Monday, 21 November 2016

TRCN urges teachers to take advantage of ongoing registration, certification process

Prof. Josiah Olusegun Ajiboye
The Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, (TRCN), has called on teachers to urgently take advantage of the ongoing process of registration and licencing, as the mode would change from first quarter of 2017, when those who seek certification would have to write an examinations.
Registrar/Chief Executive of the council, Professor Josiah Olusegun Ajiboye, said this at the 2016 induction ceremony organised for Faculty of Education Graduands of Enugu State University of Science & Technology, (ESUT), and the Federal College of Education, Eha-Amufu, both in Enugu State.     Read more....

Saturday, 19 November 2016

Increasing teachers’ self-worth for improved learning outcomes

Managing Director Upstream, Seven Energy, Mr. Bassey Umoh, (middle) flanked by grand mentors award winners Noah Cyril Noah (left); Regina John Udo; Ufon Dick Urom and Patricia Cletus Effiong, at the ninth Teachers’ Award for Excellence, sponsored by the Inoyo Toro Foundation.

Children are like wet cement, whatever falls on them makes an impression,” was how Israeli school teacher, child psychologist, psychotherapist and a parent educator, Haim G. Ginott, summarised the impact that teachers make on children, and by extension, the society. 
Henry Brooks Adams, an American historian and member of the Adam’s political family, further confirmed this to be a timeless truism when he said, “Teachers affect eternity; no one can tell where their influence stops.

Viewed from any prism, the task of riding the society of ignorance, and liberating the minds of its inhabitants (which is what teachers basically do), is a very important assignment that must be accorded due attention.   Read more....

NUC accredits Sasakawa programme for varsities

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has approved the accreditation of Sasakawa Agricultural Extension Programme in Nigerian universities.
From empirical studies, one of the major challenges of agricultural development in most African countries, including Nigeria, has been found to be that of a weak agricultural extension system. This is exacerbated by lack of opportunities for in-service training for field extension staff; and the lack of relevant and appropriate training and orientation of the extension personnel, who even have the opportunity of in-service “qualification” training at tertiary institutions.
It was in recognition of these deficiencies and to boost field experience in the top echelon of extension service, that the Sasakawa Africa Association (SAA), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), funded by the Nippon Foundation launched the Sasakawa Africa Fund for Extension Education (SAFE) programme in1993, with a special innovative curriculum, and its pilot programme was implemented in Ghana, in collaboration with Winrock International Institute for Agricultural Development, a United States-based non-profit NGO.The curriculum includes sufficient pragmatic and hands-on experiential methods.

Monday, 7 November 2016

Sound education crucial to human, national progression, says Oyedepo

Bishop David Oyedepo
Chancellor of Covenant University (CU), Ota, Ogun State, Dr. David Oyedepo, says laying a solid educational foundation remains a step towards achieving national and human advancement.
Addressing guests and parents at the 15th matriculation of the university, where 2, 153 freshmen took their matriculation oath, Oyedepo said the difference between developed and undeveloped nations is the ability of the former to provide comprehensive education capable of engendering positive change for its youths.
He said for the African race to be great and achieve its desired development, it must ensure sound education for its citizens, as that was the model used in the developed climes.

Oyo presents N.1m to pupil for academic excellence

For her brilliance, Oyo State government, Tuesday presented a cash award of N100, 000 to Miss Morufat Yetunde Lawal, the overall winner of the nationwide mathematical competition organised by the National Mathematical Centre (NMC), for primary schools pupils in the country.
Lawal, a pupil of Ansar udeen Basic School (ABS), Fiditi, was honoured by the wife of the governor, Mrs. Florence Ajimobi, at the 2015 Oyo State Officials Wives’ Association (OYSOWA), and the state House of Assembly for her academic feats in various examinations and competitions.
The state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Professor Adeniyi Olowofela, while presenting the cheque to Miss Lawal, at the Conference Room of the ministry, commended her for her various feats, saying she has demonstrated that public schools pupils and students get quality education with her excellent achievements. 

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Vocational, technical learning, cure for our ailing economy

The Lagos State Government has called on corporate organisations and other philanthropists to support the government to provide quality education in the state.
The Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Adebule, stated this on Monday while inaugurating a two-storeyed building at Ladi Lak Primary School, Apapa.
According to Adebule, the building was donated to the state by the Managing Director, Kazuma Shipping Company, Mr. Chahid Raffoul, as part of his company’s Corporate Social Responsibility.  Read more...

Many private schools don’t have qualified teachers,Kogi SUBEB boss alleges

Yahaya Bello
In spite of the irregular academic calendar of public schools, owing to incessant strikes, the quality of the teachers and level of instruction is still better, compared to what obtains in private schools, so says the Executive Secretary, Kogi State Universal Basic Education Board, Mrs. Justina Dolapo Abanida.
Abanida in an interview with newsmen in Lokoja, recently, cautioned parents against the dangers of being over confident in private schools, at the expense of public schools, as many have no qualified teachers.
“I must say the federal and state government are doing a lot having invested so much into basic education in a wider range. Textbooks are given to pupils free of charge in primary and junior secondary school.  Read more.....

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

NYSC gets four additional orientation camps

Director General of the National Youth Services Corp, Brigadier General Suleiman Zakari Kazaure
Scheme claims mobilisation of over 300,000 corps members annually
Scheme claims mobilisation of over 300,000 corps members annually
The NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Sulaiman Kazaure, has praised the Governors of Bauchi, Gombe, Taraba and Zamfara states for providing additional camps for the hosting of 2016 Batch ‘B’ Orientation camp, for corps members deployed to states with security challenges.
He made the commendation at the opening of the 2016 Batch ‘B’ Pre-Orientation workshop in Calabar, Cross River State.Kazaure said the gesture will allow Bauchi, Gombe and Taraba states to hosts two camps simultaneously – one for corps members deployed to them, and the other for Corps members deployed to Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states respectively.
In the case of Zamfara State, both the permanent orientation camp and the additional camp will host corps members deployed to the state because the number of corps members is above the capacity of the permanent one.  Read more....

Education must top governments’ priority list, says Oshiomhole

Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State.
Governor Adams Oshiomhole says education must top the priority list of governments at all levels, if the country must make any headway. Speaking at the 20th convocation of the school, where seven finished in First Class Division for the 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 sessions, Oshiomhole urged management of universities to, on their parts,  ensure that schools are not shut saying shutting down schools affect Nigerian students’ abilities to compete with their foreign counterparts that enjoy uninterrupted academic calendars.  
“There are many universities that are on strike, and ASUU has cleverly reversed the conventional adage, or even law, which says, ‘no work, no pay’. Now, ASUU members find themselves saying to now say, ‘no pay, no work’.
“As we speak, I am sure there are a number of universities that are not working because the states have not paid them, and also I am aware of reported cases of some state governments saying straight away to the universities that they are not going to be able to pay more than a fraction of the subvention that they have been paying on account of the current economic challenges. For me, I am clear that if the Nigerian state defaults in every aspect of its obligation to the people, the Nigerian state, federal and state governments, must never default in its obligation to ensuring that teaching and learning never stop.  Read more...