Thursday October 2nd, 2014
Thursday October 2nd, 2014
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Varsities Talk: How to choose the university to attend (3)

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In some universities, especially federal and state universities, where the VC is very close to the Visitor, President or Governor, or Proprietor (in case of private universities) then the VC turns from being a mere semi-autocrat to a monster; wielding so much power which if abused, as they frequently are, can cripple the university for decades.

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Be self-reliant after graduation, Yabatech Rector tells freshmen

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Management of YABATECH and the Columbia University researchers during the visit.

The Rector, Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH), Lagos, Dr. Kudi Ladipo has urged new students of the college to embrace the compulsory Entrepreneurial Studies, as well as the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) studies offered by all students during their study year

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Be wary of fake Int’l school recruitment agents, educationist warns parents

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File photo:  Cross section of students

Worried by the proliferation of swindlers who pose as recruitment agents to international schools, the Principal, Babcock University Schools, Ogba, Lagos, Elder Gabriel Fasanu,has urged parents seeking admission for their children abroad to be wary of people who often promise scholarships and other educational facilities, abroad.

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Why Nigerians prefer foreign education

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NIGERIAN students are the seventh most satisfied international students in the world according to a recent i-graduate analysis of student satisfaction surveys from 50 universities in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia.
The surveys, conducted for i-graduate’s International Student Barometer, were filled in by 60,000 international students studying in the US, UK and Australia. For the survey, students were asked to rate their satisfaction on a scale of one to four – one meaning “very dissatisfied” and four meaning “very satisfied”. The average score of Nigerian students’ satisfaction was 3.11, a meagre 0.19 points lower than Spain with the most satisfied students at 3.30. Nigeria was also the only African country represented in the top 50.
Nigerians’ craze for higher education abroad is common knowledge. In 2012, a non-governmental organization, Exam ethics international said that Nigeria loses over N1.5 trillion to foreign education annually with neighbouring Ghana alone getting about N160 bn as tuition fees for the over 71,000 students studying there. On one end, the declining standard of education is reason enough for Nigerian students search for greener pastures abroad. Mr. Remi Ademiju, currently doing a Masters programme at Leeds Beckett University in the United Kingdom, most likely falls under the ‘satisfied category.’ ‘This has been a good experience for me,’ he said, ‘it is an intercultural environment which makes learning seem global because I have been able to relate with other students from different parts of the world through series of discussions and group work. The standard is also quite good; at least three of my lecturers have been to Nigeria and done some training for board members in top Nigerian companies.’ Another student at Vancouver Island University in Canada, who did not want her name in print, also says she has no reason to complain. ‘Studying abroad has really helped me appreciate diversity,’ she told Saturday School Life, ‘the constant interactions with a vast number of people outside my culture, religion and ethnicity has helped me shape the mentality that we all ought to see ourselves as global citizens. The first hand experience in a foreign country, and seeing how things are done at the academic level and beyond, ignites the burning desire to see things work for my own country too.’
Ironically, Nigerian students’ mass exodus in search of foreign education is not always as rosy as the i-graduate survey reports. Barely two weeks ago, the Federal Government for the first time in eight months paid allowances it owed the over 322 Nigerian students on the Bilateral Educational Agreement scholarship in Russia. This was only after widespread campaign by the media over the fact that Federal Government’s failure to pay the allowances of the students had forced them into begging and resorting to illegal jobs, which put them at risk of deportation in Russia.
In a recent report, nine Nigerian students were kidnapped in the Ukrainian city of Lugansk, according to a statement by the representative of the National Security and Defence Council Information Centre, Andrey Lysenko. After two students were killed recently in different unsolved incidents at Cyprus International University, CIU, Nicosa, in North Cyprus recently, the Chairman House Committee on Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa warned parents against sending their wards to study at the university. “The House Committee on Diaspora has drawn the attention of Nigerians to a suspicious move by the authorities of Cyprus International University, Nicosa, North Cyprus to lure Nigerian students to their university,” Dabiri – Erewa had said.
Good news on one end, and bad news on the other; the double edged sword that is foreign education will continue to be a growing phenomenon considering the unending crisis that bedevils Nigeria’s own education sector.

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Ebola Scare: BABCOCK Varsity conducts compulsory test for visitors

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As a result of the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, the Federal Government has instructed all primary and secondary schools across the country not to resume until October 13.

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Ebola: What schools must do before re-opening

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*Pupils of Ancore Life Primary School taking instructions from their teacher.

ALTHOUGH stakeholders have lauded the efforts of the government to postpone resumption of all private and public primary and secondary schools, Nigerian children cannot stay home forever for fear of the Ebola Virus Disease, EVD. Sooner or later, primary and public schools will have to resume whether or not the scourge ends. It is with this in mind that managers of schools have put in place measures to prevent further spread upon resumption.

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AUN constructs plastic roads

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Stories abound of innocent people who met untimely death at the hands of criminals, vehicles with their lifespan cut short all due to bad roads. Along the Apapa-Oshodi Expressway in Lagos, it is not uncommoon to see two or more heavy duty trucks laden with goods from the ports lying prostrate on the road and causing commuters untold hardship, no thanks to potholes.

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Mass failure in WASSCE: Who’s to blame?

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A WAEC supervisor during exams

THREE weeks after WAEC released its results, stakeholders in the education sector are still trading blames on who is actually responsible for students’ mass failure in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination, WASSCE, where 31 per cent failure in Mathematics and English Language was recorded.

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Education goes digital as Sidmach, NERDC launch e-curriculum portal

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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.

IN a bid to help lift up the Nigerian education system to the mainstream of global digital revolution, Sidmach Technologies Nigeria Limited has partnered the National Educational Research and Development Council (NERDC) to introduce a new software solution called NERDC e-Curriculum Portal.

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Minister seeks SURE-P intervention for training of teachers

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ANPP presidential candidate, Ibrahim Shekarau

The Minister of Education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, last weekend, called on Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme, SURE-P, to intervene in the training of teachers for improved quality of education and national development.

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Payment of WAEC fees by govts is waste of resources — ASUSS chairman

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Ranti Matthew

Comrade Ranti Ojo Matthew is the Kogi State Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Secondary Schools (ASUSS). In this interview, he bares his mind on Federal Government’s attitude and the way forward for the education sector amidst other issue

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Varsities Talk: How to choose the university to attend (2)

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graduating-students

Most people sending their kids to university, and the youngsters themselves seldom bother to find out who is the Vice-Chancellor (or President if an American University) of the university under consideration. That is a pity.

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Science education in Nigeria below mark, says former NUC scribe

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Okebukola

FORMER Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, NUC, Professor Peter Okebukola has frowned at the quality of science education in Nigeria describing it as way below the mark. He made this assessment in Asaba when winners of the 2014 NNPC/MPN/STAN science quiz winners emerged at the 55th annual Conference of the Science Teachers Association of Nigeria (STAN).

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Varsities Talk: How to choose the university to attend

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New students at the 9th Matriculation ceremony for 2010/2011 Academic Session Undergraduate/Postgraduate Degree Programmes

“The true university these days is a collection of Books.” Thomas Carlyle, 1795-1881. (VANGUARD BOOK OF QUOTATIONS, VBQ, p258).
And on the same page of VBQ, C.P. Snow added: “I don’t believe that a man ought to be the Head of a university if he gets detested by all the students and most of the staff.”

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Corps members to get NYSC call-up letter online November

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File photo: The NYSC Batch 'B' Corps Members At Their Passing -Out Parade At Murtala Muhammed Square, Kaduna on Thursday. Photo by Olu Ajayi

BEGINNING from the 2014 Batch ‘C’ set to be deployed November, corps members will now get their National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Call-up letter online, after registering on the NYSC website.

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NOUN confirms Akeusola as Prof after inaugural lecture

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New students at the 9th Matriculation ceremony for 2010/2011 Academic Session Undergraduate/Postgraduate Degree Programmes

AFTER delivering the fifth inaugural lecture of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) at its headquarters in Victoria Island, Lagos recently, Olurotimi Akeusola has been confirmed Professor.

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Plateau institutions lament exodus of teachers.

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The Joint Union of Plateau State owned Tertiary Institutions, JUPTI has raised the alarm over the exodus of experienced professionals who have abandoned the institutions for greener pasture.

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JAMB bars candidates without ICT knowledge

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Candidates writing the UTME at the University of Abuja, Saturday.

THE Registrar of Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, Professor Dibu Ojerinde has stated that students and candidates who are not computer literate will not be allowed to write any examination coordinated by the board from 2015.

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Why 69% of students failed WASSCE

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File photo:  Cross section of students

About 69% of Nigerian students who wrote the last West African Secondary School Certificate Examinations, WASSCE, failed. If this statistic is anything to judge the education sector by, it would mean that only about three out of ten students currently in the nation’s secondary schools will be qualified for the tertiary level at the end of their secondary school careers.

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Mass failure in WAEC: Dons call for state of emergency in sector

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A WAEC supervisor during exams

PROFESSOR Oyesoji Aremu, Deputy Director, Aca-demics, Distance Learning Centre, University of Ibadan, has called on the Federal Government to without further delay, declare a state of emergency in the education sector. The call is coming on the heels of the mass failure recorded at the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE) results recently.

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Take-a-girl child-to-work initiative: MultiChoice inspires undergraduates on hard-work

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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.

MultiChoice Nigeria has urged female students in tertiary institutions to prepare themselves for hard-work on the completion of their studies to ensure their success in life.

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Nigerian tennage scientists develop cure for halitosis

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HALITOSIS or bad breath, is an unpleasant odour of the mouth present on exhaled breath. According to medical experts, this very embarrassing condition which can be acute (occasional) or chronic (long-lasting), could be caused by several factors including food, poor dental hygiene, tobacco products, health problems, dry mouth, mouth infections, dentures or braces and medications

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Ebola scare: Attendance drops at holiday lessons

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Men clean their shop in Monrovia where offices were closed for disinfection against the epidemic of the haemorrhagic fever Ebola on August 1, 2014. The head of the World Health Organization and presidents of the west African countries suffering the world's worst-ever Ebola outbreak meet in Guinea today to launch a $100 million (75 million euros) emergency joint response plan.   AFP PHOTO

Holiday lessons used to be an excuse for parents to get their children out of the house, while gearing them up for the next academic session.
For children, it was not just an opportunity to get ahead academically, but to spend time with their friends in a more relaxed environment.

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UNN students wage war against Ebola virus

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*Biochemistry students of UNN staging an awareness campaign on Ebola virus.

NIGERIA Society of Bio-chemistry Students (NSBS), University of Nigeria, Nsukka on Friday, came out en mass to protest the deadly Ebola virus that has claimed over 900 lives in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

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Decadence in Nigerian education sector is systemic —Akinsola

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Students of  Kaduna State Technical College going home due to the 24 hours curfew  imposed on Kaduna on Wednesday. NAN Photo.

Member, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Adebimpe Akinsola, has described the decadence in the education sector in Nigeria as a systemic problem which crept into the country in a gradual process.

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VC blames increase in violence on govt, parents

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PROTEST—University of Lagos students protesting the re-naming of the institution after late MKO Abiola yesterday in Lagos.

Moral decadence among youth and increased cases of violence in the country has been attributed to the unsupportive attitude of the government and bad upbringing.

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How far will WAEC’s new innovation go to curb exam malpractic?

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Students of  Kaduna State Technical College going home due to the 24 hours curfew  imposed on Kaduna on Wednesday. NAN Photo.

ON Monday, August 11, the West Africa Examination Council, WAEC, released its May/June 2014 West African Senior School Certificate Examination, WASSCE, results, where only 31.28 per cent obtained credits in five subjects and above, including English Language and Mathematics.

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Reactions trail UNN post UTME

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UNN-gate

Several reactions have trailed the just concluded University of Nigeria,Nsukka Post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME.

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American lecturers inspire Nigerian broadcast and film students

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Del-York

No fewer than five lecturers from the United States of America stormed Del-York Creative Academy Lagos to improve the skills and creative capacity of broadcast journalists and film makers in Nigeria

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I am developing local materials for energy storage devices – Bolade Agboola

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Dr. Bolade Agboola is an Associate Professor of Chemistry in the Department of Petroleum Chemistry and Engineering, American University of Nigeria. In this chat with Vanguard Learning, Agboola speaks on their work on energy storage devices, alternative energy sources and pipeline corrosion. He advises government to look beyond pipeline vandals as pipeline corrosion is a big problem often overlooked

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NYSC introduces two streams for corps members

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NYSC

The National Youth Service Corps NYSC has introduced two streams for the 2014 Batch ‘B’ service year. This innovation is not unconnected to increase in population of corpse members without corresponding facilities

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Decadence in Nigerian education sector is systemic — Akinsola

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Member of Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Adebimpe Akinsola, has described the decadence in the education sector in Nigeria as a systemic problem which crept into the country in a gradual process

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