BY ANDY ASEMOTA,Katsina Katsina State plans to recruit about 1200 additional teachers in an bid to improve its standard of education, the state Deputy Governor, Alhaji Mannir Yakubu, has said. The deputy governor, who stated this in Katsina during an interactive session organised by national leadership of Ahmadu Bello Uinversity (ABU) Alumni Association, said the current state administration led by Governor Aminu Bello Masari has rehabilitated about 700 classrooms and built more than 300 new ones in the last two years. Yakubu said: "When we came on board, we found very deplorable condition in the education sector. We have tried our best to improve it; we have made education our number one, number and even number three priority." The old student of ABU lauded the determination of members of the asociation to augment the efforts of the varsity authority at enhancing the within development of their Alma Mata with an assurance that the...
BY ISAIAH BENJAMIN,Kaduna The Kaduna State Government has announced scholarship opportunities for qualified candidates to study Medicine, Nursing and Health Technology-related courses in foreign universities. Prof. Andrew Nok, the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology who disclosed this to newsmen in Kaduna yesterday, said that the measure was to bridge the manpower gap in the health sector. Prof. Nok said that to participate in the scholarship examination and selection interview, applicants must be residents of Kaduna State, adding, however, that priority would be given to candidates from indigent families. “Applicants must be between the ages 17 and 20 and must also possess a minimum of six distinctions in science subjects in Senior Secondary School Examination (WAEC or NECO). “The certificate should not be more than two years old, that is, it must have been obtained between 2015 and 2016.” He explained that the scholarship would cover tuition fees and up-keep. The commissioner said that the application...
By Winifred Ogbebo and Henry Tyohemba, Abuja The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has embarked on an indefinite nationwide strike, following federal government’s refusal to fulfill the agreement made with it in 2009. The national president of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, told journalists yesterday that the decision to embark on the industrial action was resolved at its emergency national executive council meeting held at University of Abuja during the weekend. Ogunyemi said that the industrial action which took effect from Sunday August 13, 2017 will be “total, comprehensive and indefinite action whereby no form of academic activities, including teaching, attendance of any meeting, conduct and supervision of any examination at any level, supervision of project or thesis at any level would take place at any of the government universities”. In 2009, after a strenuous and painstaking three-year renegotiation exercise, the federal government had signed an agreement with ASUU on the issues of...
Some Candidates sitting for  the ongoing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) have applauded  Joint Admission and Matriculation Board(JAMB) for the satisfactory conduct of Computer-Based Test in Kano. The candidates  made the commendation in separate interviews  on Sunday in Kano after sitting for the examination, saying that the transition from the Paper-Pencil mode to the Computer -Based Test (CBT) was good innovation. Abubakar Muhammed told  the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at a  centre  along Zoo Road, adding that he had not experienced any challenges during the examination. “The only challenge to be mentioned is that the exam did not commence at the exact time fixed for the commencement. “To be honest with you, I did not find it difficult as I was expecting before. Because, I heard people complaining about system failure, but thank God I did not experience such”, he said. Aisha Garba,  another candidate at a centre in Federal College of Education...
By HANNAH ONI, Lagos Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has said e-learning can be use in resolving the challenges in the higher education sector. Speaking at a stakeholder forum in Lagos, Osinbajo emphasised that the most important potential of e-learning is the opportunity it provides the learner to access quality education at their convenience and from any location. “Following on this, we/stakeholders can attest that it is necessary for higher education in Nigeria to explore holistically how to use technology in order to enhance access, quality and affordability” he said. Osinbajo said, science and technology for example has re-dimensioned educational curricular in a way that has delivered exponential transformations before our very eyes around the globe. This global trend is well enunciated and reflected through the use of e-learning as a complement to traditional classrooms, with online learning or mixing the two modes, to support and enhance learning in higher institutions.
By Winifred Ogbebo, Abuja The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said that four computer-based test (CBTs) centers  are being closely monitored  for involvement in some form of malpractices despite the heavy security in place at the ongoing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) Speaking to journalists yesterday in Abuja during the monitoring exercise of the UTME’s CBTs centers where the ongoing seven-day UTME is taking place, the JAMB registrar, Prof Is-haq  Oloyede, said, “Four centers which were confronted with challenges caused by some individuals, who were out to sabotage the process, are closely being monitored to forestall further hitches. He said out of four centres, JAMB only has four with problems, saying, “Out of 642 centers, we have problems with four. We have two problems in Bauchi, one in Kano, one in Ekpoma not from technology problem but from those who are cutting corners in the centers, those who have not...
Three winners have emerged for the National Young Women Essay Writing Competition organised by the Nigerian Women Trust Fund under the auspices of She Impact Community and funded by DFID’s Voices for Change Project (V4C).  Recall She Impact is a community of individuals, women groups and organisations working to advance women’s leadership and political participation in Nigeria and beyond. The essay was organised to create awareness among young women on the need to participate in civic and political activities and to inspire young women to think up solutions to Nigeria’s leadership challenges that clearly marginalises women. The essay topic termed “The Dynamics of Participatory Governance: Implications for Young Women in Nigeria” witnessed submissions from hundreds of young women across Nigeria. The essays were marked by seasoned judges who considered organisation, content, grammar and use of language, definition and understanding of the topic, closing arguments as well as referencing. Happiness Ogbuehi, one of the...
The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) will on Saturday matriculate more than 20,000 students.   A statement issued by the Director of Media and Publicity of the university, Malam Ibrahim Sheme, said the 16th matriculation ceremony will be holding simultaneously at NOUN’s 78 study centres across the country.   He noted that this year’s ceremony was a necessary requirement in the admission process of students. 
BY ISAIAH BENJAMIN,Kaduna In a bid to enhance teaching and learning in public secondary schools across the state, the Kaduna State Government said that it had procured 5000 computer tablets to be distributed to its secondary school students. Prof Andrew Nok, the state’s Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, told newsmen in Kaduna on Monday that the step was to equip the students with Information Technology (IT) skills and integrate them into the IT world. “The tablets are loaded with all the needed programmes and will be distributed to SSI students in all public secondary school across the state. “By the time the SSI students move to SSII, the government will procure another set of tablets and distribute to the newly admitted SSI students. “We will continue this way until all our senior secondary school students have computer tablets and are part of the IT driven world,’’ he said. The commissioner added that the effort...
By Henry Tyohemba, Abuja The executive secretary, Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Dr Hamid Boboyyi has lamented that despite the poor funding of education sector, many states are unable to access the Universal Basic Education Commission’s intervention fund, with South-East and South-South states most affected. Boboyyi said this during an interactive section with journalists in his office in Abuja yesterday. While saying that it is worrisome from 2013 till date, there are still outstanding funds, he said in the South-West zone, there is a lot of problems as the outstanding amount reach over N9billion in 2015 and over N1billion in 2016. According to him, in the south-east zone, there are also problems. Enugu from 2013, Ebonyi 2014 and Abia have not accessed their funds despite demand for them to do so. This is just as he urged other states yet to access their funds to try and do so. He also raised the alarm over...