Category: Education

LASG tasks teachers on efficiency, quality education

By Idris Olukoya Lagos –   The Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Adebule, has urged teachers in the state to improve on their teaching skills so that they could impact quality knowledge on their pupils. Adebule said through that, it would enhance efficiency and quality standard of education. Adebule said this at the Education District IV Christmas Carol/Musical concert and send off party for some of its retiree held on Friday in Surulere, Lagos State. Adebule was represented at the occasion by Mrs Kehinde Hazoume, the Director of Education Resource Centre, Lagos Ministry of Education. The deputy governor appealed ... Read more

NANS Appeals for N4m Support for Michael Okpara University of Agric Graduate’s Surgery

(Sundiata Post) — The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has appealed to the public for support raise N4 million to enable Mr Ejike Gift Emeka, a first class graduate of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU) undergo surgery. National President,  NANS, Mr Chinonso Obasi, in a statement on Thursday, that Ejike, who graduated with first class from MOUAU was involved in a ghastly accident on his way to the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) orientation camp in Lagos on Monday 20, November 2017 and sustained multiple fractures and spinal cord injuries. The NANS President said that Mr Ejike ... Read more

Culture of impunity receding – President Buhari

Abuja   –      President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that the culture of impunity inherited at the inception of his government, two years ago, is receding. The statement was made in excerpts of a Book entitled: ‘‘Making steady, sustainable progress for Nigeria’s peace and prosperity: a mid-term scorecard on the President Muhammadu Buhari administration’’, authored by the Presidential Media Team. The book, which will be presented to the public on November 16 in Abuja, was sighted by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). ‘‘Corruption, insecurity and the parlous economy were the challenges inherited at inception. ‘‘They have been addressed and are still ... Read more

Ikeja Electric announces 8 days impending power outage in Lagos

By Raji Rasak Lagos –   Ikeja Electric (IE) Plc on Wednesday said there would be interruption of power supply to some parts of Lagos from Nov. 3 to Nov.10. Mr Felix Ofulue, the Head, Corporate Communications, said in Lagos that the outage was part of the strategic efforts to improve power supply to consumers across the network. Ofulue said in a statement in Lagos that the company would carry out a complete rehabilitation of Maryland Injection Substation. He said that this would involve the replacement of obsolete switch gear panels at the switch room. “The rehabilitation will affect power ... Read more

South Africa: Adopt-a-School Foundation Addresses Child Safety In Schools

BOTSHABELO, (Sundiata Post) — “The recent atrocities of violence and sexual abuse cases in our schools has left our nation reeling. How are we to achieve our potential as a country, when our own children face sexual violation and abuse at school – the places where they are supposed to be protected and nurtured, by the people we have entrusted with their safety,” says Steven Lebere, Executive Director of Adopt-a-School Foundation (www.AdoptASchool.org.za). “As Adopt-a-School Foundation, we strongly believe that these cases should be expediently dealt and that the maximum sentences be imposed for these heinous crimes. The government must continue ... Read more

Umahi Pays unscheduled Visit to School, Suspends Headmaster, 7 Teachers For Absenteeism

By Chibuike Nwabuko Abuja (Sundiata Post) – Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi has paid an unscheduled visit to Community Primary School, Amazu in Ishielu local government area of Ebonyi State. During the visit, the governor who met 15 teachers in the school doled out cash to the teachers to change their wardrobe but announced the suspension of the headmaster and 7 teachers who were absent.  Governor Umahi who engaged the teachers in academic exercise including questions in English language and mathematics expressed dissatisfaction with the way the teachers dressed to work and immediately announced cash donation of N300, 000 for the 15 ... Read more

Ewatto Grammar School Old Student Association Celebrates 40 Years Anniversary

(Sundiata Post) – Ewatto Grammar School Old Student Association (EGOSA), will on Friday, September 29, 2017 kick of a three-day anniversary celebration to mark the 40 years of the establishment of the secondary school. The secondary school, which was established in 1977 and which has also produced great men and women in different fields of endeavour, has been left neglected by both the state and local government authorities and the reunion will offer EGOSA members and invited guests the opportunity to raise funds for the overall development of the school. The ceremony which will take place at Ewatto, will be ... Read more

Taraba conflicts: University appeals to IPCR to establish centre in Wukari

By Isaac Aregbesola Abuja –  The Vice Chancellor, Federal University Wukari (FUW), Prof. Abubakar Kundiri on Wednesday appealed to the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) to establish a centre in Wakuri to mitigate conflicts. Kundiri made the appeal when he led a delegation from the university to visit IPCR Director-General, Prof. Oshita Oshita in Abuja, according to a statement by IPCR Media Officer, Michael Abu, on Wednesday in Abuja. Kundiri said that the need for the establishment of IPCR office in the town was to facilitate peace building and conflicts mitigation in Wukari and Taraba State as a ... Read more

Bayelsa govt to open 5 new model schools in September — Dickson

By Christian Ogbonna Yenagoa –   Gov. Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa said on Saturday that at least five new model schools built in the state would begin operation in September. Dickson said that the construction of the schools was part of the state government’s efforts at consolidating the progress already made in the state’s education sector. A statement issued by the state government in Yenagoa quoted the governor as saying that students had been enrolled in the five schools. He said that the government had concluded plans to embark on a tour of all the boarding model schools in the ... Read more

All Nigerian universities, polytechnics, colleges of education fix admission cut off marks

All tertiary institutions in Nigeria have fixed cut-off marks for admissions into their first year. The cut-off marks, decided by the Senate and management of each institution, have also been sent to the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB. Obtained the full details of the admission scores from JAMB. As directed by the examination body, none of the universities have cut-off marks below 120, while none of the polytechnics and colleges of education have cut-off marks below 100. See the full cut-off marks below: Search: S/N INSTITUTION Cut Off 1 AFE BABALOLA UNIVERSITY, ADO-EKITI, EKITI STATE 180 2 COVENANT UNIVERSITY, ... Read more

Minister advocates Revamping of education system for competitiveness

Lagos,  –   The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu on Tuesday said that Nigeria could not grow without entrenching a 21st century education system that was globally competitive. Adamu said this during a paper presentation at the 4th Lagos Nigerian Institute of Public Relations Stakeholders’ conference in Lagos. The theme of the paper is: Strategies for Revamping Nigeria’s Educational System for National Development. Adamu, who was represented by the Director, Media, of the Ministry, Mrs Priscilla Ihuoma, noted that seeing education from this perspective therefore called for proper funding from the three tiers of government. According to him, only such ... Read more

Niger Govt begins renovation of 200 public schools

By Rita Iliya Minna –   The Niger State Government has commenced the renovation of 200 public schools across the state to provide conducive environment for teaching and learning. Mr Jide Orintunsin, the Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger disclosed this to newsmen in Minna on Tuesday. According to Orintunsin, the state government is constructing new and renovating blocks of classrooms in 200 public basic schools in preparation for the 2017/2018 academic session. He said that the project would complement the 270 schools that were earlier constructed and renovated in the 25 councils since ... Read more

Unilag sets dates for Post-UTME screening

By Chinyere Nwachukwu Lagos –   The University of Lagos on Tuesday said its Post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) aptitude test for prospective students for the 2017/2018 academic session would hold from Sept. 18 to Sept. 22 The institution’s Deputy Registrar, Information, Mr Toyin Adebule, said in a statement that online registration for the Post-UTME screening exercise for placement into courses/programmes for the new academic session would take place from Aug. 31 to Sept. 15. Giving a rundown of the modalities for admission into the institution, he said that only candidates who made University of Lagos their first choice in ... Read more

LASU says no plans to increase tuition

Lagos –   Authorities of the Lagos State University (LASU) on Tuesday reassured that there was no plans to increase tuition fees in the institution. According to the latest edition of “LASU News’’, tuition has not been increased and there is no immediate plan to do so. It said that the Lagos State Government had earlier approved N25, 000 across all faculties and levels in the university. “Attention of management has again been drawn to information making the rounds, especially on social media, regarding a purported increase in the school fees being paid by students of the university presently. “The ... Read more

Abdulkareem emerges new VC of Unilorin

By Fatima Mohammed-Lawal Ilorin –   The management of  the  University of Ilorin has appointed Prof. Sulyman Abdulkareem of  the Department of Chemical Engineering  as its 10th  Vice-Chancellor. The university’s  Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of  council,  Dr Abdullahi Oyekan, announced the appointment  on Monday at  a press briefing. Oyekan said the institution  reached the decision after a meeting of the council in accordance with the provisions of the Universities Amendment Act. According to him, the appointment will take effect from Oct. 16 while the tenure of  the outgoing vice chancellor, Prof.  AbdulGaniyu Ambali, will  end on Oct. 15. The pro-chancellor recalled ... Read more

Cut-off Point: NANS threatens to call for JAMB scrapping

By Stanley Nwanosike Enugu –  The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has threatened to call for the scrapping of Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) if it failed to reverse the low cut off points for admission into universities and polytechnics. NANS National Public Relations Officer Bestman Okereafor made this known in statement made available to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Saturday. He said that if the demand of the association, the most important stakeholder in the education sector was not met in reasonable time, it would call for the scrapping of JAMB. “Conclusively NANS will ... Read more

ASUU in crucial NEC meeting to decide FG offers

By Gabriel Dike A crucial National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is currently on-going to decide offers made by the Federal Government team last week when it met with striking union leaders. Ahead of the NEC meeting, the various ASUU zones met to also to consider the offers as well as inputs from the various branches for presentation to at NEC. ASUU embarked on an indefinite strike on Monday, August 14 accusing the Federal Government of failure to redeem the terms of agreement signed in 2009 and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) endorsed by ... Read more

LASU holds post-humous lecture for Momoh

Lagos –   The Ojo campus of Lagos State University (LASU) is to hold a post-humous lecture for Prof. Abubakar Momoh, a former Dean of Faculty of Social Sciences of the university on Monday. A statement by Sylvester Odion Akhaine, an Associate Professor and Acting Head, Department of Political Science in the university, on Friday said Momoh was being remembered for his contribution to the Department of Political Science in the school. According to Akhaine, the lecture on “Pan-Africanism Today” will be delivered by Prof. Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja of the Centre for African, African-American and Diaspora Studies, University of North Carolina, ... Read more

Nigeria Police Force Promotes 1,731 Teachers Nationally

By Rukayat Adeyemi Lagos –   The Nigeria Police Force on Thursday said it had promoted 1,731 teachers out of the 2,200 that wrote the 2016/2017 promotional examination across the federation. Mr Ajao Emmanuel, the Deputy Director, Human Resources, Force Education Headquarters, Abuja, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) during the presentation of letters of promotion to beneficiaries in the Lagos Zone. NAN reports that 241 out of the 1,731 teachers from across the country that benefitted from the promotion d were from Lagos Zone comprising schools from Ibadan and Abeokuta. Emmanuel said the cut-off mark for ... Read more

Lagos admits 5,278 pupils in model colleges

By Olayinka Olawale Lagos –  The Lagos State Ministry of Education on Wednesday said it has placed 5,278 successful candidates who scored 65 per cent and above in the last Model College placement test in the 16 Model Colleges/ Upgraded Secondary Schools. Mr Adesina Odeyemi, the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Education, said this while announcing the result of the test in Lagos. He said that 10,592 candidates registered for the examination while 10,323 wrote test. Odeyemi said 8,147 representing 78.92 per cent scored above 50 per cent, adding that it is an indication that the placement test was ... Read more

WAEC Registrar Harps On Importance Of Mathematics

By Chinyere Nwachukwu Lagos   –      The Registrar, West African Examinations Council (WAEC) Dr Iyi Uwadiae says the knowledge of Mathematics remained indispensable for further studies and national development. Uwadiae said this in his keynote address at the 54th Annual Conference of the Mathematical Association of Nigeria (MAN) The theme of the conference is: Mathematics as Key to Sustainable Change in Growth and Development. According to him, the essence of Mathematics education at both the basic and Senior Secondary school levels includes raising individuals that will comprehend, analyse, synthesise, evaluate and make generalisations in order to solve Mathematical problems among other ... Read more

Kogi SUBEB boss woos parents to public primary schools

Lokoja – Mrs. Deborah Alaba, Chairman, Kogi State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), has urged parents to enroll their children into public primary schools to enable them benefit from the ongoing transformation of the schools. Alaba made the appeal on Tuesday in Lokoja, when she flagged off a 4-day computer training for selected primary school teachers. She said that government had initiated lofty plans for children in public primary schools as exemplified by the training of their teachers to be computer literate. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the training, which is being held at St. Mary Primary ... Read more

Honour for UNIZIK’s former VC

Members of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK) in Awka, Anambra State capital, rolled out the drums to celebrate the school’s second Vice-Chancellor (VC), Emeritus Professor Pita Ejiofor. The event was part of the activities marking the silver jubilee of the Faculty of Management Sciences. The event, which was held at the auditorium and chaired by former Minister of Health, Dr Tim Menakaya, was graced by Chief Willie Obiano, represented by his deputy, Dr Nkem Okeke; former national chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Victor Umeh; former Secretary to the State Government and 2017 Governorship aspirant, Mr Oseloka ... Read more

222 Girls get SDGs’ scholarship

By Funmilayo Adeyemi Abuja –   A total of 222 girls have been offered scholarship to study in Nigeria’s tertiary institutions under Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Female Special Scholarship Awards, Federal Ministry of Education has said. The Acting Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Dr Adamu Hussaini, stated this in a statement in Abuja on Monday, by the ministry’s Press Officer, Mr Agidike Onu. Hussaini said that 338 candidates participated in the selection process. He said that the award was the effort by the Federal Government towards achieving Goals 4 of the SDGs tagged ” Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women” by ... Read more

UNICEF partners Sokoto Govt to improve school enrollment, nutrition

By Habibu Harisu Sokoto –   UNICEF and Sokoto State government have reiterated commitments toward ensuring maximum success in the fight against malnutrition among children, improving community hygiene and primary schools enrollment in the state. UNICEF Deputy Country Representative in Nigeria Pernille Ironside, made this known on Monday while inspecting ongoing projects at different communities across the state. Ironside expressed appreciation over the progress made on various projects, adding that the achievements had impacted positively on the lives of benefiting communities. According to her, the projects are on right track. She said that UNICEF aimed at improving people living standards ... Read more

VC announces reinstatement of 300 sacked staff Dutsinma varsity

By Shehu Danjuma, Dutsinma (Katsina State) –  The Federal University Dutsinma in Katsina State says it has reinstated 300 academic and non-academic staff allegedly sacked by the institution’s former vice chancellor, Prof. Haruna Kaita. The Acting Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Armaya’u Bichi, announced this when he spoke with newsmen in Dutsinma on Monday, Bichi said the staff were dismissed without due approval of the university’s council. He said that on assumption of office, he discovered that the staff were illegally disengaged, and that the affected workers were recalled after thorough investigation. The vice chancellor said that the recalled staff ... Read more

UBEC boss appeals to state governments to access their FGN/UBE funds

Bu Okeoghene Akubuike Abuja –   The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has appealed to state governments yet to access their matching grants to do so in order to improve the quality of education in their states. Dr Hamid Bobboyi, the Executive Secretary of the Commission made this appeal at a media chat in Abuja on Monday. Bobboyi said that N37 billion has yet to be accessed between 2015 and 2016 due to lack of counterpart funding. He said that only Borno, Jigawa, Kaduna, Katsina, Rivers, Sokoto and Bauchi States had accessed their grants in the stated period. He explained ... Read more

Strike: ASUU zonal leaders meet to discuss FG’s offers today

Adelani Adepegba   Abuja –  The Academic Staff Union of Universities will meet on Monday (today) to deliberate on the offers made by the Federal Government last Thursday in Abuja. It was gathered on Sunday that the union would meet at zonal levels nationwide, where the members would determine whether to accept the offers made to them or not. It was learnt the union would take a position on the ongoing strike which had paralysed academic activities in state and federal universities. The Chairman, UNIAbuja chapter of ASUU, Dr. Ben Ugheoke, confirmed that the union would hold a crucial meeting on ... Read more

NGO calls for adequate funding of girl-child education

By Gami Tadanyigbe Kuje (FCT) –   Women Friendly Initiative (WFI), a Non-Governmental Organisation, in Kuje, FCT, has called on the Federal Government to adequately fund girl-child education for the development of the country. Mrs Rosemary Adejo, the programme coordinator of the organisation, made the call on Monday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kuje. Adejo said there was need for the government to invest more in the girl-child education to promote nation building and reduce street begging in some parts of the country. “The girl phenomenon is not adequately addressed, especially when it comes ... Read more

Proprietors Want Plateau SUBEB To Assist private Schools In Rural Communities

By Martha Agas Jos,   –   The Plateau chapter of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS), has pleaded with the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), to extend its support to private schools in rural communities. Its Secretary, Dr. Emmanuel Uzoji, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Jos that access to educational materials in rural communities was difficult, urging the board to intervene. “Access to educational materials in rural communities is very minimal. SUBEB should intervene to augment what proprietors of of the primary schools in hinterlands can afford,” he said. Noting that 75 ... Read more

NAPTIP wants human trafficking infused school curricular

By Mustapha Sumaila Abuja –  The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP) has called for the inclusion of human trafficking in the curricula for Basic and Senior Secondary Schools in Nigeria. The Director-General of the agency, Ms Julie Okah-Donli, made the appeal during a strategic meeting with the management of the Nigeria Educational Research Development Council (NERDC) in Abuja on Thursday. She said that a speedy approval of subjects on trafficking in persons by the National Council on Education (NCE) would go a long way to prevent crime from an early age. The NAPTIP boss expressed ... Read more

ABSU gets N60m TETFUND approval for research — VC

By Sam Oditah   Umuahia   –    Prof. Uche Ikonne, Vice Chancellor,  Abia State University, Uturu, on Tuesday said that the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) had approved N60 million for 38 research topics for the institution. Ikonne said this at a pre-convocation press conference to announce the activities lined up for the university’s 25th convocation. He said that the ceremony would start on Wednesday with an interdenominational thanksgiving service on the theme: “Celebrating God’s faithfulness”. The vice chancellor described the number of research topics approved for the university by TETFUND as the highest in the country. He said that the ... Read more

KASU joins ASUU strike, as students lament

By Philip Yatai Kaduna –   The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Kaduna State University (KASU) Chapter, on Tuesday joined the nationwide indefinite strike action declared by the union. The ASUU Chairman, Dr Tukur Abdulqadir told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna that they would ensure total compliance. He said that apart from the issues raised by the national body of the union that led to the nationwide strike, the local chapter also has problems with Kaduna State Government. “For instance, the Kaduna state government have increased pension deductions from five per cent to seven per cent, but ... Read more

UNILAG to display cashew nut crushing machines, others at research conference

By Chinyere Nwachukwu Lagos –   The University of Lagos says it is set to display cashew nut crushing machines, among other research outputs, at its 12th Research Conference and fair scheduled to begin on Tuesday, Aug.15. The institution’s Director, Research and Innovation, Prof. Wellington Oyibo said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Lagos. NAN reports that a statement by the institution’s Deputy Registrar Information, Mr Toyin Adebule, had stated that the theme of the 3-day conference is: Governance and National Development; Issues and Implications. According to Oyibo, the theme for this ... Read more

ASUU should embrace dialogue to resolve dispute with FG – NANS

By Stanley Nwanosike Enugu –  The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has pleaded with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to seek alternative avenues to resolve its dispute with the Federal Government. Comrade Bestman Okereafor, the National Public Relations Officer of NANS, made the appeal in a statement issued in Enugu on Monday. Okereafor said that the looming strike, if embarked on would “definitely portend ill for the education sector’’ and the country in general. He said that NANS agreed that issues being agitated for by ASUU were long-standing but declared that previous strikes had never really brought ... Read more

GPE supports 140 nomadic schools with N98m grant in Jigawa

By Muhammad Nasir Bashir Dutse   –   The Global Partnership for Education (GPE), a World Bank supported programme, has supported 140 nomadic schools in Jigawa with N98 million grant to enhance scholarship. Alhaji Ali Manu, the Executive Secretary, Jigawa State Agency for Nomadic Education, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Dutse on Sunday. Manu said that each of the 140 schools received N700, 000 of the grant. He explained that N400, 000 would be used by each school to provide instructional materials for the students. The executive secretary said that N300, 000 was meant for the provision ... Read more

Blame Social Media, Entertainment Industry For Increase in Sexual Harassment, Drug Abuse – Speakers

By Rukayat Adeyemi Lagos – Two motivational speakers on Saturday blamed the increasing rate of sexual harassment and drug abuse among Nigerian students on the negative contents being transmitted through the social media and entertainment industry. They spoke in Lagos at one day seminar organised by the Society of Women Accountants of Nigeria (SWAN) held at the Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, Lagos. The theme of the seminar is: “Sexual Harassment on Campus: Who is Harassing Who?’’ Mr Taiwo Akinlami, a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, said that the entertainment industry and social media had failed the society ... Read more

WAEC: Ugwuanyi offers scholarship to student with 9 A1s

Enugu State Government has offered scholarship up to first degree level in any Nigerian university to the best graduating student of Shalom Academy, Nsukka, Miss Cynthia Chinecherem Ali. Ali scored A1 in the nine subjects she sat for in the West African Examinations Council (WAEC). The state government also resolved to present the student with a certificate of honour in further recognition of her outstanding academic performance. Announcing the scholarship shortly after the student was presented before members of the State Executive Council  meeting for commendation, the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Uchenna Eze, who spoke on behalf of members expressed ... Read more

Don tasks Africans on mental de-colonisation

By Chinyere Nwachukwu Lagos –  A university don, Prof. Dele Layiwola, has called for genuine mental decolonization to remove inferiority complex deeply ingrained in the psyche of the African people. Layiwola, of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ibadan, made the call on Friday at the 19th Convocation Lecture of the Nigerian Academy of Letters (NAL) at the University of Lagos. The theme of the lecture is Patriotism; The Patriot and the Nationalist in an Emergent Democracy. According to him, there is the need to take confident, definitive and bold steps to resolve the conflict between indigenous values and ... Read more

TETFund Disburses N1.72b To Finance Research Works in Tertiary Institutions

By Okeoghene Oghenekaro Abuja –  The Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) says it has disbursed about N1.72 billion to finance research works in different thematic areas in tertiary institutions across the country. Dr Abdullahi Baffa, the Executive Secretary, TETFund said this during the inauguration of the National Research Fund (NRF) Screening and Monitoring Committee and the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on Book Development in Abuja on Thursday. Baffa said the two committees would be chaired by Prof. Femi Bamiro, Pro- Chancellor, Tia Solarin University of Education, Ijebu Ode and Prof. Abdalla Adamu, the Vice Chancellor, National Open University of Nigeria ... Read more