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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.