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TRCN advises NYSC to stop posting non-education graduates to teach



The Nigeria News Agency , quotes Ajiboye as telling newsmen on Monday in Ibadan that the measure was one of the steps toward transforming education in the country.

“Most of those posted to teach in the mandatory one year scheme do not have qualification to teach. Education system gets bastardised when unqualified persons without requisite professional skills are deployed to teach,” he said.

Ajiboye, however, acknowledged that there was a dearth of qualified teachers in some states of the federation, noting that majority of those teaching in private nursery and primary schools nationwide were not qualified to be in the class.

“We have written a letter to the NYSC Director-General requesting that only those who read Education should be posted to schools during their service year.

“This will ensure that only round pegs are deployed to round holes. Why are doctors not posted to teach? Why are Education graduates not deployed to hospitals to operate the sick?

“If you cannot allow a teacher to treat you in the hospital, why should you allow a fake teacher to teach your children and destroy their future?

“We should not debase the teaching profession. State governors must also ensure that they train and re-train those in their schools. Human capital development must be taken seriously to transform our education system.”

Ajiboye also emphasised that those qualified must still be registered and professionally certified and licensed by the TRCN.

According to him, only qualified and well trained and re-trained teachers can bring about a transformed education that the Nigerian youth can benefit from.

Edited by Gregg Mmaduakolam and Ephraims Sheyin


Sports Minister urges NYSC members to embrace entrepreneurial training



The Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare, on Friday urged National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members participating in the National Youth Service Coprs Batch ‘C’ Stream 1 in Lagos State to embrace entrepreneurial training.

The minister said this during a visit to the NYSC camp in Iyana-Ipaja, Lagos, where no fewer than 2,444 corps members are participating in a three-week orientation camp.

Dare, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Olusade Adesola, advised the corps members to take active part in the entrepreneurial trainings during the orientation.

He said that NYSC had various Skills Acquisition Programmes to properly empower and position them as entrepreneurs.

The minister commended the management of the camp for the peaceful environment.

Dare advised the corps members to work tenaciously above their qualifications and explore their intellect and give their best to their fatherland during the one year mandatory service.

He also encouraged them to be of good conduct and obey all rules that were stipulated by the camp Coordinator and ensure they do not fall below the standard.

“’Discipline is a very important aspect of the orientation, corps members are advised not to travel outside the place of their primary assignment,” Dare said.

He said the orientation period could be used to acquire skills outside their area of study and make a better future for themselves.

“In our current age, entrepreneurship is key to the development of our society because it is a process where one can learn, design, launch and run business,” Dare said.

He said the corps members could also use the platform to launch their sporting careers as they participate in the sporting activities while in camp.

“’Sports is an important aspect of developing youths, while the corps members participate in sporting activities they should ensure they put in their best.

“We have a channel where we can discover any talented individual in any sport and can be called upon if they are good enough,” Dare said.

The minister added that at the end of the one year service, an online portal had been created where the corps members could access for jobs.

(Edited by Tayo Ikujuni/Peter Ejiofor)

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World Bank to support integration of 53 ‘Almajiri’ schools into basic system in Katsina state—official



No fewer than 53 ‘Almajiri’ Schools in Katsina State have been identified for integration into basic education system project supported by the World Bank.

The World Bank Senior Education Specialist, Thanh Mai, made the disclosure when she paid a courtesy visit on Gov. Aminu Masari on Friday in Katsina.

She said that the schools would cover a total of 26,000 children for the programme in the state.

Mai urged the state government to send 1,000 teachers and facilitators to the centers as soon as the project is launched.

She said that the facilitators would assist the children to learn basic literacy and numeracy in the identified and designated centers.

According to her, there were about 40,000 children in the state who dropped out of schools that needed to be brought back to the system.

She assured that when the state government commence implementation of the project, World Bank will provide additional resources to the State.

“If the state can implement this, we will bring more resources in addition to the $6 million that you have earned,” she said.

The Education Specialist added that there is another project focussing on girl-child education.

Mai revealed that the project tagged “Adolescent Girls Project” will cover 10 million girls.

She said that under the project, the girls would be given many learning opportunities.

In his remarks, Gov Masari said that his administration had accorded top priority to education sector since inception because ‘it is education that will make the state great’.

He said expressed happiness over the number of ‘Almajiri’ Centers that had been identified for the project.

“We will do it because it is our responsibility, the system will be transformed in such a way that it will not have conflict with the basic education system,” he said.

Masari further said that the government would re-engage retired educationists as facilitators and teachers to contribute to the project.

He noted that illiteracy is the cause of criminal acts.

“Kidnappers, bandits and most of criminals are illiterate of both Western and Islamic education.

“And without education, there will be extreme poverty and it is what pushes people into criminal activities,” he said.

Edited by Tukur Muntari.

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School administrators partner to tackle fear of public speaking among students



School administrators in Lagos, on Friday, emphasised the need to encourage public speaking among secondary school students.

The administrators stated this during a discourse, organised by De Rehoboth Schools, Ojokoro Housing Estate, Ijaiye, in partnership with Eloquence Scholars Foundation.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the discourse had as its theme: “Social Vices: A Clog in Educational Progress in Nigeria.”

The Proprietor of De Rehoboth College, Mr Idollo Clement, stressed the need to create awareness on how to tackle ‘glossophobia’, meaning, fear of public speaking.

“We have been organising this discourse for some time now, in partnership with Eloquence Scholars Foundation.

“This is the third edition and the aim is to expose our students to public speaking and not give room for stage fright.

“We have been taking our students out and we also invite other schools for debate. This is for us to expose them, learn and know their weaknesses in public speaking.

“We don’t just do academics all year round; rather, we examine all other areas of extra-curricular activities, which can add value to the students,” he said.

Clement called for support from the government and the private sector to partner with schools on projects that would add value to students.

Mr Babatunde Omibekun, the Director in charge of schools debate and other curricula activities from the state Ministry of Education, said he was always excited whenever students were gathered to discuss salient issues.

He advised the students to develop interest in discussing trending issues and urged more schools to partner in tackling ‘glossophobia’.

“You should not only watch Nollywood but other educational programmes that can add value to your lives and inspire you.

“There is no knowledge that is lost, because you may be called upon at anytime to speak on issues. This is when you become a champion,” he said.

Mr Temitayo Abudu, President/Founder of Eloquent Scholars Foundation, said that the organisation was on a mission to be one of the foremost contributors to knowledge.

“We intend to empower the youths by dealing with ‘glossophobia’, the fear of public speaking, so that individuals will be able to express themselves in public,” he said.

Abudu said that the topic for the discourse was chosen, because it was one of the trending issues which the students could learn a lot from.

Adeniyi Eniola from Chris Flourish College, during the debate, described social vices, including cultism, examination malpractice and drug abuse as morally-unacceptable habits.

He urged the education board to make counselling effective in schools, adding that students should be educated on the use of drugs, while their minds should be disabused on the notion that drugs could  make people do great things.

Deborah Onyedika from De Rehoboth College, emphasised how the issue of sex for grades was a social vice, which she described a clog in the educational progress.

She condemned the act from both lecturers and students, attributing the cause to lack of proper upbringing.

“One of the social vices that cannot be overlooked is sexual harassment, which is not getting enough publicity and condemnation.

“An example is the sex-for-grades scandal, which was unravelled after an investigation by a journalist.

“We often get abused by neighbours, step parents and guardians. We need a society where cases of sexual harassment can be addressed so that victims can speak out,” she said.

Adeyemo Rereloluwa from Gray Royal College urged the Federal Government to check cyber crime, which was also damaging the image of the country.

“The internet, which should be utilised to advance our education, is now being used to defraud innocent people.

“Students should also be enlightened on the dangers of thuggery. We shouldn’t abandon our education only to be used as political thugs,” she said.

Jikiemi Temiloluwa of Chris Flourish told NAN that the project would provide good exposure for him and commended the organisers.

The discourse, which had three schools in attendance, ended with De Rehoboth College clinching the first position, Gray Royal, second and Chris Flourish, third.

The programme had students from the three schools and teachers, who cheered the speakers as they took turns on the topic.


Edited by Dorcas Jonah and ‘Wale Sadeeq

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JAMB set to begin verification of centres for 2020 CBT UTME



The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it is set to commence the verification of centres that may be considered for use ahead of preparations for its 2020 all computer-based Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The Head, Media and Information of the board, Dr Fabian Benjamin, made the disclosure to the Nigeria News Agency on Friday in Lagos.

According to him, preparations are already in top gear by the board to ensure that set standards for the smooth execution of the exercise is intact.

“We have concluded plans to kick start the centre verification as part of preparations to ensure a smooth conduct of the 2020 UTME nationwide.

“We will likely commence the exercise not later than Monday, Nov. 18, and we plan to use at least 700 well accredited centres across the country.

“The board in its usual penchant for excellence will not accept anything short of what is expected of the centres that wish to participate in the examination,” Benjamin told NAN.

“We have laid down rules and regulations guiding the use of any centre and as such, we expect that owners of centres who intend to collaborate with the board in ensuring the success of this upcoming examination will have no choice than to meet such rules or stay away.

“Those who are genuine stakeholders of our examinations are already aware of our position in the fight against examination infractions and other forms of sharp practices.

“They also know about the board’s zero tolerance in any behaviour of a person or group of persons that intend to undermine the integrity of our examination or that of the board.’’

The spokesman dissociated the board from reports making the rounds by a group of individuals in some sections of the media that JAMB’s move to commence the centre verification was allegedly of a short notice, ill-timed and designed to push a lot of the centre owners out of business.

He said that the board did not recognise this group, who call themselves Owners of CBT Centre Proprietors Association of Nigeria (CTAN) whom, according to him, had called a news conference to raise the allegation against the board.

“It is regrettable that this persons under whatever guise are trying to create confusion, heat up the polity and mislead the innocent public with this sort of propaganda.

“The fact remains that no amount of blackmail or intimidation will stop us from doing what is right before the law and to the interest of our children and the development of our country in general.

“We will go ahead with the centre verification any moment from today nationwide and nothing will stop us from achieving this.

“Those genuine centre owners who have been partnering with us over the years in ensuring that we carry out a seamless exercise and who do not have anything to hide, to the best of our knowledge, should be ready at any given time to face the verification,” he told NAN.

Benjamin added: “This is because such centre owners have their integrity at stake and knows what is demanded of them in a bid to collectively sanitise our education system and take this country to its desired position.

“We wish to state unequivocally that the board will not succumb to any cheap backmail in a bid to do what is right, just as we will not hesitate to mete out appropriate sanctions to centres that would at one point or the other decide to compromise the integrity of the examination.’’

Benjamin also said that for any centre to pass the verification test, it must strive to provide all the necessary requirements needed, as the board would not compromise on the quality of centres to be used.

He therefore, implored genuine CBT centre owners not to be deterred by the antics of any group of individuals seeking to distract the public.

Benjamin assured Nigerians of the commitment of the board to create conducive environment that would ensure that the businesses of these genuine centre owners continued to thrive.

(Editing by Peter Ejiofor)

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Crawford Varsity appoints Simpson as new Deputy VC



The Management of Crawford University, Igbesa, Ogun State, on Friday, announced the appointment of Prof. Alaba Simpson as the new Deputy Vice-Chancellor for the institution.

The university’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Layi Olajumoke, said that the appointment took immediate effect.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the new DVC is expected to take over from Prof. Patrick Yalokwu, who has served his statutory two terms.

“This is the newest development emanating from the Igbesa, faith-based institution, following the vacation of the position by Prof. Patrick Yalokwu, having served the statutory two terms.

“With the vacuum thus created, the Senate of the institution met and, following its due procedure, nominated Prof Simpson to take over.

“The newly-appointed DVC is the first female professor to be so named to the position in the 14-year-old institution,” he said.

Olajumoke said that the new DVC was born some six decades ago in Lagos Island, Lagos State, and travelled to England for her ‘A’ Levels-equivalent awarding college, New Battle Abbey College.

“She also had her Masters at the University of Westminster, formerly known as the Polytechnic of Central London, where she studied The Ethnography of West Africa.

“She attended the school of Oriental and African Studies at University of London in 1982 and gained admission into the University of Jos for her third degree in 2004.

“Prof Simpson joined the service of Crawford University in 2009, where she had held various positions like the Head of Department of the Social Sciences and Director of Scholarship and Work-Study Administration, among others” he said.

Olajumoke added that Simpson later became the substantive Dean of the College of Business and Social Sciences.

He said that the new DVC had also headed some critical university committees like the Capital Advocacy Project Advisory Committee and the Public Lecture Committee.

Professor Simpson is married to Mr Simpson, and the union is blessed with children.

Edited by Remi Koleoso and ‘Wale Sadeeq

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NIMASA donates educational learning materials to schools



The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has presented educational learning materials in line with its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to seven secondary schools in the South-South and South-East geo-political zones.

Dr Dakuku Peterside, Director-General of NIMASA, represented by Mrs Ronke Thomas, Head, Planning, Research and Data Management Services, made the presentation to the schools on Thursday in Port Harcourt.

Peterside said the donation of the materials was to support education and development in the country.

“It is expected that this will further inspire the students to greater heights and excellence that will help them build a career in the maritime sector and aid in unlocking of the vast potential in the Nigeria’s blue economy.

“The reach out to schools is in addition to what we have been doing in the Internally Displaced People (IDP)’s camp.

“And we realised that the education sector is very key in any country, and because the children are the future of the country,’’ he said.

According to Peterside, the donation is being done simultaneously across the six geo-political zones in the country.

“A few schools have been selected from some states in the various geo-political zones for even spread; and more schools will be receiving theirs on other days after Tursday’s ceremony.

“Items available for distribution include desktop computers, laptops, Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS), white boards, exercise books, biros, and pencils.

“Others are white board pens, scientific calculators, textbooks for English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Economics among others,’’ he added.

The NIMASA director-general said that the schools chosen were expected to put the materials to judicious use to achieve the set goals.

Among the seven schools were Okrika Grammar School, Comprehensive Secondary School (CSS), Opobo, Royal Court School, Rumuekini and Community Secondary School, Ubima in Rivers.

Others were Umuariam Secondary Technical School in Imo, Abayi Girls Secondary School in Abia and Modebe Secondary School, Onitsha, Anambra.

Mrs Beatrice Epelle, Principal of CSS Opobo, commended NIMASA for the presentation of the educational materials to the schools and urged other government establishments to do same.

(Edited by Kabir Muhammad/Peter Ejiofor)

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