Author: Iboro Micah

NSCDC deploys undercover agents to strengthen security in schools The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) says undercover agents have been deployed to strengthen security in schools and host communities across the country. Ahmad Audi, NSCDC commandant-general, spoke on Friday during the closing ceremony of a five-day capacity building workshop on safe school response in Kaduna. Audi who was represented by David Abi, assistant commandant-general of training and capacity building, said the NSCDC will be collaborating with the ministry of education and local education authorities to implement the plan. The commander-general said the plan will further address the impact…

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NUC disagrees with NBTE over top-up degree programme for polytechnic graduates The National Universities Commission (NUC) has disowned a National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) scheme claiming to bridge the gap between polytechnic and university degrees. For years, there have been calls from stakeholders to end the disparity between higher national diplomas (HND) offered by polytechnics and bachelor degrees offered by universities. A bill was passed at the ninth national assembly in 2021 to end the dichotomy but it was not signed into law by the last administration. The NBTE, which regulates technical and vocational education, has unveiled what it…

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Senate passes bill to ensure parents enrol their children in schools or go to jail The Senate has passed for first reading a bill that recommends a fine of N50,000 to parents who default in providing their children with primary and secondary school education. The Red Chamber also recommended free meals for every child in the country. The bill proposed by Senator Orji Kalu titled, ‘Compulsory free Universal Basic Education Act 2004, Section 2’ states that every government in Nigeria shall provide free, compulsory and universal basic education for every child of primary and junior secondary school age.” The act…

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has expressed its opposition to the inclusion of private universities as beneficiaries of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) interventions. TETFund, established in 2011, is responsible for the disbursement, management, and oversight of education tax for government-owned tertiary institutions in Nigeria. This program provides additional support to all levels of public tertiary institutions. ASUU president The primary source of funding for TETFund is the two percent education tax collected from the assessable profits of companies registered in Nigeria. Recently, there has been a growing call from some stakeholders to extend TETFund benefits to…

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The Edo State House of Assembly has celebrated the academic achievements of Ajagun Ovoita Gold, a 15-year-old student who hails from Ososo in the Akoko-Edo local government area. Ajagun achieved a remarkable score of 335 in the recent Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and obtained eight A1 grades in the West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE). Ajagun is a student of Gloryland Secondary School in Igarra, the local government’s headquarters. Whiz Ajagun honored by Edo state He was welcomed by the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Rt Hon Blessing Agbebaku, who expressed his delight at Ajagun’s outstanding academic…

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A recent investigative report has exposed a concerning security gap in approximately 50% of public secondary schools in Osun State. These schools lack night security guards, making them vulnerable to potential attacks by miscreants and criminal elements. The investigation further uncovered a range of challenges affecting secondary education in the state, including infrastructural issues in special schools. Osun state’s ailing education Many school buildings are old, dilapidated, and lack proper perimeter fencing. One significant issue highlighted in the report is the shortage of qualified teachers in Osun State secondary schools. This shortage has hindered the accreditation of schools for major…

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FCTA shuts two substandard private schools The Federal Capital Territory Administration on Wednesday closed two private schools for operating below minimum standard in the nation’s capital. The News Agency of Nigeria listed the affected schools as Erudite Bright Kids at Kagini and Jane’s Angela School in the Abuja Municipal Area Council. The schools were closed during an operation to close all substandard schools operating in the FCT. The Mandate Secretary, Education Secretariat, FCTA, Dr Danlami Hayyo, who led the team in Abuja on Wednesday, explained that the measure was to ensure the quality of teaching and learning in FCT schools.…

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Call-to-bar: 35% of students failed law school final exam, says DG Isa Chiroma, director-general of the Nigerian law school, says 35 percent of the students who sat for the final examination held in July, failed. Speaking at the call-to-bar ceremony in Abuja, Ciroma said out of 1,666 students who participated in the examination, 1,085, representing 65.09 percent, were successful. Chiroma said both the academic and non-academic members of staff of the school closely monitored the candidates during their training. “I vouch for each and every one of them as men and women of learning character as demanded by your august…

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Two UK universities receive license from NUC to operate in Nigeria The London Academy of Business School, in collaboration with the University of Sunderland in the United Kingdom, has been granted a license by the National University Commission (NUC) to operate in Nigeria. Dr Derek Watson, an associate professor from the Faculty of Business Law at the London Academy of Business School (LAB), made this announcement following a meeting with Chris Maiyaki, the Acting Executive Secretary of the NUC, in Abuja on Wednesday. Watson described the meeting as highly productive and highlighted the University of Sunderland’s extensive 30 years of…

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Step-by-step guide to checking 2023 NECO SSCE results The National Examination Council on Tuesday released the 2023 Senior School Certificate Examination results. According to the Registrar of the examination body, Prof. Dantani Wushishi, the result summary shows that 61.60 per cent scored five credits, including English and Mathematics. 12,030, representing 0.07 per cent, against 13,594, representing 0.13 per cent in 2022. The Number of candidates who registered for the exam was 1,205,888, and the number of candidates who sat for the exams was 1,196,985. In this report, STUDY ABROAD Online highlights the step-by-step guides to check the 2023 Senior School…

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