Strike ‘war’ echoes in tertiary institutions

      SSANU: Non-remittance of check-off dues, cooperative, others worrisome      COEASU: IPPIS, tool of exploitation      NAAT: Union’s migration to IPPIS regrettable     CRISIS Crisis is looming in the nation’s tertiary institution sub-sector following the various staff unions, comprising the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT), and the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) renewed clash with the Federal Government over the implementation of the IPPIS     W ill Nigerian tertiary institutions (universities, polytechnics, monotechnics…

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Ekiti ‘School On Air’ to mitigate pandemic on children – Commissioner

Mr. Foluso Daramola is the Ekiti State Commissioner for Education. He speaks with ADEWUMI ADEMIJU in this interview about the educational programmes initiated by the state government, such as ‘E-learning and School On Air’ introduced to mitigate effects of the coronavirus pandemic on children, and to prepare them ahead of school reopening     There is no doubt that the pandemic has impacted negatively on all sectors of the economy globally, and particularly on education. What are the efforts put in place by the state government, like other states of…

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Provost, police, DSS parley on campus security

A s part of moves to strengthen and beef up security at the Federal College of Education (Technical), Umunze in Anambra State, the Provost, Dr. Tessy Okoli, has solicited the support of security agencies in the state. This was as she said that the security of lives and property on campus remained crucial and paramount in order to achieve the development agenda of the institution.    Okoli, who stated this during the visit of the management of the college to the state Commissioner of Police, John Bassey Abang and the…

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Fake professors: ASUU tasks NUC on regulations

  W orried by the increasing rate of fake professors in the Nigerian universities, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has reiterated determination not to relent in efforts to be at the forefront in the fight against the academic fraud.     This was as the union tasked the National Universities Commission (NUC), the agency supervising university education in the country, on regulations to nip in the bud the menace.   The NUC had late last year carried out over the rising trend of fake professors in the university…

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Teach For Nigeria, ProFuturo, others partner on digital learning

…12,000 under-served teachers for skills’ training     T he need to equip public primary school teachers with relevant teaching skills towards ensuring that continuous learning is not hindered in the face of Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic interferences to the education ecosystem, especially in under-served schools in the country, has been intensified.     Under the programme facilitated by the Teach for Nigeria in partnership with ProFuturo is to train 12,000 public school teachers in Lagos, Kaduna and Ogun States.     Teach For Nigeria is a non-profit organisation…

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Race for election of another VC for UI begins

Despite the decision of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to boycott the online meeting which held on Monday to begin the exercise towards electing another Vice Chancellor, the management of the University of Ibadan has still gone ahead to advertise for qualified persons to fill the position by December 1, 2020. The five-year tenure of the incumbent CV, Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka, will expire on November 31, 2020. He had succeeded Professor Isaac Adewole who left office and was immediately appointed Minister for Health by President Muhammadu Buhari…

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Kwara Varsity to ‘adopt’ Malete Primary School

  The Vice Chancellor of the Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, Professor Muhammed Mustapaha Akanbi (SAN), has disclosed that arrangements have been concluded by the university to adopt a primary school in Malete as part of the institution’s corporate responsibility to its host community. Professor Akanbi, who made the disclosure when the Malete Community Development Association (MCDA) paid him a courtesy visit in his office, explained that the need to adopt the school and furnish it with teachers became imperative in order to ensure that the host community adequately keys…

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How far can this meal go?

Knocks for FG’s home feeding programme     NUT, NAPTAN: Unions, teachers, parents not consulted, involved   NANS condemns programme, threatens ‘mother of all protest’     PDP: It’s a ploy to siphon N13.5bn public funds     CRITICISM As the Federal Government commences the newly launched ‘Take Home Ration (THR)’ for primary school pupils nationwide during this COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, barrage of criticisms have continued to trail the exercise from various stakeholders, who condemned the process for lack of transparency and a ploy to fleece the nation’s wealth C…

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EKSU denies announcing date for students’ resumption

T he management of Ekiti State University (EKSU), Ado Ekiti, has refuted plans to reopen the institution or announcing the resumption date for students, following closure of the university to curtail the spread of coronavirus.       The university, therefore, called on members of the public to disregard the news, adding that it won’t take any step that would put the students’ lives at risk and danger of contracting the deadly disease.   The institution, which insisted that it would not flout the directive of the federal and state…

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COVID-19 and the research imperative

T he world is in a state of emergency on account the coronavirus pandemic that has shut down, ‘isolated’ or ‘quarantined’ our normal way of life. From being a country of needless social gatherings and purposeful or frivolous religious congregations, Nigerians, like their counterparts in many other parts of the world, have been constrained by the brutal reality of the moment.  While the frontline medical and health professionals are doing an awesome and commendable job in keeping the rest of us safe and risking their own lives in the process,…

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