The Nasarawa State Government has sacked the rector, registrar and bursar of the state polytechnic, Lafia with immediate effect. A statement by Malam Mohammed Abdullahi, Secretary to the State Government (SSG), issued to newsmen in Lafia on Thursday, also said the government would investigate activities at the institution since 2014. The government directed the Rector, Silas Gray, Registrar, Labani Joseph and Bursar, Abdullahi Akya, to proceed on compulsory leave. “The government has taken the decision in pursuant to its desire to reposition the state-owned tertiary institutions. “And in compliance to the relevant laws establishing all the state owned tertiary institutions and as a Visitor to all the tertiary institutions in the state,” he said. The statement further directed the three officials to handover the affairs of their offices to their respective deputies. It added that fact-finding committees would be inaugurated soon to investigate activities of the polytechnic, College of Education, Akwanga and College of Agriculture,...
By Patience Iive Ihejirika Government Science Secondary School (GSSS), Pyakasa last week, beat Glisten International Academy, Jabi to emerge winner of the 1st African University of Science and Technology quiz competition for selected secondary schools in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. The school scored a total of 249 points as against 209 points scored by Glisten International Academy, Jabi to become overall winner of the  competition organised by AUST to mark its 10th year anniversary. To qualify for the finals, GSSS, Pyakasa had earlier beaten  Stella Maris College, Life camp while Glisten International Academy, Jabi outsmarted the School of the Gifted, Gwagwalada . At the end of the competition, Glisten International Academy, Jabi came 2nd while the 3rd position went to the School of the gifted Gwagwalada. In his remarks, the President of African University of Science and Technology (AUST), Abuja, Professor Kingston Nyamapfene expressed his pleasure over the  high spirit of competitiveness shown...
By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah, Abuja - Three more states have been added to the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme, with an additional one million children now benefitting from it. They are Cross River, Akwa Ibom and Niger states. According to a statement by the spokesman of the Vice President, Laolu Akande, this brings to 17 the number of states currently participating in the School Feeding Programme, a crucial part of President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s Social Investment Programmes, SIP, aimed at tackling poverty and hunger, as well as creating jobs for Nigerians. He said the other 14 states already on the programme are Anambra, Enugu, Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Ebonyi, Zamfara, Delta, Abia, Benue, Plateau, Bauchi, Taraba and Kaduna. He said so far, in Cross River State, 117,750 children in 973 schools are being fed under the programme, while in Akwa Ibom, there are 171,732 children in 1,101 schools being fed. Niger State has...
By Jonathan Nda- Isaiah  Three more states have been added to the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme, with an additional one million children now benefitting from it. They are Cross River, Akwa Ibom and Niger states. According to a statement by the spokesman of the Vice President, Laolu Akande, this brings to 17 the number of states currently participating in the School Feeding Programme, a crucial part of President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s Social Investment Programmes, SIP, aimed at tackling poverty and hunger, as well as creating jobs for Nigerians. He said the other 14 states already on the programme are Anambra, Enugu, Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Ebonyi, Zamfara, Delta, Abia, Benue, Plateau, Bauchi, Taraba and Kaduna. He said so far, in Cross River state, 117,750 children in 973 schools are being fed under the programme, while in Akwa Ibom, there are 171,732 children in 1,101 schools being fed. Niger State has a total...
BY Goerge Okojie, Lagos The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said the deployment of the CCTV device during the annual examinations had come to stay to tackle examination malpractice. Prof. Is’haq Oloyede, the board’s Registrar, made this known on the side-line of a two-day International Summit on Examination Malpractice which ended on Friday in Lagos. The summit, organised by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), has the theme: “Examination Malpractice; the Contemporary Realities and Antidotes.” News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) also quotes the registrar as disclosing that the deployment of the CCTV device during JAMB examinations had come to stay. “It is in line with this kind of development that the board has concluded arrangements to create centres for examination malpractice devices for future examinations,’’ he said. According to Oloyede, the use of the CCTV for the first time during the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), further consolidated its quest to ensure...
By Abdullahi Olesin, Ilorin President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the minister of Education to convene a ministerial summit where key problems confronting the nation’ s education sector will be tackled. Buhari announced this yesterday in Ilorin, Kwara state at the 33rd convocation of the university of Ilorin. Represented by the executive secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Abdulrasheed Abubakar,  Buhari said that the meeting would be convened within the next few weeks. The summit which he said would be attended by all his cabinet members,  is aimed at restoring education to its lead role of human development game-changer. “My government will not allow the country to miss globally agreed sustainabled development goals SDGs train, the driving force of which is education. Any success recorded in education will have a ripple effect on every other sector of our national life”, he said. The president, who said that the government was aware of challenges confronting...

1,272 Fail Nigerian Law School exam

The Nigerian Law School yesterday released the summary of the final examination results conducted in August. Mr Chinedu Ukekwe, Head of Information and Protocol of the Nigerian Law School, made this known in a statement in Bwari, FCT. He said that a total of 5, 891 students participated in the examinations, while 4, 285 were successful. He said that the candidates with conditional Pass were 334 while 1, 272 failed. According to him, 29 students were graded First Class, 211 Second Class Upper, 1, 046 made Second Class Lower, 2, 999 accounted for Pass, while 334 came out with conditional Pass. A further breakdown of the results showed that candidates with Pass accounted for 72.7 per cent, those with conditional Pass represented 5. 7 per cent, while those who failed were 21.6 per cent. Ukekwe in the statement revealed that the ‘Call to the Bar’ ceremony for the successful candidates will hold on Nov. 28...
By Taiwo Ogunmola-Omilani, Lagos The federal government has promised to stamp out examination malpractices by building self confidence and encouraging hard work among students in Nigerian. The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, said this on Thursday in his speech at a two-day West African Examinations Council, (WAEC), International Summit holding in Lagos with  the theme,'' Examination malpractice: The Contemporary Realities and Antidotes". Adamu who stated that government was worried by incidents of exam malpractice in its totality, urged stakeholders as well as member countries to intensify campaign against the scourge. He expressed the hope that the two day summit organised by the Council would provide techniques as well as modalities to find a lasting solution to the menace. Speaking earlier, Registrar of the Council, Doctor Iyi Uwadiae said examination malpractices had remained a thorn in the flesh of the council in spite of various measures put in place by the exam body to tackle...
By Francis Okoye, Maiduguri - Following discovery of drop in quality of student’s meals after a surprise visit to some secondary schools in Maiduguri, Governor Kashim Shettima, yesterday, said a committee will be set up to monitor quality of school meals in Borno state. Shettima who paid an unscheduled visit to Yerwa Girls Secondary School and Government Girls College both in Maiduguri during which he went straight to kitchen in order to see firsthand, the quality of meals boarding students were being served. The Governor was disappointed to find out that quality was being compromised despite increase in funds allocated to schools to provide meals for students. It could be recalled that the governor had jerked monthly allocation of boarding school meals from N20m to N100m back in 2012 and at that time had set up a committee that was charged with procurements of food items, distribution to schools and monitoring of quality. The...
BY ANKELI EMMANUEL, Sokoto The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) Saturday entered into a research and knowledge sharing partnership agreement with Usman Dan Fodiyo University Sokoto. Making the partnership intention known during a courtesy call on the University management before signing the agreement, Sokoto UNICEF Chief Field Officer, Mouhuiddin Mohammed said, UNICEF has practical experience on education, health, sanitation amongst others which they are ready to share for human development globally. According to Mouhiuddin, UNICEF is entering into collaboration with the Institution to use their expertise, research and surveys in determining cause of action. "UNICEF want to share practical experience with the University on how best we can positively impact on the academic life of the institution. UNICEF want to collaborate and use the institutions expertise to improve on series of the research been conducted by the institution. While advising on the need for an update on the country's higher institution curriculum to reflect...