monday March 30th, 2015
Monday March 30th, 2015
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What we expect from the next President—Students

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File photo:  Cross section of students

Although for now, no one can say for sure whether President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, or General Muhammadu Buhari will win the elections, Saturday School Life, SSL, sought the views of Nigerian students to find out what they expect from the next President as well as whether they will play an active role in deciding who he will be.

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WAEC set for CBT, as Minister seeks introduction of team-work in marking scheme

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THE West African Examinations Council, WAEC, has disclosed, it’s high time secondary school students started preparing to write the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations, WASSCE, through Computer Based Test, CBT.

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Economy can only be as robust as its entrepreneurs – Odufuwa

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CHAIRMAN, Governing Council,Lagos City Polytechnic, Engr. Babatunde Odufuwa has stated that an economy can only be as robust as its entrepreneurs. Just as he also pointed out that the low level of entrepreneurial propensity among students of higher education is the bane of not starting their own business.

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NTIC Maths contest raises hope for Nigerians

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FEAR has been implicated as one of the major causes of poor performance rate in Mathematics among primary school pupils. And it is against this backdrop that the Nigerian Turkish International Colleges, NTIC, in partnership with National Mathematics Center, NMC, decided to rekindle hope through the institution of the Annual National Mathematics Competition for pupils in primary 5 and 6 classes.

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VC advises KWASU students against electoral violence

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Students of Kwara State University, KWASU, have been charged by the institution’s Vice Chancellor, Professor AbdulRasheed Na’Allah, to shun violent acts before, during and after the elections.

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Global ranking: Nigerian varsities can’t be among the best in 4 years — Experts

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Experts in the education sector have described President Goodluck Jonathan’s optimism that Nigerian universities would be ranked among the best in the world in the next four years, as a result of the ongoing transformation of the education system, as an empty political statement meant to win votes as Nigeria still lacks real programmes aimed at revamping public education beyond the same old and disastrous capitalist neo-liberal agenda of putting the private sector in the driving seat of investment in education.

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Malaysia to hang Nigerian student for drug trafficking

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A 29-year-old Nigerian student at a private college in Malaysia, Luke Nnaemeka Ugwu, has been sentenced to death by hanging by a Malaysian High Court for drug trafficking.

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LASU Students Union passes vote of confidence on VC

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Contrary to the demand of ASUU that the Lagos State University Vice Chancellor, Professor John Obafunwa should be suspended, LASU Students Union has passed a vote of confidence in the Vice Chancellor, urging him to remain in office and complete his tenure.
The decision was reached after the Union congress held on 20th March 2015 at LASU MBA Hall.

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Blind, deaf students empowered with skills

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The schools for the blind and deaf have recently acquired saving and investment skill as part of activities to commemorate 2015 Global Money Week. The financial empowerment seminar which took place at the Wesley School for the Deaf and Pacelli School for the Blind and Partially Sighted Children, witnessed huge participation as a non-governmental organization, Financial Literacy for All, FLA, equipped the students with the knowledge of how to save and spend wisely.

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Schools urged to adopt innovative methods in teaching Maths

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PROPRIETORS and head teachers of primary schools in Nigeria have been urged to implement Abacus in their schools in order to lay a solid foundation for the progress of their students. Abacus, said Alhaji Jimoh Aare, Chairman of the Lagos Chapter of Mathematics Association of Nigeria, MAN, has the potential to empower students and help improve the pass rate in Mathematics.

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Dons seek core roles for counsellors role in schools

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Professor Florence Obi, Dean of Education, University of Calabar, Dr. Taiwo Folasade Ipaye, Registrar and Secretary to Council, University of Lagos UNILAG, Professor Ngozi Osarenren, a lecturer at UNILAG and former Commissioner for Education, Edo State, have unanimously called on schools to give student counsellors a paramount place in schools to do their core job.

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Using public health education to fight Ebola: Roehampton online student example

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The outbreak of Ebola in parts of West Africa saw health officials, hospitals and other industry stakeholders reassessing their levels of preparedness for dealing with public health emergencies. Widespread shortages of doctors, nurses and volunteers possessing requisite knowledge and skills for containing the epidemic was recorded in affected areas, resulting in the spread of the deadly disease from Guinea to Sierra Leone, Liberia, Senegal, Nigeria and outside the shores of Africa.

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Red Cross donates furniture to schools

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*Over-crowded class in the school

Nigeria Red Cross Society, Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Division, Ogun State, has donated 200 chairs and lockers worth millions of naira to Ansar-Ud Deen Practising School, Ota and Local Government School III, Sango-Ota in Ogun state.

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LOGISS shines at National Assembly school awards

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File photo:  Cross section of students

At the recent Strategic School Management and Outstanding Private Schools Merit Awards, organised by the House of Representatives Committee on Education in conjunction with Family Affairs Consultancy Limited, Logos International Secondary School, LOGISS, a mission school in Awo-Omamma, Imo State, stood out among the other honorees selected from among the countless private schools scattered across Nigeria.

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Research/Innovation surest way to grow economy — Prof Onwualu

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NIGERIA’S major problem: While serving as the Director-General of RMRDC, I was also the chairman of the Committee of Directors of all research institutes in Nigeria which enabled me to work and interact with the chief executives of all the research institutes within the Nigerian innovation system. “Over the years, I have been involved in quite a number of research programmes and these have resulted in a number of very useful technologies. At inception, there was a lot of emphasis on agriculture and solid minerals in Nigeria, but with the discovery of oil, the country moved away from those natural resources to crude oil and we have seen the price of oil going down.

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GTBank’s Training Academy gets CIBN accreditation

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L-R: Segun Agbaje, Acting MD GTBank and Chris Dercon, Director Tate Gallery, UK after  signing the agreement in UK.

In recognition of the quality of the entry level programme which takes fresh graduates through an intensive four-month pre-career course, the Guaranty Trust Bank Training Academy for pre-entry level staff has been accredited by the Governing Council of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) as a School of Banking Excellence.

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50,000 students write Cowbell Maths

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Cowbell has reiterated its commitment to boost the study of Mathematics among students stating that Mathematics is the bedrock of Science and technology. Speaking at the first stage examination for NASSMAC held at the Immaculate Heart Secondary School, Maryland, Mr Abiodun Ayodeji , Category Manager Dairy said: ‘’the Cowbell Secondary School Mathematics Competition encourages the study of mathematics because mathematics is the bedrock of Science which is the bedrock of innovation.’’

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Why some students are yet to get refund of fees —LASU VC

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Prof Obafunwa

THE Vice Chancellor,Lagos State University, LASU, Professor John Obafunwa has disclosed that the over N209 million which was released by the state government as refund for excess school fees paid by students, is yet unclaimed by some students due to certain factors. While speaking with journalists in Lagos, he noted that the initial delay was necessitated by the due process involved in getting the money out of the state’s treasury. He said: “We had to go through the Ministries of Education, Economic Planning and Budget, and Finance before the money could be released.

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How to salvage our crisis-ridden education sector, by Adamolekun

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“Because of the great value attached to education globally, crisis in the sector must be considered a serious cause for concern as education is almost everywhere considered as the key to economic prosperity and a vital instrument for combating disease, tackling poverty, and supporting sustainable development.”

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After UTME Rigour: Will candidates still be subjected to post UTME?

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CANDIDATES WRITING UTME IN ABUJA

“Therefore, one would think that subjecting prospective candidates to further test such as the post UTME by the tertiary institutions would not only amount not only to exploitation but unduly putting prospective candidates through excruciating experience. ‘’The foregoing is attainable with the JAMB working in synergy with all stakeholders in the education and communication sectors.’’

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FG approves new private universities: Matters arising (1)

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*Fashion Entrepreneur, Mai Atafo, addressing UNILAG students during the "Take A Girl Child to Work" initiative organised by South African High Commission in partnership with MultiChoice Nigeria held at MultiChoice Head Office in Lagos.

For over 18 months, since the first articles about Nigerian universities were published, I have been announcing that close to 25 new private universities are on the way. The announcement on March 1, 2015 of the approval of nine new private universities did not come as shock to me. There are several other private universities racing to enter what was once a lucrative market but is now already glutted. Add to these, the Asaba University, which a gateman had misled me into believing that it is government-owned, and the known new universities now total 10.

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How we are digitizing Almajiri schools as antidote to poverty – NOTAP

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Almajiri in the Islamic tradition is actually a high caliber word, it arose from Alima Jirud, people who are moving from one part of the world to the other, looking for Islamic or Arabic knowledge. In Nigeria, it has dropped to the lowest level, that it has now become a stigma. Today, no discerning and educated person wants his child to become one, particularly, the elite class, having been tagged the begging group in the society.

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After Jamb’s CBT, is there need for post UTME?

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CANDIDATES WRITING UTME IN ABUJA

By Saturday 22nd March, all things being equal, the Computer Based Test conducted by Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) would have been concluded.

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Why we chose technical schools —Students, parents

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File photo:  Cross section of students

Needless to say, technical schools across the nation are not the most popular choice. There are only about 132 technical colleges compared to the thousands of secondary schools across the country. The idea that technical education is inferior to senior secondary education is accepted by many parents and teachers for reasons ranging from the craze for white collar jobs to the reported underfunding of technical colleges.

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Covenant Varsity students redefine theatre with Midnight play

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Covenant University, Ota

Covenant University Theatre Group, CUTG, last weekend performed a stage play for the school environment. The play which marked the seventh in the group’s Drama Night series, begins like a fairytale. Nkem, poor blind girl falls in love with Femi, a rich young man who, despite disapproval from his family and friends goes against all odds to marry her.

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Fashola commissions LASU Radio, 2 other projects March 19

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Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State will on Thursday, March 19, be commissioning the Lagos State University, LASU Radio- 95.7fm and two other completed ongoing projects during the institution’s 20th convocation kicking-off on Thursday, March 12.

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Confusion in UTME gets messier

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PIC. 2. CANDIDATES WRITING UNIFIED TERTIARY MATRICULATION EXAMINATION  

(UTME) IN ABUJA ON TUESDAY (10/3/15).
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The confusion experienced by candidates of Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations UTME, last week over dates for the examination heightened on Monday as students who were earlier informed by JAMB that the examination would start on March 9 got to their examination centres to realise it had been shifted till the next day. JAMB’s Public Relations Office, Mr Benjamin Fabian had last week informed candidates through the media that the examination would commences on 9 March, 2014.

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Jonathan and Almajiri’s empowerment

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President Goodluck Jonathan flanked by Governor Aliyu Wammako and the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa'ad Abubakar III while Governor Saidu Dakingari of Kebbi ZState (l) and others watched during the official ceremony to commission the Model Almajiri school at Gagi, Sokoto State.

The issue of the Almajiri has remained worrisome to Nigerians; it has been a source of embarrassment since independence. The Almajiri, as it is, has no place in modern society. Reports show that they are about 10 million children roaming the streets of Northern Nigeria. Mr. President sees these children as Nigeria’s responsibility and as is common with politicians’ lip-service, Jonathan has chosen to be different as he feels sincerely obligated to the less-privileged young Nigerians.

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How good are Nigerian University Lecturers?

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“…60 percent of those who are in the university system are not university materials; 60 percent of those who are called lecturers and professors in the university system today are not university materials…The survey I want people to do is to look at at the university graduates, First class and Second Class Upper, 2.1, from 1990, where will you find 60 percent of them?

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10.5m out-of-school children: Technology, big part of the solution — AUN President

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“It is a simple formula but now, people around the world, from Syria to those dealing with ISIS, are asking how we have handled these vulnerable youths.”The API members are mostly community leaders who know members of the community and those that need help. So they identified those vulnerable youths and AUN rolled out some programs for them, including the Peace through Education program. The AUN-API education component has three programs: primary school – literacy and math; secondary school- science, technology, engineering and math, (STEM) and a principals and teacher training institute.

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Polytechnic suffers 25% reduction of monthly allocation

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A Cross Section of the Final Year Students  Photo By Diran Oshe

Monthly allocation to state owned tertiary institutions in Delta State has been reduced by twenty-five percent even the release of the allocation has not been regular. Speaking during the familiarization visit of the new Commissioner for Higher Education, Hon. Charles Emetulu to the polytechnic, the Rector of Delta State Polytechnic, Otefe-Oghara, Dr Clara Sogbaike said: “ monthly overhead cost from the state government has been reduced by 25 per cent from four million naira to three million naira”.

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Olashore boosts teachers knowledge through specialist training

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In its continuous efforts to blaze the trail in the education sector in Nigeria, Olashore International School has started a special training programme for carefully selected teachers across the country. The programme , tagged, The Teacher Training Programme (TTP), which kicked off last Saturday in Iloko Ilesha is meant to infuse special training skills on teachers who are carefully selected across the country as well as teachers from partner schools .

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