Ebonyi lawmaker spends N1.7m on SSCE

The lawmaker representing Ohaozara west constituency in Ebonyi state House of Assembly, Deacon Onu Nwaonye, has given a total of N1.7 million for the payment of 2018 Senior Secondary certifi cate Examination (SSCE) for 110 students of Umunaga Secondary School of Enu-faith Uburu, Ohozara local government area of Ebonyi state. Blueprint gathered that each benefi ciary of the programme was Read More

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Sfaff training: NOUN parleys TETFund on intervention fund

September 8, 2017 By Martin Paul Abuja 0

National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), has appealed to the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund) to expedite action on the applications of its staff awaiting response of conference and study leave intervention. Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Abdalla Adamu, made the appeal yesterday when TETFund sensitisation team visited the university’s headquarters in Jabi, Abuja. Represented by the Deputy ViceChancellor (Admin) Read More

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Breaking: Non academic staff of tertiary institutions declare total strike, doctors adamant

September 7, 2017 Online Editor 0

The National Association of Resident Doctors on Thursday refused to call off its strike despite holding a 13-hour meeting with representatives of the Federal Government.   The meeting, which held at the Federal Secretariat in Abuja, ended in the early hours of Thursday, had in attendance the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige; the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole; and the Minister of Read More

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‘Tertiary schools in Southern Kaduna to re-open’

September 6, 2017 By AbdulRaheem Aodu Kaduna 0

Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state yesterday announced that following the marked improvement in the security situation in Southern Kaduna, the government has decided to re-open all tertiary institutions in the area. He also disclosed that the state government has decided to adopt a multi campus structure for all its tertiary institutions, a decision that will assign at least one tertiary institution Read More

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WAEC exam to hold despite holiday

August 31, 2017 Blueprint 1

West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has announced that the examinations slated for September 4 will hold despite the public holidays. The federal government has declared September 1 and 4 as public holidays to celebrate the Islamic festival of Eid el-Kabir. The Council said on its Twitter account on Tuesday that the exams for private candidates, in the 2017 timetable, would Read More

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Strike: Osinbajo takes over negotiation with ASUU

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has taken over government’s negotiations with the striking varsity lecturers under the aegis of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). The lecturers had on August 13 commenced an indefinite nationwide strike over federal government’s failure to implement an agreement it reached with the union in 2009. The union boycotted a meeting which was scheduled to Read More

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LAUTECH closure: Our children academically distressed – Parents

August 30, 2017 By Bashir Mohammed Kano 0

Barely 10 months after closure of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), owned by Oyo and Osun state governments, some parents have expressed fears that the academic future of their children could be jeopardised. Speaking to newsmen on behalf of the concerned parents resident in Kano yesterday, a school teacher, Mrs. Yinka Adeniran, said the indefinite closure of the University Read More

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Needless furore over JAMB cut-off mark

August 30, 2017 Zainab Suleiman Okino 0

Professor Ish-haq Olanrewaju Oloyede, registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) must have been bemused at the controversies and negative reactions that have trailed the cut-off marks announced by administrators of tertiary institutions at the board’s policy meeting on plans and modalities for the conduct of the 2017 admissions held last week. I prefer the term “administrators of tertiary institutions” Read More

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We’ll call off strike if … – ASUU

August 30, 2017 Blueprint 0

…FEC to deliberate on impasse today   … NANS gives FG 21-day ultimatum       The meeting between the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) over the ongoing strike yesterday suffered a major setback as ASUU made a counter offer to the government. The federal government, through the Ministry of Education had, on August 16, 2017, Read More

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Niger varsity gets admission quota, pegs cut-off mark at 160

August 30, 2017 By Aideloje Ojo Minna 0

Vice Chancellor of the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai (IBBUL), Prof. Mohammed Nasir Maiturare, has said that 2930 candidates admission quota was allocated to the university for the 2017/2018 academic session and that the institution had fixed 160 JAMB scores as cut-off points for admission, this year.   Maiturare stated this yesterday at a press briefing in Minna, adding that Read More

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UniLag’s Post-UTME holds Sept 18-22

August 30, 2017 By Tope Musowo Lagos 0

University of Lagos yesterday said its Post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (Post-UTME) aptitude test for prospective students for the 2017/2018 academic session would hold from Sept. 18 to Sept. 22 The Institution’s Deputy Registrar, Information, Mr. Toyin Adebule, said in a statement that online registration for the Post-UTME screening exercise for placement into courses/programmes for the new academic session would take place from August 31 Read More

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Obaseki emerges UBTH boss

Dr. Darlington Ewaen Obaseki has been appointed the substantive Chief Medical Director (CMD, University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), for a term of four years. A statement by the hospital’s Public Relation Officer, Mrs. Ibitoye Kehinde, stated that the CMD’s appointment was approved by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo. It added that the appointment was convened in a letter signed Read More

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Council appoints Abdulkareem as new Unilorin VC

Governing Council of the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) yesterday announced a professor of chemical engineering, Sulyman Age Abdulkareem, as the 10th Vice Chancellor of the university. Abdulkareem succeeds the current Vice Chancellor, Prof Abdulganiyu Ambali, whose tenure ends October 15, this year. Addressing reporters in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital, Chairman, Governing Council of the university, Dr Abdullahi J. Oyekan  said the Read More

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Suleja emir bemoans deteriorating reading culture

August 29, 2017 By Martin Paul Abuja 0

  Emir of Suleja, HRH Malam Muhammad Awwal Ibrahim, has decried the “deteriorating reading culture among students in institutions of learning” in the country. Speaking as Special Guest of Honour at the 11th Literature in Northern Nigeria conference hosted by the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) in Abuja, the emir said uncontrolled access to internet has contributed immensely to the Read More

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Reps rate Kebbi low in education

August 28, 2017 Blueprint 0

House of Representatives House Committee on Education has rated Kebbi state low in all aspects of primary and secondary education and also accused the state government of awarding all manner of school contracts to political patronage who don’t have knowledge of civil engineering. Th e committee which visited the state during the week, on its oversight functions led by Hon. Read More

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Jamb: Gusau varsity pegs cut-off mark at 170

August 28, 2017 Blueprint 0

Federal University Gusau has announced 170 as minimum mark for the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) cut-off marks for admission into the university for the 2017/2018 academic session. Information Offi cer of the university, Umar Usman, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gusau on Saturday. Usman said the university management had arrived Read More

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…Poly teachers kick, say it’s ridiculous

August 28, 2017 Blueprint 0

Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has faulted the recent cut-off point announced by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), describing it as “an embarrassment” to the system. National President of ASUP, Comrade Usman Dutse, who stated this in Abuja at the weekend, said the cut-off point announced by the regulator represented 25 per cent of the examination – Read More

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Conversion of MAPoly to MAUTech: Need to revisit Yabani report

August 28, 2017 Blueprint 0

Recommendations on the upliftment of polytechnic to degree awarding institution featured in so many reports submitted to federal government by several committees setup in the time past where it’s majorly agreed that products of polytechnics have out grown the “middle level” adjective used in judging the mental capacities of their graduates. However the stage of implementation is where all the Read More

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120 cut-off mark: JAMB no more relevant — Ezekwesili

August 28, 2017 By Bode Olagoke Abuja 0

Former Minister of Education, Mrs. Oby Ezekwesili, has described the decision of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to reduce the cut-off mark for admission into universities to 120 as “a case of running a race from top to bottom.” She stated that rather than conduct entrance examination for university admission, JAMB should only play a regulatory role while Read More

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Traditional ruler bags Law degree at 73

August 25, 2017 Blueprint 0

A traditional ruler in Ogun state, Olufemi Ogunleye, has obtained a degree in Law at the age of 73. Ogunleye, who is the Toluwade of Akinale in Owu Kingdom of Egbaland, graduated with a Second Class Upper degree from Crescent University, Abeokuta, an institution founded by Bola Ajibola, a former Nigerian Attorney-General and ex-judge at the International Court of the Read More

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Declare emergency in education sector, ex-gov candidate tells FG

August 25, 2017 By Peter Moses Abeokuta 0

  Founder of Paseda Legacy Foundation, Otunba Rotimi Paseda, yesterday asked the federal government to urgently declare a state of emergency in the education sector. Paseda, who was governorship candidate of Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) in the 2015 election in Ogun state, spoke in Ijebu-Ode while inspecting the ongoing free holiday coaching organised by his foundation for students in Read More

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SUBEB boss threatens Nasarawa contractors

August 23, 2017 By Mohammed Yangida Lafia  0

Nasarawa state Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) has threatened to sanction contractors that abandoned projects awarded to them in the state.   Chairman of the board, Alhaji Muhammed Danazumi, issued the warning yesterday when he held a meeting with contractors in Lafia.   He expressed dismay over the failure of some contracting firms in the state to move to site Read More

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JAMB slashes varsity cut-off marks to 120

August 23, 2017 By Martin Paul Abuja 0

Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has slashed the cut-off marks for admissions into Nigerian universities and degree awarding institutions from 180 to 120. Th e board, at its 2017 policy strategic meeting held in Abuja yesterday, said polytechnics and colleges of education’s cut-off marks had also been reduced to 100. Th e meeting attended by vicechancellors, registrars, rectors, provosts, Read More

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States yet to access N71bn UBEC intervention fund

August 22, 2017 By Martin Paul Abuja 0

Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has disclosed that over N71, 044,302, 460.73 billion matching grants are stashed in the Central Bank un-accessed by state governments. Executive Secretary of the Commission, Dr. Hamid Bobboyi, who made the disclosure yesterday in Abuja at interactive session with journalists, said arrangements were in top gear to commence head count of teachers and pupils from Read More

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Don’t allow ASUU strike linger for another week, SDP urges Buhari 

August 21, 2017 Bode, Olagoke, Abuja 0

The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari, not to allow the ongoing strike of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to linger for another week, saying ‘the continuous neglect of the education sector amounts to intentional destruction of the future of the country.’ A statement signed in Abuja by the SDP National Publicity Secretary Alfa Read More

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