Category Archives: Education

Tragedy! Five students drown during excursion

Five students drown during excursion
 • By Baba Negedu
Anguish hung over Kaduna metropolis yesterday following the death of five students of Victory International Secondary School, Ungwan Yelwa, during an excursion. Victory International School is located at Television village, within Kaduna metropolis in Kaduna South Local Government Area. The incident occurred on Wednesday about midday at the Kaduna State Water Board pump station, near the Railway Station in the Kaduna metropolis.

It was learnt that about 73 Senior Secondary School (SS2) students went on the excursion after paying N500 each to the school authorities. The spot is said to be a regular excursion arena for many secondary schools. According to sources in the area, about two or three schools visit the area on a weekly basis.

The students, it was learnt, normally follow through the gangway and enter an iron boat, which moves them around. However, shortly after the students entered the boat part of the gangway collapsed, which pushed the iron boat into the river.

Ten of the students were said to be in the boat but only one person was able to swim out. Four others were later rescued by some students and local divers. Five of the students were said to have disappeared into the river. A man-hunt, involving the local divers, was lunched but as at the time of filling this report only two bodies of the five missing students had been recovered.

The victims’ names were given as Priscilla Romana, Goodness Aromilade, Monday Umahi, Joseph Benedict and David Ukegbu, four boys and one girl, aged between 14 and 16. Speaking on the development, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Aliyu Mukhtar, said: “We were informed about it and we swung into action immediately and we were able to rescue some of them, including two teachers. “As we speak, we are collaborating with local divers searching for the missing children.”
Source: New Telegraph


Four principals demoted to classroom teachers over illegal collections

Edo demotes four principals to classroom teachers

By Alemma-Ozioruva Aliu, Benin City and Victor Ifeanyi Uzoho

They were alleged to have collected between N11,000 and N20,000 for school uniforms as against N3,000 for Junior Secondary School and N4,000 for Senior Secondary School approved by the state government.

• School adds German language to syllabus in Ondo

Following their roles in the collection of illegal fees from students in four secondary school, principals in Edo State, who were last week suspended, have been demoted to classroom teachers.

They were also asked to refund the difference of the money they collected from students under the strict supervision of Post Primary Education Board.

They were alleged to have collected between N11,000 and N20,000 for school uniforms as against N3,000 for Junior Secondary School and N4,000 for Senior Secondary School approved by the state government.

The affected teachers were Glory Omorodion of Oka Junior Secondary School, Mrs. Victoria Okuonghae of Niger College Junior School, Mrs. Cecilia Isibor of Idogbo Junior Secondary School and Mr. Bright Omorogie of Idogbo Senior Secondary School.

Chairman, Edo State Post Primary Education Board, Mr. Gabriel Oiboh, announced the demotion of the teachers while giving report of the disciplinary committee set up to investigate them. He stated that the teachers were found guilty of collecting illegal levies having admitted during questioning by the committee.

Meanwhile in a bid to make its pupils educated in foreign languages and international relationship, Fourier International School, Akure, has embarked on training of its language teachers overseas for foreign studies.

Director of the school, Olumide Omosuyi, who spoke with The Guardian in Akure, said the school was exploring ample opportunities available in foreign languages for the development of the students.

Omosuyi reiterated the need for Nigerian schools at all levels to expose students at an early age to the studies of foreign languages, urging the ministry of education to prioritize it in the school curriculum.

According to him, “the school management has made it a policy to add German language to the study of English and French languages in the school syllabus so that the pupils can be proficient speakers of at least three international languages.”

The Director disclosed that the institution had set up a committee, which would oversee the training of some teachers in the school abroad with all expenses paid by the management.

“One of our teachers, Odidiomo Taiwo, who studied Linguistics from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, will soon leave for Germany for further studies in order to deliver on our mandate, which is to set an international standard and equip students for competition with their contemporaries not only in Nigeria, but also around the world,” he said.
Source: The Guardian

Candidates now come to exam with guns, arms – WAEC raises the alarm on malpractice

WAEC raises the alarm on possession of arms, guns by candidates

By Mojeed Alabi

The Registrar of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), Dr. Iyi Uwadiae, has expressed shock at the dimension examination malpractices are taking on the continent of Africa and particularly in Nigeria.

He said while private candidates now went to examination centres with guns and other weapons, some private schools in connivance with the candidates were now in the habit of drugging invigilators using dangerous chemicals.

Uwadiae stated this at the WAEC International Centre in Lagos, while briefing the media on details of the examination body’s proposed international summit on examination malpractices.

According to the registrar, waging war against examination malpractices has become very expensive and more difficult particularly with the advent of social media.

He said: “The most notorious challenge facing examining bodies and other educational institutions in WAEC membercountries is examination malpractice. Currently, the malaise has assumed dangerous and criminal dimensions on the heels of some advancements in technology, which created the smartphones, the social media, among others.”

Source: New Telegraph

Lawal emerges new bursar of University of Lagos

Lawal emerges new bursar of University of Lagos 


The Governing Council of the University of Lagos, at its meeting of Friday, October 6, 2017,  appointed Mr. Nurudeen Olalekan Ajani LAWAL, FCS, FCIB, FCTI, FCA, as the new University Bursar. 

His appointment will take effect from Friday, November 3, 2017.

Mr. N.O.A Lawal has served as Chief Accountant at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos (1997-2009) and is the current Director of Finance (2009 till date).

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and several other professional bodies.

He is happily married and blessed with children.

Those who kill in the name of God will go to hell – Sultan

Those who kill in the name of God will go to hell, says Sultan

Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III,

By Lawrence Njoku, Enugu

“Shouting Allahu Akbar to kill your fellow human being in the belief that you are fulfilling God’s injunction is pathway to hell and not the teaching of Allah,” he stressed.

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, yesterday cautioned those killing in the guise of fulfilling God’s injunction, saying their reward would be hell fire.

He said it was a huge lie for people to nurse such belief, stressing that human life should be protected, whether the person is a Muslim or not, adding that the dignity of man covers all, including Muslims, Christians, Hindus and others.

“Shouting Allahu Akbar to kill your fellow human being in the belief that you are fulfilling God’s injunction is pathway to hell and not the teaching of Allah,” he stressed.

He emphasised that Fulani herdsmen who go about killing people “are criminals and not genuine herdsmen. We don’t call them herdsmen, because herdsmen cannot kill another human to protect cow.”

The Sultan also spoke on the need for understanding and recognition of various ethnic groups in the country, stressing that time has come for every divisive and selfish tendencies threatening the country and retarding its progress to be done away with.

He particularly asked Muslims to project and apply the best value of Islamic civilisation at these very trying moments of restructuring. Delivering the 9th Dignity of Man Lecture at the 57 Founders Day celebrations of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), the Sultan said: “Human dignity is God-given. Any society where the sanctity of life is not protected cannot be said to be civilised.

“In other words, the sanctity of human life, the honour conferred in the human person and the investment in the development of the human person are the metrics to measure human civilisation.

“This promotion and protection of human life and dignity can only come through education. Education holds the key to development and development is people-centered and people-driven.”

According to him: “Modern education, which subsumes the Greek and Islamic traditions and our indigenous and Islamic educational traditions should be harnessed to ensure that the dignity of man is restored in our country, especially in these difficult times when the sanctity of human lives appear to be under threat.

“Man has no dignity if he has no education. The less education, the less his dignity.” Quoting his great grandfather, Uthman Dan Fodio, he said: “The man without education is like a country without inhabitants.”

Speaking specifically on the title of his lecture, ‘Restoring the dignity of man: Education as a veritable tool,’ he said no nation can develop without the education of its citizenry, saying: “Societies that take education seriously tend to be more developed, healthier, happier and better.

“Societies that do not embrace education wallow in retrogression, hunger, abuse of human rights and absence of dignity and human honour.”

Also speaking, Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and his Delta State counterpart, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, emphasised the need for proper attention on education, which they said is the bedrock of the development of any country.

The governors urged the university to continue to play leading role in education as a way of contributing to national development, in line with the visions of the founding fathers, particularly the late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, who set up the institution to restore the dignity of man.

Source : The Guardian 

Unilag Muslim Alumni  28th Annual Congress holds Sunday 

University of Lagos Muslim Alumni Holds 28th Annual Congress

As part of its empowerment programme for the Muslim Alumni and graduating students of the institution, the University of Lagos Muslim Alumni Association (UMA) will on Sunday 8 October, 2017 hold its 28th Annual Congress and Networking session.

 The venue is the Islamic Centre Hall in the UNILAG Mosque, Akoka, Lagos beginning from 10.00am to 2.00pm. 
The theme of the congress is “Small Scale Business Opportunities and Financing Options”, which will be discussed by Dr. Jubril Salaudeen, an expert in finance and business management and Chief Operating Officer, Citiserve Limited.

There will also be a health talk on “Cancer Prevention Awareness” to be delivered by Dr. Habeeb Mohammed.

 President of UMA, Alhaji Akeeb Sola Oladokun will preside over the congress at which the executives will render account of their stewardship in the past one year to the generality of the members.

The annual congress is among several capacity enhancing initiatives held yearly by the UMA. Some of the others include a Scholarship Award Scheme and Capacity Training Programme for graduating Unilag students.

Lagos Education District 1 marks Teacher’s Day with five-km fitness walk

Lagos Education District 1 marks Teacher’s Day with five-km fitness walk

A cross section of participants

Lagos State Education District 1 at the weekend commenced this year’s Teacher’s Day with a five-kilometre walk by teachers in the District.
Leading the walk, Tutor-general/Permanent Secretary, Education District 1, Dr. Folayinmika Ayandele, lauded the commitment of Akinwunmi Ambode led administration on its concern towards capacity development of teachers in all ramifications.

The endurance trek which is tagged Building the Workforce took off at Government College, Iyana-Ipaja and ended at Agege stadium where other activities took place.
According to Ayandele, Teachers’ Day is an international event to celebrate teachers for their roles towards national development.
“A healthy workforce is paramount towards national development. So it is important to ensure the wellness of teachers which explains the concept of this 5-kilometre walk”, she said.

“You can see that they didn’t feel it, we were having fun and recognising the beautiful work done by our teachers. This is one of the intervention programmes for teachers by Lagos state Government as approved by His Excellency, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, and our Deputy Governor, Dr. Idiat Adebule to make our teachers fit so that they can have their position in national development”

Tutor-general/Permanent Secretary, Education District 1, Dr. Folayinmika Ayandele, l

The Tutor-General stressed on the significance of fitness walk to their profession.
“We want to ensure that our workforce is free  from ailments; so thirty minutes walk is not too much for us and not a one day-off thing”

She also stressed the need for the teachers to make it a regular event in their private lives.
In a brief interview with journalists, Education Secretary, Agege Local Government Education Authority, Hon. Olamilekan Majiyagbe reiterated that the programme is relevant as the development of the body system is achieved through exercises.
“Most of the teachers are engaged and don’t have time for exercise, this exercise is to promote their well-being and mental development. It is a means of motivating teachers on the importance of exercise in their daily life and create bonding among ourselves. Although, we have been doing it at LGEA level, but it’s the first time at District level and commendable”.

Similarly, the education secretary, Alimosho Local Government Education Authority, Honourable  Airat Mojirade Alamu ,urged parents to complement the efforts of teachers by ensuring pupils’ punctuality to schools, saying that pupils need attention on healthy living and academics.

The event also featured march past and novelty match between Education District 1 and Local Government education authorities within the district’s jurisdiction.

The week-long teachers celebration will feature; seminar, staff rooms decorations by students among others

Education District 1 is made up of Agege, Alimoso and Ifako Ijaye Local Governments and their Local Council Development Areas.