My tenure has been challenging – LASPOTECH Rector

T he Rector of the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), Ikorodu, Mr. Samuel Sogunro, has described his five-year tenure, which will expire on May 31, this year, as very rough and challenging. This was as he recalled that his administration inherited two major problems, which he listed as the problem of the 2010 retirees and CONTISS 15 Migration.   “The journey has been very rough. Since 2016, that I assumed office as Rector, we have been on one issue or the other, especially this issues that deal with welfare of staff.…

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WAEC: Reps pays  N12m for 850 candidates in Ebonyi

Uchenna Inya The member representing Ikwo/Ezza south federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Chinedu Ogah, Tuesday doled out over N12million to 850 students in the state for their West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WAEC) for this year. Most of the beneficiaries are from his constituency. Some officials of WAEC and the state Secondary Education Board (SEB) as well as parents of the students  witnessed the disbursement of the funds to the students. The event took place in Item-Amagu, Ikwo Local Government Area of the state – the…

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How 8 varsities raked in over N1.023bn from graduation fees

  =Stakeholders: Varsities are merely extorting students   =Registrar: Fees meant for academic gown, convocation brochure, certificate   FEES There is mixed reaction over the fees charged by universities for convocation. Stakeholders are accusing university management of extorting graduating students through exorbitant fees to rake in funds for the institutions     Kayode Olanrewaju S ome eight Nigerian universities, comprising the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Lagos State University (LASU), the University of Benin (UNIBEN), University of Lagos (UNILAG), Ibrahim Babangida University (IBBU), Federal University of Technology (FUT Minna); the University…

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Varsity lecturers can’t dictate how they’d be paid –Fountain Varsity VC

Professor Amidu Sanni, the Vice-Chancellor of Fountain University, Osogbo, Osun State has just been appointed on the Board of Times Higher Education, the global universities ranking body. In this interview with some select journalists, the Professor of Arabic Language and Comparative Literature speaks on diminishing admission spaces in Nigerian universities, industrial crises, poor funding, poor ranking profile and place of technology in the future of education. KAYODE OLANREWAJU was there. Excerpts       Candidates seeking admission into higher institutions are once again faced with the difficulties of securing admission.…

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Nigeria short of 277,537 qualified teachers in basic schools –UBEC

Regina Otokpa Abuja     I ndications have emerged that the basic education sub-sector of the country is in acute shortage of over 277,537 qualified teachers.     This was revealed in the fresh statistics from the 2018 National Personnel Audit (NPA) report, facilitated and launched by the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) in Abuja.     The report further revealed that Early Childhood Care Development Education (ECCDE) recorded the highest decline in the percentage of qualified teachers in the last 12 years.     Also, the report stated that…

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Edo retooling technical college for vocational, quality delivery

    Cajetan Mmuta BENIN     D etermined to enhance quality of education in Edo State through effective teaching, capacity building, skills acquisition and self-reliance, the state government has revived the ailing Government Science and Technical College (GSTC) to boost technical and vocational education delivery in the state.     The need to resuscitate the former Benin Technical College (BTC), according to Governor Godwin Obaseki, led state government, is to reposition the state as Africa’s best destination for technical/vocational education, skills acquisition, trades and production hub.       …

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Foundation offers scholarship to 200 orphans, less-privileged children

    Musa Pam Jos     S ome 200 orphans and vulnerable children in Plateau State have become beneficiaries of a scholarship scheme offered to them by a philanthropist, Dr. Saleh Abduallahi, under his pet project, the Zazzaga Foundation, based in Jos. The scholarship is for the beneficiaries to study different degree programmes at Ecole Superieure Sainte Felicite University, Cotonou, Republic of Benin.   It was learnt that the university two months ago conferred a Honourary Doctorate Degree (Honoris Causa) on Dr. Abduallahi in recognition of his contribution to…

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250 students to get KolaDaisi scholarship

  N o fewer than 250 students of KolaDaisi University, a private university located in Ibadan, Oyo State, are to benefit from a scholarship scheme, under the auspices of Kola Daisi Foundation.      According to the Foundation, each of the 250 beneficiaries will receive N50,000 for 2019/2020 academic session as scholarship for being students of the university.     The Foundation, which noted in a statement that plans had been concluded to offer scholarships to 250 students of the university, further stressed that a prospective student for the scholarship…

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ESUT’s Institute for Peace to tackle insecurity, violence, others – VC

    Kenneth Ofoma ENUGU     T he management of the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT), has established the Institute for Peace, Conflict and Development Studies (IPCDS).     The institute was established as response to its core mandate of providing intellectual backup to government, private institutions and agencies in tackling complex challenges confronting them in the area of security and economy, among others.     It was also learnt that the university in partnership with other organisations and institutions instituted the programme following the spate…

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Sanwo-Olu fetes with teachers, assures of better welfare

Wife of the Lagos State Governor, Dr.  Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu has acknowledged the contributions and sacrifices of teachers in the state in impacting knowledge and virtues on school pupils assuring them of the state government’s commitment to their welfare. The governor’s wife also commended all stakeholders in the education sector for their cooperation and commitment in helping to scale up service delivery in terms of quality education to school children in Lagos. Speaking at the 2019 End of the Year Party for Head Teachers and other basic education stakeholders organised by…

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