Friday July 3rd, 2015
Friday July 3rd, 2015
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JAMB to determine admissions cut-off marks on July 14

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”The 2015 Policy Meeting which usually comes up with the cut-off point has been fixed for 14th July, 2015. ”This meeting defines the criteria for the year’s admissions into higher institutions,’’ it said. The statement said that the cut-off points are arrived at after extensive deliberations with vice-chancellors of universities, provosts of colleges of education, rectors of polytechnics, monotechnics as well as innovative enterprise institutions and other stakeholders.

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FG unveils academic standards for studies of older persons

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In order to address the challenges being faced caring for the older people in the society, the Federal Government yesterday launched a Benchmark Statement and Minimum Academic Standards for the studies of older persons, Applied Gerontology in Nigeria Universities.

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Expert blames poor education of challenged children on parents

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STUDENTS OF AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY DEMONSTRATION SECONDARY SCHOOL SENT OUT FOR
DEFAULTING IN SCHOOL FEES AT SAMARU-ZARIA IN KADUNA STATE ON FRIDAY

A member of the Committee of Experts of the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Mr. Danlami Basharu, has blamed the declining rate of educating children with disabilities on ignorant parents who see these children as burdens that need to be hidden. Speaking to Vanguard at the recently held International Conference on Disabilities, Basharu, who is the Director, Anglo Nigerian Welfare Association for the Blind, said with the availability of inclusive schools, there are better opportunities of educating children with disabilities so as to give them better chances of survival and independence.

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Okebukola lists measures for safety in schools

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Prof. Peter Okebukola

We offer no simple solution to the complex problem of unsafe schools which is rooted in ideological, policy and other contextual factors. The obnoxious and warped ideologies of jihadist groups which abhor schooling, especially of girls and women cannot be demolished by a few trite statements of condemnation. The pervasive use of the Internet has opened a new vista of cyber-bullying by school mates which has led to the death of many youngsters. We can however suggest minimum standards for safe schools to which we implore all African governments and others outside the region, as well as proprietors of schools, to uphold.

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We made vehicle body parts from agric wastes – Okonkwo

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The car industry uses materials such as iron, aluminium, copper, steel, plastic steel, glass, rubber, petroleum products etc., to build cars. Most of the weight of vehicles comes from steel. According to a report in Financial Week, ‘in 2007, the average car contained about 1,090kg of steel, and the average pickup truck or SUV used nearly 1,360kg of steel. Most cars now weigh around 1,360kg, and most SUVs weigh around 1,810kg. Apart from the cost, weight of vehicles and the problems associated with it, the fact is that Nigeria is still struggling with its steel manufacturing plant and is not yet producing iron and aluminium in large quantities, hence, the need for viable alternatives.

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On the trail of Covenant varsity’s first class graduates

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Mr. Oti Ebubechukwu Emmanuel

“WHAT’S the noise all about this First Class Honours of a thing? What is so special about these graduates with first class that everybody wants to know them? Many people don’t know that it’s just a lower margin in scores that brings a student down to second class Upper division.” These were the statements of some graduands at the Covenant University, Ota when a Vanguard reporter approached them to help spot out the first class among them for interview. Unfortunately that is one of the many regrets some graduates will live to remember in life.

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ERC commiserates with OOU students

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THE Education Rights Campaign, Ogun State Chapter, has joined students and staff members of the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye to mourn the untimely and unfortunate death of 12 students of the institution in in a fatal accident along the Sagamu-Benin expressway.

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A mind-full of peace in a troubled world

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mad” and he could stand it no longer, so he simply ended his life. A man left his wife and three children without telling anyone of his departure and whereabouts leaving his jobless wife to fend for his family and he returned about three years later.

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Realistic university tuition: Matters arising (3)

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Soremekun had been in the university system for years and he should know quite a lot about universities and corrupt practices. However, even if he knows everything, the logic in that statement escapes an objective reader. Is he saying that because “some sticky-fingered Vice-Chancellors” looted their universities all VCs are to be indicted and their universities should be starved of funds?

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Institutions should focus knowledge application – Webster President

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

WEBSTER University’s President, Professor Benjamin Olayinka Akande, a Nigerian-born American citizen has urged decision makers of institutions of higher learning in Nigeria to focus more on application of knowledge and less on theory adding that our curriculum should be adjusted to reflect this. “The Nigerian educator sector is strong because it prepares people to succeed in a very difficult situation. What we need to do is improve in it and focus on application and less on theory.’’

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Real certificate or fake degree?

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Nigerian  Turkish International College Graduands at the ceremony.

A recent New York Times article on Axact, a Pakistani-based software company which made millions of dollars from its over 370 ‘University’ websites, by offering thousands of victims fake degrees in exchange for huge sums of money came as no surprise to many. The desperation to get a degree in Nigeria, and indeed in many parts of the world makes people easy prey for degree mills.

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Researcher comes up with diabetics meal flour

  /   in Education, Health, News 12:42 am   /   Comments

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Diabetics meal (fufu) flour is a functional food product developed from two local edible plants. I formulated the tubers into a type of powder to make fufu in order to satisfy the swallowing habit of our people because that is one of the major problems of some diabetics; they just cannot afford not to swallow so I was trying to create something for them.

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Why we are tackling students’ phobia for mathematics

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Bothered by the phobia school children have for numbers and numerals, the Mathematics Laboratory Limited (MLL), Friday, launched the Naija Mathematics Olympiad, an online platform for mathematics practice and testing for junior and senior secondary schools in Nigeria.

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Realistic university tuition: Matters arising (2)

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

In the first part of this series, I had predicted that Professor Niyi Akinnaso, was asking for an avalanche of rejoinders, even hate mail, in response to his articles asking for upward review of tuition and other fees in Nigerian universities – presumably, public universities; since private universities don’t need anybody’s advice.

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Mobile learning technology, way forward for varsities — Experts

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“Today, a paltry five percent of our universities have computer infrastructure for scientific research. Only 20 percent of our tertiary institutions have digitised their academic records while 30 percent have digitised their admin and records.” This is not sustainable. The sooner ICT begins to be treated as priority then we will see a huge improvement in our tertiary institutions.”

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Why private varsities feel cheated over TETFUND — Amusan

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PERTURBED by the non inclusion of private universities in accessing the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), the Vice Chancellor, Adeleke University (AU), Ede, Osun State, Professor Oluwole Amusan, has said that private universities cheated. Recall that in 2011, the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan introduced TETFUND as an intervention agency for managing, disbursing and monitoring the education tax to public tertiary institutions in Nigeria to improve their standards.

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How Agbami scholarship scheme motivated 3 first class graduates

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Agbami scholarship beneficiaries during their graduation at the University of Ibadan.

“Most companies and NGOs try to encourage students to achieve high scholarship education. With this, some of the indigene students and those working hard on campus are being assisted and it also creates competition in the University for Academic Excellence.” Adding, “Some students are intelligent but they don’t have finance to maintain it, but the scholarship helps them a lot.”

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WAPA hosts students, make case against child marriage

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In its determined effort to provide a platform to put an end to child marriage and ensure that all stakeholders work relentlessly to make sure that negative social practices imposed by culture on children are eliminated, Lagos State Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA) in collaboration with United Nations Children’s Fund, formerly United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) has hosted school students in Lagos State at the Women Development Centre, Agege, Lagos to celebrate the Day of the African Child.

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Crescent University: Where academic excellence matches good morals

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Prince Bola-Ajibola

As he sits back this particular day in his Abeokuta home and recounts the many blessings that have accrued to the Crescent University, Abeokuta which he sold virtually all his properties to establish ten years ago, former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Prince Abdul-Jabbar Bolasodun Ajibola (SAN) sighs, “alhamdulillahi” (I give praise to Allah).”

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Surprising ways to get an A in that course

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You know the drill, if you want to do well in school, study hard. But it isn’t always as simple as it looks. Sometimes, even after giving your best the results on the score sheets hits you way below the belt. This week, Saturday School Life, SSL, shows you that it is not just hard work, but smart work that counts. Here are some surprising, yet legitimate ways you can better, one course at a time:

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Six students to benefit from SWI scholarship fund

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Six secondary school students will benefit from a new scholarship fund pioneered by Success Within International, SWI, to provide school fees and text books throughout their secondary school careers.

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World Environment Day lectures: UNEP, SETPOM reharsh measures to save Earth

  /   in Education, News 12:43 am   /   Comments

*The demolished 'shrine'

“Further, given the appropriate infrastructure, information, economic incentives and internalization of environmental costs, lifestyle changes in favour of sustainable living can become the dominant social trend. It is the role of the media and educators to design easy and engaging narratives and messages that promote a sustainable lifestyle.” Dr Itua, a Fellow of Occupational Safety & Health Association (OSHA) provided.

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Realistic University Tuition: Matters Arising (1)

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“The argument really is no longer about whether university tuition and other fees should be increased in Nigerian universities. Rather, the argument is [and should be] about when and how to go about it.” Professor Niyi Akinnaso, PUNCH, May 5, 2015, back page. “The truth shall make you free; but first, it shall make you miserable.”

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NUC tasks varsities on quality research

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NUC's Okojie and Speaker Tambuwal

“The administration will also strengthen regulatory and funding agencies and position them for improvement and efficient quality delivery, in order to impact on society in line with socio-economic and political realities of today. “Universities must, however, strive to build innivative systems to help government solve its socio-economic and political problems,” he said.

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ExxonMobil boosts geoscience study with N34.62m

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PRESENTATION: From left: The Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Julius Okojie; Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Dr. MacJohn Nwaobiala; General Manager, Government and Public Affairs, ExxonMobil, Mr. Dozie Arinze; GM, Technical Geoscience of ExxonMobil, Mr. Mike Udoh; and Prof. Tunde Arayela of Federal University of Technology, Akure, during the presentation of some geoscience equipment to six universities as part of the University Partnering Programme of Exxonmobil’s subsidiary, Esso Exploration in Abuja.

“We are particular about maintenance of equipment and we will continue to monitor them to ensure that we use them effectively. Government will always provide the counterpart funding and we are appealing to varsities to spend the money effectively. “We are emphasising the use of funds to acquire the necessary equipment and less of structures that are not well funded. What is important is facility sharing; we will continue to ensure that we have modern equipment in our universities.”

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Okopoly reacts to allegation of awarding marks to deceased student

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Main gate of Oko Polytechnic

“We already have names of the staff and clear evidence of their involvement. The matter is being handled,” he said. On the allegations that students of Oko were no longer admitted in other institutions of learning because of dwindling standards in the Polytechnic, Onuchukwu said it was untrue.

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Research should be directed at solving problems — Prof. Frank Ogbo

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*Professor Frank Ogbo...The little sachet of biofertiliser below can fertilise a plot of farmland while it will need a big bag of chemical fertiliser to achieve same.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Joseph Ahaneku, set up the committee to provide a platform by which researches done in the university can impact the society, particularly communities around us. The university does research and teaching but a lot of the research is lost on book shelves and libraries and society does not benefit from it.

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Don’t forget old agreements’ – ASUU, NANS, NAPS to Buhari’s administration

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“Nigerian students demand for free and affordable education from secondary to tertiary institution, reduction in exorbitant school fees; lasting solutions to HND/Bsc dichotomy as well as subverting seasonal industrial strikes in the subsector.” The BSc/HND disparity was also a sore spot for the Senate President of the National Association of Polytechnic Students, NAPS, Mr. Adeyemi Lukman who called on the new administration to “revisit pending issues in the sector.

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Academics ponder energy-saving techniques

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Although there might be some variations across board, many Nigerians sum up the country’s problems in three words: Power, power and power. At the height of the recent fuel crisis, even multinationals and financial giants considered reducing their office hours to save power. Although in the long term, there are hopes for increased power generation, improved power transmission and distribution services, as well as alternative sources of energy, experts say that making efforts to save energy could be an immediate as well as a long term solution to the power situation.

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NECO to introduce CBT in subsequent exams — Board chairman

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The National Examination Council (NECO) will introduce Computer-Based Test (CBT) in objective papers of its subsequent examinations, says Dr Paddy Njoku, the Chairman, NECO Governing Board. Njoku made this known on Thursday in Abuja during the board’s monitoring visit to the Model Secondary School, Maitama, centre of NECO Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination.

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World’s first commercial fly farm opens in SA

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*From left: Dr Ian Banks, Karin Andse, Lee-Handra Johnson, Dr Cameron Richards, Dr Christo Wiese.

The world’s first commercial waste-to-protein fly farm is nearing completion in Cape Town and by ‘herd size’ will be the largest farming operation on the planet. As part of its commitment to ongoing research and development in the emerging nutrient recycling industry, AgriProtein Group has launched an initial five-year Research & Development programme to drive its ongoing process improvement work as well as to spearhead research for the group globally.

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Three Plateau pupils excel in Math contest

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Three pupils from Founders International Academy, including 11-year-old Retji Cishak, a grade five pupil, came top in the 12th Annual National Mathematics competition organized by the Nigeria-Turkish International Colleges and the National Mathematics Centre, Abuja.

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