By Kauthar Anumba-Khaleel Abuja The House of Representatives has expressed concern over books recommended by the National Examination Council, NECO and the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, Jamb saying that they fall short of ethical values and standards stipulated by the National Policy on Education. This is even as it worried that the regular use of obscene language in the description of events and characters in the books make them unsuitable for use in schools as they are capable of eroding the right type of values, attitude and national ideals that the country needs to develop. To that effect, it urged the federal government to sanction the staff of the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council, the Federal Ministry of Education, JAMB and NECO who were responsible for the recommendation and circulation of inappropriate books in order to forestall such actions in future. The resolution follows the adoption of a motion on the need...
By HENRY TYOHEMBA, Abuja The federal government has reiterated the need to collectively address the welfare of teachers and called for more support to enable them meet the 21st Century demands. The minister of  Education, Malam Adamu Adamu  made the call yesterday in Abuja on the commemoration of the World Teachers ‘ Day which is celebrated worldwide annually on the 5th of October as initiated by UNESCO in 1994. Addressing newsmen on the theme: “Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers, “ Adamu said teachers deserved  to be celebrated for their great role in nation-building. “Teachers are therefore, the guiding light in a dark world and the providers  of hope for the future of any nation. Let me reiterate that without teachers’  total dedication and commitment to their calling, a nation could be wandering in the dark. ‘’ Also speaking, the national president of Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) Comrade Michael Alogba Olukoya appreciated President Muhammadu...
The House of Representatives has mandated its Committee on Tertiary Education and Services to investigate the circumstances surrounding the reduction of cut-off mark for admitting candidates into tertiary institutions. This followed a motion by Rep. Hassan Saleh (Benue-APC) on the “Need to Investigate the Reduction in the Cut-off Marks for Admissions into Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria’’ at plenary on Tuesday. The committee is expected to report back findings within four weeks, was directed to determine whether the cut-off mark reduction would lower the standard of education in the country. Moving the motion, Saleh expressed concern that the new policy was bound to lower the standard and quality of education from the tertiary institutions. According to him, many candidates who perform poorly in Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UMTE) can secure admission through nepotism, bribery and corruption while many other candidates who perform excellently can be denied admission. Saleh said that in spite of the fact that...
By Adebayo Waheed, Ibadan The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has called on President Mohammadu Buhari to order full scale probe of the management of the University of Ilorin over alleged frauds and corrupt activities rocking the institution. ASUU while making the call also alerted of the sack of UniIlorin ASUU Secretary, Dr Solomon Oyelekan barely 72hours after the Chairman of the union Dr Kayode Afolayan was sacked for “blowing whistle on the corrupt activities of the Vice Chancellor, Professor Abdulganiyu Ambali for allegedly subverting due process in the employment and promotion of his wife among other atrocities.” ASUU in a statement signed by the Ibadan Zonal Coordinator of the Union, Dr Ade Adejumo and Chairman University of Ibadan ASUU chapter, Dr Deji Omole, stated that it is only by probing the alleged fraud and corruption at the University of Ilorin that President Buhari can proof to ASUU that ”he is...
BY ANAYO ONUKWUGHA The management of Clifford University, Aba, Abia State, says it has adopted the 120 as cut-off mark for admission into universities in Nigeria as was recently approved by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB). The private university also said it is poised to develop a holistic educational programmes that are anchored on service to humanity and God. Deputy Vice Chancellor of Clifford University, Professor Olatunji Oyerinde, disclosed this while speaking to newsmen in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital Wednesday. Oyerinde stated that the school runs a special programme for students who did not meet up with the JAMB scores with a view of getting them admitted within eight months of the programme. He urged prospective students to take advantage of the university's special programme, which will start in October this year and end in June 2018. The Deputy Vice Chancellor disclosed that the school, run by the Seventh-Day Adventist Church,...
By Henry Tyohemba, Abuja The National Executive Council of The Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) has approved the appointment of Dr Mike Ike Ene as Acting Secretary General of the Union. The appointment came as a result of the retirement of Obong Ikpe Obong who attained the mandatory retirement age of 60 years. In a statement signed and made available to newsmen in Abuja, yesterday, by public relations officer of NUT,  Emmanuel Hwande, it revealed that Ene until his appointment holds a Doctor of Philosophy  (Ph.D) in Philosophy and Critical Thinking and was assistant secretary general and the state secretary of Akwa Ibom State Wing of the union. He has served the Union in various capacities as two-time chairman,  Enugu State Wing Nigeria Union of Teachers, chairman, Nigeria Labour Congress Enugu State chapter and later the State Secretary of the Nigeria Union of Teachers Enugu State. Ene has since assumed duties at the...
By Winifred Ogbebo, Abuja The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced its intention to stop  the regularization of all forms of illegal admissions conducted by tertiary institutions from this year. JAMB Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede said this during this year’s meeting on Admissions Exercise for the Innovative Enterprise Institutions in Abuja. According to him, any admission done under the table would not be regularized, warning candidates and tertiary institutions to desist from engaging in any form of illegal admission. The registrar said: “Illegal admission used to go on and we are saying part of our effort is to make sure we put a stop to illegal admission. “Illegal admission in terms of people not even taking the unified tertiary matriculation examination (UTME) at all not to talk of scoring zero. “Illegal admission by even admitting people who do not have the requisite ordinary level (O level) because before now JAMB does not have...
BY ISAIAH BENJAMIN  Kaduna State Government said it had awarded contracts for the rehabilitation of 457 primary and secondary schools under its emergency intervention from 2016 to date. The State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology Professor Andrew Nok disclosed this at the distribution of 250 chairs to Government Girls Secondary School, Tudun Nupawa in Kaduna yesterday. Nok, who was represented by the ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Adamu Mansur, said 360 schools had been renovated so far, while others were at various stages of completion. He said the effort became necessary to improve learning environment for better output. The commissioner said the state government was committed towards an improved quality of teaching and learning in public schools to enable them compete favourably with private schools. According to the commissioner, over 90,000 chairs have been distributed to various schools in the state. “When the current administration took over the governance of the state, our schools were dilapidated; students...
Education in some communities in Okpella, Esatko East Local Government area of Edo State, recently, received a life-line from the activities of Idofe Anamero Foundation, powered by the oil magnate, Managing Director of Gulf Treasure Oil and Danco Investment. Experts at the epoch making event agreed that, if only all or majority of well-meaning Nigerians emulates Mr. Dekeri Anamero or large hearted people like him are entrusted with political leadership. Emameh Gabriel who was at the commissioning ceremony for LEADERSHIP gauged the mood of beneficiaries. The late anti-apartheid icon, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, once referred to education as the most powerful weapon which can be used to change the world. This fact notwithstanding, education in Nigeria, in the last few decades has suffered untold neglect or was not given due attention. Though, the current and the immediate past governments in Edo State are throwing everything to the works, to ensure that the fortune...
…To Remove Illegal Buildings On School Land From Dec. 1 By Patrick Ochoga The Edo State Government has read the riot act to principals of public schools who have been collecting illegal fees from students for the purchase of uniforms and other items. The government also gave a December 1 deadline to owners of illegal buildings and structures on the premises or lands of public schools, to vacate such premises. A statement issued by the Commissioner for Education, Hon. Dr. Christopher Adesotu, explained that “the only fees approved by the Edo State government for the purchase of school uniforms are as follows: Junior Secondary School Students – ₦3,500 only and Senior Secondary School Students – ₦4,000 only.” Adesotu said that “any payment requested outside the stated amounts is illegal and the principals involved will face severe sanctions.” He advised parents to adhere to the approved levies for uniforms and report any request for additional fees promptly to the Hon....