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Nigeria, China partner on digital education

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Nigeria has resolved to partner with China for the establishment of digital education institute and provision of smart learning classrooms across the country.

Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals (SSAP-SDGs), said in Abuja that the Smart Classrooms and Digital Education Institute would be established in partnership with a Chinese Digital Technology giant, NetDragon Websoft Holdings Limited.

She said the project was part of the Federal Government commitment to provide quality education to Nigerian children as stipulated in Goal four of the SDGs.

The presidential aide said that the idea was to facilitate investment in ICT by building IT Incubators, Digital Studios and Software Outsourcing and Training Hubs.

She said it was also targeted at creating new jobs in the area of Technology and Innovation.

According to her, smart classroom will be provided for Pilot Science Nursery and Primary School in the FCT in the first phase of the project.

According to her, the project will be officially launched on Tuesday by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and would serve as a model technology-based classroom.

“The Digital Education in Africa (IDEA) was initiated by the Nigerian Government and NetDragon through Public Private Partnership to attract Direct Foreign Investment.

“The idea is to facilitate the setting up of the National Education Resource Public Service Platform, National Education Community Network Platform, National Digital Talent Training Platform, and National Future Education Experience Centre,” she said.

The SSAP-SDGs said that the initiative was to provide high-quality digital education resources and new teaching and collaborative model for basic education in Nigeria.

“In terms of lifelong education, the Talent Training Platform will carry out lifelong skills training and intelligent management of talents in Nigeria to achieve talent upgrading and optimal allocation of social resources.

“Our aim is to use technology to drive the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals 4, 8 and 9 regarding quality education, economic growth as well as industry and innovation.

“With this, jobs will be created through the E-Learning Platforms, Educational Software and Applications as well as other innovations.’’

Bayero varsity expels 33 over exam malpractice

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The authorities of the Bayero University Kano have expelled 33 students for their alleged involvement in various forms of examination malpractice during the first semester examination for  the 2017 to 2018 academic session.

According to a statement signed by the Acting Director, Directorate of Examinations and Records (DEAR), Hajiya Amina  Abdullahi, the Senate of the university approved the expulsion of the affected students at its 365 meeting.

The university said that 12 students were rusticated to repeat a session, while 70 others were issued with warning.

“Equally, two students were exonerated from any offence and two cases were deferred for further investigation.

“The candidates were expelled for involvement in examination misconduct in accordance with regulation 19.17(Ai, iii, iv, v, vi, vii x, xii) as the case may be, “ the university said.

NAN reports that the university expelled 44, rusticated four and exonerated eight students during the 2016 to 2017 academic session.

Nigerian student wins Chinese language contest

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Nigerian student, Anthony Ekwensi, has been crowned the African champion at the 17th Chinese Bridge Chinese Language Proficiency Competition for Foreign College Students.

The grand finale of the competition took place on August 4 in Changsha, Hunan Province.

Russian student Ruslan was the overall winner at the event which paraded 152 students from 118 countries.

The 21-year old Anambra-born Nigerian, who came fourth in the final competition, made it to the last round of the championship with four other contestants who were also crowned champion of their respective continents.

The other winners were Theodore Joseph from Australia who came second, Guan Huimin from Indonesia, who took the third position and John Gardner from the United States, who placed fifth.

According to the organisers, the final competition consisted of three parts and tested the finalists’ language skills and all-around abilities, including their knowledge of Chinese culture, history, traditions and communication, as well as their singing and acting skills.

All five winners have been offered full scholarships by the Confucius Institute.

In a telephone interview from China, Ekwensi, a final year student of Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK), Awka, Anambra State, said he looked forward to returning to China to pursue a post-graduate programme.

‘‘I went into the competition because I knew there was an opportunity to do something great, and also I wanted an opportunity to visit the country I’ve always dreamed of going.

‘‘My next plan now is to graduate successfully from UNIZIK and then come back to China for masters. I dedicate my award to God,’’ the final year student of  Education Management and Policy said.

Ekwensi learnt the Chinese language in Nigeria for two years at the Confucius Institute, UNIZIK, Awka.

Buhari appoints new provost for Alvan Ikoku College of Education

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Dr Dan Anyanwu as the Provost of the Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education, Owerri.

Olusegun Adekunle, Permanent Secretary, General Services Office, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF), announced the appointment in a statement made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja.

He said that the appointment was for an Initial Period of four years, with effect from July 25, 2018.

Buhari charged the new provost to transform the institution into an enviable National Academic and Moral Centre of Excellence.

Dr Dan Anyanwu hails from Orogwe in Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State, Nigeria.

He holds a Ph.D in Fish Nutrition from the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO), and was the Head, Department of Agric Science at Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education between 2005 and 2008.

Dr Anyanwu was also the coordinator of SIWES between 2015 and 2016, and he had served in several committees in the College either as Chairman, Secretary, Member, including Staff Disciplinary Committee.

JAMB convey additional N7.8b to FG

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has remitted another N7.8 billion to the federal government, bringing to N15.6 billion, the amount remitted by the examination body in less than two years.

The latest remittance is the surplus generated from the conduct of 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

However, government in its magnanimity, directed JAMB remits about N5.6 billion of the amount and use the balance for restructuring of the board’s headquarters to meet up with its international status.

The board’s Head, Media and Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin, disclosed on Sunday in Lagos, that the board has planned to remit the whole as was done in 2017.

“We, therefore, want to appreciate the governing board of JAMB led by Dr Emmanuel Ndukwe for the tremendous support in ensuring that the current administration’s vision of transparency and accountability as fully embraced by JAMB is sustained.

“The Ndukwe-led board had, within its short period of inauguration, contributed immensely in some ground breaking innovations.

“One of such innovations is the quick remittance of the 2018 surplus. Whatever candidates pay for JAMB’s examination is a trust and must be accounted for.

“The board, though not a revenue generating agency, will continue to be judicious with resources at its disposal,” he said.

“The board is thinking of how to ensure that candidates benefitted from the surplus.

“We are currently looking at a number of ways to enhance the conduct of the examination where candidates will benefit by way of conducive environment in writing the examination.

“We are also looking at putting more mechanism in place that will ensure absolute equity and fairness in the selection of candidates through enhanced technology as currently being done by the Central Admission Process Selection (CAPS),” he said.

Benjamin said that the board was set to acquire cutting edge technology to give candidates the best registration procedure, examination and a more improved selection process.

He said the development was similar to the one that was currently being developed by the CAPS initiative.

Benjamin lauded the efforts of members of staff of the board, as well as other key stakeholders, for their doggedness, commitment and support in ensuring that integrity of the board and its examination was sustained.

NYSC appoints new Imo State Coordinator

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The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has appointed, Sunday Aroni as its new Coordinator in Imo.

Ugochukwu Uronta, Public Relations officer of the service made the disclosure in a statement on Friday in Owerri.

The spokesperson said that Aroni replaced Mrs Josephine Bakare who was transferred to NYSC Ogun State.

Uronta described Aroni as an `astute administrator’ of so many years adding that prior to his appointment, Aroni was the former state coordinator of NYSC in Rivers.

He said the new coordinator promised to encompass corps and staff welfare, security and discipline in his administration.

Aroni also promised to enhance existing relationship with the state government, media and collaborate with other agencies and stakeholders.

He identified the success recorded by his predecessor to include the construction of twin block corps hostel and refurbishment of the pavilion at the parade ground.

The new coordinator listed other successes recorded by his predecessor as facelift of the main security gate block and connection of the secretariat to the national grid.

Aroni said that Bakare also secured approval of transport fare to out gone 2017 Batch A stream 1 Corps Members by the state government and the inauguration of the state governing board.

Craze for higher degrees not impactful in Nigeria – ASUU chair

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) said the craze for the acquisition of higher degrees in the country had not impacted enough on national growth and transformation.

The chairman of the University of Lagos chapter of the union, Dr Dele Ashiru, made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Lagos.

According to him, the craze for higher degrees such as Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and others has not had any significant impact on the needs of the society.

He said rather than go after higher degrees; Nigerians should venture into technical and vocational studies for skills acquisition that would directly impact lives.

“Yes, it is desirable for the system to produce holders of higher degrees, especially PhDs, but PhDs for what?

“I think we should refocus and restructure our education system so that it will be more relevant to our society rather than award higher degrees.

“Come to think of it, all the people that have acquired PhDs in Nigeria, let us carry out a forensic audit of what they are giving back to the society.

“Most people are running after the acquisition of these degrees for selfish motives. They feel for instance, that it is a requisite for their progression in life or a ticket for fulfilled life,” he said.

He added that, regrettably, such development was only peculiar to a country like Nigeria.

Ashiru noted that the way out was to pump enough funds into the vocational and technical education as well as meaningful research for socio-economic and political development.

He said successful Nigerians who had acquired wealth legitimately or otherwise should pump part of such money into the education system.

“Government should also plough back all retrieved monies acquired by individuals through illegal means to the education sector.

“It it time for us to re-engineer, refocus and restructure the system.

“We must start our quest for accelerated national transformation with our education system, because no society can rise beyond the level of its education system,” the unionist said.

According to him, development is a concerted effort and only the people can develop themselves.

Nasarawa Poly to produce 23,000 self employ graduates

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The Nasarawa State Federal Polytechnic Acting Rector, Abdullahi Alhassan,  has said that the institution was giving priority attention to training of its students to create job opportunities for self reliance

Alhassan, who disclosed the school’s plan at a news conference on Wednesday for Combined 9th Convocation Ceremony of the  institution, scheduled to hold on June, 30, at Ta’al Sport Complex in Nasarawa, disclosed that the polytechnic was poised toward effective production and convocation of quality students in different fields of academic enterprise, to make its graduates relevant, self sustaining and employers of labour.

According to him, a total of 23,128 graduates will be awarded Higher National Diploma (HND), National Diploma (ND) and Polytechnic Diploma (PD), at the convocation ceremony.

“ Among these, 270 graduated with distinction; 4,882 with Upper credit; 12,304 with lower credit and 5, 672 with pass,“ he said.

The rector said that the institution had been producing best polytechnic graduates in the country since its inception in 1983, adding that the product of the institution were contributing immensely to the economic development of the country.

He said the institution would continue to train people to acquire technical and vocation skills needed for the economic and social development of Nigeria in the fields of Agriculture, industry and commerce.

“ The Federal Polytechnic, Nasarawa, is today among the top ranking polytechnics in Nigeria.

“ This is factual because of the availability of astute and intellectual human resources as well as the quality of graduates and under-graduates and research breakthrough recorded by the institution over the years.

“ Our focus since establishment has been toward achieving the polytechnic objective and also tailored toward our mission of moulding students to become disciplined, skilled and innovative for self actualisation and national development.“

Alhassan, therefore, expressed determination of his administration to further develop the institution by sustaining, consolidation on infrastructure and human capital development.

This, according to him, will guarantee the provision of enabling environment for research, teaching and learning and ensure full accreditation of all programmes being run by the institution.

Four distinguished Nigerians who have excelled in their various fields of endeavour will be conferred with the Fellowship of the Federal Polytechnic, Nasarawa, (FFPN).

Buhari dissolves examination board, investigation ongoing over fund mismanagement

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved dissolution of Governing Board of National Business and Technical Examination Board (NABTEB), so as to enable reposition the office for better future

However, Buhari through issued on Monday by Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono, disclosed that the approval was with immediate effect and that he had also directed Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, to take immediate measures to reposition and refocus NABTEB for greater efficiency and to render its performance more responsive to the expectations of the present administration.

He said the purported suspension of the Registrar, Prof. Ifeoma Abanihe and four other Directors of NABTEB had been nullified as it did not conform to due process, especially in the case of the registrar.

He said the board went beyond its powers and in contravention of Section 5 and Section 6 of NABTEB Act.

It was gathered that a special investigative panel was constituted to probe activities of the registrar of NABTEB, Prof. Ifeoma Isuigo-Abanihe and four others.

The panel allegedly uncovered irregularities in contract awards and abuse of office by the embattled registrar.

The registrar and four directors were suspended by the 9th Governing Board of NABTEB at its first regular board meeting held on 19th June at NABTEB headquarters, Benin City, Edo State, following allegations of N49.7 million fraud.

The four affected staff members are: Mr Nnasia Ndarake Asanga, Director, Finance & Accounts, Dr Obinna Opara, Director, Examination Administration, Alhaji Jimoh Adewola Kasali, Director, Examinations Development, and the Procurement Officer, Engr. Edwin Osamo.

UniJos produces 33 first class graduates, others

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The University of Jos has produced no fewer than 33 others that finished with first class, as well as 165 Doctor of Philosophy Degrees (PhDs), who were awarded alongside  18, 348 graduating students from the institution.

On the school’s graduation list, on  bachelor’s degree category, 1,950 students graduated with second upper division, while another set of 5,738 were awarded second class lower, with 3,149 falling in third class and 351 on ordinary pass.

Aside three distinguished Nigerians who were also awarded honorary doctorate degrees, the Plateau State monarch, John Mallo, Saf Butura were conferred with Doctor of Engineering (D. Engr.) including former Inspector General of Police,  Mike Okiro, who got Doctor of of Law (LL.D) and Executive Secretary, National Communication Commissions, Prof. Umar Danbatta, that received Doctor of Science (D.Sc)

The Vice-Chancellor, UniJos, Prof. Seddi Maimako, said that the figure of student been awarded certificates in various levels and disciplines by the institution were products that would assist the country in achieving prosperity.

Speaking at 29th and 30th combined convocation of the university during the weekend, Maimako stated that 734 passed and qualified in medicine and pharmacy, 399 got Diplomas, 103 Postgraduate Diplomas, 2,906 masters degrees and 2,820 were backlog of those who could not be awarded degrees in the last convocation.

The vice-chancellor urged the graduating students to be good ambassadors of the university, saying the university was committed to the development of the nation and the realisation of the national economic recovery of the President Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government.

“To this end we have embarked on an intensive staff development programme designed to create a pool of lecturers and allied staff whose pedigree would be regarded as globally distinctive.

“In the last two years, 363 staff of the University have been given approval to undergo various training programmes including 134 being sponsored for PhDs, 88 masters, 57 bachelor’s degrees 84 others for other certificates,” he said.

The VC said that there has been steady increase in students’ enrolment from 5,000 to 8000 and the students population has increased from 21,000 in 2008 to over 38,000 in 2018.

He commended the proprietor of the University, the Federal Government, for supporting the institution in all its endeavours and for discharging its role as proprietor with distinction.

Maimako, however, said that the university was being faced with acute infrastructural deficit and appealed to the Federal Government to come to the aid of the institution.

The Chancellor, Oba David Olagbegi III, the Olowo of Owo Kingdom commended President Buhari for his exemplary leadership.

The Chancellor particularly commended the President’s for his unrelenting effort in ensuring peace in Nigeria.

“This has provided the needed conducive atmosphere for academic and social activities on the campus.

“I commend the efforts of the federal and state governments, different security agencies, religious and traditional leaders in achieving this feat,’ he said.

Prince Tony Momoh, Pro-Chancellor and Chairman Governing Council of the University said that the council was synergising with the management to move the university forward.

Momoh appealed to the President to assist the university in terms of infrastructure development and value addition to increase the carrying capacity of the institution.