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… Reiterates commitment to teachers’ welfare

March 14, 2014 Blueprint 0

The federal government has reiterated its commitment to the promotion of teacher’ welfare even as it rewarded deserving teachers and school administrators at the just concluded 2013 edition of the President’s Teachers and Schools Excellence Award (PTSEA). The Supervising Minister of Education, Ezenwo Nyesom Wike, in his speech at the combined awards presentation ceremony for the president’s teachers and school Read More

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NUT calls for employment of qualified teachers

March 14, 2014 Blueprint 0

The Nigerian Union of Teachers has appealed to the Federal government to employ highly qualified teachers to teach in the basic schools to ensure high standard of education. The Union’s President, Mr Michael Alogba who made the demand in Abuja also stated during the 2013edition of President’s Teachers and schools excellence award that the honour would go a long way Read More

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FG steps up reading campaign to check declining standards

March 14, 2014 Blueprint 0

Worried by the declining standard of education in Nigeria, particularly at the basic school level, the federal government has stepped up its campaign to address poor reading and comprehension competencies among the teaching personnel. At the opening of a four-day capacity building workshop organised for English Language Secondary School teachers in Abuja, facilitated by the National Action Committee on Read Read More

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RTEAN calls for free, compulsory education

March 14, 2014 Blueprint 0

The road transport employers association of Nigeria, (RTEAN),has  called on state holders to wake up to the ideals as well as benefits of free compulsory  education as a panacea to solving Nigeria’s economic woes. The national president of RTEAN, Alhaji shelu Isiwele, made this known when the National Association of Nigerian students.  Presented him with a peace ambassadors award in Read More

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Thinkright Foundation sues for better society

March 7, 2014 Blueprint 0

Thinkright Foundation, a Lagos-based non-governmental organisation, has called for attitudinal change that will boost personal, organizational and national development. Speaking at the launch recently, the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the foundation, Mr. Daniel Ukwu said the mission of the foundation is to enhance development through strategic capacity-building. Ukwu added that the foundation has the vision of becoming Read More

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Wike inaugurates committee on NICT, Uromi

March 7, 2014 Blueprint 0

The federal government has inaugurated a six-man committee to oversee the take-off of the newly established, National Institute of Construction Technology, Uromi, in Edo state. Inaugurating the committee in Abuja, the supervising Minister for Education, Barrister Nyeso Wike, reminded the members that the establishment of the institution is a central component of the transformation agenda of the present administration. According Read More

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As Zamfara council sponsor students to Uganda…

March 7, 2014 Blueprint 0

Recently, the Zamfara state government sent a number of students of the state origin on scholarship study in Uganda. UMAR MARADUN examines the role of local government councils in the running of education in Nigeria Although the role of the local government councils in the running of education has been relegated to the background, with the introduction of states’ universal Read More

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For a sustainable reading culture

March 7, 2014 Blueprint 0

Recently, the Federal Ministry of Education in conjunction with the office of the special assistant to the President on MDGs organised an awareness campaign on reading as part of its grass root mobilisation effort aimed at resuscitation the dying reading culture. AUGUSTINE OKEZIE highlights the essential pathway for the revival of the reading culture In an address at the FME/MDGs Read More

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Poly governing councils wade into ASUP strike

March 7, 2014 Blueprint 0

Chairmen, governing councils of federal polytechnics have voted to mediate in the dispute between the Federal Government and Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), with a view to ending the lingering strike action. Chairman of the forum of Polytechnics Governing Council Chairmen, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, who led his members on a courtesy visit to the Supervising Minister of Education Nyesom Read More

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Vocational education, key to sustainable development in Nigeria – Egbule

March 7, 2014 Blueprint 0

Experts in vocational education recently converged in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital, for the 21st Annual International Conference of the Nigeria Vocational Association (NVA).At the occasion, the National President of the association, Prof. Patrick E. Egbule of the Department of Vocational Education/Agricultural Science Unit, Delta State University, Abraka, spoke to FRANCIS OGAR on the need to inculcate the right Read More

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IMSUBEB upgrades information unit

March 7, 2014 Blueprint 0

The Information unit of the Imo State Universal Basic Education Board (IMSUBEB) in Owerri has been upgraded for efficient dissemination of information and liaison with the general public. The Chairman, of the agency, Mrs Gertrude Oduka, disclosed this  when news correspondents visited the headquarters of the organization recently, on a courtesy call. The chairman also informed the media that a Read More

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FUTO VC Lauds journalists over coverage of activities

March 7, 2014 Blueprint 0

The Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri  (FUTO), Prof. Chigozie C. Asiabaka, has praised journalists in Imo state for their continued positive coverage of the institution’s programmes and activities. Asiabaka, who was speaking during an interactive session with some media representatives in the tate, made it clear that the institution’s programmes and activities coupled with information on Read More

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Leadership tussle rages in Federal Poly, Nassarawa

February 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

The serene academic atmosphere in the Federal Polytechnic, Nasarawa was thrown into confusion recently over who between Dr. Shettima Abdulkadir Saidu and Mr Shuaibu Madaki is the substantive rector of the institution. KATE ONWUDINJO captured the true situation on ground as well as government’s reaction The confusion at the Federal Polytechnic, Nassarawa had started when on February 3 this year, Read More

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ASUU/FG agreement: UNICAL gets N4.6billion, graduates 1507

February 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

The University of Calabar (UNICAL) has accessed the sum of N4.6 billion from the N200 billion recently released by the federal government to universities in line with Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) agreement with government late last year. The institution will also on Saturday, January 22, graduate 1507 students who, for three academic years, were not privileged to do Read More

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FG raises alarm over threat of extinction of Nigeria languages

February 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

The supervising minister for education, Barrister Nyesom Wike has raised an alarm over the possible extinction of Nigeria’s indigenous languages. He noted this at the 2014 The United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture UNESCO, International Mother Language Day, IMLD, in Abuja. He said there is remarkable decline in the use of Nigerian languages, especially those living in urban Read More

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Prof. Obioma’s NERDC and Nigeria’s education

February 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

At a recent interactive media chat in Abuja, the Executive Secretary of Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council, Professor Godswill Obioma, did not hide his passion for a transformed and functional education in Nigeria and the Council’s agenda for 2014 to actualize the dream. AUGUSTINE OKEZIE critically evaluates the contributions of the mathematics Professor and the Council to the changing Read More

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University don harps on art material retention

February 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

Professor Effiong Johnson of the Department of Arts, University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State has said that Theatre Arts is a discipline that promotes effective brain orientation to material retention or memory preservation. He stated that in theatre productions, the lines of a script, which may last for hours, are usually committed to memory and reinvented in manners that is Read More

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Controversy over House of Reps, ‘NUC’s accreditation procedure

February 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

Recently, the House of Representatives criticised the National Universities Commission’s accreditation procedure, describing it as being fraudulent ‘and riddled with favoritism. AUGUSTINE OKEZIE examines the issues at stake The House of Representatives had faulted the procedure for accreditation of academic programmes of Nigerian universities by the National Universities Commission (NUC), insisting the procedure appeared to be “fraudulent” as it was Read More

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UBEC condemns learning under trees

February 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

The Executive Secretary, Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Alhaji (Dr.) Dikko Suleiman has said that there can’t be a positive result from a pupil that learns under trees. Dr. Suleiman noted this while receiving a delegation from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Project for the construction of additional classrooms, phase III in Oyo State in his office. He said, the Read More

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Dickson justifies the appointment of Shehu of Borno as Chancellor

February 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

Against the backdrop of the appointment of the Shehu of Bornu as the Chancellor of the Niger Delta University, Amassoma, Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State says the appointment was well deserved owing to his long and impressive academic, moral and political profiles, even as he noted that the Shehu of Bornu, Alhaji Abubakar Ibn Umar Garba El-Kanemi would build Read More

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Orji assures of massive reform in education sector

February 28, 2014 Blueprint 0

Abia State Governor, Chief Theodore Orji, last week commissioned a multi-classroom Ultra Modern School building at Ogbo Central School, Avonipupe Ubakala, with an assurance that his administration will give the educational sector a massive sense of belonging to ensure it competes favorably with those outside the state. The structure was powered by the Local Government Subsidy Re-investment and Empowerment Programme Read More

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Adedamola emerges winner in Budding Engineers Competition

February 21, 2014 Blueprint 0

Master Obidele Lukman Adedamola of Federal College of Animal Health & Production Technology, Ibadan, has emerged overall winner of the 2014 Budding Engineers, Scientists and Technologists (BEST) Competition organised by the Federal Ministry of Education. Adedamola beat other sixteen contestants that qualified for the Grand-finale with average score of 63.3 points with his project: Utilization of Poultry Waste for Biogas Read More

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On 2013 education score card

February 21, 2014 Blueprint 0

The supervising Minister of Education, Barrister Nyesom Wike, recently presented the 2013 Annual Education Report, which chronicled the various successes and failures recorded by the ministry in the passing year. AUGUSTINE OKEZIE examines the militating factors that have hindered growth in the sector While presenting the 2013 Education’s Annual Report in Abuja, the minister said the year ended with challenges Read More

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Repositioning tertiary education

February 21, 2014 Blueprint 0

Tertiary education in the country is currently witnessing a turn around, thanks to agitation by staff unions that has attracted massive injection of funds and attention from government, added to the recent change of guard at the helm of higher education management. AUGUSTINE OKEZIE highlights the various transformations currently going on in tertiary education The recent presentation of letters for Read More

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FCT Secondary Education Board requests more assistance from Korea

February 21, 2014 Blueprint 0

The Secondary Education Board of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, have requested the Korean government through its cultural centre, to increase its quota on scholarship slot, assist her in the capacity building for  teachers and on infrastructural development Speaking at a farewell ceremony organised by the board, for two students that came out tops in the recently concluded Korean sponsored Read More