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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, says its newly-introduced Central Admissions Processing system, CAPs, will restore the autonomy of institutions.

CAPs, according to the board, will ensure that candidates are fairly treated. It will also expand admission opportunities as well as protect the academic calendar.

The Registrar of the Board, Professor Ishaq Oloyede said this in Abuja during a training and sensitisation forum on CAPs, for the 2017/2018 Academic Session.

Professor Oloyede identified the lack of adequate space in Nigeria’s tertiary institutions as the reason why the conduct of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination would be necessary.

He emphasized that Jamb was a ranking body and not an examination conducting body like WAEC, NECO and NABTEB.

” Jamb is a ranking body not an examination body like Waec and Neco. Jamb is to rank and to screen already qualified candidates. Emphatically, pass or fail, is not the focus of any ranking body,” he said.

Oloyede condemned “under the table admission” decrying situations where institutions admit above the stipulated capacity.

He emphasized that O and A level results were key qualifying requirements for admissions and that the board would not consider any candidates without them.

Speaking on the 2017/2018 Cut Off Marks, Oloyede said stakeholders picked 120,110 and 100, respectively for Universities and other i, institutions as the threshold, below which no institutions could admit candidates.

The Registrar noted that scoring higher than the required Cut off mark did not guarantee admission but made candidates eligible for admission consideration.

“The cut off mark is not fail or pass mark. It is not total score but one of the many factors that will be used for admission such as post UTME, where applicable,” he added.

Oloyede identified China, Iran, Republic of Georgia , Spain, Turkey as countries of the world that shared similarities with Nigeria in the conduct of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Board.

For the efforts of the Aregbesola administration at improving education in the state to yield positive results, parents and teachers need to see themselves as major stakeholders in the drive, hence they need total commitment to the child as no child is born a failure.

These were the words of the Commissioner for Education, Mr Kola Omotunde-Young during inspection visits to some schools across the state.

Parents, guardians and society are encouraged to pay more attention to the educational development of our children and ensure every child enjoys good parenting as a right and not a privilege. We should support our neighbours to be better parents so our children can be productive and have safe environment to live now and in future. 

The commissioner said teachers should ensure effective teaching and mentoring and make classrooms friendly and learner -centered so that the standard of education in the state can improve.

Mr Omotunde-Young encouraged the use of Yoruba - mother tongue (MT) - as first language and English as second language (ESL) of teaching in our schools and the use of locally available examples and concepts to illustrate in order to achieve effective understanding of the subjects by the pupils and students.

The commissioner urged teachers and school authorities to always maintain clean environment noting that it will reflect in the overall behaviour of the students.

He appealed to parents and guardians to provide for the academic needs of their children. He was unhappy that many parents sent their children to schools to resume the new term in tattered dresses and advised that heads of schools should invite parents of such children and insist they clothe them properly as leaders of tomorrow and also provide them with materials required for learning.

Heads of schools have been enjoined to see themselves as guardians and should ensure no such child apparently uncared for should be allowed to be withdrawn from school. It is the right of the child to be properly clothed and educated and parents must be made to realise that having children come with responsibilities that cannot be ignored. 

Henceforth such parents must be reported rather than allowed to deny the child education. The Ministry of Education in collaboration with other child centred agencies of government shall soon publish Telephone numbers, e-mail and contact details to report mothers and fathers who refuse to live up to their responsibilities to their children.

It is in all our best interests to support, mentor and assist the uninformed and uncaring mothers, fathers or guardians to improve in their responsibilities to the child and report such to authorities if they refuse to be good parents. 

The Nigerian government says 10 million youths and adults will benefit from its special basic literacy scheme between 2017 and Year 2020.
The Executive Secretary of National Commission for Mass Literacy, NMEC, Professor Abba Haladu, said the 10 million Nigerians were targets under the Commission’s Rural Learners Facilitator scheme.
Haladu explained that NMEC opened 19 basic literacy classes as pilot schemes in 19 states of the federation to enable learners acquire basic literacy education.
“At our level, in the NMEC intervention of 2016 capital budget, we rolled out a program called rural learners facilitator. The government is envisaging that in the next three years, over 10 million Nigerians will be targeted for mass literacy Education program.”
Haladu urged governments at all levels to deploy the needed political will and provide necessary material support for the eradication of illiteracy in Nigeria irrespective of areas of jurisdiction.
“We are soliciting the support of federal,  state  and local government and we hope that government will finance the project and that the government will give the sector the attention it deserves.”
The National Commission for Mass Literacy, NMEC, says it has only made provision for 10 million Nigerians under its basic literacy education scheme planned to hold between 2017 and 2020 if gained government support.
“At our own level, whatever support we are providing is free and it’s in line with the implementation of capital projects. We rolled out a special basic literacy scheme in 19 states of the federation and we opened 19 classrooms, under  the programme. We target 10 million Nigerians to benefit from the programme and we solicit the support of the federal government to actualize these projects.
“Non formal education sector is very important and needs to be accorded needed support in-terms of political will. Nigerians are ready and we should mobilise them to contribute to national development.”
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu,represented by the Permanent Secretary, Sunny Echono, said that 750 million adults still lack basic literacy skills while some 264 million children and youth are are not benefiting from education.
“One way of addressing unemployment and social vices is in the provision of inclusive quality education for all.
“Now is the time for Nigeria to uphold her constitutional provision for equal opportunities to education for all citizens, and be actively committed to its pledge as a signatory to the world conference on Education for All, he said.
Monday, 18 September 2017 21:34

Flash: ASUU Suspends Strike

The Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU) has suspended its indefinite strike after one month.

The suspension was sequel to a meeting with the Federal Government`s delegation led by  the Minister of Labour, Dr. Chris Ngige on Monday.

ASUU said the suspension would last until the end of October in order to enable the Federal Government to meet the union`s demands.

The union directed university lecturers to resume duty from Sept.19.

ASUU embarked on an indefinite strike on August 13, following Federal Government’s failure to implement the 2009 agreement with the union.

Details soon…

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has warned Governor Nyesom Wike not to proceed with his planned closure of over 5,000 private schools in the State, as the consequences for the State would be grave.

The party issued the warning in a statement signed by the State Chairman, Chief (Dr.) Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, and released on Monday in Port Harcourt, the State capital.

Rivers APC said: “We have been reliably informed that Governor Wike has concluded plans to close down over 5,000 private schools by this October. The offence of the proprietors of these schools, both indigenes and non-indigenes (mostly of Igbo and Northern extradition) is that they are members of APC, so they must be ruined by declaring their educational institutions, which they have been operating all these years without any problem, illegal and marked for destruction.”

The statement disclosed that the recent dissolution of the State Executive Council by Wike was as a result of the dissenting opinions expressed by some cabinet members who cautioned the governor against the closure but rather advised that the State should embark on a holistic approach to standardise the operations and facility upgrade of the affected schools. “Governor Wike accused those against his evil plot of being fifth columnists (or APC men in PDP garb) and resolved that the best strategy is to tactically dissolve his cabinet and reconstitute it with those who will support his drive to deal with these APC sympathisers,” Rivers APC said.

The party advised Wike to rethink his absurd decision as the punitive action would throw over 40,000 small and medium school owners, teachers and education support services providers in the State would be thrown into the already-saturated job market.

According to the statement, “The road to this has been long in coming. He has found allies in men who do not have idea of the implications on the future of Rivers State. Wike in his satanic politics never considered the plight that these proprietors, their employees and students will face in implementing this drive aimed at putting APC where it belongs, according to him.

“Wike has done enough damage to the educational sector in Rivers State and should refrain from any action that would make Rivers one of the most educational disadvantaged states in the country. It is sad to note that apart from not putting the 300 modern model schools constructed and fully equipped by former Governor Chibuike Amaechi into use, Wike has stopped the scholarship scheme instituted and sacked the 13,350 teachers employed by the Amaechi administration. By so doing, Wike has put the Rivers State educational sector into serious jeopardy.

“Wike has become a demi-god who does not take the advice of his associates, elders, traditional and religious leaders. Even so, we beg him in the spirit of humanity to try to call himself to order and restrain himself from this satanic attack against innocent men and women who are promoting the educational and economic fortunes of the State through their educational entrepreneurship.”

Rivers APC appealed to all those who because of believing in the party are suffering in the hands of Wike to exercise patience “as we are convinced that God will not allow our dear State to remain for long in the hands of those who are determined to kill the future of our children and send most of our people into the labour market and to early death.”

Wednesday, 13 September 2017 06:28

UNILAG Postpones Post-UTME Test

The University of Lagos (UNILAG) has postponed indefinitely its Post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (Post-UTME) earlier scheduled for Sept. 18 to Sept. 22.

The institution’s Registrar and Secretary to Council, Dr Taiwo Ipaye, said in on Tuesday in Lagos that a new date for the screening would be announced later on the university’s website.

“Candidates and the public are requested to visit the institution’s website regularly for information on the new dates.

“However, this postponement does not affect the ongoing application for the post-UTME screening which closes officially on Sept. 15,’’ Ipaye said in a statement.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the postponement is coming on the heels of the indefinite strike by the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of non-teaching staff of universities.

JAC comprises of members of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), the Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) and NAAT.

Members of the various labour unions of universities were agitating the non-implementation of the agreement it entered into with the Federal Government in 2009. (NAN)

Monday, 11 September 2017 18:14

WAEC To Re-Introduce E-Marking For Tests

In an effort to broaden its scope, the West African Examinations Council International Office (WIO) in Lagos, says it was set to re-introduce electronic marking for its tests.

The Head of the Office, Mr Adelowo Maliki, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Lagos.

According to him, the marking before now was done with some foreign partners based in the United Kingdom.

“We started this electronic marking in 2014 through to 2015, only for us to suspend it in 2016, due to high costs as regards the high exchange rate.

“But now, we are set to bring it back as we have gotten all necessary approvals from the council’s committee meetings and the council itself.

“This led to our trying to develop our own in-house and by the grace of God, the ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for private candidates would be marked electronically.

“However, we will not be marking all the subjects through this mode, just some selected ones.

“So as soon as this examination is concluded, we will kick start marking electronically,’’ he said.
According to him, such mode of marking would further ensure test realiability.

“Here, you can be sure that if two people mark the same paper, they will arrive at the same scoring.

“So it will increase test reliability, which means that even for different people, there will be little or no deviation from what they awarded because this one is electronically done and if you are not doing it according to laid down rules, it shuts you off automatically on its own.

“At that point, you realise you are not doing the right thing and so if every paper can be done electronically, it is going to be the best,’’ Maliki explained.
He added that the marking mode was actually the best but costly.
Maliki, however, noted that gradually, the office intends to spread the marking mode across all subjects and papers.
“When we do some papers and discover we are able to absorb the costs, we will increase and with time, maybe as we are doing it and getting results, government may also want to invest in and be part of it,’’ he said.
NAN reports that the county’s Head, National Office of WAEC, Mr Olu Adenipekun, had, at a news conference in Lagos, announced that the council would commence the conduct of the WASSCE for private candidates twice a year, with effect from 2018

The Lagos State University (LASU) Governing Council has dismissed 15 Academic Staff, including the Chairman and Vice Chairman of Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) of the institution, over various malpractices.

The dismissed LASU-ASUU Chairman and Vice Chairman were Dr Isaac Oyewunmi and Dr Adebowale Adeyemi-Suenu.

LASU spokesman Ademola Adekoya, said in Lagos on Friday that the institution also dismissed two non-academician staff and demoted two others.

Adekoya said that the decision to dismiss the staff was taken at LASU 115th Governing Council Meeting on on Thursday.

“Pursuant thereto, the Governing Council with immediate effect dismissed 15 members of the academic staff, two members of non-academic staff, and sanctioned two others for different acts of misconduct

Oyewunmi was dismissed for demanding N50, 000 from students while Adeyemi-Suenu was sacked for “unilaterally altered the results of 12 students already advised to withdraw by Senate’’

Adekoya said the council established that Oyewunmi demanded N50, 000 from 2003 modular year students of Political Science Education on the sandwich programme to process their results.

According to the council, Oyewunmi is found culpable of attempt to obtain money for himself as an inducement to carry out his duties, and consequently dismissed from the service of the university.

Adekoya said that the university established that Adeyemi-Suenu unilaterally altered the results of 12 students already advised to withdraw by Senate in the Department of History and International Studies in the 2015/2016 academic session.

“He changed their status from “withdrawn” to “good standing”.  He also changed the results of some final year students and stragglers outside the scope of the departmental decision.

“Dr Adeyemi-Suenu also awarded grade point of 2.0 to two students in an examination which they were absent.

“This is tantamount to manipulation of students results in contravention of provisions of the Conditions and Scheme of Service for Senior Staff and therefore dismissed from the service of the university,’’ he said.

Among others dismissed for various financial and academic misconduct Mr Olatoye Raji, Dr Olugbenro Odofin, Dr Adebowale Ademeso, Dr John Adeogun, Dr Scholastica Udegbe and Dr Olufemi Soyeju.

Other were Dr Olawale Raimi, Mr Ademola Adesina, Dr Shamisudeen Badmus, Dr Christiana Obagbuwa, Dr Emmanuel Asapo, Mr Lateef Salami, Olubukola Oyeniya and Dr Fatimat Bakare.

Reports say that the striking university lecturers have reached a truce with the federal government and will suspend their industrial action anytime from now.

The lecturers were represented by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) at a marathon meeting with the representatives of the Federal Government.

ASUU is expected to convene its National Executive Council (NEC) where a decision will be taken to formally suspend the strike which has crippled universities across the country.

They rose from the meeting early on Friday in Abuja after reaching an agreement that was mutually acceptable, including the commencement of payment of salary shortfalls.

Dr. Chris Ngige, is reported to have assured ASUU that the government had started paying the arrears of salary.
ASUU insisted that the Federal Government must remit N200 billion into the universities’ revitalisation fund before the on-going strike can be suspended.

Those who represented ASUU at the negotiation are a former President of the union, Prof. Assisi Asobie and President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Abuba Wabba.

Issues in contention include the registration of Nigerian Universities Pension Management Company (NUPEMCO); fractionalisation of salaries in federal universities and gross under-funding/non-funding of state universities.

Others include payment of arrears and the implementation of earned academic allowance; and the non-release of funds for the revitalisation of public universities as spelt out in the 2013 Memorandum of Understanding.

Other issues are guidelines for the retirement benefits of professors in line with the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement; Treasury Single Account (TSA) and withdrawal of support for universities’ staff primary schools.

The Nigeria Labour Congress(NLC) has called on the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities to embrace collective bargaining as there was no way progress would be made without quality education.

Mr Ayuba Wabba, NLC President said this at a conciliation meeting with Executive of ASUU, officials of the Ministry of Education and other stakeholders on Thursday in Abuja.

“It is a very important issue that ought to drive the process of our development because world over, there is no way progress can be made without quality education, that is the centrality of the issue.

“All of us are here with much more commitment to see that the issues are resolved and through our process of collective bargaining.

“It is very cardinal in addressing issues of industrial relations and when agreements are signed, we must find ways and means of implementing them and thereby minimising area of industrial activities.

“The expectation of all of us as Nigerians is that we will put these issues beyond us and then drive our process of development forward.

“So that all of us with open mind and very good will to see how these process can be resolved as it is a process that is time tested and we hope it will produce a win-win result situation for all, ‘’he said.

Also Sen. Chris Ngige, said that the meeting was convened to resolve rough edges to enable the union call off its strike.

According to him, strike is approaching one month and that it is adversely affecting the academic calendar of the universities.

“So the major essence of our reconvening today is to see that areas of mistrust are broken down between the government side and yourself so that we can have some kind of bargaining agreement
on the way forward, so that the school system will come back to life.

“The children can take their exams, degrees or promotional exams, ‘’he said.

He noted there are urgent issues at hand that were mandatory for all to fashion out ways of resolving them.

Ngige said that reconciliation meeting was recognised by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and that there was need for to dialogue.

He said that social dialogue was one of the cardinal principle in Labour and industrial dispute and to that extent all must feel free to look at any agreement previously made and fashion out ways of implementation.

“If there are impediments we will all put heads together and resolve them.

“By God’s guidance, we will assist in making life better for our students and lecturers, parents and the entire people of Nigeria,” he said.

Also, Mr Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU president commended the ministers for the observations on the letters that were exchanged between the union and the government.

“We have conveyed the position and feeling of our members on the issues in contention via a letter dated Aug, 28 and we were also in receipt of government’s position in response to our letter.

“Our members have also come with open mind in that government will play its own part to reassure our members that their observations are going to be attended to,” he said.

Ogunyemi said that once the contentious issues were resolved the union would be willing to go back to its members in earnest to final decision.

Malam Adamu Adamu, Minister of Education, said that the two most contending issues were the allowances and the revivalisation of the universities system.

“I think we have already reached agreement on one and I hope we will be able to reach agreement on the other,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that at the time of filling this report the meeting, which started at about 1:30 pm, was still in progress, behind closed doors. (NAN)

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