BY DAVID ADUGE-ANI In continuation of its public enlightenment programme on personal hygiene in selected junior secondary schools in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), a nongovernmental organization, Helpline Foundation for the Needy, has organised a personal hygiene programme for students of Junior Secondary School Kpaiygi in Kuje area council. A senior programme officer of the foundation, Ms. Omozele Ojeme told reporters that the projects is one of foundation’s initiate to sensitize teachers and students on environmental diseases and personal hygiene. Ojeme explained that the project tagged: ‘Hygiene Promotion in School Through School’ was aimed to address the Sustainable Development Goals 3, which according to her, seeks to ensure health and well-being for all, at every stage of life. Speaking on the topic: ‘Basics of Personal Hygiene and Hand Washing Techniques’, Ojeme noted that unhealthy environmental condition increases the risk of both non-communicable and infectious diseases as well as the importance of regular...
By Adebayo Waheed, Ibadan The Oyo State government has disclosed that about N5 billion has been earmarked for the repairs of the dilapidated structures in primary and secondary schools across state. Also, the state government had  received 70,000 books covering different subject areas such as Mathematics, English, English literature, Physics, Biology, Economics, Algebra, Chemistry among others from a non-government and non-profit organisation based in United States, Jewels of Africa. The state commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Professor Adeniyi Olowofela, who made the disclosure during a meeting with the state chapter’s leaders and representatives of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), Association of Primary School Head Teachers of Nigeria (AOPSHON)  and All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS) explained that N3 billion counterpart funding will be spent on primary education, while N1.9bn generated from the students’ levies and state government internally generated revenue will be spent on secondary schools in...
The Senate has approved the National Youth Service Corps scheme for graduates of National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN). The approval followed the passage of the National Open University of Nigeria Bill sponsored by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TetFund Sen. Jibrin Barau during Thursday’s plenary. According to him, the Bill seeks to address issues relating to opening access for the teeming youth and adult working population to fulfill their dream of acquiring tertiary education. Barau said the objectives of the Bill included to amend the existing legislation with a view to removing the perception of the public about the university in respect of the word, `correspondence`. “The word correspondence gives the impression that the university is not a full time university and as such seen as part time. “These two concepts, ” correspondence” and ”part-time” significantly affect the way the public views the programmes run by the university. “This has been...
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 Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) will begin the sale of the 2017 Direct Entry forms and registration of foreign candidates on July 10. JAMB’s Head of Public Relations Fabian Benjamin made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Bwari, FCT, on Monday. Benjamin said the process of registration for the Direct Entry was spelt out in the just concluded Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). He said that candidates for the Direct Entry were expected to have `Advanced Level, Diploma or its equivalent, while foreign candidates must possess proof of residency abroad. “For the foreign candidates to be eligible to write examination in a foreign centre, you must have stayed in the foreign country for at least a minimum of six months. “You must have schooled there, you must have had your secondary education there; you must show evidence of having stayed there for period of six months. “If...
The Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), says the union is opposed to handover of payment of primary schools teachers’ salaries to the local government councils. Mr Simon Ozo, Ebonyi NUT Chairman, stated this on Monday in Abakaliki in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN). According to him, the union’s opposition to the planned handover of payment of teachers’ salaries to local government administration is hinged on the Supreme Court decision, which granted payment of salary of primary school teachers to states. “There is need for the Federal Government to respect the 2012 Supreme Court’s judgment on the responsibility of state and federal governments to primary school education in Nigeria. “The plan if allowed to sail through will pose serious threat to the foundation of education in Nigeria, and every genuine and bold attempt must be made by education loving Nigerians to rescue and save primary education from imminent collapse. “We do...
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 Taiwo Ogunmola-Omilani, Seven of former US presidents, including Barack Obama were “lefty.” Yet, for the left-handed people of the world, life isn’t easy. Throughout much of history, massive stigmas attached to left-handedness meant they were singled out as everything from unclean to witches. Though the world has gotten progressively more accepting of left-handed folk,  there are still some undeniable bummers associated with a left-handed proclivity: desks and spiral notebooks pose a constant battle, scissors are all but impossible to use and–according to some studies–life-expectancy might be  lower than for right- handed people. According to estimates, approximately one-tenth of the world’s population is left-handed, yet many common articles are designed for efficient use by right-handed people, and may be inconvenient, painful, or even dangerous for left-handed people to use. Many “lefty” were encouraged or forced to write and perform other activities with their right hands.  But, according to experts,  this conversion can cause multiple...
Candidates have been directed to to print their examination slip today 28th June, 2017 for the mop-up Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). A statement by the director of Media, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Dr.Fabian Benjamin‎, said andidates slated for the mop-up examination scheduled to hold on Saturday July 1st, 2017 nationwide are to visit the Board's website on www.jamb.org.ng to print the e-slip or their e-mail and profile created by the candidates. He said, ”A bulk sms has equally been sent to their telephone numbers provided by the candidates during the registration. The board implore sthe candidates to ensure that their e slips are printed on or before the examination as no excuse will be entertained." The board while reiterating its unavowed commitment to deliver on her mandate,urged the candidate to avail themselves of the window of  opportunity created by it widen access and give equal opportunity to those desirous of qualitative tertiary education. Benjamin...
By Winifred Ogbebo, Abuja Following the purported increase of tuition fees by some Nigerian universities, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS)  has flayed the action, calling for a reversal immediately. A statement signed and made available to LEADERSHIP‎ by the association's  national president, Comrade Chinonso Obasi,said the tuition increase would be met with maximum resistance. Part of the statement read, "NANS received the report that about 38 tertiary institutions have concluded plans to jack up tuition fees in their institutions with utter pain and disgust, because over the years, Nigerian students have been made to bear the brunt of poverty ideas and administrative ineptitude of managers and chief executives of tertiary institutions." The statement said ‎in saner climes, education funding include revenue from researches and consultative collaborations. It said the implementation of UNESCO strategies, particularly commercializing research findings should occupy Nigeria educational institutions rather than constant hike in tuition fees payable by helpless...