UNESCO: Fast growth in enrolment threatening higher education

The Global Education Monitoring Report (GEM Report), an editorially independent, authoritative and evidence-based annual report published by United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), has expressed worry that higher education as a cornerstone for sustainable development, is being challenged by rising student enrollment. According to the report by the International Institute for Education Planning (IIEP) of UNESCO, student enrollment had doubled to 207 million globally since 2000, and the demand for higher education has continued to be on the increase. This was even as the UNESCO in the report…

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Nigerian lecturers are suffering, ASUU boss tells Buhari

  The Chairman Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Ibadan Chapter, Dr Deji Omole, on Sunday asked the Federal Government to ‎address the shortfall of personnel cost and other obligations in Nigerian public universities. Dr Omole in a press release made available to New Telegraph in Ibadan on Sunday noted that the present administration has adopted “maradona style” in meeting the agreements it signed with the union in 2009 and 2013 memorandum of understanding. Noting that academic staff in Nigerian universities were enduring the worst of welfare and…

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Disquiet in AAUA ASUU over Chairman’s Petition to Akeredolu

  Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in Ondo State-owned Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA) are sharply divided over the petition written against the Vice Chancellor of the Institution to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), by the Chairman of the local branch of ASUU, Dr Sola Fayose. Fayose in a petition against the Vice Chancellor, Prof Igbekele Ajibefun raised some administrative allegations calling for his sack and the setting up of a Visitation Panel for the university. But several members of ASUU at the weekend insisted there…

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153,000 students sit for mock UTME in 633 centres

No fewer than 153,000 students on Saturday, sat for the mock Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examination (UTME) in about 633 Computer Based Centres (CBT) across the country. During a tour of some of the centres in strategic locations in Abuja, including the centre at JAMB headquarters, Kogo CBT centre, Digital Bridge Institute centre, candidates were seen patiently taking turns to write the voluntary examination conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, (JAMB). Addressing newsmen at one of the centres, Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, stressed that all was in…

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Mock JAMB Exam: FG urges free movement in states

    The Federal Government has urged all state governments to allow free movement of people on Saturday, to enable students to participate in JAMB’s Voluntary Mock Examination nationwide. In a statement issued in Lagos on Friday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said the mock examination was being conducted ahead of the 2017 UTME. Mohammed, in the statement signed by his Special Adviser, Mr Segun Adeyemi said the mock examinations were to enable interested students to familiarise themselves with the Computer-Based Test (CBT) environment.  

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Provost frustrating the system, says Registrar

Dr. Akpoebi Adesi is the Registrar of the Isaac Jasper Boro College of Education, Sagbama, Bayelsa State. He speaks with PAULINE ONYIBE about the leadership crisis rocking the state-owned college. You are being accused of attacking the Provost because you are a brother to the state governor. How will you react to this? That is very callous. That is the very mischievous. That is the most callous statement anybody could have made because I had never in anyway abused my relationship with the governor with regards to my official conduct.…

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Anger, controversy trail police cult report on AAU

Police: Lecturers arrested with guns ASUU to CP: Produce body of beheaded students Authorities of the Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma, Edo State and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) are rooting for legal action against Edo State Police Command. Reports, CAJETAN MMUTA The authorities of the Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma, Edo State, the university’s chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the state’s Police Command, have in the last few days been exchanging brickbats over last week’s claim by the police that no fewer…

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JAMB and the burden of change

From the earliest of times, not to talk of the slogan that brought former US President Barrack Obama and President Muhammadu Buhari to power, change has been a key and recurrent factor in human existence. The Greek Philosopher, Heraclitus, after positing that “nothing endures but change” went further to assert that everything in nature is in a state of constant change. However, despite its centrality as a driving force for all development and life at large, change is difficult and often resisted. As Thomas Friedman puts it in his The…

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Stakeholders canvass upgrading of college to varsity

As part of fresh moves to upgrade the Federal College of Education (Technical), Umunze, Anambra State to a degree awarding institution, the former Governor of Anambra State, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, has called on the Federal Government to elevate the college to a full-fledged special University of Education (Technical). This was as he said that the called was necessitated in order to enhance students’ access to higher degrees in technical education, and to equip them with the right employable skills. Ezeife, delivered the college’s special silver jubilee celebration lecture, entitled: “The…

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VC harps on relevance of industrial training to career development

The Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Prof. Adebiyi Daramola, has reiterated the importance of Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) to the career choice and development of the students, who participate in the exercise. Daramola stated this while addressing the 400-Level students of the institution, who were billed to take part in the six-month mandatory industrial training for the 2016/2017 academic session. He said: “SIWES is a Federal Government programme, which is aimed at synchronizing the theoretical training received by students in their respective institutions with…

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