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Perm Sec lauds Wellspring College for Art excellence

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PERMANENT Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Education, Mrs Omolara Erogbogbo has lauded Wellspring College, Omole, Lagos, for their outstanding performance and emerging second runner-up in the Vision Inter-School Art Challenge organised by Friesland Campina WAMCO recently.

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Rotary equips public schools with computers, others

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With a view of providing scholarships to 20 deserving public school students, 25 computer units to five schools and 2,000 dictionaries to 20 public schools in Amuwo and Ojo communities, Rotary Club of Amuwo R1, District 9110, has installed it’s 29th President in the person of Rotarian Patrick Ejiogu, who pledged to lead with integrity, transparency, competence and team spirit.

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Nigerians to get Yale varsity scholarship as alumni launch club

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“Once a student passes through the competitive undergraduate admission process, he or she does not have to worry about finance they will be on full scholarship.’’

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UNIOSUN: Sacked workers ask to be re-instated

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Three principal officers whose appointments at the Osun State University, UNIOSUN, were recently terminated by the state government have faulted the action and are asking to be re-instated, saying they were unduly treated.

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Educationist urges institutions to focus on talent development

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An educationist and Director of Cayley College, Dr Mary Iyayi, has called on educational institutions to focus on talent development which is key to developing the innate potentials of the students. The need to improve the mind of the students also helps them engage in better self-expression which aids learning capabilities.

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Understanding your greatest asset: Your mind (1)

  /   in Education, News 7:23 pm   /   Comments

One day, an oil company executive informed the farmer that there might be oil on his property and agreed to pay him royalties for drilling rights. The farmer consented. The oil company went to work on the land. Guess what? They hit a gusher. In actuality, over a hundred barrels of oil flowed before they were able to cap and control it. What happened to the farmer? He became an instant millionaire or what do you think?

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Amuwo Odofin schools: Facing prolonged neglect

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•The caving roof of Festac Junior Grammar School, Amuwo Odofin, as at last Thursday...

“The ugly sight we saw in some of these schools is definitely an awakening call. Things are changing, and everybody is embracing that mantra change. We will see what we can do to the best of our abilities to see that these schools witness massive infrastructural facelift when legislative activities take full gear in the state,’’

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Vocation & Technical Education – Key to improving Nigeria’s development (Part 1)

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Technical education is a planned programme of courses and learning experiences that begins with exploration of career options, supports basic academic and life skills, and enables achievement of high academic standards, leadership, preparation for industry-defined work, and advanced and continuing education. Vocational education and training prepares learners for careers that are based in manual or practical activities, traditionally non-academic and totally related to a specific trade, occupation or vocation.

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GEC powers overseas admission for 7,000 students in 14yrs

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Over 7000 Nigerian students have been offered admission to school abroad through Global Education Counseling (GEC) in the last 14 years. Meanwhile, about eight students graduated penultimate week, from its Management Education Training (MET) centre in Lagos to study at Debreceen University in Hungary.

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Entrepreneurship is solution for unemployment – SBN

  /   in Education, News 12:00 am   /   Comments

“Youth empowerment and how to network was why I left my legislative work and came to Nigeria because I am passionate about youth empowerment. Life is all about determination, once you have determined to do a thing, definitely, you can achieve it.

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UNIZIK makes Formula One car, welding electrode from local materials

  /   in Education, News 8:22 pm   /   Comments

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The solution to a problem lies within the problem, says a Chinese proverb, and so some students of the Department of Mechanical Engineering under the supervision of Dr. Solomon Nwaigbo, coordinator of Chisco Institute of Transportation Studies, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, decided to look inwards. They came up with some interesting products that Nigeria can export to the world. He spoke to Vanguard Learning in his office.

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Educationist urges institutions to focus on talent development

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An educationist and Director of Cayley College, Dr Mary Iyayi, has called on educational institutions to focus on talent development which is key to developing the innate potentials of the students. The need to improve the mind of the students also helps them engage in better self-expression which aids learning capabilities.

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State universities threaten our kids’ future

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ON the same page Professor Ayo Olukotun, had this to report. “A time there was when some state-owned universities excelled in certain disciplines nationally and retained outstanding academics in their workforce. Today, that cheerful trend had been totally reversed as more than a fair number of these institutions are run on a hand to mouth basis..”. Olukotun was guilty of under-statement. There is no state university in Nigeria today which is not “run on a hand to mouth basis”.

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Labour faults moves to cede unity schools to states

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“Besides, how can anyone in his or her right senses be advising the Federal Government to hand over the 104 Federal Unity Colleges to state governments that cannot pay salaries to their workers and whose primary and secondary schools are in shamble?”

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Our agonies over unpaid salaries – Teachers

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The saying that teachers’ reward is in heaven seems to have taken literal meaning as teachers, who want their reward here on earth, are being owed salaries, and when they are paid, the money barely gets home with them as they have to settle the numerous debts they accrued while waiting for their salaries.

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Tertiary institutions tasked on research relevant to societal needs

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“The policy should be periodically reviewed particularly with a view to developing new research priorities reflecting contemporary dynamics in the research environment. While the policy could retain its essential features, research priorities should reflect new local, national and international priorities.”

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The key to turn organisational challenges to opportunities – Aston Business School chiefs

  /   in Education, News 11:08 pm   /   Comments

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Paul Butler, Executive Development Director, Aston Business School, United Kingdom (UK); Dr Uwe Napiersky; and Professor Pawan Budhwar, Associate Dean, speak on the business school’s partnership with These Executive Minds (TEXEM) on an executive development programme holding next month

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JAMB to determine admissions cut-off marks on July 14

  /   in Education, News 3:54 pm   /   Comments

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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?

  /   in Education, News 12:48 am   /   Comments

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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Candidates  writing the JAMB UTME.

“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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