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Education

Education

An Unending Crisis

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The Edo State government owned Ambrose Alli University is engulfed in a fresh crisis following the action of the state assembly on a petition by a former lecturer. - By Victor Osehobo

Barely six months after its vice -chancellor, VC, was sacked based on the recommendations of a visitation panel, the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma in Edo State is again engulfed in the trenches of crisis. The VC was removed over his inability to supply needed information about the university’s total population of staff and students, revenue and expenditure profile and liabilities: a move which was viewed by the government as indicative of a corrupt system.

Gone With Ghaddafi

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About 14 years after the dream was muted to build Al-Manara University in Nigeria, and $800 million budgeted for it by the embattled and dethroned Libyan leader, Moummar Ghaddafi, the project has not materialised. - By Bello Fagge

In 1997 when the dethroned Libyan leader, Col. Moummar Ghaddafi, visited Kano, northern Nigeria, his host and late Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha had treated him to retinue of armed security personnel on a visit to Friday Muslim Juma’at prayers. Besides the prayer session, which witnessed the full presence of many Muslims in the city, it was regarded as a mark of special privilege for the visitor, and Ghaddafi too felt honoured when he delivered a public lecture.

Killing CRUTECH

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Academic activities have been crippled at Cross River College of Education following government’s failure to meet worker’s demands. - By Increase Abasi-Ubong

he Cross River State College of Education was excised from the state University of Technology, CRUTECH in 2008. Since the excision of the institution from the university, the college has not known peace. Academic activities in the college have severally been disrupted due to industrial action by staff of the institution.

Defrauding Students

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The University College Hospital, Ibadan is mired in controversy over allegations of arbitrary school fees increment. - By Yange Ikyaa

Students at the University College Hospital, UCH, Ibadan are drumming for war. Their grievances are based on alleged arbitrary school fees increment. For four straight years, the leadership of the community health officers’ programme at UCH has been pushing up the school fees to the ceiling. The officially recommended school fees for students who study for this course is N35,000. But in 2008, the coordinator of the community health officers’ programme, Mrs. F.B. Ibitoye was said to have collected N77, 000 per student. By 2009, the school fees had been moved up to N88, 000 per student.

Justifying The ASUU Strike

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Lecturers in the University of Uyo have given reasons for joining their colleagues in other Nigerians universities in last week’s warning strike. - By Charles Effiong

For members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, University of Uyo Branch, ASUU-UUB, it was more than reasonable to have been part of the one week warning strike  embarked on nation-wide by lecturers in government-owned universities. Even so, it was a precursor to call government to order on the quality of education that has not shown any sign of improvement since the cry of its decay began.

Introducing New School Curriculum

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The announcement by the federal government that it would introduce a new curriculum for secondary schools in September, is attracting both positive and negative comments from experts. - By Anebo Eric

The federal government has said that the introduction of the new school curriculum was to include subjects such as Information Technology, Wood Work, Craft Art, and more which in a sense, should guarantee development, self-employment and professionalism among secondary school leavers in the nearest future.

Publishing Conflicting Results

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For the umpteenth time, the West African Examination Council, WAEC, is enmeshed in another round of inefficiency by releasing two conflicting results in respect of the May/June 2011 examination but tactically put blame on human error. - By Anebo Eric

The West African Examination Council, WACE, on August 10, released results of Senior School Certificate Examination conducted in four West African countries including Nigeria. As it were, the results had revealed that a total of 1,540,250 final year students in secondary schools in Nigeria wrote the examination.  Of that number, 1,460,003 had their results fully released and published. 80,247 results were pending, arising from “sins” committed by the affected candidates; while 81,573 results were withheld for  various examination malpractices.

A Failing Project

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Despite the huge sum of money spent to end congestion of the prison system in Nigeria, prisons across the country are still full of inmates awaiting trial and far from becoming decongested. - By Arems Terkula

Abel Emmanuel, 18, was arrested by police in Imo State for armed robbery and remained in detention for a period of 18 years, while waiting for trial that never saw the light of day. Police report in the case was inconsequential to nail the suspect. According to the Open Society Justice Initiative, which handled the case, the alleged case of armed robbery did not exist even as there were no witnesses to the crime. The only facts the police had were Abel’s statement and his denial of the crime.

FG Should Take Over The Funding Of in Basic Education

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The deplorable state of education sector has been a source of worry to many Nigerians. In this interview with Sunday Ogli in Makurdi, the State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, boss in Benue State, Dr. David Sevende calls on the federal government to take over the funding of the sector. He also spoke on other challenges facing the board in the state among other issues Excerpts:

Sir, what challenges have you encountered since you resumed as chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, in Benue State and how are you tackling them?

Extending The Validity Of JAMB Results

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Nigeria’s Minister of Education, Prof. Ruquayatu Rufai, moves to extend the validity of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, results from one to two years, amid opposing views from JAMB officials. - By Yange Ikyaa

Last year, the minister of education, Prof. Ruqqayatu Rufai, proposed to the leadership of Nigeria’s Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, to consider some critical reforms. The anticipated reforms were aimed at extending the validity of JAMB examinations from one to two years.

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