LEADERSHIP EDITORS Three (3) 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). 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,...
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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 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...
By Henry Tyohemba, Abuja The executive secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Dr Abdullahi Balla has said the agency would institutionalize the Project Proposal Defense and Access Clinic as a yearly event in order to reduce to the barest minimum the challenges faced by the institutions in accessing their interventions. Balla disclosed this in Abuja on Friday while addressing news men on the essence of access clinic exercise and project proposal defence for Nigerian tertiary institutions. According to him, both the access clinic and project proposal defence afforded the Fund the opportunity to appreciate the challenges facing the institutions in implementing its interventions and to re-examine its processes with a view to re-focusing them for efficient and effective service delivery. He said: “The introduction of the project proposal defense which was the first in the twenty four years of existence of the Fund was aimed at shortening the process of obtaining approval-in-principle from the Fund...
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.
Candidates for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) have confirmed receiving their examination centres as promised by JAMB. Some candidates, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday, said that they have started getting their centres from Wednesday. However, a few others told NAN that they were yet to get their centres. NAN reports that the JAMB Registrar had promised that all candidates would receive their centres before Saturday. In a related development, Mr Ikeh Callistus, ICT, Lab Manager, Christ the King College, (CKC) Gwagwalada said the centre was ready for the UTME which would commence on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Callistus said the college had 278 computer systems but only 250 would be used for the examination per batch while 28 systems would be kept in case of any unforeseen circumstances. Similarly, at the Digital Bridge Centre and the Global Distance Learning Institute the stories were the same; the centres would...
By Taiwo Ogunmola-Omilani, Lagos   Beyond the euphoria of additional diet introduced by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) in its examination for the private candidates, stakeholders in the education sector have continued to express concern over what the initiative may likely translate to. From 2018, WAEC said it would be conducting three examinations. The West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) will be conducted twice a year, in May/June for school candidates and in November/December for private candidates, while the new diet will start in January/February. Commenting on the development, a former vice chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof. Ibidapo Obe said the new diet was not a panacea for examination malpractices. The professor of systems engineering and administrator questioned “what infrastructure has WAEC put in place to ensure that when people write these examinations the result will be released within 60 days? This will be a good innovation. “During our own...
BY DONATUS NADI, Lafia The Nasarawa State House of Assembly has received the nomination of Dr. Shehu UsmanYamusa III, the Emir of Keffi from Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura for confirmation as the chancellor of the Nasarawa State University, Keffi. The deputy speaker, Mr.Godiya Akwashiki,  announced this yesterday in  Lafia after the Deputy Majority leader of the house, Mr. Daniel Ogazi read the governor’s letter for the confirmation of the Emir as the chancellor of the state University. Akwashiki directed the clerk to the house to invite the royal father for screening and possible confirmation on Wednesday, May 3. Akwashiki assured the executive arm of the assembly’s readiness to continue to partner with it in order to achieve speedy development in the state. The Deputy Speaker restated the assembly commitment to continue to enact laws that have direct bearing on the lives of the people of the state. Earlier, the Deputy Majority leader of the house,...
by Beatrice Gondyi, Bauchi A non-governmental organization based in Bauchi, Fahimta Women and Youths Development Initiative (FAWOYDI), has appealed to the Bauchi state governor, Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar, to intervene in the girl-child education in the state and bar male teachers from teaching in all boarding female schools in the state. The FAWOYDI executive director, Hajiya Maryam Garba, stated this while speaking at the activity for state level sensitization meeting for the establishment of Girls for Girls (G4G), in collaboration with UNICEF and the federal government with funding from the UK Department of International Development (DFID) yesterday at General Hassan Usman Katsina Unity College, Bauchi. She added that the lives of female students in such schools are not entirely safe in the hands of male teachers. “How can male teachers be entering female hostels by 6:00am all in the name of waking them up for lesson? The lives of girls are not safe with...