The Academic Staff Union of Universities in Nigeria (ASUU) has commenced an indefinite nationwide strike due to the Federal Government’s failure to fulfill the 2009 agreement made with the union. Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, President of the union disclosed this at a news conference on Monday in Abuja. Ogunyemi said the decision to embark on the industrial action was resolved at its emergency National Executive Council meeting held on Aug. 12. According to him, during the strike, “there shall be no teaching, no examination and no attendance of statutory meetings of any kind in any of our branches till government meets the union’s demands “. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the industrial action actually took effect from Aug. 13. ““The foundation of development of any nation lies on its attention to education. No nation can grow beyond the level of its educational development. “”Any genuine move to transform Nigeria into an economically viable...
By ISAIAH BENJAMIN, Kaduna The Kaduna State Quality Assurance Board says it has evaluated 1,710 public and private primary and secondary schools in the state in the last three years. The executive director of the Board, Mrs Mureen Wyom told journalists in Kaduna that the effort is geared towards ensuring quality teaching, learning and management of public and private primary and secondary schools in the state. Wyom said that 674 schools were evaluated in 2014, 602 in 2015 and 434 schools in 2016, with the goal of improving the quality of education system delivery in the state. She described the school evaluation as an annual exercise designed to access the performance of schools with respect to quality to enable the state planned for a better outcome the following year. “After the evaluation, the board writes a report called the “State of Education Report”, indicating the level of quality in education delivery system and management...
BY ANDY ASEMOTA, Katsina Katsina State Government has earmarked N1.49 billion intervention fund to facilitate access to basic education for Out-of-school-children (OOSC) across the state, the chairman of the state Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Alhaji Lawal Bahari, has disclosed. The chairman, represented by Alhaji Aliyu Abdullahi Batsari, made this known during the launch of Educate a Child Project hosted by the state’s Ministry of Education in collaboration with UNICEF in Katsina. Butsari said the fund will further boost ongoing governmental expenditures and activities of international development partners towards the Educate a Child project in the next four years. He said plans are afoot for the Board and other stakeholders to ensure prompt release of money and judicious utilization of the project. The SUBEB boss noted that despite Katsina’s 1,488,870 pupil population this academic year, the government would carry out programmes designed to promote the school enrolment and girl child education. On his part, the...
By ABAH ADAH, Abuja Against the backdrop of the increasing rate of building collapse in the country which has caused untold loss of lives and properties in recent times, the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) has launched the First Nigerian Concrete Mix Manual as a guide for stakeholders and all that may be involved in engineering activities on appropriate processes for producing good concrete. The manual was jointly presented to the public at the 26th COREN Engineering Assembly held in Abuja which began on Monday and comes to an end today with a dinner by the Chairman of the occasion, the Executive Governor of Nasarawa State, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura alongside the representative of the Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbanjo, the Hon. Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonaya Onuh, the representative of the Chief Host, the Honourable Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, the President of COREN,...
Thompson & Grace Investment Ltd (TGIL), signed an MOU in the week with the University of Hamburg, UKE, Germany to design and operate the proposed Thompson & Grace Medical University and Thompson & Grace Specialty Hospital, sited in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.  Photo shows from L-R: Prof. Dr. Dr. med. Uwe Koch-Gromus, Dean of the Medical Faculty of the University of Hamburg (UKE), who signed on behalf of University of Hamburg (UKE); Mr. Armin Huttenlocher, CEO of RES Public Affairs, Corporate Affairs, Berlin, Germany; Ambassador Bernhard Schlagheck, German Ambassador to Nigeria; and Dr. Isaac Thompson Amos, President/CEO of Thompson & Grace Investment Ltd, who signed on behalf of TGIL, at the office of the German Ambassador, Abuja. By Solomon Nda-Isaiah The proposed Thompson & Grace Medical University (TGMU) Nigeria may have taken off on a sound academic footing as a German institution, the University of Hamburg (UKE), Germany has confirmed its...
By GEORGE OKOJIE , Lagos The Lagos State government at the weekend recorded a total of 144,275 Pupils in this year's placement test for primary six pupils into the state public Junior Secondary Schools. A breakdown of the figure shows that 91,500 Pupils from the State Public Primary Schools and 52,775 Pupils from the Private Schools took part in the test. Monitoring the exercise, the State Universal Basic Education Board executive chairman, Dr Ganiyu Oluremi Sopeyin noted that there were a lot of improvements in this year's exercise. According to him, this year's answer scripts known as the OMR sheets were customised in the names of all the pupils that took part in the test. He added that a new dimension will be added in the next year's placement Test,  disclosing that exams identification sheets for pupils that will take part in the test was being worked on. He decried the situation whereby parents and...
By George Okojie, Lagos The Lagos State Government on Friday expressed excitement over the release of six students of Igbonla-Epe Model College who were abducted on May 25, 2017 in their school premises, saying students would undergo series of medical tests and trauma therapy before they are reunited with their families. In a press statement, the State’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde congratulated the parents of the students and all concerned stakeholders over the development. “This is a welcome development and the State Government has always believed that the students would be released unhurt. The news of their release is therefore a confirmation of that belief and we are glad that they would be reuniting with their families,” Ayorinde said. He said the State Government remains resolute in its commitment to ensure the safety of lives and property of residents in the State and has already beefed up security in schools to prevent a re-occurrence. “It is on record that the Governor...
By Taiwo Ogunmola-Omilani, Lagos An Associate lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Ilorin and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mallam Yusuf Ali has said it is imperative on the stakeholders to think about what constitutional, institutional, and legal reforms that would be necessary for Nigeria to achieve good governance that would transform and develop higher education system in the country. He disclosed this at the 10th annual lecture of School of Postgraduate Studies tagged, "Governance and Democracy in Nigeria" held at the University of Lagos. According to him, there is need to ensure a mass mobilization of all available human and material resources for development, adding that the future of Nigeria becoming an industrialized nation rests on the shoulders of its egg heads in the higher institutions. The legal luminary stressed that quality of governance should be recognised as fundamental in ensuring the quality of higher education, saying good governance should...
By JENNIFER TANKO Does girl-child education have any impact in the Nigerian society or any other society for that matter? Of course, girl- child education has been identified as the backbone of the advanced societies of the world.  It is a critical issue that should not be treated with laxity. Its impact in the society is numerous and includes; improving the individual, causing her to be productive and not a burden to the society; it improves the economy of the society through various means such as environmental sustainability; lowers illiteracy rate which also leads to lower poverty rate. Girl- child education also decreases maternal mortality. This is because women with formal education tend to have better knowledge about health care practices. Cross-country studies show that an extra year of schooling for girls reduces fertility rates by five to 10 percent i.e. later marriage. Among children not attending schools, there are twice as...
…as management promises to do better By Ebriku John Friday Parents and students of Africa International College (AIC), Abuja, have hailed management and staff over academic performance in recent external examinations. The commendation was made in regards to the steady rise in ranking of the college for its performance in external examinations, which reflects on high scores made by students since 2013 including the recent West African Examination Council (WAEC) and Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examinations. Speaking on the development, spokesman of the school, Mr Adekunle Bamigbala, said parents and students have been cooperating and committed to success, and added that the school will not relent to sustain its current success. The school’s graduation ceremony holding on Saturday, July 22, 2017, which is an annual activity in the college showcase students who are stars in the making to their parents and the world, as the college’s entrance exams holds on August 5,...