Wednesday September 17th, 2014
Wednesday September 17th, 2014
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Ebola: What we’ve done ahead of resumption —Commissioners, Principals

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*Pupils listen with rapt attention in their ‘modernised’ classroom

BARELY five days to the September 22 resumption date fixed by the Federal Government in consensus with the 36 states Ministries of Education, including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, for primary and secondary schools in the country to resume for academic activities, several state governments, as well as school administrators, have expressed readiness to resume, pointing out that they have put adequate measures in place to contain any possible outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in schools.

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How Vivian got the only national scholarship slot in UK

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Vivian Nwofor

HOW can we best describe a person who made a First Class honours in a course of study and also repeated the same performance in a national contest? If not genius, then the best nomenclature suitable for such a person is ‘exceptional’.

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Rivers govt holds Ebola sensitization, training for teachers

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THE Rivers State Government has organised a one day training and sensitization programme on the Ebola Virus Disease, EVD for teachers and school administrators in public and private schools in the state. The Ministry of Education in collaboration with the Ministry of Health put up the programme to sensitize teachers ahead of resumption for the 2014/15 academic session.

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Risky behaviour linked to brain structure

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BEING risk-averse or risk-prone is a function of the brain, researchers at the Yale School of Medicine have discovered.

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Cheery news for breast cancer victims

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*Cancer cell

BREAST cancer, the most common type of cancer in women, is often seen as a death sentence by victims and their families especially in the third world. The reason is that many sufferers present very late and at that point, there is pretty little or nothing medical science can do to save them and so they die

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Mass failure in WASSCE: Old problem, new challenges

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The recently released results of the West Africa Examination Council, WAEC, Senior School Certificate Examination, SSCE, for May/June 2014 have generated an uproar across the country. The results showed that about 69 percent of the candidates who sat for the examination failed to get credit passes in five subjects including English Language and mathematics.

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Mass failure: Could ICT have made the difference?

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Students writing exam

WHEN the Information and Communications Technology,ICT, revolution began in Nigeria at the beginning of this century, stakeholders in the eduction sector were upbeat about what it holds for the sector.

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I spend N73m on scholarship scheme annually – Ndoma-Egba

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*Ndoma Egba

The Senate Leader, Sen. Victor Ndoma-Egba, says he spends N73 million annually on payment of scholarship for students in his constituency in various tertiary institutions in the country.

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The giant of Africa and her 35 million illiterate adults

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Students of  Elkanemi School of Islamic Theology in Maiduguri, marking the UN Day Against Drug Abuse in Maiduguri on Tuesday (26/6/12).  NAN Photo

‘10.5 million’ is a figure people are familiar with. It is the number of Out of School Children in Nigeria-the highest in the world. However, Nigeria is not only notorious for the illiteracy level among children. According to a 2013 report, there are about 35 million adults in Nigeria who cannot read or write.

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Ebola scare: Sept 22 resumption date not in children’s interest — Parents, teachers

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*A cross section of pupils at the forum.

Since the Ebola Virus Disease, EVD, came into Nigeria, it has had an adverse effect on every sector in the nation. This is not just a health issue; its effects on business, transportation, religion and even education are unfathomable.

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Don slams teachers, parents for students’ failure

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LECTURE: From left: Bishop Peace Okonkwo, her husband, Presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission  (TREM), Dr Mike Okonkwo; Mrs Grace Obiozor, Guest Lecturer; Professor  Akin Oyebode, Chairman of the occasion; former Ambassador to United State of America and Professor George Obiozor at the 15th Mike Okonkwo Annual Lecture on’ 'Power of your vote’ as part of activities to celebrate 69th birthday of Dr Mike Okonkwo in Lagos.

Professor Akachi Ezeigbo from the Department of English, University of Lagos, a Chief Examiner at the 15th Mike Okonkwo National Essay Competition has faulted parents, teachers and educational managers for students’ failure, urging them to put in more effort at guiding their children to develop their own skills. She frowned at parents helping students with tasks and assignments that would give false impressions of their skills describing it as misleading

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2015: KCOBA tasks PDP, APC on education vision

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As the 2015 general elections approach, King’s College Old Boys Association while outlining the programme for its 105th Founder’s Day anniversary, has invited the chairmen of the two leading political parties (PDP and APC ) to speak on their party’s vision for education in Nigeria

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World Bank partners Ibadan Business School on capacity-building

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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.

Having examined what Ibadan Business School stands for over the years, the World Bank has partnered with it to boost the public sector and respond to capacity-building to strengthen requirements of micro, small and medium enterprises in Nigeria

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Researchers advocate community-driven agric devt model

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The Federal Government and other development stakeholders had consistently implemented the classical model of development—a top-down strategy that trickles down from a central policy-making body to the rural communities which has not helped in poverty alleviation as envisaged.

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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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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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