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Microsoft 4Afrika Scholarship Programme

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Regenesys-FoundationThe Regenesys Foundation is pleased to introduce the Microsoft 4Afrika Scholarship Programme. This initiative is designed to groom future leaders by providing access to quality, online tertiary business education, from higher certificate to diploma. The programme will see 1,000 scholarships being made available to deserving candidates through Regenesys Business School, a global leader in management and leadership development. This great new initiative will help you to empower yourself and change your life.

The initiative expands on Microsoft’s 4Afrika programme, which aims to drive economic growth in Africa by investing in training initiatives, and seeks to assist youth who cannot afford tertiary education. Preference will be given to people Nigerians along with 10 other African countries.

Microsoft’s goal with the 4Afrika Scholarship program is to level the playing field for talented young African minds who might not otherwise have the resources, enabling them to get the education and skills they need to thrive in technology-related fields. The 4Afrika Initiative was designed to help ensure that Africa can become globally competitive, and investing in our highly motivated youth is a critical step toward making that a reality.

Eligibility

  • between the ages of 18 – 34
  • living and studying/working in Africa
  • in need of financial support
  • academically talented
  • able to access the Internet
  • able to meet the minimum qualification entry requirements
  • passionate about developing Africa
  • proficient and able to study in English

Application Requirements

  • Completed application form (download here)
  • Resume/CV (maximum three pages)
  • Certified copy of Identity Document/Passport
  • Certified copy of Highest Qualifications
  • Certified copy of statement of results
  • One page motivation letter

Application

Visit: Regenesys Bursary Application Portal

February 1, 2014 |

2014 Agbami Scholarship

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Star Deep Water Petroleum Limited, a Chevron company and operator of the Agbami Field, in its continuous support for capacity building in the Health and Engineering sectors as a strategic feed into the national manpower pool, is offering a number of University Scholarships to qualified Nigerian students from ALL states of the Federation.

The scholarship program, funded by Star Deep and its Agbami partners, is a major component of the Agbami partners’ Social Investment in the strategic development of Health and Education in Nigeria and the Niger Delta in particular.

Requirement/Eligibility

Applications are invited from FULL-TIME, 100 and 200 level undergraduates from any state of the Federation, studying any of the under listed courses in universities within Nigeria:

  • Medicine/Surgery
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmacy
  • Engineering

QUALIFICATION PROCESS: Interested applicants should visit http://scholastica.ng/schemes/agbami#tab3.

Deadline: Application closes Midnight 28th February, 2014

This application is for only Fresh Applicants, current beneficiaries from previous Agbami Schemes should kindly click www.scholastica.ng

January 31, 2014 |

2014/2015 NNPC/Chevron JV National University Scholarship Award

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Chevron Nigeria Limited, in collaboration with its Joint Venture partner, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), is offering a number of University Scholarship Awards to suitably qualified Nigerian students.

Requirement/Eligibility

E-applications are invited from full-time SECOND YEAR (200 LEVEL) degree students of the under-listed courses, in Nigerian Universities:

  1. Accountancy
  2. Agricultural Engineering/Agricultural Science
  3. Architecture
  4. Business Administration/Economics
  5. Chemical Engineering
  6. Civil Engineering
  7. Computer Science
  8. Electrical/Electronic Engineering
  9. Environmental Studies/Surveying
  10. Geology/Geophysics
  11. Law
  12. Mass Communication/Journalism
  13. Mechanical/Metallurgical & Materials Engineering
  14. Human Medicine/Dentistry/Pharmacy
  15. Petroleum Engineering

Please note applications is ONLY accepted http://scholastica.ng. Hard copies of any document submitted will not be processed. All interested students are advised to click on “How it Works” tab to proceed..

In line with our e-scholarship administration system, selected students will be invited for computer-administered qualifying tests in selected examination centers nationwide. Short-listed candidates for the qualifying test will be invited by email and SMS text messages. All applicants are therefore advised to ensure that GSM telephone numbers and personal email addresses are properly entered into the e-forms on the web site.

Qualification Process: Interested applicants should visit http://scholastica.ng/schemes/cnlawards#tab3.

Deadline: Closing date for receipt of e-applications is strictly February 21, 2014.

ONLY SHORTLISTED CANDIDATES WILL BE CONTACTED.

This application is for only Fresh Applicants, current beneficiaries from previous NNPC/ CHEVRON JV Schemes should kindly visit www.scholastica.ng

January 31, 2014 |

Amosun’s Wife Charges Students on Academic Excellence

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Governor's wife Mrs Olufunsho Amosun PhotoWife of the Governor of Ogun State, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun has charged students to always face their studies and put in their best at all times, saying there is a great reward for hard work.

Speaking during the second edition of Public Unveiling of the 20 Best SS3 Students in 2012/2013 West African Examination Certificate from public secondary schools in Ogun State at the Progress hall, South-west Resource Centre, Oke-Mosan Abeokuta, Amosun’s wife said for the second year running, she would be taking the best students abroad for leadership training programme in the first quarter of 2014 as a reward for their excellent performance in the last WAEC.

The wife of the Governor noted that the advertisement placed in the media early in year 2013 contributed to the success story of the beneficiaries, congratulating the beneficiaries for emerging the best students in the WAEC results in the 20 Local Government areas.

She urged the students to work towards possessing good leadership qualities, encouraging them not to let her down and to leave the door open for other students to benefit in the programme come 2014 and beyond.

In 2012, Mrs. Amosun through her initiative tagged UPLIFTing SS3 Students took the best WAEC students in each of the 20 Local Government areas in the State on a two-week Leadership Training Programme by the Uplift Development Foundation to The Buckswood School, Hastings in the United Kingdom.

In his welcome address, the state Commissioner for Education Science and Technology, Bar. Segun Odubela explained the programme was an opportunity for the students to have a feel of the dividend of democracy as put together by the wife of the Governor to complement the efforts of the state government in improving the standard of education in the state.

On behalf of the students, Master Sobowale Bukola expressed appreciation to Mrs. Amosun for fulfilling her promise as advertised in the media to recognise excellence in the WAEC results, saying this has helped boost his morale and motivated him to study hard for the examination. He thanked her for giving Ogun State students the opportunity to travel outside Nigeria when they study hard.


Source: Vanguard Newspaper

January 15, 2014 |

WAEC Certificate Collection

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West African Examination Council (WAEC)The West African Examinations Council (WAEC), is informing the general public, particularly candidates were are informed that certificates up to May/June  2012 West African Senior School Certificate  Examination (WASSCE) conducted by WAEC, have been printed and dispatched to schools for collection by candidates. Certificates up to November/December 2012 WASSCE diet, conducted by the Council, have also been printed and are awaiting collection by candidates at WAEC Offices nationwide.

Candidates for May/June examination diets are advised to collect their certificates from their former schools, while those for November/December examination diets are advised to collect their certificates at WAEC Zonal, Branch or Satellite Offices in the states where they sat the examinations.

In addition, the Council also wishes to advise candidates who sat previous diets of the November/December General Certificate of Education Ordinary/Advance Levels (GCE O/A Levels), Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) (Private), WASSCE (Private), who have not collected their certificates to do so at WAEC Zonal, Branch or Satellite Offices, not later than 31st December, 2013.


Source: WAEC (Nigeria)

December 20, 2013 |

West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) November/December 2013 Results Released

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West African Examination Council (WAEC)Today, gentlemen of the media, we are glad, as usual, to announce the release of the results of the November/December 2013 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for Private candidates.

In the November/December 2013 WASSCE, a total of 308,217 candidates registered for the examination, out of which 299,784 candidates, consisting of 163,706 male and 133,202 female candidates sat the examination. Out of the total number of candidates, 298,971 candidates, representing 97.26% have their results fully released, while 8,433 candidates, representing 2.74% have a few of their subjects still being processed due to some errors mainly traceable to the candidates and cyber cafes in the course of registration or writing the examination. Such errors are being corrected by the Council to enable the affected candidates get their results.

Of the total number of candidates that sat the examination, 120,115 candidates (40.46%), obtained 6 credits and above; 161,721 candidates representing (54.48%) obtained 5 credits and above. In addition 198,832 candidates, representing (66.98 %) obtained credits and above in 4 subjects, while 230,325 candidates, representing (77.59%) obtained credits and above in 3 subjects. A total of 256,500 candidates (86.41%) obtained credits and above in 2 subjects. However, a total of 86,612 candidates, representing (29.17%), obtained credits in 5 subjects and above including English Language and Mathematics.

Based on this, when compared to the November/December 2011 and 2012 WASSCE (Private), there is a marked decline in candidates’ performance as contained in the table below.

[table]
WASSCE 2011 (Nov/Dec), WASSCE 2011 (Nov/Dec), WASSCE 2011 (Nov/Dec)

139\,827, 150\,615, 86\,612
(36.07%) , (37.97%) ,(29.17%)
[/table]

Furthermore, a total number of 38,260 candidates’ results, representing (12.88%), are being withheld in connection with various cases of examination malpractice. Such cases are being investigated and the reports of the investigations will be presented to the Nigerian Examinations Committee (NEC) of Council in due course for consideration. The Committee’s decisions will be communicated to the affected candidates through their schools.

A total number of 82 blind candidates registered for and sat the examination. From this figure, 17 candidates, representing (20.73 %) obtained credits in 5 subjects including English Language. Blind candidates do not take Mathematics and Science practicals in the WASSCE.

Candidates who sat the November/December 2013 WASSCE (Private) will be able to check the details of their performance on the Council’s results website: http://www.waecdirect.org within the next 48 hours.


Text of address by Mr. Charles M. Eguridu, Head of the Nigeria National Office of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), at a press briefing to announce the release of the results of the November/December 2013 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) Private on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at the WAEC Office, Yaba, Lagos

Source:: WAEC (Nigeria)

December 20, 2013 |

Holiday Online Quiz Competition for Senior Secondary School Students

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Assure Educational ServicesASSURE Educational Services, an online learning/assessment company licensed to conduct measurement/evaluation activities for educational institutions and corporate organisations presents Holiday Online Quiz Competition.

The competition is targeted at Senior Secondary 2 and 3 students in Nigeria (SS2 and SS3) to engage them in an healthy academic competition during this holiday period. Each participant has 40 or 50 minutes to answer 20 randomly generated objective questions from a pool of over 200 questions.

Available Subjects:

  • Mathematics
  • English Language
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Civic Education

You can attempt the quiz only ONCE per subject.

Time allowed:

  • Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry: 50 minutes
  • English, Biology and Civic Education: 40 minutes

Assessment and Reward

  • Your score is emailed to the e-mail address you supply during registration immediately you complete your test.
  • Your score will also be ranked be displayed on the computer screen and ranked on the score board on the quiz portal.
  • Participants and rated based on performance. Your present position on the score board may change in response to the general performance of all the participating students. You are to visit the quiz portal regularly to check your position per day.
  • The first 5 students on the score board for each subject will be rewarded with prizes.

Requirements:

  • Internet Enabled Devices (Mobile Phones, laptops, desktops, ipads, etc.), for some subjects a desktop/laptop is recommended because some equations, formulae and diagrams may not appear distinct on a mobile browser.
  • Participants must have and active email address.

Competition Duration:

  • Commencement: 13th December, 2013
  • Closing: 6th January 2014.

Access to the quiz portal is available 24hrs all day.

Participation:

Go ahead and Register to compete with others.

Get More information from the sponsors website.

December 17, 2013 |

Ogun Earmarks N1.4bn WAEC Fees, Unified Exam, Bursary, Other

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Logo - Ogun StateThe Ogun State Government said it had earmarked N1.4 billion for payment of examination fees for students sitting for the West African School Certificate in 2014.

Mr Segun Odubela, the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, made the disclosure in Abeokuta while defending the 2014 budget proposal of the ministry at the House of Assembly.

Odubela said the money would take care of 54,944 final year senior secondary school students at the rate of N10,400 each.

“The money will also take care of the 70,000 final year Junior Secondary School students and the conduct of the Unified Examinations for secondary school students in the state.

“Payment of bursary to 57,600 students in tertiary institutions is also from that amount, while N239.9 million will be used for maintenance of public schools.’’

He said there would be full accreditation of educational programmes in nine public tertiary institutions and eight science and technology colleges in the state.


Source: The Nigerian Observer

December 17, 2013 |

Bells School to Run UK University Programme

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Two Nigerian secondary schools: Whiteplains British School, Abuja and Bells School, Ota, Ogun State have been selected to run TRC Colleges (UK) University Foundation Programme from January 2014.

At a press briefing in Lagos, the Director of the TRC Colleges University Programme, Keith Broomer said the choice of the two secondary schools was based on the fact that the curriculum currently being operated by the schools are in tandem with TRC Colleges’ standard.

Broomer said any student who participate in the foundation programme stand the chance of securing unhindered admission into any of the partnering universities in United Kingdom, United States, Canada and Russia.

“With the wider spread of wealth in Nigerian society more parents are looking for ways to send their children to overseas universities and the TRC Colleges University Foundation Programme provided in Nigeria now will make the whole process more affordable but still maintain the high standards to that of the programme running overseas. What parents save in this first year can perhaps be put toward their Masters programme later, plus parents have their children around a bit longer allowing them to mature and prepare further for university abroad in this time,

According to Broomer, students applying for the TRC Colleges University Foundation Course are able to enter on their forecast SSCE results in January and finish the course in July so enabling entry to overseas university September 2014, saving students a whole year in time in their qualification process.

He noted that the TRC Colleges University Foundation Programme provides a pathway to all degree subjects including Accounting, Business, Engineering, Law, among others just as it remains the only university foundation programme which provides a medical degree pathway.

“Another uniqueness of TRC Colleges University Foundation Programme is that it provides a university transcript from Kursk State Medical University, which oversees the programme in conjunction with the TRC Colleges monitoring process, in all the subjects, for every student. Plus the student receives TRC certification and the school provider certification so they graduate in a very strong position,”Broomer said.

Broomer added that already, TRC Colleges is planning to run its university foundation programme in one top boarding school in every geo-economic region of Nigeria for ease of access for students, just as it is willing to run a similar transition programme at one Polytechnic in the same regional spread for students wanting to also study a degree overseas who perhaps did not make the cut in their UTME.


Source: Daily Trust

December 13, 2013 |

JAMB Says no More Second Choice in UTME 2014

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JAMB LogoWith 2014 fast approaching and a new academic session will begin especially for new universities, polytechnics and colleges of education, JAMB says there will be no more second choice for the UTME.

What this means for candidates hoping to sit for the examination is that they are allowed to choose just one higher institution of learning at a sitting.

In addition to the monotechnics already existing, new ones such as Afihub ICT institute in Abuja, Aflon Digital Institute, Abuja, Kaduna Business School, Lagos City Computer College have been introduced.

Students are therefore urged to be careful when filling their registration forms as any form that carries more than one institution may be canceled.


Source: Daily Times (Nigeria)

December 11, 2013 |

Ogun Scholars and Teacher Win LearnAfrican – NECO Excellence Award

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Learn Africa LogoAt the second edition of the LearnAfrica – NECO Excellence Awards for achievers who distinguished themselves in the June/July 2013 National Examination Council (NECO) Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations, 16-year-old Funmilayo Olayinka of Charis International College, Oke-Ata, Abeokuta, Ogun State, emerged as the National overall best pupil. She scored distinction in all her subjects. For the feat, she received the cash prize of N100,000, a laptop and a plaque from Learn African Plc (formerly Longman Nigeria Plc). The initiative, instituted in 2012 by the LearnAfrica Education Development Foundation, (the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of Learn Africa Plc) to promote excellence and hard work among pupils as well as to identify and encourage dedicated teachers alongside their schools.

Also at the event, 17-year-old Odukoya Aduralere of the Federal Science & Technical College, Ijebu-Mushin, Ogun State, won the New Concept Prize for the Best Grade in Mathematics. The Ijebu Ife, Ogun State – born lass had her nursery and primary education in Ijebu Ife between 1998 and 2007 and her junior secondary education at St. Anthony’s Junior Grammar School, Ijebu Imusin. She went home with a cash prize of N50,000 and a laptop.

Apart from the pupils, an English Language and Literature-in-English teacher, Emmanuel Aniamai, who won the National Outstanding Teacher award, took away N100, 000 and a plaque. The 34-year-old Mass Communication graduate teaches at Charis International College, the school that produced the overall best pupil in this year’s examinations.

A visit to the LearnAfrica’s website of the publishing outfit further reveals while Olayinka Funilayo Tope is also the Ogun State Award Winners, Ogunfolaji Oloruntoba E of Sacred Heart Catholic College, Abeokuta and Sennaike Daniel Jesuto of Charis International College, Oke-Ata, Abeokuta are the State Award runner up and second runner up respectively.

For this feat, Funmilayo Olayinka joins other outstanding scholars on our Hall of Fame.

December 8, 2013 |

Airtel Provides Safe Water for Ogun School

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airtelSix months after donating a block of classrooms and furniture to St. John Primary School in Ijebu Igbo community area of Ogun State, leading telecoms services provider, Airtel Nigeria, has further complemented the gesture by donating a borehole to the same school, in line with its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Airtel Nigeria, Mr. Segun Ogunsanya, while handing over the borehole to the school, stated that the provision of safe and clean water for the pupils, teachers and the community would protect them from water borne diseases.

The CEO, who was represented by the company Regional Operations Director, Lagos, Mr. Bayo Osinowo, said Airtel was committed to providing world class telecommunications experience for customers and support for the socio-economic development of communities in which it operates.
“This is the reason why we are here today to officially hand over this borehole to the school authority. We are passionately committed to partnering government to improve the society”, he said.
“That is why our CSR initiative is committed to the adoption of government-owned primary schools nationwide”, he added, promising that Airtel would continue to look after the school and pupils, saying that the telecoms operator has come to stay.

However, at the event, the company also donated other educational items including school uniforms, bags, text books and note-books to the school, which is a beneficiary of its Adopt-A-School programme focused on uplifting the standard of Nigeria’s primary education system.
Meanwhile, the State Commissioner of Education, Mr. Segun Odubela, commended the telecoms operator for the donation, saying the initiative was a laudable gesture which would stamp an indelible impression on the school, pupils and the community.

He noted that the partnership of Airtel with the Ogun State Universal Basic Education Board (OSUBEB) has contributed to the development of education sector in the state.
“The Ogun State Government cannot but continue to appreciate Airtel for this laudable Adopt-A-School CSR initiative. This shows the degree of love Airtel has for Ogun State. This complimentary effort of Airtel in the field of education will indeed go a long way to assist in the delivery of a qualitative education in this community,” he said.

He commended Airtel for bring public primary school, especially those in remote locations, at par with the best-run private schools in terms of infrastructure and academic performance, to the benefit of the under-served communities.


Source: ThisDay Live

December 8, 2013 |

Commonwealth Essay Competition 2014

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Commonwealth logoThe Commonwealth Essay Competition is the world’s oldest and largest schools’ international writing competition. It provides a platform for young people to compete with their peers in a truly global environment.  For 130 years (that is since 1883), the Commonwealth Essay Competition has inspired thousands of young writers from all over the world. Run by the Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS), this international schools’ writing contest – the world’s oldest and largest – is a highly regarded and popular international education project. In 2013, over 11,000 young people from 55 Commonwealth countries and territories took part.

The RCS has a rich history of nurturing the creative talents of young people around the Commonwealth through our competitions, endeavouring to promote literacy, expression and creativity among young people by celebrating excellence and imagination. The writing competitions give young people from diverse backgrounds a platform to express their views about the world and their dreams for the future. Participants in these competitions continue to demonstrate their ability to stimulate and provoke discussions about important issues like poverty, sustainable development, gender inequality, child labour and universal education.

Open to all Commonwealth citizens aged 18 and under, the Essay Competition offers young people the opportunity to make their voice heard on a global platform and engage with issues important to them. Every year, judges are impressed with the extremely high standard of entry as participants compete with their peers from every corner of the Commonwealth. For many bright and ambitious students, this is the ultimate competition!

Now run in partnership with Cambridge University Press, the competition remains an important means of expression for young people across the Commonwealth.

This year’s theme is ‘Team Commonwealth’.

As athletes gather in Glasgow for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, team spirit will be on display both within and between nations. Young writers are encouraged to explore this theme in fun, academic, witty, and most of all creative ways!

Deadline:  entries closes on Thursday 1st May.

Application Link: Enter the Commonwealth Essay Competition 2014.

Download Links:

In the meantime, stay up to date with the latest competition news by following the RCS on Facebook and Twitter.

December 8, 2013 |

Ake Arts and Book Festival: Maiden Edition

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The maiden Ake Arts and Book Festival themed ‘The Shadow of Memory’ ended last Sunday with guests commending its programming and organisatio.

THE festival was amazing. Lola Shoneyin [Festival Director] has done a great thing. It had everything. It was a true writers’ festival,” writer Molara Wood said while appraising the recently concluded Ake Arts & Book Festival held in Abeokuta, Ogun State, from November 18 to 24.

British journalist and writer, Michaela Wrong, author of ‘It’s Our Turn to Eat’ concurred with Wood. “I have never been to Abeokuta, this is my first trip and it’s a chance for me to see a different part of the country.  I have been to Kaduna, Kano, Abuja and Lagos but I’ve never been here. I’m pleased to be here. I know you have other book festivals in Nigeria but this appears more international and it’s good because there is a lot of writing coming out from West Africa.”

It was indeed an international gathering and homecoming of sorts for a number of Nigerian writers and academics in the Diaspora. Teju Cole, author of ‘Open City’, the critic, Ikhide Ikheloa and 2013 Caine Prize winner, Tope Folarin, who incidentally hails from Abeokuta but is not familiar with the city, were all in town.

Canada-based academic, Pius Adesanmi, associate professor at University of Davis, California, Wale Adebanwi and actress Adepero Oduye from the US were also at the festival. Their counterparts living in the country were not left out. Ayodele Olofintuade, Abubakar Imam, Victor Ehikhamenor, Remi Raji, Wale Okediran, Kunle Ajibade, Ifeanyi Ajaegbo, Abraham Oshoko, Igoni Barrett and a host of others also participated in the festival.

The foreign participants included Ghanaian Caine Prize finalist, Mamle Kabu, Monica Arac de Nyeko, Binyavanga Wainana, Muthoni Garland, Doreen Baigana and Syl Cheney Coker from Sierra Leone.

Though the festival got down to brass tacks on Thursday evening with a cocktail for guests and with representatives of Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun on hand to welcome them, it started on Monday with various events.

One of these was the four-day children art workshop facilitated by Temitayo Ogunbiyi. She and the students selected from schools in and around Abeokuta had fun working inside the grand exhibition hall where festival’s ‘Nigeria Now Exhibition of Contemporary Nigerian Art’ also held. The labours of their sweat-interesting works done in various mediums were later displayed for guests.

The contemporary exhibition of Nigerian art featuring 10 artists and sponsored by the World Bank was also unique and enlightening. “All of the artists in this exhibition have taught me something about the nature of this amazing country called Nigeria- from small windows into private worlds to their commentary on national or global issues. Their work challenges us to ‘see’ things in different ways. They speak to cultures and experiences, to development challenges and aspirations, to devastation and hope, to the interplay between local and global experiences, and ultimately to the links between the past, present and future,” noted Caroline Sage, Senior Social Development Specialist of the World Bank present throughout the festival.

The artworks, comprising mostly paintings and installations, were made by 10 artists including Ayoola Gbolahan, Alimi Adewale, Bob Nosa Uwagboe, Segun Aiyesan, Temitayo Ogunbiyi, Tyna Adebowale, Uche Uzorka, Victor Ehikhamenor, Victoria Udondian and Jerry Buhari.

But the children’s art workshop was not the only event for the young during the festival.  They also had the opportunity of being mentored by some of the writers who visited their schools.  While Teju Cole and some others were at African Church Grammar School, Paula Sofowora, Chibundu Onuzo and Ikhide Ikheloa read to students of Abeokuta Girls Grammar School.

The 200 undergraduates given a voucher of N20, 000 each to buy books by the Ekiti and Ogun State Governments happily went about picking books while secondary school students from Lagos and Ogun State were also part of the book chats and discussions.

On Tuesday evening, guests were treated to sketches from Professor Wole Soyinka’s latest play, ‘Alapata Apata’ directed by Tunde Awosanmi of the University of Ibadan. The evening also witnessed the presentation of Soyinka’s ‘Power Hydropus & Other Toxic Mutations’ and ‘Interventions’.

Governor Ibikunle Amosun and the Olowu of Owu, Oba Adegboyega Dosunmu, were among dignitaries at the event. The cultured governor interacted with the writers and later took a group photograph with them. Culture activist and former Editor of Sunday Guardian, Jahman Anikulapo, also engaged Kongi on the works in an interesting conversation before the session ended.

The stage adaptation of Lola Shoneyin’s ‘The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives’ by Rotimi Babatunde was the second play staged at Ake. UK-based director, Femi Elufowoju directed the play rated by guests.

Books, the centrepiece of the festival were not left out in the scheme of things. There were a number of interesting book chats and discussions. Wood (Indigo), Barrett (Love is Power or Something Like That), Adesanmi (You Are Not a Country), Nwokolo (How to Spell Naija) and General Godwin Alabi-Isama (Tragedy of Victory) were among writers who discussed their works with the audience.

‘The Space In Between: After the Struggle Before Democracy’ featuring Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, Executive Editor of the News Magazine, Kunle Ajibade, civil rights activist, Ayo Obe and presidential aide, Ken Saro-Wiwa,  offered insights into what transpired before General Abdulsalami Abubakar handed over power to civilians in 1999.

But the most attended session was the ‘In the Shadow of Memory: An Audience with Wole Soyinka’ featuring four undergraduates held on Saturday. It was a lively session where the Nobel Laureate answered questions on his muse, activism, religious views, the Pyrates Confraternity and affection for wine. (Watch out for the full report of the session next week).

The most beautiful thing about the festival was that Shoneyin and her team delivered on their promise of making it about books and the arts. If you missed out this year, don’t worry. The second edition holds from November 19 to 23, 2014.


Source: Nigerian Tribune

December 3, 2013 |

Ogun Moving to Boost ICT Teaching in Public School

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Logo - Ogun StateThe present administration in Ogun State is determined to enhance the knowledge of students in its public secondary schools in Information and Communication Technology as well as its applications in everyday living.

To this end, it is making plans to provide more state-of-the-art computers and their accessories in all the schools across the State.

Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Barrister Segun Odubela dropped this hint in Abeokuta when he hosted the Board and Members of the State chapter of Computer Teachers Association of Nigeria (CTAN) during a courtesy visit.

He affirmed that the step would make the students ICT compliant and become active participants in the “global village” that the world is fast becoming.

“As you are aware, the trend all over now is computer and the world itself is turning into a global village. We cannot afford to be behind in this trend” Odubela stated.

He also assured that as a step in this direction, his Ministry would involve members of CTAN in relevant activities, particularly, the compilation of computer science examination for the unified examinations for secondary school students in the State.

“Everything possible will always be done to collaborate with you in all our activities that are computer-oriented” he pledged.

Speaking earlier, Chairman, Board of Trustees of CTAN in the State, Mr. Olusola Otesile, urged the State government to look into lopsided posting of computer teachers in its public secondary schools.


Source: Facebook Page of Senator Ibikunle Amosun

December 3, 2013 |

Ogun Emerges Second Best in National Quiz Competition

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Ogun State has emerged as the overall second best among the 36 States of the Federation and the FCT that participated in the 2013 NNPC annual national quiz competition.

Addressing representatives of the State in the competition in his office in Abeokuta, Commissioner for Education, science and Technology, Barrister Segun Odubela charged them not to rest on their oars, advising that they should see their performance as a challenge to perform better in future competitions.

“I will like to congratulate you for this brilliant performance, indeed, it is not a mean achievement, you have really done the State proud. However, be reminded that this is the beginning, this position should be a challenge to buckle up, you should be able to do better than this in future competitions, so don’t rest on your oars”, Odubela charged.

He assured that on its part, government would continue to create an enabling environment that would enhance learning and teaching so that the State would continue to excel among its peers.

“The present administration remained committed to educational development and will not relent towards ensuring that necessary machineries are continually put in place to create an environment that is conducive for teaching and learning”, the Commissioner assured.

Also speaking, Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Science and Technology, Dr. Tunji Abimbola counseled the winners who are SS 3 students to sustain the spirit as they were preparing to write their Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE), in order to come out in flying colours.

Meanwhile, the 2013/2014 first term Unified Examination for public Secondary Schools in the State which commenced today would end on Tuesday, 10th of this month.

According to a statement by Barrister Odubela, the schools would close for the first term holiday on Friday, 13th December 2013 and would resume for the second term on Monday, 6th January next year.


Source: Facebook Page of Senator Ibikunle Amosun

December 2, 2013 |

2014 SevenUp Harvard Business School Scholarship

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7upHarvard_hbsLaunched in January 2011, the scholarship program is SevenUp Botling Company’s way of contributing towards building a greener future for Nigeria. Each year, a deserving Nigerian youth, resident within the country, will be selected and given the privilege of the best quality education at the Harvard Business School for the MBA Class of 2015.

The scholarship covers tuition, housing, a ticket to the United States to begin the MBA program and a ticket back from the United States at the end of the MBA program.

Application Dates

The application deadlines are:

 

Application
Periods
Application submitted online
by 12 noon Boston time
Notification of the
MBA Admissions Board’s decision
Round 1 Monday, September 24, 2012 Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Round 2 Monday, January 7, 2013 Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Round 3 Monday, April 8, 2013 Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Please note that each “round” represents a distinct period in which you may apply, not a succession of steps for your application. You may apply in one round only, one time in an application year.

Given past experience, we anticipate that many candidates will submit their online application materials very close to 12 noon on submission deadline dates. To avoid heavy server traffic and potential delays, we encourage candidates to submit application materials as early as possible.

Applications received after 12 noon on September 24, 2012 will be considered in Round 2. Applications received after 12 noon on January 7, 2013 will be considered in Round 3. Applications received after 12 noon on April 8, 2013 will not be considered.

When Should I Apply?

To avoid overwhelming server traffic generated by the high volume of applications we receive, candidates are encouraged to submit their application as early as possible prior to the deadline of each round. We encourage applicants to apply in the first or second round, as space in the class may be limited by the third round. In addition, applying in the earlier rounds will give candidates more time to address the following:

International candidates needing visas will find that applying in Round 3 makes the timing of their visa application stressful.
International candidates admitted in Rounds 1 and 2 find that it’s helpful to have the additional time to work on English proficiency.
Some candidates may be required to complete preliminary course work prior to their enrollment.

Many deadlines for outside (non-Harvard Business School) fellowships are in early spring. Only students who have been accepted are eligible for these fellowships.

Financial aid is available regardless of when students are admitted. However, since admitted students may apply for financial aid only after they are admitted Round 3 admits have less time to prepare their application.

Harvard Business School residence halls and Harvard University-affiliated apartments are assigned by lottery. Deadlines for both of these housing options precede Round 3 notification, and you must be admitted to HBS before you can enter these lotteries.

Selection Criteria

Once you gain admission from HBS, submit a copy of your electronic admission letter to us. All eligible applicants (Nigerian citizens resident in Nigeria who have gained admission to HBS) will be invited for multiple rounds of interviews with SevenUp Bottling Company Executives to determine their fit with SBC’s vision for the scholarship.

One scholarship will be awarded annually.

It is important to note that the Harvard Business School MBA application process is separate. Seven-Up only

assesses candidates after they have successfully navigated the entire HBS MBA application process on their own.


Source: http://sevenup.org/hbs/index.php

November 26, 2013 |

JAMB Increases CBT Centres to 256 for 2014/2015 Examination

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JAMB LogoThe Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it has designated 256 centres for the 2014/2015 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) Computer Based Test (CBT) across the country.

Mr Fabian Benjamin, the board’s Head of Public Relations, made the disclosure in a telephone interview  on Monday in Lagos.

Benjamin said that the centres were increased from 56 in 2012/2013 to 256 for the forthcoming examination.

He said that the increase was made to accommodate the large number of candidates applying for the CBT.

“Application form is out; preparation for the technical aspect is in top gear and we are always ready.

“Centres that had hitches during the 2012/2013 examination will be corrected, while some may not be used.

“What we already have on ground is close to perfection,“ he said.

The board, in an earlier statement, had announced the commencement of the sale of the application forms for the 2014/2015 academic session UTME.

It advised qualified candidates seeking admission into tertiary institutions in Nigeria that online registration would be on until March 14, 2014, while the website would be closed on March 25.

JAMB said that the examination would be conducted on April 5, 2014 for those writing the Paper Pencil Test (PPT) and Dual Based Test (DBT).

It said that the date for the Computer Based Test (CBT) would be announced later.

The board said that the examination centres of the candidates would depend on their chosen towns during online registration. (NAN)


Source: Vanguard Nigeria

November 26, 2013 |

2013 Education Scorecard: Ogun state Government

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Logo - Ogun StateGovernor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State has assured that his administration would not retrench any cadre of teachers in the state’s education sector notwithstanding the huge amount being expended on their monthly salaries.

The governor gave the assurance on Tuesday in Abeokuta, the state capital while presenting the year 2014 budget proposal to the state lawmakers for their approval and passage into law.

Amosun, who told the lawmakers that the education sector took the lion share of N43.99 billion, which represents 20.93 per cent of the total budget for the 2014 fiscal year, also informed the House members that the unwavering commitment of his administration to educating the people of the state had started yielding positive results.

“As a direct result of our free education policy, many parents are now relieved of the apprehension associated with termly payment of school fees, while their children continue to thrive in our rapidly improving school system.

“We have maintained the freeze on tuition fee increases in our tertiary institutions while our cashless policy has helped to generate additional funds which are being reinvested directly by the institutions,” he said Amosun, who was speaking against the high personnel cost as evident in the recurrent state expenditure which stood at N92.70 billion, representing 44. 10 per cent of the total budget proposal for next year further explained that the free education policy of his administration had resulted in an upward increase in primary school pupils’ enrollment from 506,114 in 2012/2013 to 519,966 in 2013/2014 academic session.

The governor also informed the lawmakers that secondary school enrollment figure rose from 387,915 in 2012/2013 session to 411,619 in 2013/2014 as well as an increase in retention of students in schools.

Amosun emphasised that all these noticeable geometric increments would require qualified teachers to deliver the needed knowledge to students in the state, stressing that despite recent challenges with receipts from the Federation Account, the state is meeting salaries and related obligations at when due.


Source: National Mirror

November 25, 2013 |

The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship

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Google Anita Borg Scholarship recipients will each receive a € 7,000 (or equivalent) award for the 2014-2015 academic year. A group of female undergraduate and graduate students will be chosen from the applicant pool, and scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of each candidate’s academic background, passion for increasing the involvement of women in computer science, and demonstrated leadership. All scholarship recipients will be invited to attend an annual Google networking retreat in 2014.

Who can apply?

To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • Be a female student currently enrolled at a university for the 2013-2014 academic year
  • Intend to be enrolled in or accepted as a full-time student in a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD program at a university in Europe, the Middle East or Africa for the 2014-2015 academic year
  • Be studying Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Informatics or a closely related technical field
  • Maintain a strong academic record

The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship is a global program. If you are a student who will not be enrolled at a university in Europe, the Middle East or Africa for the 2014-2015 academic year, please visit the Anita Borg Scholarships Homepage to learn more about our Anita Borg Scholarships around the world.

Application Process

Please complete the online application which includes:

  • General background information (includes contact information and information about your current and intended institution for the 2014-2015 school year)
  • Current resume/CV (up to 2 pages)
  • Academic transcripts from your current institution (and prior institution if currently in graduate school)
  • A reference letter from a professor, instructor, adviser or supervisor
  • Responses to essay questions

Source: http://www.google.com/anitaborg/emea/index.html

November 25, 2013 |

Ministry of Education Introduces ‘Synthetic Phonics’ as New Method of Teaching English

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A new method of teaching English Language has been introduced into the country’s basic educational level.
The new method called “synthetic Phonics” is to help improve reading, Writing and speaking skills among pupils.

The Supervising Minister of Education, Mr. Nyesom Wike stated this in Abuja at a meeting with State Commissioners of Education, Chairmen State Universal Basic Education Boards and Directors of Schools.

He urged stakeholders to encourage the use of synthetic phonics so as to improve reading and writing among children in our primary schools.

The Acting Executive Secretary of UBEC, Prof. Rashid Aderinoye, noted that the meeting was a follow-up to the recommendation made by the Nigerian delegates at an international conference in the United Kingdom in 2012.

Underscoring the importance of the initiative, Aderinoye said there was the need to link properly curriculum, teaching method and the teacher in order to solve the reading challenges presently faced in the country.

To achieve reading and comprehension, Aderinoye said, teachers must understand the basic principles for children to know letter-sounds correlations, and to learn the skills of blending and segmenting them in order to decode and spell words correctly.


Source: Radio Nigeria Online

November 24, 2013 |

2014 Budget, Again Ogun Allocates Lion Share to Education

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Logo - Ogun StateGovernor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State on Tuesday, November 19 presented a proposed budget of N210.21 billion for the 2014 fiscal year; which is N1.57 billion less than last year’s budget.

Presenting the budget at the Assembly Chambers, Abeokuta, Amosun explained that the budget comprised N117.51 billion Capital Expenditure which represents 55.90 percent and N92.70 billion Recurrent expenditure, accounting for the balance of N44.10 per cent.

In the breakdown of the budget, the Education sector was given the highest percentage with N43.99 billion, equivalent to 20.93 per cent.

The health sector was allotted N21.11 billion while Agriculture has N10.52 billion, which is 5.01 per cent of the budget.

Housing and Urban Renewal got N26.74 billion, equal to 12.72 per cent; Rural and Infrastructural Development and Employment Generation was assigned N34.6 billion, which amounts to 16.49 per cent.

Governor Amosun, however, said: “Overhead cost is too high, but despite that, we are not going to sack our teachers. We have as at today, awarded 1,500 classrooms and we will continue to demolish the old structures and construct new ones. Some people will go and take picture of some dilapidated structures in our schools and post them on a social network, that, this school is in Ogun State, they should continue with that. What is on ground is not what we can correct in just 2 or 3 or 4 years, but we will get there one day.”

As a stakeholder in the Olokola Trade zone, Amosun said his administration would continue to drive development in this critical project and assured that the government would commence the development of the zone with the provision of infrastructure “as we expect the initial group of tenants to commence formal development of their sites”.


Source: Daily Times (Nigeria)

November 21, 2013 |

NNPC Pledges to Support Promotion of Science in Schools

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NNPC LogoThe NNPC has pledged to continue to sponsor its annual national quiz competition among secondary school students to encourage science based subjects.

This was contained in a statement issued by the acting Group General Manager, Public Affairs of the NNPC, Tumini Green, on Sunday in Abuja.
Green said that the NNPC was committed to encouraging science subjects in secondary schools through its annual quiz competition.

She said that preparation had been concluded for the grand finale of the competition to hold between Nov. 18 and November19.

“This year’s finalist are drawn from Akwa Ibom, Abia, Abuja, Ogun, Sokoto and Bauchi States.

“They are expected to compete in English language, mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology and general knowledge,” she said.

According to her, the NNPC will also continue to do all within its power to make Nigerians to benefit from the abundant hydrocarbon resources in the country.

She said that there were lots of efforts to support this commitment.

The statement said that the various Strategic Business Units of the NNPC had also pledged to continue to donate laboratory equipment and books to schools in their areas of operations.


Source: Daily Times Nigeria

November 19, 2013 |

Second Annual Edition of Human Jewel

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It was a gathering of academics on the restoration of quality education, mother tongue and cultural values among school leavers, the younger generation in Nigeria at the 2nd annual edition of Human Jewel.

Virtually all secondary school students in Abeokuta were beneficiaries of the seminar making the second movement of the NGO’s enthusiasm to re-awaken the Nigerian youth on the importance of the right to life, sound education, as well as to promote the nation’s diverse cultures.

No doubt, the students present felt the reflection on the need not to take their education with levity, as well as be enthused to embrace the nation’s culture to a greater height. They were all excited as they were refreshed with diverse Yoruba cultural songs, chants, poems and Ewi all in Yoruba.

Speaking through a representative, wife of Ogun State governor, Olufunso Amosun, charged school leavers, especially in Ogun State to improve on their personalities and be good ambassadors wherever they found themselves, adding that,

it is high time students discovered and worked on their potential in an effort to achieve in their chosen careers

She also charged parents and guardians on the need to pay more attention to their children, while she assured that the Ogun State government would not relent in its responsibility to provide quality education in the state.

A representative of the state Commissioner of Education, charged students to pay more attention to their attitudes, embrace moral and crave for viable education, just as he also urged parents to endeavour to give sound education to their wards, noting that the state education sector under the Ogun State government would not relent in its effort to foster cultural values and quality education so as to become a good ambassador to the state and the nation.

In her words, the initiator of the seminar, Fisayo Ajisola, acknowledged the Ogun State government and every one that contributed to the programme, adding that, “I am enthused to create an avenue for the younger generation to rediscover and be useful to themselves, parents and the nation.”

The programme which was also supported by two leading telecommunication industries in the country, MTN and Airtel, was well graced by dignitaries from all walks of life and top government officials of Ogun State witnessed the presence of the wife of the Ogun State governor, Mrs Olufunso Amosun, represented by the wife of the Special Adviser to the Governor on General Duties, Mrs Funmi Adeyemi, a lawyer; the Ogun State Commissioner of Education, Mr Olusegun Odubela, also represented by the permanent secretary of the ministry, Alhaji Ambali Ishola; Guest speakers: Professor Sophie Oluwole, Mr Olatubosun Lagunju, personnel from the Ogun Education Ministry, as well as academics scholars, teachers and students who were the participants at the Abeokuta Grammar School Hall.

Strong: Nigerian Tribune

November 18, 2013 |

Covenant University Develops Software to Check Illegal Arms Possession, Proliferation

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Covenant UniversityCovenant University, a private institution, has developed a software that can help to check the menace of illegal possession of arms and its proliferation in the country.

The software is known as the “Radio Frequency Identification (RID) Enabled Ammunition Depot Management System’’.

It was on display at an exhibition organised by the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) Research and Development centre to showcase NAF’s efforts in equipment maintenance and management, in Abuja on Tuesday.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) of the institution, Prof Aderemi Atayero, who presented the product, said the software had a human tracking capability and could be useful to security agencies in the country.

Atayero said the software was developed at the university in August and was the result of the institution’s efforts in the area of research and development.

According to him, the technology is already in use at the university to track the movement of staff and other key members of the university community.

In her remarks at the event, the Minister of Communication Technology, Mrs Omobola Johnson, reiterated the commitment of the present administration to support innovations by the nation’s armed forces.

Johnson said that the modernisation and re-equipping of the armed forces were of top priority to the present administration, hence its emphasis on training and re-training of its personnel.

According to Johnson, the acquisition of new and modern platforms for the armed forces and training of its personnel to handle such platforms, clearly explained government’s commitment to the armed forces.

The minister said the effort to develop local capacity to maintain some of the platform and equipment was a welcomed development and should be emulated by other agencies of government.

Earlier, the Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Alex Badeh, said the exhibition was put together by the reinvigorated NAF Research and Development Centre to encourage its internal mechanism for repairs and maintenance of its equipment and aircraft.

He said that the new approach was adopted to address challenges associated with the rising cost of aircraft maintenance.

According to Badeh, NAF cannot afford to be dormant, it must strive to remain relevant even as the cost of maintenance of its platforms and equipment continue to increase.

Badeh called on other agencies of government and research institutions to collaborate with NAF to achieve its mandate in spite of the dwindling resources allocated to it.

The  six commands in the Nigeria Air Force and its Kaduna-based Institute of Technology showcased some of their research works at the event.

The Training Command, Tactical Air Command and the Logistics Command took the first, second and third positions respectively at the end of the exhibition assessed by some experts.

The event was attended by the Supervising Minister of Defence, Mr Labaran Maku, some legislators, service chiefs and the Inspector-General of Police.

Other institutions that participated at the one-day exhibition included, the University of Lagos, Federal University of Technology, Minna and the Covenant University, Ota.

The rest included, NigComSat and the Nigerian Air Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA). (NAN)

Source: Vanguard Newspaper

November 14, 2013 |

JAMB Introduces Reading Culture in Varsity Exam

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JAMB LogoThe 2014 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) usually conducted by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) for students applying for first degree studies in Nigerian universities will include a test on the reading culture of applicants.

A statement from JAMB Friday in Abuja to announce the early roll out the 2014 UTME application documents indicated that apart from the usual appropriate choice of subjects, candidates will equally be tested on two general subjects to ascertain their levels of appreciation for reading.

“The public is also urged to note that candidates will be tested on two general books to enhance their reading culture irrespective of their choice of course of study.

The books are; The Successor by Jerry Agada and the Potter’s Wheel by Chukwuemeka Ike,” the statement from the head public relations of JAMB, Fabian Benjamin stated.

He noted that the board was determined to provide access to candidates desirous of tertiary education and has begun the sale of application documents into the nation’s tertiary institutions.

Benjamin explained that the early sale of the application form is to enable every Nigerian child desirous of tertiary education have access to the form on time to enable them prepare ahead for the examination slated for April 2014.

According to him, the two modes of tests hitherto conducted by JAMB; the Paper and Pencil Test (PPT) and Computer Based Test (CBT) are still opened to intending and prospective candidates for the 2014 UTME.

“Candidates across the globe who have successfully completed their secondary school education with a minimum of six credits including English Language and Mathematics are expected to obtain the forms at the designated banks and register with the approved cyber cafés across Nigeria and at the Nigeria High Commission Offices in Ghana, United Kingdom (UK), South Africa (SA), Cameroon, Jeddah and Biu.

Candidates are urged to ensure that their data are well captured at the cyber café and their subject choices are accurately entered,” he said.

Also in the statement, the Registrar of JAMB, Prof. ‘Dibu Ojerinde, urged parents, guardians and café operators to ensure that candidates are well guided in the filling of the form to avoid wrong filling and unwholesome practices that may affect their choices.


Source: ThisDay Live

November 13, 2013 |

Private School Owners Want Autonomy to Checkmate Fake Schools

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NAPPS LogoNational Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS) has called for autonomy to enable them regulate the affairs and activities of private schools in the country, pointing out that the association is in a better position to flush out bad eggs in the educational system involving private school owners.
The call came at the South-West Delegates Conference, with the theme, Quality Assurance: Strategies for School Improvement held at Taidob College, Abeokuta, Ogun State.

The South-West Regional President of the Association, Dosu-Idowu Moses,while addressing journalists at the venue, accused some government officials of colluding with some unqualified proprietors to set up quack schools in various parts of the country.

‘We want autonomy to regulate private schools; some state governments are yet to agree to this, our association is suppose “to recommend approval for private schools. We have been seeking government support for the approval; we must have a regulatory body. We are not in support of proliferation of schools, we want to work hand-in-hand with government,” he stated.

The body noted that, government in various states of the country must have a well-articulated and defined programme of educational relationship with the private schools, adding that,private schools should benefit from national and international resources accruing to improve the standard of education in various states since the purpose is to train every Nigerian child.

“National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools as an umbrella body of other associations should be made to be part of committee to determine the educational policies in our various states,” he emphasised.

In a related development, the association called on government to give them harmonised taxation,rather than the existing multiple taxation introduced by government, which is noted to be a thorn in their flesh.

The private schools should henceforth not loaded with burden of multiple taxation but a harmonised one put in place to make proprietors of such schools less stressful. The government should not see the private education sector as revenue generation means and proceeds from such schools should be tax free

On the unresolved university lecturers strike, the association decried in strong term,and passionately appealed to both Federal Government and Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to resolved their differences in the interest of the. students who are the country future leaders.
Source: Nigerian Tribune

November 6, 2013 |

My Teacher’s Counselling Worked for Me – Crescent’s Best Graduating Student

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Crescent UniversityOLAYINKA OLUKOYA was at the 5th convocation ceremony of the Crescent University, Abeokuta, Ogun State. She recounts her interaction with the best graduating student.

HE was extremely happy to be the best overall graduating student of the first Islamic University in Nigeria, Crescent University, Abeokuta, Ogun State. He beamed with smiles as he faced  the audience that came to witness the fifth convocation ceremony of the institution, last Saturday.

For Fatai Abolade Oyekan, the feat of being the winner out of 141 graduands was made possible by dint of hardwork and determination to be the best.

He told Education Tribune in an interview that he feels privileged, honoured and proud to be the best graduating student of the 2012/2013 graduating set.

A graduate of Economics and Actuarial Science, he said one of the things that worked for him was the encouragement he got from his parents, especially one of his secondary school teachers who he identified as Mr Mutiu Kelani.

He said, “My journey through this university began in September, 2010, when I received an admission letter to study Economics with Operation Research at 200 level. The feeling of felicity and profound joy that I felt was not only because I was offered admission into a university, but because I was admitted into this prestigious university.

“While not denying the place of hard work in this great achievement and privilege I enjoy today, I must also admit that my background and experiences in life contributed immensely. I come from a home where I have always been encouraged to work hard and achieve academic excellence, but sincerely, what motivated me most was the huge amount of money that was being paid as school fees yearly. I cannot afford to watch them go down the drain.

“When I was in secondary school, I used to be a good student but I was too playful, and one of my teachers used to tell me that “you can be the best, if you can be more serious,” I did not use to mind him and I continued to do things my own way.

“When I commenced my study in this great university, I thought about what my teacher used to tell me and also being motivated with the school fees being paid annually. I felt in myself that I could make it happen. Though it was not easy, but it is not mission impossible and if it was going to be mission impossible I was ready to be the Tom Cruise.”

According to him, the laid down rules and regulations of the citadel of learning does not allow any form of distractions, hence he needed to face his study squarely.

He recalled that he made the decision to fly higher above other students on his first day on campus and also engaged in socials, but does not keep unproductive friends.

The third born of a family of five, he had his primary education at Ebedi Nursery and Primary School, Iseyin, Oyo State before proceeding to Kelani College for his secondary education.

Oyenekan told Education Tribune that he had initially had a Diploma in Economics  with good grades from the same university which earned him admission into the 200 level.

While he looks forward to his call-up-letter for the mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme, the 24-year-old graduate said he returned to the classroom for his Masters programme in Economics and will like to work in a multinational company.

He said, “I have made up my mind to go for a second degree immediately after my service year, and am looking forward to work in any of the multinational companies.”

Oyenekan said that the Holy Prophet Muhammed is his role model, saying as a God fearing person, he owes Allah all that he has become.

Talking about how he feels being the best graduating student, Oyenekan said he was very proud because a particular course, ‘Finance’ would have cost him the honour.

He said that he got 45 per cent in the course, but had to work harder in other courses to cover up for it.

Oyenekan who said he graduated with a Cumulative Grade Point Average of about 4.8 encouraged the nation’s youths on the need to embrace hard work and commitment to academic excellence.

He attributed planning and strict compliance as a major factor responsible for the award.

“I always plan my programmes. I don’t play when am supposed to be reading and I don’t read when am supposed to relax. This system worked for me,” he said.

Oyenekan in his valedictory speech gave these words of encouragement that “failure can truly be made the mother of success, failure is not the final and success is never ending.”

At the graduation ceremony, the properitor/President, Board of Trustees, Judge Bola Ajibola, Ajibola, a former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, said the university would not relent in acknowledging and rewarding excellence, hard work and scholarship.

He disclosed that 90 per cent of the mounted courses of the institution had been fully accredited by the National Universities Commission
(NUC), adding that the varsity authorities were working assiduously to raise the remaining courses to full accreditation status.

The former minister observed that the “stringent and tedious peer review accreditation processes” of NUC had done the nation’s university system a lot of good.

While congratulating the graduating students, Ajibola charged them to be good ambassadors of the university and contribute their quota to nation-building.

In his speech, the institution’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Kehinde Okeleye, stated that eight students bagged First Class while 55 others graduated with Second Class Upper Division.

He added that 54 students were awarded Second Class Lower Division while 24 students were in the Third Class Division.

A total of 141 graduated from three colleges with eight students  graduating with first-class honours, fifty-five finished with second class upper,  fifty four with second-class lower and twenty-three with third-class from College of Information and Communication Technology (CICOT), College of Natural and Applied Sciences (CONAS) and College of Social and Management Sciences (COSMAS) of the university.

The Vice Chancellor, said “the need for discipline in the achievement of collective aspirations of the university is being brought early to our students in relation to the critical issues of abstinence from antisocial vices and indecent dressing among other.”

In his acceptance speech on behalf of other honourees, Chief Oba Otudeko lauded the proprietor, Judge Bola Ajibola describing him as being blessed because Crescent University was a dream fulfilled.

He said “we commit ourselves to joining you as partners to take the university to a greater height.”

He praised the graduands for working hard on the sacrifice of their parents and guardians, noting that he was pleased as a proud father to share the great moment with their parents, guardians and mentors “who have provided support that allowed you to reach this milestone.”

Okeleye said the university was proud to release the graduating students to the world as its ambassadors flying its flag.


Source: Nigerian Tribune

November 5, 2013 |

Ogun Emerges Second Best NFLHE State

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Ogun State Goverment logoOgun State has emerged the second best among the 36 states of the Federation in the just released 2009-2011 National Family Life HIV/AIDS Education (NFLHE) Curriculum Implementation Assessment result.

Speaking Wednesday in Abeokuta while receiving desktop computers from the FLHE unit of the Ministry, Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology in the State, Barrister Segun Odubela indicated that the
development was a result of government’s commitment towards sensitizing, training, enlightening and awareness programme on FLHE projects in the state.

Barrister Odubela noted that the government had been
unrelenting in its stride to reduce the spread of the deadly virus among students through training and enlightenment programmes.

“Over 35,000 secondary school students had been reached with classroom teaching of FLHE projects since May 2011 in the state with Minimum Prevention Package Intervention (MPPI). This is in addition to about 1,500 peer Educators trained and eventually formed into anti-AIDS Clubs in 75 secondary schools in the State during the same period” Odubela remarked.

While observing that the HIV prevalence rate in the State was 3.1% with young people aged between 15-29 years highly affected, the Commissioner added that between 2011 and now, more than 700 teachers have been trained to effectively educate the young ones.

“It is our believe that when young people are enlightened properly about sexuality and reproductive health, it will positively affect the way they reason, the way they believe and indeed the way they decide on critical issues that may positively affect their lives”, the Commissioner pointed out.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Alhaji Ambali Ishola, represented by the Director, Education Support Services, Mrs. Folashade Oresegun said the feat was made possible through the assistance received from the Federal Ministry of Education,
Association for Reproductive and Family Health (ARFH), United Nations population Fund (UNFPA), Global Fund, World Bank credit, Ogun SACA and the State Government.

He stressed that the FLHE curriculum was specially designed and implemented for public, private primary and secondary schools in the State to reduce the spread of HIV to the barest minimum.

November 5, 2013 |

Pregnant at 18, Best Graduating Student at 25

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Seven years after an unwanted pregnancy forced her to drop out of the University of Ilorin, Aishat Farooq emerges the best graduating student of the Bells University of Technology, Ota, Ogun State, reports Temitayo Famutimi

When Aishat Farooq gained admission into the University of Ilorin at 15, to study Zoology, little did she know that she was not going to be an alumnus of the institution. That was in 2003.

Despite the fact that she was a high flyer in her first two years in UNILORIN, the now 25-year-old indigene of Ilorin West-Local Government Area of Kwara State got distracted along the line. She played the campus love game and got a shocking result: she got pregnant.

It was in 2006 and in her third year. She was pregnant for a fellow student whom she had been dating. She was disappointed in herself and thought the whole world was crashing on her. Yet, she vowed not to terminate the pregnancy.

Although she wanted to continue her studies in the university, she became disillusioned and dropped out at 18. She sought consolation in trading.

But her father, Mr. Shehu Farooq, who believed that his daughter’s academic prowess should not be wasted, was determined to get her back on the academic track.

Today, Aishat has a different story to tell. On Saturday, she stood tall among her peers at the 5th convocation ceremony of Bells University, Ota, Ogun State, where she emerged the overall best graduating student with a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 4.93.

“The rebel in me won,” she declared while giving the valedictory address on behalf of the 208 graduating students of the university.

“I hope my story will inspire at least one person to change his or her circumstance. I was pregnant at 18 and by 19 I was already a mother. I had disappointed my father who believed so much in me. He had such big dreams for me and feared the dreams would become unfulfilled”.

Breaking the news of the pregnancy to her father, who was at the time based in the northern part of the country, was not easy. Aishat’s mother, Fatima, who stayed in Lagos with the family, did not break the “sad news” to the man until the lady was almost due. The mum feared her husband would be too angry.

Fatima narrated to our correspondent, “Looking back, we knew her to be very brilliant. But all of a sudden she got pregnant. Though her father and I were always discussing on the telephone, I hid it from him. Whenever he said he would be coming to Lagos to visit us, I would quickly chip it in that I would like to be the one to visit. So, I ensured I was the one always visiting him.

“That was how I managed the situation until the pregnancy was eight months. But even when we broke the news to him, he felt really bad. Although there was nothing he could do, he couldn’t go out for three days.”

Aishat studied Business Administration with specialisation in Human Resources Management, and received the Vice-Chancellor’s Prize for the Overall Best Graduating Student with a cash reward of N50,000 and a plaque. She also won the College of Management Sciences Prize and Department of Business Administration Prize for the Best Graduating Student.

Speaking with our correspondent after she received the awards, Aishat, whose face beamed with smiles, expressed gratitude to her dad for not losing hope in her during her trying time.

She noted that the popularly-held notion that the child that goes astray belongs to the mother, while the good ones belong to the father, was not applicable in her situation as her father did not give up on her.

Asked why her dad had so much hoped in her, she stated that her history of academic excellence from childhood right to the university was a major driving force.

Aishat, who attended Nazareth Nursery and Primary School, Lagos; Penny International College, Lagos and Model Secondary School, Maitama, Abuja, said she bagged several academic awards while growing up and noted that she secured admission to UNILORIN the same year she completed her secondary education.

She noted, “I did exceptionally well and bagged awards in the schools I attended. I had the overall best result at the Senior Secondary School Certificate level at Model Secondary School, Maitama, Abuja. In fact in UNILORIN, I was on the first class grade in my first year but in 200 Level, I dropped to second class upper division because I had already started getting distracted by the boys.

“It just happened that things turned out the way it did. But here I am, a product of God’s unending mercies, unconditional love and grace – all coupled with the faith my dad had in me and my fierce determination.

“I’m a goal getter. I push myself hard. Even here (BELLSTECH) in spite of being a mother, I was pushing for the best despite the challenges. I wanted to make my dad proud again. Once you are determined, nothing is impossible. Nothing can stop you.”

She said her decision to study Business Administration as against the sciences, which she was studying in UNILORIN, was informed by her two-year experience in the world of business after she dropped out of university.

She explained that incessant strikes by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, however, informed her decision to attend a private university. “Age was no longer on my side and I wanted to do it fast. And my dad could afford it because he was a businessman,” she added.

Asked if she was involved in any relationship at the Bells, she explained that she was a popular “snob” on campus because the majority of male students were younger than her. Besides, she did not want to get distracted or disappoint her parents and herself again.

Aishat, who has been posted to Lagos State to observe the mandatory National Youth Service Corps scheme, said, “If you ask around you will be told that I was a snob. My favourite spot was my room. I rarely went out of the room for social events. I went to mosque. However, when I contested for the president of my departmental association, Business Administration Students Association, the Nigerian system worked against me.

“I lost to my male opponent. Although I had plans to take some giant strides if I won, especially in the academic aspect for my fellow students, the fact that I was not the type of person who hangs out worked against me. I didn’t have a social life.”

She said she has no plans for marriage for now. She wants to pursue a master’s degree programme in Human Resources in the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. She added that she also plans to work in a corporate environment to garner experience and afterwards go back to the university to teach “as a way of giving back.”

The second child in a family of eight children, Aishat brought her six-year-old son, Damilola, to the convocation. It was, however, learnt that the Edo State-born father of the boy has since got married to another woman.

She noted that her major challenge on campus was the randomness of classes which denied her the opportunity of spending quality time with her son while her stay in the university lasted.

“We had visiting professors who came into the campus at anytime. Although we had schedules, many of them had a bit of flexible time. Sometimes on Sunday when I took permission to visit my child in Lagos, my classmates would call me up on the phone that there was going to be a class. Because attendance is very important, I had to rush down. This affected me a little,” she added.

Aishat’s father advised parents to give their children and wards the best of tutelage and close monitoring. He noted that he least expected the feat achieved by his daughter as he was at a time disturbed that “she could no longer make it.”

Asked if it was lack of adequate monitoring that made Aishat go astray at UNILORIN, he said, “Let’s just say that is how God wants it. You see, 70 per cent of the fault is on us the parents. Parents should give their children good supervision and tutelage. With this, they cannot derail. I thank God for her because it’s is not easy to have raised her from grass to grace.

“I screamed on the phone the day I learnt she was pregnant. I started asking questions: When, where and how. I burst into tears. But today, she is a new being. And I know the mistake will not repeat itself. My expectations for her are that she should fly higher and higher.”

Some other graduands who distinguished themselves were also recognised at the convocation ceremony.

Kolawole Lawal, who finished from the Department of Economics with a CGPA of 4.73, received the Olusegun Obasanjo’s Prize for being the best graduating student with outstanding academic performance and leadership qualities. Former President Obasanjo who is the Chief Promoter of the university, also attended the event.

Francis Sogunle, from the Department of Computer Science, who had a CGPA of 4.74, received the Chancellor’s Prize for excelling in external competitions of academic nature.

At the ceremony, 208 students were awarded first degrees with Aishat and 13 others being conferred with first class degrees, while 64 of them got second class upper degrees; 83 bagged second class lower; just as 43 were awarded third class degrees. Meanwhile four of the graduands finished with pass degrees.

The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof Isaac Adeyemi, charged the graduates to be patriotic and dedicated to nation building.

“Our beloved country is currently going through a rather stressful period. All hands must be on deck to seek lasting solutions to militancy and insurgencies and disregard for the rule of law. This is the time to prove your worth as you can’t afford to fold your arms or sit on the fence,” he observed.


Source: Punch Newspaper Online

November 5, 2013 |
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