IPPIS controversy: Ngige is now ‘Minister of Dispute Escalation and Disinformation’ – ASUU

Miffed by the recent statement credited to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) was on strike because of the controversial IPPIS, thereby running away from the negotiation table, the Union has christened him as a ‘Minister of Dispute Escalation and Disinformation’. While Ngige has threatened to drag ASUU to the industrial Court over the lingering industrial action, the Chairman of the University of Ibadan Chapter of the Union, Professor Ayo Akinwole, Tuesday reacted stating that “the posture of the…

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Northern governors’ moves to end Almajiri system

Kano unveils remodeling strategy for Almajiri system   El-Rufai: Jail terms await Islamic clerics for enrolling children    Ganduje: We’re set to remodel the system for conventional learning   Bagudu: We’ll integrate Almajiri children into formal school system       REFORM There are concerted efforts by the governors of Northern states to integrate the Almajiri children into the mainstream  education system. MUHAMMAD KABIR, BABA NEGEDU and AHMED IDRIS examine the commitment and strategies put in place by Kano, Kaduna and Kebbi State Governments to achieve this goal   A…

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Rector inaugurates ventilator, hand washing, sanitization machines

…as LASPOTECH gets acting Rector   T he management of the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), Ikorodu, has called on investors and government to assist and support the institution in its quest to mass produce and commercialise various inventions of the polytechnic.   The immediate past Rector, Mr. Samuel Sogunro, made the call shortly before the expiration of his tenure, while inaugurating the mechanical ventilator, foot-pedal and sensory hand washing machines, and the Sanitisation Booth fabricated and produced by the School of Engineering of the polytechnic.     This was as…

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UK varsity to offer scholarship to Nigerian students

T he management of Aston University, Birmingham in the United Kingdom has restated commitment to offer scholarships to Nigerian students aspiring to study in the university in the September admission.     The university, which is still accepting applications for September 2020 admission, the management said, is globally recognised for providing industry-focused learning experience and employability skills to students of all backgrounds across the world.       According to the institution’s Regional Manager for Africa, Mr. Babajide Ogundeji, other benefits of learning at Aston University include its Gold rating…

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Ibadan Poly secures accreditation of courses, produces ventilators

  T he management of The Polytechnic, Ibadan is basking in the euphoria of a N200 million grant released to the institution by the Governor Seyi Makinde’s administration that facilitated the procurement of equipment and upgrading of facilities for the accreditation of courses of the institution.     According to the Rector, Prof. Kazeem Adekunle Adebiyi, the grant led to full accreditation of some courses offered in the polytechnic by the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) and other professional bodies.     The Rector, however, lauded the Governor and…

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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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