Shehu Sani's Pledge Tears Kaduna Students In Sudan Apart

Kaduna State Students Association in Sudan (KASSAS) executives have cried out that a pledge made to them by the Senator representing Kaduna Central, Comrade Shehu Sani is pitching them against members of the association.

El-Rufai Recruits New Teachers

All teachers being recruited in Kaduna State will get permanent and pensionable appointments. Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai said this today during a meeting with the chairmen of the 23 local government councils and their Education Secretaries.

The meeting received reports from all the 23 councilson the conditions in the schools in their areas. The State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) also gave an update on the recruitment process for new teachers.SUBEB officials confirmed that the marking of scripts for new recruits has been concluded, and they assured the governor that the first batch of newly recruited teachers should be ready for deployment by the middle of February 2018.

The council officials reported that most teachers in Kaduna State are reporting to work, and ignoring the NUT strike. The field reports indicated that NUT officials are persisting in their harassment of teachers that are reporting for duty. This illegal action is being aggravated by the seizure of school attendance registers by some of the union officials.

The meeting also heard that many teachers who did not apply anew, or were dissuaded by their union from taking the recruitment test are requesting a second chance. Responding to this plea from the Education Secretaries, Malam Nasir El-Rufai said that SUBEB has a programme of continuous recruitment, and as such will give every teacher that is willing a chance to apply and be considered for recruitment.

“We are not interested in pushing any one away,” the governor said. We are pushing bad people away so that good ones can come in. That is why we are recruiting 25,000 to take the place of 21,780.”

The governor said that the police and civil defence forces will provide protection for schools. He warned union officials to desist from impeding teachers that are reporting for work, or from seizing attendance registers. “The right to strike does not include the right to prevent others from working. Union officials are reminded that school registers are public property, and seizing them amounts to an illegal act.

Why We Brought Khalil Gibran Society To Nigeria - Adedoyin

One of the facilitators of Khalil Gibran Society in Nigeria, Mr. Wole Adedoyin has stressed the reason why he and others brought the society to the country.  

FG To Review Pre-Primary Education Curriculum In 2020

Curriculum for One Year Pre-primary Education in Nigeria will be due for review in Year 2020.

Stakeholders in the basic education sector revealed this in kano state ,Northwest  Nigeria,during a media dialogue organised by UNICEF on the development of Early Childhood Education in Nigeria.

UNICEF Education Expert, Swadchet Sankey said that the UN agency has begun the engagement of consultants on the review of the curriculum.

Sankey noted that capacity building for teachers in the delivery of early childhood education was important.

She decried lack of adequate monitoring of early childhood education and its impact on the basic education sub sector and enrolment level if children within the ages of 3 and 5.

Also speaking of Early Childhood Care Education ECCE, The Executive Secretary of the Universal Basic Education Commission, Dr Hamid Bobboyi said the ECCE is an integral part  of the Commission’s programme.

Bobboyi said Nigeria needs to encourage children at the early stage and indoctrinate  them into the system then.

This according to the Executive Secretary will make them appreciate learning.

“ECCE centers need to be motivated across all states,it will encourage teachers “he said.

“Ubec will sustain its intervention on ECCE to help the states and to ensure that they can sustain a robust  ECCE centers where the children will have the opportunity to begin learning at early stage “ Dr Bobboyi added.

84 Students Gets Cash Award For Academic Excellence In Anambra

Education presents a necessary condition for societal development.

This is the stand of a Community leader in Okija, Chief Obidon Onujiogu, during a forum on Education in the area.

Chief Onujiogu noted that for any society to develop meaningfully, stakeholders must join hands in the promotion of education through encouragement for academic excellence among pupils and students.

He contended that time has gone when education was mainly for the well to do.

Chief Onujiogu, an indigene of Umuohi- Okija, said that no investment in education is a waste and praised Governor Willie Obiano's giant strides in the state Education Sector, which, he said, needed massive support of the masses.

Also speaking, an Educationist in the area, Lady Bene Nwanekezi said such forum would go a long way in promoting academic excellence among the people.

Presentation of certificates of academic excellence and cash awards to over eighty-four pupils of primary schools in Umuohi Okija for their outstanding performances in their various classes was the highpoint on the forum.

 

Ex-VC Tasks Varsities On Alternative Funding

A former Vice-chancellor, Usman DanFodio University, Sokoto, Prof. Aminu Mikailu, has advised tertiary institutions to device alternative funding to sustain tertiary education.

Mikailu gave the advice at a seminar entitled: “Funding Options for Sustainable University Education in Nigeria” held at Federal University, Birnin-Kebbi, on Saturday.

He also urged the institution’s authorities to identify innovative means in entrepreneurship programmes to augment inadequate funding of the institutions.

Mikailu advised the institutions to find ways of funding innovative research for senior academics, which were essential in promoting sustainable university education.

“Universities must identify the need for improved funding through innovation, self-reliance and entrepreneurship as necessary tools for their survival in the 21st century.

“They must as well as be able to charge appropriate fees, which are the surest way of boosting their IGR,” the former VC said.

He said that tertiary institutions lacked support due to difficulties in honouring the upward reviews of salaries and allowances as agreed by both the Federal Government and labour unions,

“Although, the current picture of education at the university level in Nigeria seems grim largely due to inadequate funding.

“There is evidence of significant expansion both in enrolment and number of institutions, from 360,000 in 2002 to well above one million presently,” he added

Mikailu recommended the launching of endowments, linkages with local and international NGOs and charging appropriate tuition fees at all levels.

He also suggested investments entrepreneurship and creating consultancy services units as panacea to address the issue.

The former vice-chancellor stressed the need to link up budgetary allocations with three key missions of the universities which were teaching, research and community service.

He said that a complete review of TSA and GIFMIS guidelines would pave way for greater autonomy of the university councils and management in accounting and application of funds.

He called for greater cost saving efforts through managerial transparency and adoption of new technologies, transparency and accountability.

“Both Managements and Councils of universities must continue to seek for greater autonomy to be able to source for funds and effectively plan and control the utilisation of financial resources and operate within the needed level of liquidity.

In his address, the Vice-Chancellor, Federal University, Birnin-Kebbi, Prof. Bello Shehu, called on administrators in the nation’s universities to device strategies on funding university education.

Shehu said that the institution was battling with meager Internally Generated Revenue and overhead, saying that the authorities have put in place far-reaching blueprint to transform the university. (NAN)

MSSN Condemns Move To Stop Payment Of WAEC Fee

A student organisation in Nigeria has condemned plans by some governors of the Country, to stop paying the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) fees of students.

Paying for the students is a good legacy that must not be eroded.

A faith-based students’ organisation, the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, MSSN, Lagos state Area Unit stated this position at a media briefing to herald the commencement of its 104th Islamic Vacation Course, IVC, scheduled to hold between 23rd December,2017 and 1st January, 2018 in Epe, Lagos.

The Amir (President) of the society in Lagos State, Dr Saheed Ashafa, said

most of the governors have their children studying abroad in first class educational institutions and should not deprive the less privileged of their right to education in Nigeria too.

“So, if paying for the WAEC and NECO fees of the poor masses is the only legacy they want to leave in the education sector, they should let it be for God’s sake!”he said.

Dr Ashafa called on the Nigerian government to ensure adequate funding of the education sector so as to reduce incessant industrial actions in the sector.

According to him, a way to do that is by having a close monitoring of how allocated funds are utilised at all levels.

MSSN believed that if enough fund is injected into the sector and closely monitored, it would improve the standard and quality of education, and by extension the quality of Nigerian graduates.

Speaking on the state of the nation, Dr Ashafa explained that though his group was not yet satisfied, the dream of Nigerians that appear shattered about three years ago is now metamorphosing into hope.

He therefore charged the Muhammadu Buhari government to utilise the numerous resources of the country to secure a decent life for the citizenry.

“The government needs to remain focused and avoid distractions. There is no government without development. We are tired of efforts and predictions, we want accomplishments. We want to start having the real feeling of development,’Ashafa said.

The students’ leader said that the current economic realities in Nigeria have made it inevitable for the government to hasten the process of reviewing upwards the salaries of workers.

According to him, the current minimum wage of N18,000 is no longer acceptable as the prices of virtually everything has skyrocketted, with the purchasing power of most Nigerians plumetting.

“The argument often advanced that increasing workers take home will put pressure on the economy and shoot up inflation does not hold any water! If our lawmakers and other political office holders can have their pays and allowances increased every time without ‘pressure’ on the economy, doing same for hardworking Nigerian workers will not harm the economy,” Ashafa said.

He also expressed sadness over the inability of some state governors to pay workers’ salaries despite the interventions by the federal government.

While commending government’s effort towards improving the security of lives and property of Nigerians, Dr Ashafa urged President Buhari to ensure the judicoius utilisation of the just-approved $1bn for the fight against Boko Haram insurgency and other security threats in the country.

He also commended the zeal with which the Nigerian government is prosecuting the war on corruption.

Dr Ashafa, however, advised the president to leave no stone unturned to make the war total and nonpartisan.

According to him, all those with one indictment or the other who have found their way into the ruling party, and were received with warm embrace, must be made to face the full wrath of the law.

Osun Completes Redistribution Of Opon Imo For New Academic Year

"We have been asked to buy textbooks so as to prepare for the coming Senior WAEC but most of us have not been able to do that because of unavailability of money. Many of us cannot afford the textbooks and have been wondering how to pass the fast approaching exams." 
 
These were the words of Adeleke Busayo, a final year student of Adventist Government High School in Ede, Osun State as she receives her "Opon Imo" tablet of knowledge.
 
In a similar vein, the Head Girl of the school, Oluwatuye Mary buttressed what Busayo said. She stated that most of the students have not been able to afford the needed textbooks for their coming exams, adding that the State Government under the leadership of Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, has lifted an over-weighting burden through the Opon Imo project.
 
"I feel so excited, we have been patiently waiting for the Opon Imo since the first day our principal told us about it. I am so happy to get the Opon Imo finally because we have been told to buy textbooks but not all could afford them. Now that the Opon Imo is here, embedded with several textbooks and past questions, the burden of having to buy textbooks has been lifted.
 
"We are immensely grateful to the Government of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, we really appreciate this privilege and we promise to use it judiciously. Aregbesola has fulfilled his promise with the people of Osun on Education Improvement and we promise to study well and make him proud." Mary added.
 
The Opon Imo, tablet of knowledge is an initiative which started in 2013.This initiative, the first of its kind anywhere in the world, covers 17 Core Subjects with over 5 Extra Curricula Subjects for Senior Secondary 1, 2 & 3 levels. The Tablet contains over 56 textbooks , 900 minutes of virtual classoom lessons and 1000s of Practice Questions for WAEC and JAMB. 
 
In addition to aiding preparation for School Leaving Examinations, the introduction of the tool is expected to aid adoption of information communication technology (ICT) skills among students in the State.
 
Back in 2013 when the Governor Rauf Aregbesola-led Government of launched Opon Imo, many were skeptical about its sustainability and its effectiveness in combating the low rate of student performance, especially for secondary school students writing final year West Africa Senior School Certificate but four years down the line, the Opon Imo has proven its worth.
 
Apart from aiding students in their exams and guaranteeing their success if properly used, the Opon Imo has also relieved parents the burden of having to buy textbooks especially in this current economy situation. 
 
As usual, the State government has begun the redistribution of e-learning computer tablets for the 2017/2018 academic session to students in the final year in the state public schools.
 
The redistribution of the tablets began in an informal ceremony at Osogbo Government High School, Osogbo, as the students and teachers were excited to receive the device again.
 
While the redistribution lasted, 30,000 units of the tablets were given to final year students who will be writing the SSCE, NECO and Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) examinations and their teachers, across the state.
 
Speaking during the flag-off ceremony at Osogbo Government High School, the Principal of the school, Mrs Folorunsho Ladapo, described Opon-Imo as an unusual education infrastructure in the state.
 
Also the Administrator of Adventist Government High School, Mrs Uche Agbaso, said the distribution of the Opon Imo is an extra mile on the part of the Governor to enhance better performance of the students. 
 
In her remarks too, the vice principal administration, Mrs A A Oyewole, lauded Aregbesola for the initiative and urged the students to make positive use of the tablets. 
 
Speaking on the nitty gritty of the programme, the anchor, Mr Bambo Basorun explained that, "The government is doing its best to distribute to students a technological device, it is a marriage of technology and creativity, we are tying to make all our children have access to technology, as you can see, this device is being distributed to all SS3 students, the purpose is to help them in passing their exams and it has all their subjects textbooks, it has past questions and answers, it's a fantastic digital learning tool, it's a study note, so to say.
 
"Our Government deem it fit to give our children the best and we have started again this year, we are going round the 120 schools we have in the state now."
 
About the controversy surrounding the Opon Imo, Bambo explained that, "As you know Opon Imo has won an award internationally, we won an award four years ago. As far as controversy is concerned, we are unmoved, we are not shaking. It is audible to the deaf and visible to the blind that Opon Imo has come  to stay. It is a fantastic project and we have not ceased in distributing it four years running now. The teachers are there, the principals are there, the students are there, the parents are there and they will give you wonderful testimonies as to what this government has done through Opon Imo so criticism with objective, we will take it but without objective, we will struck it out."

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