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WOJ….Stop universities from awarding diploma, Don urges FG

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A don, Prof S.G. Odewumi, has urged that federal and state governments to stop universities from usurping the mandate of polytechnics and colleges of education by awarding  diplomas and running pre-degree programmes.

Odewumi, Dean, School of Transport, Lagos State University, made the call at the joint convocation lecture of the Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education (AOCOED), Ijanikan.

He explained the usurpation of  the mandate of colleges of education and polytechnics by universities was responsible for the recent clamour for upgrading of the former into universities,saying that the existing educational structure should not be distorted

“The strange reality is that college of education and polytechnics are designed to award certificates and diplomas respectively, but now are desiring to and indeed are awarding degrees.

“The universities that are designed to award degrees, desire and are indeed awarding certificates and diplomas, including A level and O level GCE.

“Since everybody desires to be in the university and it does not matter what you are reading ,students will go to the university and pay through their noses , as the universities are just using them to increase their Internal Generated Revenue (IGR), ” he said.

According to him, the resultant effect was that the colleges of education are getting empty, while the universities are bursting in the seams with excess load in  their quest for enhanced IGR.

Odewumi said most universities in the country were overstretching their facilities and capacities, adding that  many of the affected universities were devising ingenious ways to beat the National Universities Commission (NUC) accreditation teams.

“If there is any gap that needed to be filled, there should be arrangement for direct feed from such programmes from the polytechnics and colleges of education for admission.

The personnel temperament is better suited for the training at this level, than a Professor of Biochemistry teaching O level chemistry, and what  you would see, is a self -conceited lecturer haranguing hapless children with grandiloquent English , ” he said .

The don, however, urged the Lagos State Government to ensure upgrading of  AOCOED into a degree awarding institution in keeping with its earlier pledge.

He noted that the college has achieved a rich pedigree and paid its dues since 1958 and should be allowed to metamorphose.

According to him, the justification for the demand was that the college was endowed with the very best human capita, had passed accreditation and emerged first in Webbaometric ranking among other colleges of education.

Odewumi also stated that AOCOED could easily be accommodated as a university in a Metropolitan state as Lagos with a population of over 20million.

The don said this would help to accommodate the teeming youths who were denied admission in its only state owned university.

Earlier at the Convocation press briefing,  Dr O. A. Ladele , the College Provost said the institution would graduate 5,674 students, drawn from five schools across its full time NCE, School of Part-time Studies and Centre for Outreach Programme for the three sets.

Ladele said the college would award some eminent persons,  including ,Pa Lateef Jakande , the first civilian governor of Lagos State .

She, however, urged companies and  individual to support the government in funding the institution substantially in order to achieve its mandate.

“I take this opportunity to thank the consortium Credo Insurance Broker Ltd, Industrial and General Insurance PLC, LASACO Assurance PLC and Cristal Hope Brokers for embarking on the construction of a 250-seated lecture theatre for the college,” she said.

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NGO trains 113 children on vocational skills, offers scholarships at summer camp

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By Joan Odafe

Lagos, July 17, 2019 Call to Love Initiative (Call2Luv) a Non-Governmental 0rganisation (NGO), on Saturday ended its week-long summer camp, where it trained 113 children on vocational skills and behavioural attitudes, to help enrich their lives.

The NGO also gave out scholarships to participants who excelled in various categories.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the programme was organised by the NGO in collaboration with the Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS), Lagos Branch.

The camp was aimed at giving children from low-cost schools and orphanages a platform to acquire skills they would usually not have the opportunity to.

The vocational skills learnt included sewing, soap making and coding.

The children were also trained in behavioural attitudes such as etiquette and interpersonal relationships.

The Chief Executive Officer of Call2Luv, Mrs Omowunmi Ajila, told NAN that the programme was to enrich the lives of the children through social development.

“It’s like our gateway to bring in our beneficiaries; our focus is on children from low cost schools, as well as orphanages.

“We’ve been able to identify that most children in this category usually don’t have access to the kind of learning we are giving them.

“We relate with them for about one week during the summer camp; that way we are able to identity the gaps we need to fill,’’ she said.

Ajila explained that after the camp, follow-up on support classes would be organised on weekends for children who did well in different categories, to help enhance their skills.

She said: “We’re going to have the coding class; the reading club, to enhance their reading; entrepreneurship class, to teach them that they’re not too young to make money.

“We have support that we give them in the next one year; we assign mentors to them, they visit them at home to understand their circumstances and environment to identify where they need help.’’

Ajila commended the Red Cross Society for making their facility available for the programme.

She called on individuals and organisations for support, to help enrich the programme.

She also encouraged volunteers to register on: www.call2luv.org

Mr Olakunle Lasisi, Secretary, NRCS, Lagos Branch, who noted that about 20 children from the society’s orphanage and school participated in the programme, said the event was aimed at helping humanity.

“I observed that our children were more eager to use the computer; everybody wants to do something on the system. People  want to stitch their clothes themselves.

“They’re more conscious of greeting and showing appreciation, even for things that happened some days ago,’’ he said.

Lasisi called for more support to make the programme sustainable.

Ruth Ogbaja, a participant, who received a scholarship of N45,000 as best overall student in arts, said she learnt to be calm and focused while drawing.

“I made a mistake while painting but when I used black paint on it, it covered it and made my work more beautiful,’’ she said.

Another Participant, Precious Harrison, said the programme was helping her fulfil her dream of becoming a seamstress.

“I learned how to use needles and cut fabrics but I didn’t like the art class because I don’t like drawing,’’ she said.

Also, Emmanuel Chika, a Participant, said he learnt how to draw and move animated shapes in the coding class.

Mr Simon Ogbaja, a Parent, whose daughter received scholarship, said he was surprised at what his daughter learnt at the summer camp.

“Honestly I’m still surprised. I didn’t show any interest because I thought it was a casual outing.

“I just came today not to disappoint her,’’ he said.

Another Parent, Mrs Ozigara Chika, said she observed a lot of changes in her son.

“He also learnt how to sew and make liquid soap,’’ Chika said.

 

 

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Don urges alumni, parents to invest in reviving public education sector

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Dr. Mansur Buhari, a lecturer at the Department of Linguistics, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, has called on alumni associations and parents to support government in reviving public education sector in Sokoto State.

The Don spoke on Saturday at the 10th Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Reunion of 2004 Chapter of the Nagarta College Old Boys Association in Sokoto.

Buhari, who delivered a lecture during the occasion titled: “Revival of Education in Nigeria, the Role of Alumni Association,” said the challenges in the education sector are numerous and government alone cannot solve them.

“As Alma mata of our various schools, we need to always stand in order to ensure the foundation we were opportune to acquire education in those days continues to excel.

“Moreover, parents who can afford to sponsor their wards to private schools and even abroad should invest the huge amount in public institutions.

“With this, we will surely revive our system of education to enable quality, sustainable and reliable educational sector with the required teachers and teaching aid to produce better generation,” he said.

According to him, another major challenge in Nigerian education system is the fund allocated to the sector in the federal and state budgets.

“Our budgetary allocation to education is very small compared to other African countries, whom we contribute  large percentage of their annual budget proposal through our education sponsorship into their country.

“As such, the government need to thoroughly and generously ensure more funds is budgeted to education sector not only in presentation but implementation.

“Moreover, the money allocated by government to sponsor students abroad should better be spent across our schools in order to expand the system,” the don added.

In his address, the National President, Nagarta Old Boys Association (NOBA), Prof. Abdulkadir Junaidu, commended the 2004 chapter for introducing prizes for the best performing students in the college.

Junaidu, the Sokoto State Commissioner for Animals Health and Fisheries, said the initiative would no doubt improve students’ performance and encourage them to study hard.

He applauded the guest lecturer for the presentation and called on the state Ministry for Science and Technology to look into the possibility of making the college be at par with Unity Schools in the country.

The College Principal, Malam Bello Tambuwal, expressed gratitude to the association for their dedication toward ensuring better learning environment in the school.

He further acknowledged and commended the effort of the state government in improving the standard of education in the state.

Earlier, the 2004 chapter President and Local Organising Committee Chairman of the AGM, Mr. Abubakar Dalhatu and Dr. Zayyanu Usman, respectively, commended their members for the success of the programme.

Nigeria News Agency reports that Nagarta College was the first school established in the Northern Protectorate, about 114 years ago, that produced past and current leaders in the country.

Edited by Taiye Agbaje/Maharazu Ahmed

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Kaduna to build 6 new secondary schools, renovate 38 boarding schools – Commission (Video attached)

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Alhaji Shehu Muhammad, Kaduna State Commissioner for Education on Saturday says the government has made adequate provisions for the construction of six new Secondary Schools in addition to renovating 38 boarding schools across the state.

He made the disclosure in an interview with Journalists shortly after a meeting organised by Kufena Old Boys Association (KUFOBA) 1981 set, held at the college in Zaria.

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“We are renovating the 38 boarding schools, we are building six new Secondary Schools, two per senatorial zone and we are also attending to a lot of Day Secondary Schools.

“Very soon by next session, God willing, we want to convert 13 Day Secondary Schools to boarding schools, and the need assessment is ongoing now and once that is done it will be converted to boarding.

“And when you are talking of boarding, you are talking of hostels, adequate classrooms, dinning hall, library, improving the dormitory and so on.

“Of course, it is a big task before us, but we want to see that happen by the beginning of next session by the grace of God.”

On challenges in the education sector, the Commissioner, said that even before his appointment, the government had made adequate provision to address some of the challenges.

He assured that in Kufena College, the government would specifically attend to the issue of fencing, hostels and classrooms rehabilitation, to provide conducive atmosphere for teaching and learning.

The commissioner said the rehabilitation of hostels in the college would resume soon, as the contractors were being mobilised back to site.

Muhammad also said issues of dining hall and students’ feeding would be looked into to ensure the provision of decent and hygienic food to students.

He also said that government would attend to issues affecting Physics, Chemistry and Biology laboratories and inadequate hostels in the school.

According to him, funding for that has been captured in the state’s 2019 supplementary budget.

The Commissioner appealed to all stakeholders, including parents, partners, donors, Parent Teachers’ Associations (PTAs) and Old Boys Associations of different sets to support the education sector in the state.

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“We are appealing to every stakeholder to come and pick an aspect of what we are doing and improve on it, it is necessary for us, this is just 1981 set that came, we have those that graduated before and after 81.

“If every stakeholder comes in to contribute a little, that little thing he has contributed will become great and part of what we will be proud of tomorrow.

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“So, we are using this opportunity to invite every stakeholder including the press, parents, teachers, individuals, philanthropist to come and invest in the education sector, that is our future and what our future generation will be proud of.”

Speaking on behalf of the entire staff of the school, the Guidance Counseling Master of the college, Mr Jonathan Baidi appreciated the 1981 set for remembering the college.

He pledged total commitment from the staff to ensure significant improvement in students performance especially in WAEC and NECO examinations.

While appealing to the old boys not to relent in their efforts, Baidi called on other sets of graduates to emulate the 1981 set, by also giving back to the college.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the meeting drew personalities and distinguished Nigerians from all walks of life including a Senator, Professors, Commissioners, Permanent Secretaries and Directors among others.

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Edited by Maharazu Ahmed

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Age barrier: JAMB advises candidates “strictly follow instructions in brochure”. before registration

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has advised candidates of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) to always read and strictly adhere to instructions contained in the examination brochure before registering for the examinations.

The board’s Head of Media and Publicity, Mr Fabian Benjamin, gave the advice in an interview with Nigeria News Agency on Saturday in Abuja.

Benjamin spoke to NAN against the backdrop of concerns being raised by the public on the fate of some candidates who sat and passed the UTME with high scores, but were not sure of their plight as they did not meet the age requirement.

NAN reports that one Ekele Franklin, a 15-year-old candidate, who reportedly scored the highest at the 2019 UTME, but who may not be offered admissions into University of Lagos (UNILAG), his choice of institution, because of his age, is one of such examples.

According to Benjamin, the board, in its examination brochure, states the age limit for admissions into tertiary institutions in the country,but because candidates hardly read the item, fall victims to the unfortunate circumstance.

” Although universities have different requirements for entries into their institutions, where some may be stern with the age limit, others may be flexible.

” Some schools will never admit one who is not up to the required age into their institutions, even after scoring high marks in the UTME and other examinations.

“It is not peculiar to Nigeria alone, it happens in other countries too,” he said.

Benjamin therefore urged prospective UTME candidates to be cautious and become acquainted with, as well as follow all the instructions stated in the procedure so as not to fall into problems.

He also said that admissions process for the 2019/20 would commence on Wednesday, Aug. 21, as the board was working tirelessly to ensure a smooth process.

Edited by Kevin Okunzuwa

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NYSC tasks residents on peace, hospitality to corps members in Plateau

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The people of Plateau have been tasked to show hospitality to the ‘B’ Stream 11, National Youth Corps members, who will be arriving the state on Aug 20.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the National Orientation Course will open nationwide in Aug. 20.

Plateau state Coordinator of the Corps, Ms Caroline Embu, made the appeal in a statement issued in Jos, by the Head, Publications Unit, Ms Jennifer Laha.

According to the statement made available to the Nigeria News Agency on Saturday, no fewer than 1,700 corps members will be arriving Plateau for the course from Aug. 20 to Sept. 9.

The statement said that Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau would preside at the formal opening and swearing-in ceremony to hold on Aug. 22, at the NYSC permanent orientation camp in Mangu.

It stated that the state Chief Judge would administer Oath of Allegiance on the corps members serving in the state.

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