Category Archives: Education

OAU postpones resumption, now April 29

OAU’s resumption now April 29

By Okerinmodun Faith Olusegun

The Management of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife has postponed the resumption date of the institution to 29th of April, 2018.

The decision was taken after a brief senate meeting with the university official at the early hours of today.

The Vice Chancellor, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, said fresher’s resumption is now 29th of April while Stalites are to resume by 13th of May 2018.

“We postponed resumption so that we can be able to renovate the different halls of residence so that it can be ready before they resume” he said

“All internal programs like TP, SIWES and IT is to come to an end by March 30th so that renovations can start as early as possible, so that students would vacate the halls of residence” he added

Source: The Nation

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Ambode Harps on Capacity Building to Boost Teaching, Learning

Ambode Harps on Capacity Building to Boost Teaching, Learning

Gov Akinwunmi Ambode

Funmi Ogundare

The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has expressed confidence about the rapid infrastructure growth and strategies of the state, saying that this could only be sustained by corresponding capacity building to enhance teaching and learning.

Ambode, who made this known recently at the inauguration of the Girls’ Junior Model College, Agunfoye, Ikorodu, said the new school was to further drive the ‘Change Lagos’ initiative of his administration.

Represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Oluranti Adebule, he said the administration has invested in the future of the children of the state through strategic reforms and planning in the education sector to ensure that their potential to compete favourably with their peers globally is assured.

“Upon the take-over of the school from the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), the state government invested substantially in the provision of infrastructure and facilities towards meeting the set standard.”

He expressed delight that the intervention of government in the education sector has been yielding positive results as evidenced in improved students’ performance in examinations, national/international competitions, as well as improved morals, etiquette and confidence in public speaking.

Speaking to journalists, Adebule said the move is about commitment and ensuring that education is accessible particularly to the girl-child.

“We understand that as a government, we have new developments coming up in the environment to make education available to children. The girl-child has a special place in the heart of the governor because we know that giving them a conducive environment will make them to do better.

“We know that a conducive environment for learning with the best of teachers around them, they will do excellently well. We have that conviction and that is why we have inaugurated this school which was established in September 2017. It is about excellence and learning,” the deputy governor stressed.

The inauguration of the college brings the number of existing model colleges in the state to 16 and the second model college for girls.

The Chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Mr. Ganiyu Sopeyin said the state is poised for greater things, adding that inaugurating a number of projects which are now at completion stages would be paramount.

“On our part as a board, we shall not relent or shy away from our responsibilities to execute policies geared towards the improvement of basic education which has in recent times, been transformed by the present administration.”
Source : ThisDay 

I worked hard for my PhD in NOUN, Obasanjo replies critics

I worked for my PhD in NOUN, says Obasanjo

From Fred Ezeh, Abuja

Former Nigerian President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, yesterday, responded to criticisms that he was given preferential treatment while pursuing his academic career at the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) based on his social status.

Responding to the criticism at the institution’s 7th convocation ceremony held in Abuja, he dismissed the insinuation as unfounded, adding that he had at the entry point requested that he should be allowed to pass through the process without fear or favour. So far, Obasanjo is the first PhD graduate of the NOUN. He was honored with doctorate degree in Christian theology yesterday.

His words: “I requested that I should not be given any special privilege or recognition as a former Nigerian President. My reason was because I wanted to pass through the system like every other student and I am proud that I did that with all diligence.”

“I carried my NOUN bag like every other student. I attended classes and wrote my exams like every other student. Most helpful was the learners’ support services which I maximized just like every other eligible student.”

“My teachers and supervisors were firm, strict and ensured that I diligently passed through the process.”

Recalling his research experience, he said his field work had afforded him the opportunity to appreciate the socio-economic realities confronting the people of the North-east. “Most instructive was my field work in the northeast. It exposed me to the true state of the geopolitical zone. I had the privilege to interact with people of different strata and they spoke candidly to me on the state of things there.”

“The experience I gathered from there enriched my knowledge and my position on any socio-economic/political discussions of the region. It made me to understand that poverty is not our lot or that of anyone but as a result of the conscious or unconscious decisions made by our leaders,” he submitted.

The former president, therefore, used the occasion to call on the electorate to make good choice of leaders that would pull Nigeria out of poverty and underdevelopment in the 2019 general elections.

President Muhammadu Buhari, who was represented by the Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Rasheed Abubakar, urged the institution to strengthen its learner’s support system for effective service delivery. He also congratulated Obasanjo for the success of his academic programme, describing him as a role model.
Source: The Sun

Kaduna NUT suspends strike 

Kaduna NUT calls off indefinite strike

By Christiana T. Alabi, Kaduna 

At last,  the Kaduna state chapter of Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) has called off the indefinite strike action it embarked upon on January 8, 2018 over the sack of about 22,000 teachers by the state government. 

Teachers in the state had embarked on the8 strike action to express their grievances over the sack of 21,780 teachers who were said to have failed a primary four exam conducted to test their competency by the state government.

The 10-day strike had grounded academic activities in public primary and secondary schools in the state as students were stopped from going to school while the union also barred the teachers from teaching. 

A statement jointly signed by the state chairman and assistant secretary general of NUT, Comrade Audu T. Amba and Ango Adamu respectively said that the decision to call off the strike was reached at a meeting to review the situation in the light of the pronouncement by the state government after a meeting with the interim chairmen and education secretaries of the 23 local government area of the state. 

The State governor,  Malam Nasir El-Rufai had announced a second chance to teachers who failed the competency test to reapply under the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB)  programme of continuous  recruitment.

While the state wing executive of NUT commended the decision of the governor, it assured of improved service delivery  in the state public schools. 

The union therefore urged the state government to always engage the NUT in all matters relating to the improvement of service delivery in the education sector and teachers’ welfare.  It also commended the leadership of Labour movement in Nigeria, NGOs and the general public for identifying with the teachers during the struggle. 

Source: Daily Trust 

Kaduna NUT suspends strike 

Kaduna NUT calls off indefinite strike

By Christiana T. Alabi, Kaduna 

At last,  the Kaduna state chapter of Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) has called off the indefinite strike action it embarked upon on January 8, 2018 over the sack of about 22,000 teachers by the state government. 

Teachers in the state had embarked on the8 strike action to express their grievances over the sack of 21,780 teachers who were said to have failed a primary four exam conducted to test their competency by the state government.

The 10-day strike had grounded academic activities in public primary and secondary schools in the state as students were stopped from going to school while the union also barred the teachers from teaching. 

A statement jointly signed by the state chairman and assistant secretary general of NUT, Comrade Audu T. Amba and Ango Adamu respectively said that the decision to call off the strike was reached at a meeting to review the situation in the light of the pronouncement by the state government after a meeting with the interim chairmen and education secretaries of the 23 local government area of the state. 

The State governor,  Malam Nasir El-Rufai had announced a second chance to teachers who failed the competency test to reapply under the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB)  programme of continuous  recruitment.

While the state wing executive of NUT commended the decision of the governor, it assured of improved service delivery  in the state public schools. 

The union therefore urged the state government to always engage the NUT in all matters relating to the improvement of service delivery in the education sector and teachers’ welfare.  It also commended the leadership of Labour movement in Nigeria, NGOs and the general public for identifying with the teachers during the struggle. 

Source: Daily Trust 

JAMB sets dates for 2018 UTME

Breaking: JAMB sets dates for 2018 UTME


By Joseph Erunke
ABUJA-THE 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, will take place between March 9 and 17, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has said.

The examination, according to JAMB, is to be preceded with mock examination, which also will take place in the first week of February.
Its registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, while disclosing this Tuesday, during a meeting he held with stakeholders, said the most examination earlier billed to take place between January 22 and 24 was shifted to the new dates, attributing the change the ongoing industrial action by public universities’ non teaching staff.

Oloyede, who spoke at the meeting with a theme:“Strategic planning on the conduct of the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation”, said:
“We are unable to access our CBT centres because most of them are in the universities and non teaching staff are on strike. ”

He also disclosed that about 10 percent of prospective candidates for this year’s UTME have purchased and registered for the examination.

According to him, a total number of candidates that have registered was about 283,319.

He used the occasion to warn candidates against using prohibited items during the examination exercises, saying those who fall prey to the law would have themselves to blame.

The prohibition of materials, he said, was applicable to candidates, supervisors and examiners., adding, ” candidates, examiners, invigilators will be allowed to enter the examination hall with wrist watches, pencils except HB pencils and cameras.”
Source: Vanguard

NECO release Nov/Dec 2017 results, 

NECO release Nov/Dec 2017 results, Plateau highest in malpractice cases

• By Michael Abimboye

The National Examinations Council on Tuesday released the results of the 2017 November/December Senior School Certificate Examination as 32,917 candidates out of 42,429 candidates that sat for the examinations scored 5 credits and above.
The Registrar/Chief Executive of NECO,Prof. Charles Uwakwe, who spoke at the council’s headquarters in Minna said the release of the results is coming barely 38 days after the examinations were conducted.
In the analysis for candidates’ general performance by States, Ogun state has the best result as 4,766 students out of the 5,213 that sat obtained five credits and above in all subjects representing 91.42% while Zamfara state records the worst result with only 24 out of the 186 candidates obtained 5 credits and above representing 12.90%.
According to Uwakwe “a total of 42,985 candidates registered, out of which 42,429 sat for the examinations, and the number of candidates with five credits including Mathematics and English Language put at 24,098 (56.79%)”.
A total number of 41,429 candidates sat for English language with 29,258 credit pass representing 70.62%, while out of the 41,485 that sat for Mathematics, a total 32,701 candidates got credit pass representing 78.82%.
While putting the number of candidates with malpractice cases at 4,425 representing 10.43%. This according to Prof. Uwakwe represents 5.9% reduction in cases compared to 2016.
In the malpractice chart, Plateau state records the highest case with 943 candidates representing 21.31%, with FCT-Abuja, Kogi, Ondo and Taraba states with least in malpractices recording zero cases representing 0.00%. Mathematics has the highest case with 728 candidates involved.
Uwakwe advised candidates to access their results on NECO website http://www.mynecoexam.com, using their Examination Registration Number and scratch cards.
Source: New Telegraph