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Students’ hostels: Delta Govt. pledges attracrive deal for investors

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The Ministry of Higher Education in Delta has promised an attractive deal for private estate developers, who volunteer to build hostels and staff quarters in the state owned tertiary Institutions.

The Commissioner in the ministry, Prof. Patrick Muoboghare, made the promise on Thursday, when he visited project sites at the state polytechnic, Ogwashi-Uku, to assess the level of work.

Muoboghare said that the State Government had resolved to give such developers liberal and attractive conditions that would enable them to recoup their investment without hindrance.

According to him, the policy failed in the past because the managements of the institutions where such projects were to be executed, gave impossible conditions that drove away the investors.

The commissioner said that government had not enough money to embark on such important projects, hence the need to partner private developers to complement government’s efforts.

He urged the institution’s management to give maximum support to the would-be developers, adding that such projects would improve the quality of life of the students and staff when executed.

Muoboghare disclosed that in the interim, the ministry, would, from its funds, embark on minor rehabilitation of the water scheme in the polytechnic, pending the complete si e rehabilitation in future.

Chiemeke called on the state government to adequately fund the institution in order it to achieve the desired aim of establishing it.

She appealed for the state government’s approval to enable it to recruit more academic staff, purchase farm machinery and equipment and build more students’ hostels, among others.

She congratulated the commissioner on his appointment while describing him as a “round peg in a round hole.”

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ABUAlumni urges students to work hard for Nigeria’s development

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Dr  Ossai Edward, a university lecturer and Chairman Plateau Chapter of the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria Alumni Association, has advised Nigerian students to work hard towards ensuring Nigeria’s development.

Edward gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria after the inauguration of the new executive council of the Plateau Chapter of the association on Saturday in Jos.

The new chairman, who is the Head of Department, Theatre Arts, Plateau State University (PLASU), Bokkos said the call became necessary as future leaders of the country.

“It’s unfortunate that many students are lazy nowadays when it comes to studying, which is very detrimental to the desired growth of the nation.

“My advice to them is that as soon as the Federal Government orders them back to school, they should be serious with their studies,’’ he said

Edward decried the long closure of schools due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said that this called for seriousness on the part of the students, immediately they resume.

The lecturer also called for peaceful coexistence between the Christians and Muslims in Nigeria’s tertiary institutions to enhance national socio-economic development.

Edward described ABU as one of the best institutions in the world, in terms of high academic standards.

He expressed the readiness of the Plateau chapter of the alumni association to give back to the university, to ensure that products of the institution continue to excel in the society.

“Our alumni is made up of members, who are governors, former military administrators, commissioners, permanent secretaries and captains of industries.

“They are contributing their quota to the development of the university.

Aside Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau, we have nine serving permanent secretaries, three commissioners and several others, who are working to uplift alumni association of the institution.”

Edward pledged to introduce prudence in the management of the association’s financial resources.

Earlier, Mrs Claribel Dana’an, the outgone chairman of the association, congratulated her successor and his team for their success at the poll.

She expressed optimism that the new executive would take the affairs of the association to higher heights in the state.

Other members of the new team are Mr Bitrus Ali as Secretary, Mr Emmanuel Wurang as Publicity Secretary, Mrs Usaina Obende as Treasurer and Mrs Claribel Danaan as Ex-Officio.


Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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Don’t expect long vacation after sch. resumption, commissioner tells C’ River students

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Dr. Godwin Amanke, Cross River Commissioner for Quality Education, has ruled out the possibility of pupils and students in the state enjoying  the usual long vacation when schools resume.

Amanke said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Calabar that students would go straight to third term after resumption.

According to him, 70 per cent of schools in the state are through with their second term examination before the sudden closure of schools caused by COVID-19.

He said those schools that were not able to round-off their examination, would continue after resumption, adding  that immediately examinations were concluded,  the third term would commence and run through the weeks that students were supposed to go for their annual long vacation.

On the the issue of reopening schools, he said, it was not a one man or state affair because Cross River was not isolated from the other states.

“We cannot talk about reopening schools at the moment because Cross River is not in isolation but in relation with other states and the Federal Government.

“So, other stakeholders like the Federal Ministry of Education, Health and Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 (PTF) will have to be involved.

“The state ministries of education run with the policies, curriculum and syllabus as directed by the Federal Ministry of Education.

“Ordinarily, we will have said schools should reopen in the state because we have no case of COVID-19, but that won’t be in tandem with the Federal Government’s policy on ground in relationship to COVID-19,” he said.

He however called on the students in the state to take advantage of the Ayade digital learning initiative and the school on radio to learn at home.

NAN reports that as at Wednesday June 3, Cross River has remained the only state in Nigeria that was yet to officially have a case of COVID-19.

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Edited By: Chioma Ugboma (NAN)

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Students return to schools in France

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A student works at Eucalyptus technical high school in Nice, southern France, on June 2, 2020. Students are returning to schools in France during the second phase of de-confinement in the country. (Photo by Serge Haouzi/Xinhua)

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Ghana to distribute free face masks to protect students from COVID-19

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The Ghanaian government will distribute free reusable face masks to all final year students to protect them from possible COVID-19 infections, the minister for education Matthew Opoku-Prempeh said on Tuesday.

The minister said during the bi-weekly COVID-19 press briefing that the distribution of the free face-masks is part of the government’s broad measures to protect the students who will return to school this month for their final examinations.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo announced a phased easing of restrictions on educational institutions on May 31 to allow final year second-cycle and tertiary students to write their final examinations.

The minister said educational authorities will not permit visits, assembling, and religious activities in the schools to prevent the outbreak of the pandemic among the students.

The regional examination body, the West African Examination Council, will this year set country-specific questions for Ghanaian students as all the other four subscribing Anglophone West African countries are also combating the COVID-19 outbreak, said the minister.

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Roundup: Lao students return to schools as gov’t further eases COVID-19 restrictions

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Most Lao students returned to schools on Tuesday as the Lao government further eased its precautionary COVID-19 restrictions.

Preschools, kindergartens and the remaining classes of primary and secondary schools (whose final-year classes resumed earlier on May 18) have reopened on Tuesday.

Final-year classes at technical colleges, pedagogy colleges and universities have also reopened on the same day, while other remaining classes are instructed to reopen on June 15.

Since May 18, the graduating grade students of primary and secondary schools have gone back to their classrooms, to prepare for tests to gain admission into higher education levels, according to an earlier announcement from the Prime Minister’s Office on May 15.

School administrators must implement precautionary measures to prevent further outbreaks of COVID-19, which was recommended by the Ministry of Education and Sports and the National Taskforce Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

The measures for reopening schools include school administrators keeping their premises clean by cleaning classrooms and grounds and spraying disinfectant around their facilities to reduce the risk of infections.

Administrative staff, teachers and students must wear face masks at all times at school, and parents must also wear masks while picking up their children.

The Lao government also allows normal transport of goods across international borders from Tuesday. Organizations of all forms of sport competitions with no spectators, night markets and cinemas are also permitted to reopen.

The Prime Minister’s Office said the easing of restrictions was temporary and that if further cases of COVID-19 were found, the rules would be reimposed in the province where the infection was detected. If clusters of infections occur in two or more provinces, the lockdown will be re-introduced nationwide.

Restrictions have been further relaxed given that there have been no new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Laos for 50 consecutive days as of Monday. Sixteen of the 19 patients who contracted the virus have been discharged from hospitals.

The Lao Health Ministry announced its first two confirmed COVID-19 cases at its daily press conference on March 24.

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Primary school students in Slovenia to gradually return to school

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Slovenia further eased restriction measures imposed to contain the novel coronavirus epidemic on Monday. All primary school children will gradually return to their classrooms this week.

According to government announcement on May 28, large accommodation facilities, wellness and fitness centres and swimming pools have been given the green light to reopen on Monday. Public gatherings of up to 200 persons are now allowed.

After children in the first three grades of primary school returned to classrooms on May 18 and those in ninth grade last week, the remaining grades will return to school this week.

Distance learning will meanwhile continue for secondary school students, except for those in their final year, who returned to their classrooms on May 18.

Some social distancing rules will remain in place. People need to keep a safety distance of 1.5 metres or wear a face mask where this is not possible.

Slovenia reported no new COVID-19 cases in the last four days. To date, Slovenia has a total of 1,473 cases, with 109 deaths. Only five COVID-19 patients remain in hospital, including one in intensive care, according to the latest government data.

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COVID-19: Students beg FG to reopen schools

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A cross-section of students in Kwara have appealed to the Federal Government to reopen schools despite the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

The students, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria in separate interviews in Ilorin on Sunday, expressed their frustration for sitting home over a long period.

NAN reports that the federal government had in March announced the closure of schools, churches, mosques and events centres as well as banning social gathering as part of measures to curtail the spreading pandemic.

Victor Odediran, a student of the Kwara State College of Education, Oro said students were tired of staying at home.

“We are tired of staying at home.

“Government should kindly help us open the schools as done for markets, banks and other offices.

“They should open schools for us for God sake,’’ he said.

Another student, Kazeem Kareem of Federal University (FUOYE), Oye-Ekiti also appealed to the government to reopen schools and ensure strict laws are put in place to enforce adherence to COVID -19 protocol.

“The government should collaborate with school management to ensure hash punishment for any students who violate the preventive measures put in place against the virus,’’ Kareem said.

Pelumi Oyedeji, a student of Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin said that there was no big deal for schools to be reopened since markets and banks were now operating.

“Even if lecture hours would reduce, the federal government should help us do something about our resumption on time,’’ he said.

On her part, Taofikat Usman of Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete told NAN that she was tired of staying idle at home.

“Home is too boring for me.

“Let us resume and start something important.

“The school cannot remain closed forever; please open it for us,’’ she said.

A secondary school student, Musilimat Bello said the online programme put in place when schools were closed, was not perfect.

Bello said she skipped lectures several times due to unstable power supply.

“Please let us go back to school and receive lectures.

“The online lecturing is not the best at this moment, it is not ideal for most of us.

Apart from erratic power supply, she also sited poor internet network as a hindrance to online lecturing.

Edited By: Debo Oshundun/Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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China urges U.S. to stop using excuses to restrict, suppress Chinese students

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China on Friday urged the U.S. government to stop using excuses to restrict and suppress Chinese students studying in the United States.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian made the remarks as the U.S. administration reportedly plans to cancel the visas of thousands of Chinese students.

Zhao told a press briefing that the U.S. leadership has said that the American people respect and love the Chinese people very much and that Chinese students are of great significance to the U.S. educational business.

In the field of the two countries’ cultural and people-to-people exchanges, the U.S. side has committed a series of negative and wrong words and deeds, which completely go against its self-proclaimed values of “openness and freedom,” the public opinion of the two peoples, and the trend of times in international talent exchanges, Zhao said.

This has gravely impacted the normal cultural and personnel exchanges between the two countries, jeopardized the social foundation for bilateral ties, and exposed the deep-rooted Cold War mentality and zero-sum game mindset of some American people, the spokesperson stressed.

“People cannot help but ask whether the notorious McCarthyism in American history is returning,” Zhao said.

If the United States would take measures harming Chinese students’ lawful rights and interests, it would be nothing but political persecution and racial discrimination, and severe violation of the Chinese students’ human rights, Zhao said.

He urged the U.S. side to abide by the relevant commitments of its leadership and immediately stop using all sorts of excuses to wantonly restrict and repress Chinese students in the United States.

“We support Chinese students’ efforts in safeguarding their lawful rights and interests in accordance with law,” Zhao said.

(XINHUA)

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Baccalaureate students resume classes in Tunis, Tunisia

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Students wearing face masks are seen in a class at a school in Tunis, Tunisia, on May 28, 2020. Baccalaureate students resumed classes in Tunis on Thursday. (Photo by Adel Ezzine/Xinhua)

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