Saturday April 25th, 2015
Saturday April 25th, 2015
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Learning in the face of Xenophobia: Foreign students in South Africa speak up

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People take cover from a stun grenade and tear gas after a skirmish between locals and foreign nationals as thousands of people take part in the "peace march" against xenophobia in Durban, South Africa, on April 16, 2015. South African President Jacob Zuma on April 16 appealed for the end of attacks on immigrants as a wave of violence that has left at least six people dead threatened to spread across the country. In the past two weeks, shops and homes owned by Somalis, Ethiopians, Malawians and other immigrants in Durban and surrounding townships have been targeted, forcing families to flee to camps protected by armed guards. AFP PHOTO

According to a 2005 report, South Africa is the number one destination for foreign students in Africa. Considering the fact that a South African University education will cost a foreign student one-third of what he or she would have spent in Britain or the United States, as well as the relative closeness to home and the quality of education the country can boast of, this is a good deal. But, with the recent wave of xenophobic attacks in South Africa, it has become a tricky, more dangerous deal.

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Foreign Varsity partners GEC Academy on students’ recruitment

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As part of efforts to ensure that Nigerian students who quest for improved academic pursuit in foreign countries gain admission to study their course of choice, GEC Academy International, one of Nigeria’s foremost indigenous 6th form college and placement agents has partnered with University of Debrecen, Hungary, in placement of Nigerian students in the field of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Public Health, Physiotherapy, Engineering (all fields), Mechatronics, Agricultural Engineering, Environmental Science, Business Administration among others.

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In serach for meaning

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Can there be any meaning to life? Why were we put on earth? Are we just biological creatures to make a number in the world? How significant is our lives? Or are we caught in an activity driven trap? How valuable are we to the world? If we had never existed will the world fare better or will it get worse? Who am I? What was I born to do? Can there be an answer to these vital questions that all humans seek?

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Indomie’s search for heroic awardees begins

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The search for three heroes among Nigerian children has begun, the Group Managing Director, Dufil Prima Foods Plc, Mr Deepak Singhal disclosed this last Thursday during a press briefing held in Lagos. He said: ‘’The search for the Indomie Independence Day Award, IIDA 2015 heroes in which three children who have braved the odds and displayed exceptional courage in the face of hazard would be selected, recognised, rewarded and celebrated for their acts of heroism.’’

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2013 WISE Prize for Education laureate speaks at AUN’s 7th commencement

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Saturday, May 9, 2015, the American University of Nigeria ((AUN) in Yola, will play host to the winner of the 2013 World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Prize, Ms. Vicky Colbert. According to a release made available to Vanguard Learning by AUN’s Office of Communications & Public Relations, Colbert was chosen as the Varsity’s 7th Commencement Speaker because she has “revolutionized education in the developing world.

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Federal University of Otuoke, Fuo, after Gej’s Presidency (1)

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

On Tuesday, April 7, 2015, I found myself in Yenagoa. Then it occurred to me that it would be unpardonable for any regular media commentator, finding himself within forty minutes of Otuoke, the President Jonathan’s home town, not to go there. Like it or not, the community had become part of our nation’s history by producing one of our Presidents. But, I had another reason.

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Heritage Bank boosts entrepreneurship skills among students

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“In spite of the global economic challenges, every individual has the potential to be great in life. However, identifying and developing such potential by searching out and resolutely embarking on a profitable enterprise is the responsibility of such individuals,” Ogunnusi counselled.

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NYSC ORIENTATION COURSE: Tension in PTI, ABSU, LASU as students kick against mobilisation delay

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Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN (4th right), Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academics, Professor Senapon Bakre (left), Special Adviser on Education to the Governor, Otunba Fatai Olukoga (2nd left), Chancellor, Lagos State University (LASU), Chief (Dr) Molade Okoya-Tthomas (3rd right), Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye (2nd right) and the Vice Chancellor, Lagos State University (LASU), Professor John Oladapo Obafunwa (right) shortly after the commissioning and inspection tour of the University new School of Transport’s Building by the Governor just before attending the 19th  Convocation Ceremony and Congregation for Award of Higher Degrees as part of activities to mark its 30th Anniversary Celebration at the Main Auditorium, Ojo, Lagos on Thursday, August 7, 2014.

BARELY 12 days to the commencement of 2015 Batch ‘A’ Orientation Course of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), there seems to be palpable tension at the Petroleum Training Institute ( PTI), Effurun, in Delta State, South-South Nigeria; Abia State University (ABSU) Uturu, in Abia State, South-East Nigeria and the Lagos State University, Ojo, in Lagos State, South-West Nigeria.

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Blame failure in sector on past leaders

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Sequel to the recent UNESCO 2015 Education for All Global Monitoring Report that Nigeria houses the highest number of out-of-school children and also has one of the worst education systems in the world, National Coordinator, Education Rights Campaign, ERC, Mr. Hassan Soweto, has blamed past leaders for the sector’s misfortune. Themed “Education for All 2000-2015: Achievements and Challenges”, the report stated that Nigeria lacks progress in almost every EFA goal as corruption, conflict and lack of investment have resulted in Nigeria having one of the worst educational systems in the world.

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10 golden rules on how best to pass exams in print

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As the West African Examinations Council, WAEC and the National Examinations Council, NECO, year in, year out, release its results on students’ examination performance, it is no longer news that the average Nigerian student performs below average in Mathematics and English Language. This ugly situation has given many stakeholders in the sector concern. Though many stakeholders have tried to come out with some steps to address the anomaly, the situation still persists. It was against this backdrop that a young Nigerian author, Babs Olugbemi launched his new book, The Students’ Fortress.

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23 Anambra teachers, others jet out to Singapore for vocational/technical training

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‘”Most importantly, I want to see how the institutions we are visiting run the theoretical and practical aspects of their curriculum, so that when we come back, we can introduce same in our schools.’’ Also, the Head, Department of Technical College, Umunze, Simon Nwafor, said: ‘’My expectation is for us to see and learn what we need to improve the technical and vocational educational system.

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Why students fail Mathematics

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Prof. Mohammed Ibrahim

Mathematics is not every student’s best subject. The statistics of mass failures churned out in qualifying examinations across the country can attest to this fact. However, there are still quite a number who have excelled greatly in the subject. Prof. Mohammed Ibrahim is one of such. He has spent his whole life around the subject-studying it, teaching it, and teaching people studying to teach it. Now, the President of the Mathematics Association of Nigeria, he gives Saturday School Life, SSL, into why students fail the subject, and what can be done about it.

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Stakeholders split over UN report on Nigerian education

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Educationists are divided over the recent 2015 Global Monitoring Report of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO, that Nigeria now has the highest number of out-of-school children and one of the worst education systems in the world.

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Shekarau tasks WAEC on global best practices in member nations

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THE Minister of Education, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau has tasked the West African Examinations Council, WAEC to adopt global best practices in strategic human capital development process of member nations.

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AUN joins UN’s Global Priorities Group

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

THE American University of Nigeria (AUN) has joined nearly1,000 colleges and universities in the United Nations Academic Impact, UNAI, a global initiative made up of academic institutions that focus on global priorities such as peace, human rights and sustainable development.

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Question leakage: Cowbell NASSMAC makes 16 yrs difference

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

When in 1999 the Cowbell National Secondary School Mathematics Competition (NASSMAC) began, little did anybody know that it would soon become a household name in Nigeria. Contrary to the expectation of many that the concept would, before long, fade with the faint interest of an average student in mathematics, the competition sooner than later became the bride in the heart of the target audience that is annually looked forward to.

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Nigerian universities and the same old stories

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Nigeria’s public universities are once again on the verge of the recurrent convulsions called strikes. Bored by it? Sorry; boredom is a luxury we cannot afford now. Alarm is more like it; because once again our kids in public universities might be heading for another prolonged stay at home – if there is a home. Invariably, that means all the social ills of forced idleness will be visited on society.

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I didn’t allow school politics to disturb my academics — LASPOTECH best graduating student

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Evelyn Nenuwa

With a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.92, Evelyn Nenuwa has emerged the best graduating student of Lagos State Polytechnic 2013/2014 academic session in the Higher National Diploma (HND) programme, beating Adeniyi Azeez and Abeeb Nureni, with CGPAs of 3.86 and 3.84, bagging HND in Mass Communication and Electrical and Electronic Engineering respectively.

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Hoodlums terrorize teachers, students inside fenceless Anambra school

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ONITSHA—TEACHERS and students of Community Secondary School, CSS, Uke, in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State are now groaning following the state of insecurity in the institution. Hoodlums terrorize the staff and students inside their porous and unfenced school compound.

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NDIC donates N40m library to ESUT

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Prof Cyprain OnyejiVC ESUT

ENUGU—NIGERIADeposit Insurance Corporation,NDIC, has donated an ultra modern library/bookshop worth about N40 million to the Enugu State University of Science and Technology, ESUT, as part of its efforts to support government programmes in developing the education sector.

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Why gubernatorial elections could make or mar education system

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BY LAJU IREN 2015 is a sensitive year for Nigeria and for education on a global scale. On one hand are the nation’s 2015 elections and on the other, is the Education For All, EFA, goal set by the United Nations. Elections are underway today to select new governors for most of the states in

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No hike in LASU fees, Ambode pledges

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AMBODE-AND-OGUNSAN

The gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressive Congress APC, in Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode has stated that if voted in this Saturday, he will not increase the school fees of Lagos State University LASU. LASU school fees had been reduced by governor Babatunde Fashola administration from N198,750 to N25,000. Ambode who disclosed this during a radio programme at UNILAG on Sunday said: “‘I want to assure all the students of LASU, we would not increase school fees.”

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Curriculum has no problem, it’s implementation — Prof. Onwualu

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“I don’t believe the curriculum needs to be changed but it depends on the course. I have been abroad and I don’t see a lot of difference between the curriculum we are running and what they are running. The only difference is that the internship programme is taken very seriously. If you are a medical student, the internship program is as serious as passing your exam.

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Don makes case for Nigeria’s ailing economy, proffers remedies for widespread growth

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Emeka-Adimadu

Going by the verdict of the Renaissance Capital, RENCAP, and using an adjusted base year to calculate Nigeria’s current year’s GDP, Nigeria’s adjusted net GDP would stand at 405 billion dollars that of South Africa would trail behind at 370 billion US dollars. Other encouraging highlights of the RENCAP African report with respect to Nigeria’s macro economy include the following; a positive debt budget and current account ratios, as well as a general improvement in Nigeria’s overall financial markets’ aggregates.

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Education: Our expectations from Buhari’s govt — STAKEHOLDERS

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EXPECTATIONS are high from stakeholders in the education sector following General Mohammadu Buhari’s victory in the March 28, 2015 presidential election by INEC. The President elect, had, during his campaign, promised to restore the past glory of education in Nigeria and instill discipline in all schools. He said: “The first step to arrest this situation is re-orientation or re-branding. Students should study hard to get their high grades and not through bribery vis-à-vis sorting, or other kinds of examination malpractice and corruption.”

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USAID, Osun poly partner on agriculture

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The United States Agency for International Development, USAID, and Osun State Polytechnic, Iree, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to commence training, teaching and research programmes in the state polytechnic with the establishment of Faculty of Agricultural Science and Engineering in the institution. According to the Media Relations Officer of the Institution, Mr. Tope Abiola, all machineries have been put in place by the institution to commence full academic programmes in Agricultural Science and Engineering.

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Think before enrolling your child in a new university

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

THAT was the way the proprietor of Chelsea University, a private university which is scheduled to resume in 2016 described it. In addition to that wildly exaggerated claim, Chief Chidolue promised to engage the best professors in the world to teach at the new school. Chelsea serves as a metaphor for what we can expect from the proprietors of new universities in their bid to get our kids to enroll as pioneer students.

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Expectations in the education sector under Buhari

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Following the victory of General Muhammadu Buhari at the March 28 polls, concerned educationists and stakeholders have called on the President-elect to make education top priority in his administration, saying no nation can progress without educating her people. Nigeria’s education sector is currently battling with corruption, inadequate funding, low enrolment of students in basic education as Nigeria houses over 10 million out of school children, low quality of teachers at all levels of education, poor performance of students in public examinations, among others.

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My govt’ll focus more on basic education — Jimi Agbaje

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Jimi Agbaje

THE Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, gubernatorial aspirant, Mr Jimi Agbaje, has assured Lagosians that if elected, his government will focus more on basic primary education. He disclosed this at the Charloedony School family fun day celebration in Lagos. He noted that: “In Lagos State more of our children are failing O’ levels, there are more stuents failing than those that are passing, for that reason government must accept responsibility that there is something wrong with our education.

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SSANIP on strike over non-implementation of CONTISS agreement

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MEMBERS of Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Polytechnic, SSANIP, across the country have embarked on an indefinite strike pending the Federal Government honouring the agreement it entered with the union in 2009. The union said it embarked on the strike following its rejection of the report of a technical committee set up by the Federal Government on the implementation of the Consolidated Tertiary Institutions Salary Scale (CONTISS 15) which the union alleged was approved by the Federal Government and was been implemented in some institutions before it was stopped.

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The key to change (2)

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You are who you are, what you are, where you are today because of the daily decisions you made in the past. Moreover, the quality of your future hinges on the quality of your daily decisions you make in the present. But although we are bombarded with choices every moment of our lives, there still remains a few decisions of which we have no control.

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De-Yet holds inter-house sports; Green house tops the game

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Semi-final male volleyball event of the first National Youth Games between teams FCT (White) and Abia in Abuja.

Green house of the De-Yet group of schools has won 2nd the inter-house sports events. The competition that was keenly contested by the Blue, Pink , Yellow and Green houses which held last week saw Green house carting away with 17 gold, 17 silver and 17 bronze medals to come out as the over best in the game.

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