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.

Leading In Educational Advancement

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Federal Government Girls College, Imiringi in Bayelsa State, has evolved over the years to play an important role in the community- By Aherhoke Okioma

The Federal Government Girls’ College, FGGC, Imiringi, is located in the remote and quiet town of Imiringi in Ogbia local government area of Bayelsa State, Nigeria. It is one of the few structures that indicate  federal presence in the state when the state was carved out of Rivers State.It is located along the Ogbia/Yenagoa Road, off the Mbiama/Yenagoa Road, and about 30 kilometres from Yenagoa, the capital of Bayelsa State. Contrary to the fears of non-indigenes, it is easily accessible by a fairly good road network.

He Who Laughs Last

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Federal government, having studied critically the crisis plaguing the Kaduna Polytechnic Academic Staff Union for many months, sacked the management/council of the institution and assured the investigation of the financial misdeeds in the institution. - By Femi Olanrewaju

It was celebration galore in Kaduna on Monday, April 11, for residents in the city and most especially, the Kaduna Polytechnic Community, when the Academic Staff Union of the institution called off its six-month-old strike.The chairman who saw the re-opening of the polytechnic as a “birth of a new dawn” also observed that the new dawn in Kaduna Polytechnic was a victory for all since everybody was a winner.

Restoring Fallen Values

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Edo State government has concluded plans to return many public schools to their owners to stem falling standard of education. - By Victor Osehobo

Indications that the hundreds of public schools scattered in the many rural communities of Edo State are dilapidated, with some littered with teachers and principals, but without pupils, is no longer news in the state. In several other cases where there are schools with pupils and no teachers or principals to manage some of them built by communities and missionaries in the early seventies, the embarrassment has not been lost on the government.

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