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ASUU says strike would be total, comprehensive as FG accuses union of bad faith

Fed Govt accuses lecturers of bad faith as ASUU begins strike

By Tony Akowe Frank Ikpefan, Abuja and Adegunle Olugbamila On

‘It’ll be total, comprehensive, indefinite’

Situation on campuses

University teachers are set for major strike, it was announced yesterday.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) said the strike “will be total, comprehensive and indefinite” to press home lecturers’ demand for improved welfare and working conditions.

ASUU National President Dr. Biodun Ogunyemi said the union took the decision after a nationwide consultation with its members at an emergency National Executive Council (NEC) on Sunday.

According to him, there will be no teaching, no examination and no attendance of statutory meetings of any kind in any of the union’s branches during the strike.

He said ASUU must make the Federal and state governments to implement the provisions of the 2009 Agreement, the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) of 2013 and the understanding reached in November 2016 in order to lay the foundation for a university system capable of producing a country of our dream.

Dr. Ogunyemi said: “The foundation of development of any nation lies on its attention to education. No nation can grow beyond the level of its educational development. Any genuine move to transform Nigeria into an economically viable and politically stable country must begin with a firm commitment to an all-round transformation of the country’s education.

“ASUU has been vociferous on the primacy of the university education system because it is the repository of ideas for invention, innovation and national transformation.

“Consequently, based on a nationwide consultation with our members, an emergency meeting of the National Executive Council (NEC) of ASUU rose on Saturday, 12th August, 2017 with a resolution to embark on an indefinite strike action starting from Sunday, 13th August, 2017.

”The nationwide action is total and comprehensive. During the strike, there shall be no teaching, no examination and no attendance of statutory meeting of any kind in any of our branches.

”Lastly, we call on all patriots to prevail on owners of public universities to be alive to their responsibilities. Indeed, ASUU struggles should be Nigerians’ struggles.

The ASUU president also accused the political class of paying lip-service to addressing the rot and decay in Nigeria’s university education.

According to him, Nigeria is beginning to lose the little gains it had achieved through the struggles of the union, labour movement, the media and other patriotic organisations at salvaging the country’s crisis-ridden public universities.

”It is, however, disappointing that despite prime importance of university education, the political class in Nigeria has continued to pay mere lip-service to addressing the rot and decay in the sub-sector.

”As things stand, the country is beginning to lose the little gains achieved through the struggles of ASUU, the labour movement, the media and other patriotic organisations at salvaging our crisis-ridden public universities.”

The Federal Government said yesterday that negotiations were ongoing between it and the union on the issues arising from the 2009 agreement and the MoU of 2013.

The Director of Press, Federal Ministry of Education, Mrs. Chinenye Ihuoma, said:

“If it is on ASUU, just know that the FG/ASUU renegotiation 2009 is ongoing with the government team under the leadership of Dr. B. O Babalakin (SAN).”

Minister of Education Malam Adamu Adamu, in January inaugurated a 16-member team to renegotiate the 2009 agreement.

The committee, headed by Babalakin, was given the mandate to dialogue with the ASUU, Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) and Non-Academic Staff Union of Associated & Allied Institutions (NASU) to ensure sustainable peace and industrial harmony in tertiary institutions.

The ASUU president said the Wale Babalakin-led committee lacked the powers to resolve the issue as there were unimplemented items in the 2009 agreement.

He said government had ignored the system, stressing that the political class had also shifted attention to sending their wards to private universities and universities abroad, leaving public universities to collapse

”Among the issues in current disputes involved in the 2009 agreement and 2013 MOU are funding for the revitalisation of public universities and earned academic allowances.

”Others include registration of Nigerian Universities Pension Management Company (NUPEMCO), University staff school, fractionalisation and non payment of salaries,’’ Ogunyemi said.

But the National Parents Teachers Association (NAPTAN) and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) faulted the strike. Both organisations said they were not consulted before ASUU declared the strike.

NAPTAN National President Haruna Danjuma said given the kidnapping of some ASUU members at the University of Maiduguri, the authorities had not done enough to guarantee security of workers and students.

He said: “Though we were not consulted by ASUU, as parents, we have been in consultation with them to find a lasting solution to their demands.

“We were shocked by their (ASUU) decision. We parents are not 100 per cent in support of the strike; but in a situation where it involves lives of students and lecturers, we shall not keep our eyes closed.”

“I understand that students of Bayero State University are meant to start their exams today (yesterday), but with this strike, it no longer looks feasible.

“As parents, we are concerned about the wellbeing of our children from primary up to university levels.

“Let government call a roundtable discussion to stop this strike now before things get complicated.”

CAN National President Rev. Samson Ayokunle said CAN was unhappy about the situation.

Speaking through his spokesperson Bayo Oladeji, he urged the Federal Government to immediately begin talks with the union.

He said: “As far as we are concerned, ASUU did not consult us and I do not think they consulted other stakeholders, such as parents and students, before declaring the strike.

“To us, this is unfortunate. The Federal Government too has not helped matters by playing into their hands. From time to time, we have witnessed situations where ASUU embarks on strikes only for government to beg them to resume with a promise to attend to their demands, but in the end, nothing will happen.

“Our children are now spending between seven to eight years in universities before they graduate and CAN is not happy about the situation.”
Source: The Nation

​BREAKING: ASUU begins nationwide strike

BREAKING: ASUU begins nationwide strike

Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu

The Academic Staff Union of Universities has commenced an indefinite nationwide industrial action .

The National President of the union , Dr. Biodun Ogunyemi , announced this on Monday during a meeting of the National Executive Council of ASUU in Abuja .

He said during the strike , there shall be no teaching , no examination and no attendance of statutory meetings of any kind in any of the union ’s branches across the country .

According to Channels TV , Dr. Ogunyemi declared a total , comprehensive and indefinite nationwide strike after a nationwide consultation with members at an emergency NEC meeting held on Saturday , August 12 , 2017 .

WAEC cancels certificates issued 28 years ago, 150 others over exam malpractice

WAEC cancels certificates issued 28 years ago, 150 others over exam malpractice

By Gabriel Dike  

The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has cancelled 151 certificates already issued to candidates that sat for both school and private exams who were later found to have engaged in examination malpractice.

Also, the council has taken possession of 29 certificates (both school and private candidates exam) returned by born again Christians who sought for restitution.

The National Examinations Committee (NEC) of WAEC took the decision recently at its 62nd meeting held in Lagos to cancel and collect back certificates of the candidates found wanting years after the examinations were conducted and certificates issued.

Among the cancelled certificates, include two issued 28 years ago (1989) and 27 years ago (1990) by WAEC while the ones issued in 2012 and 2013 are the current certificates.

A breakdown of the cancelled certificates showed that the highest number, 14, was issued in 2001 and 2002, 13 each in 1999 and 2000.

The statistics further revealed that WAEC cancelled 12 certificates in 2003, 10 in 2006, eight in 1988, seven each in 2004, 2007 and 2010, five each in 1993, 1995, 2009, 2012 and 2013. Others are four in 1994 and 2008, three each in 1996 and 2011, two each in 1997 and 2005 as well as one each in 1989, 1990 and 1992.

Culled from The Sun

Abia, Rivers lead, Lagos 9th as WAEC releases 2016 performance chart

Oyo, Osun tumble as Abia tops WASSCE state performance

Folashade Adebayo

Abia , Rivers, Edo, Imo and Bayelsa have emerged the best performing states in the 2016 West African Senior School Certificate Examination .

The quartet led the chart in the performance of school candidates who passed five subjects in the examination, including English and Mathematics , in 36 states , the Federal Capital Territory and the offshore countries of Equatorial Guinea , Guinea Republic and Cote D ’ Ivoire .

Abia came out strong at 81 . 54 per cent, followed by Rivers State at 78 . 59 per cent. Edo State was third with 77 . 41 per cent while Imo State recorded 76 . 46 per cent . At 74 . 38 per cent and 71 . 83 per cent Bayelsa and Anambra states emerged in the fifth and sixth positions nationally .

The ranked performance of states in five subjects in the WASSCE ( including English and Mathematics ), is released annually by the West African Examination Council , with the latest being the 2016 diet of the examination.

Typically , candidates are expected to have at least five credits , including the two prime subjects , to gain admission into any higher institution of learning in the country.

Other states which recorded a good outing in the examination include Ondo ( 68 . 43 per cent , 7 th position) , Taraba ( 64 . 76 per cent, 8 th position) , Lagos (64 . 31 per cent , 9 th position) , Delta ( 63 . 43 per cent, 10 th position) , Enugu ( 61 . 14 per cent , 11 th position ) and Cross River (60 . 42 per cent, 12 th position) .

However , the South- West states , often regarded as leaders in the education sector , put up a less sterling performance in the examination. Aside from Ondo, Lagos and Ekiti which emerged in the seventh , ninth and 14 th positions respectively , Ogun and Osun states , with 53 . 24 per cent and 46 . 77 per cent respectively, were outperformed by five northern states , including Borno , to emerge in the 19 th and 24 th position nationwide . At 36 . 69 per cent , Oyo is the least performing of the south west states . It emerged in the 29 th position nationwide , falling further below Adamawa , Ebonyi , Kano and Katsina states .

At 14 . 25 per cent, Yobe State is the least performing on the chart , emerging in number 38 . Others include offshore countries ( Equatorial Guinea , Guinea Republic and Cote D’ Ivoire , 37 th position); Zamfara ( 16 . 07 per cent, 36 th position ); Gombe ( 17 . 36 per cent , 35 th position); Jigawa ( 18 . 45 per cent, 34 position); Kebbi ( 22 . 65 per cent, 33 rd position); Sokoto ( 29 . 90 per cent, 32 nd position ) and Bauchi (33 . 82 per cent , 31 st position) .

According to the Head, Public Affairs Unit of the WAEC, Mr . Demianus Ojijeogu , the state ranking is released annually and sent to ministries of education to assist in the implementation of policies in the education sector .

“ The ranking is sent to states so that those who are already doing well will not rest on their oars and those who are not doing very well can look at what the states with best performing candidates are doing in order to improve . It is also to help states to implement their policies in terms of teaching and learning , pupils ’ attitude , teacher training , among others, ” he said .
Source: The Punch

Never too late to study: 91-year-old grandma bags bachelor’s degree

It’s never too late to study as 91-year-old grandma bags bachelor’s degree
A 91-year-old woman became the oldest person to graduate from university in Thailand on Wednesday, receiving her bachelor’s degree from King Maha Vajiralongkorn.

Escorted by her family, Kimlun Jinakul travelled more than 700 km from the northern province of Phayao to Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University, near Bangkok, to receive her bachelor’s degree in human ecology.

“It has always been my dream to continue my studies,” Kimlun told local TV station Thai PBS.

She said that she had finished junior high school but couldn’t continue her education at the time because her family couldn’t finance it.

Kimlun said: “When I was young, I actually received good grades.

“I have always enjoyed reading. I even bought manuals to educate myself so I could help my children with their homework.”

Kimlun said she became inspired to continue her formal studies in 2011, once her children and grandchildren had received university educations and found decent jobs.

“It’s never too late to study,” she said.

“She is a very determined person,” said Bhum Juasiripakdee, one of Kimlun’s grandchildren.

“We all support her while making sure she remains in good health.”

The university said Kimlun had not received any special treatment in terms of grading.

In fact, she failed half of her courses and had to retake examinations several times.

“The university provided me with a lot of convenience,” Kimlun said.

“They allocated rooms on the ground floor for me so I did not have to climb the stairs.”

The university is the first in Thailand to offer distance learning to elderly people.

Almost 200 people older than 60 have enrolled.

NAN

UTME: JAMB, stakeholders to decide  Cut-off point August 21

JAMB, stakeholders to decide UTME Cut-off point August 21

JAMB spokesperson, Mr Fabian Benjamin, in a statement on Sunday in Abuja said the Board has obtained the approval of the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu to hold the Policy Committee meeting on 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examination (UTME) admission.

He explained that the meeting is scheduled to hold on Monday 21st to Tuesday 22nd August, 2017.

According to him, the meeting would kick start the 2017 admission exercise and that the policy committee would announced the cut off point for the 2017 admission exercise after the brainstorming session.

Benjamin said all stakeholders including Vice Chancellors of Universities, Rectors of Polytechnics and Monotechnics and Provosts of Colleges of Education would be in attendance.

He said the Board has sent to all institutions a soft copy of printout of candidates who choose them.

“This year the Board has sent candidates who scored 100 and above in their JAMB to the institutions in its flexible admission policy for institutions to determine the suitability of the candidates in compliance with all laid down rules and regulations as determined by the proprietors of the institutions and approved by Senate of the various schools.

“The Board will ensure that criterion set by Senate are strictly adhere to by the institutions admission officers and no shifting of goal post in the middle of the admission exercise. This is to guarantee fairness and equity to all candidates,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Registrar of the Board during the foundation laying ceremony for a 500 capacity twin CBT centre in Osogbo, Osun State advised all CBT centre owners to ensure that their centres are up to date as the Board would not compromise on the 2018 accreditation exercise.

He said having suitable centres is the bedrock of conducting a smooth examination.

The 500 capacity twin CBT centre built by National Communications Commission (NCC) in compliance with presidential directive for NCC to build such centres in each senatorial district is to bring the centres closer to the candidates and also ensure standard.

The Registrar urge the consultant to ensure that the centre is built according to specification. 

Source : Tribune 

​Aborted Foetus found in hostel

Foetus found in hostel

 David Kolawole 

There was commotion at the Federal University of Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) in Ekiti State, last Thursday, following the discovery of a fresh foetus in one of the school’s halls of residence. The foetus, said to be six-month old, was found by cleaners in a polythene bag dumped close to a refuse incinerator.

When the cleaners raised alarm, students rushed to the scene, expressing shock at the sight of the foetus. The cleaners reported the matter at the central office of the school porters.

CAMPUSLIFE gathered that the foetus was dripping blood at the time of its discovery, suggesting that the aborted baby may have been dumped in by a resident of the hostel. It was gathered that the hostel porters traced the blood marks on the ground until the mother was found in a room, bleeding. The lady, identified as Izuka and a 100-Level student, was taken to the institution’s health centre for attention.

A resident of the hostel, who pleaded not to be named, said it was not the first time strange objects would be discovered in the hostel, noting that the foetus was dumped before dawn.

Another student, who also spoke under the condition of anonymity, said: “Aborting a baby of about six months old is an act of wickedness. Necessary action should be taken against the mother. We are students and our purpose in the school is what should take our priority.”

There has been no word from management about the issue, but sources said the authorities may take punitive action against the aborted baby’s mother.

Source: The Nation