EDUCATION

Schools to reopen July 13 for SSCE candidates, final year and primary six students
Education

Schools to reopen July 13 for SSCE candidates, final year and primary six students
| June 04th, 2020

FEDERAL Government  has given indications of reopening schools on July 13, 2020, for final year, Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) students.



This was made know by Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman, Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha during COVID-19 daily briefing in Abuja, yesterday.

According to the SGF, Federal Goverment intends to reopen schools for the final year students, SSCE and primary six students, contrary to his statement on Monday, that schools shall remain closed until further evaluations.



“This decision is imperative as these people that fall under this category will be able to take their exams so as to take a step ahead.”



This announcement came barely two days after the second phase of the lockdown ended.



The Task Force Committee said it was working in systematic and fact based way to ensure all its decision making was informed by the best public health data and global best practices that ensure safe re-opening.



He revealed that consultations to various stakeholders have already started and additional consultations on Memorandum of Understanding being dispatched to various learning institutions and other sectors for their views on the proposed reopening for safety.



Schools will however be re-opened for all students later when federal government is convinced that lives of students will be safe while at school.

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Anambra State Government gives update on Reopening of schools
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Anambra State Government gives update on Reopening of schools
| June 03rd, 2020

The Anambra State government has said that it won’t risk the lives of children and students by reopening schools during the coronavirus pandemic that has infected over 10,000 people in Nigeria.



The State Commissioner for Basic Education, Prof. Kate Omenugha, made this known while speaking with journalists on Wednesday in Awka, adding that the decision not to open schools came from the Federal Government.


Omenugha also urged teachers to focus on online education and stop pressuring the state government about reopening schools as that won’t happen until the Federal Government gives such directives.



She said, “Government knows what it is doing. So, we are not going to reopen the schools and risk the lives of our children to the COVID-19 pandemic because some teachers are calling on us to resume.



“When schools were shut down on March 24 because of coronavirus pandemic, we decided to engage school children in something meaningful instead of leaving them to idle away.

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First Bank provides free e learning subscription to over one million students
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First Bank provides free e learning subscription to over one million students
| May 22nd, 2020

FirstBank of Nigeria Limited has announced that thousands of students have been signing up to access the e-learning solutions for free which is provided in partnership with Roducate and Lagos State Government.



This it explained was in furtherance of its resolve to close the gap of the disruption in children education’s due to schools’ closure, following the COVID-19 pandemic.



A statement explained that the Roducate e-learning platform was structured in line with the government’s accredited curriculum for primary, secondary and tertiary schools across various fields of academic endeavours, such as science, commercial and arts.



“Also, it includes tutorial videos to reinforce the learning engagement as well as assignments and mock exam to test the students’ knowledge and progress in the course of studying. In addition, learning on the platform enables one to take notes for quick reference.

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ESUT gets new Vice chancellor
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ESUT gets new Vice chancellor
| May 20th, 2020

Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) now has a new Vice Chancellor whose appointment has been ratified by the Governing Council of the institution.



The new Vice Chancellor who’s in acting capacity is Professor Charles Ugwoke Eze of Science Education.



Before his appointment, Professor Eze was the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academics and former director, general studies.



He succeeds Professor Luke Anike whose tenure has just expired.

 

Details later…

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NASU to begin warning strike after covid19 lockdown
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NASU to begin warning strike after covid19 lockdown
| May 19th, 2020

The Non - Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions has directed its members in federal universities, polytechnics and Colleges of Education to commence a 14 - day warning strike , immediately after the covid19 lockdown.



The union said it gave the notice of strike action, due to salary disputes such as non -payment of salaries to some workers , short - payment of salaries to others and non -deduction of check - off dues .




The NASU General Secretary , Peters Adeyemi , said in Abuja on Monday that the union was protesting against the short -payment of its members ’ salaries since February 2020 .

It was learnt that the union had also written a petition to the Ministry of Labour and Employment on the issues.



Adeyemi said in the petition , “ Regrettably, despite your assurances via a telephone discussion sometime in early April 2020 , the officials of Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System have refused to effect appropriate corrections of all the anomalies observed by NASU members in the federal universities and intra-university centres , federal polytechnics and federal Colleges of Education up to this moment .



“ It is unfortunate that the IPPIS has betrayed the leadership of NASU by deceiving us into accepting that the IPPIS platform will take on board all the peculiarities affecting our members and that there will be no problem if we key into the platform. Now we know better . The IPPIS promised to do a three- month experiment and it has come out disastrously and we are unable to allow this defective and deficient process to continue . ”

Adeyemi noted that the union had conveyed a strike notice to its members through a letter with reference number NASU /CD/ 307 / 209 .



“ The 14 - day warning strike will be used to protest the refusal of IPPIS to react positively to issues that affect the correct payment of its members’ salaries and other errors identified which have been placed before the IPPIS for correction , ” he added.

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FG warns vice-chancellors against reopening varsities
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FG warns vice-chancellors against reopening varsities
| May 11th, 2020

The Federal Ministry of Education has ordered vice chancellors to maintain the closure of federal , state and private universities in order to keep students and university communities safe from coronavirus .



The National Universities Commission gave the directive through a circular by the Director , Directorate of the Executive Secretary’ s Office , Chris Maiyaki .



The circular read, “Vice chancellors will please recall that following the ministerial directive of March 19, 2020 , the NUC issued two circulars on Friday, March 20, to convey approval for the closure of institutions for a period of one month effective from Monday , March 23.



“ The Federal Ministry of Education has subsequently directed on Friday, March 8 , that all schools remain closed as the Federal Government is closely monitoring developments on the containment of the COVID - 19 . Vice - Chancellors are to ignore the fake news being circulated in the social media as the situation is under constant review and any decision will be conveyed through the appropriate channels .



“ I am therefore to forward herewith, a copy of the circular from the Federal Ministry of Education to vice chancellors of Nigerian universities for guidance and full compliance . ”



The NUC had, on March 19 , ordered the closure of tertiary institutions for one month as part of the measures to contain the spread of the COVID - 19 virus .



Four days after the closure , the Academic Staff Union of Universities declared a “ total and indefinite strike ” over the failure of the Federal Government to keep to the 2019 Memorandum of Action and over the lingering crisis on the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System.



The union had begun a two -week warning strike on March 9 , after which the lecturers embarked on a full strike.



Ming online reports that the five contentious issues in the 2019 MoA are the revitalisation fund for universities, outstanding earned academic allowances , renegotiation of the 2009 agreement , proliferation of universities, particularly by state governments, and the establishment of visitation panels to universities.

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FG makes fresh statement on resumption of schools
Education

FG makes fresh statement on resumption of schools
| April 29th, 2020

There is no date yet for schools in the country to resume despite the announcement by President Muhammadu Buhari, on a gradual lockdown relaxation on the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Lagos and Ogun States, the Federal Government has said.



The government also said that the West African Examinations Council has not cancelled its external exams as students will still have to go and take those exams when the government is sure to have taken good care of the pupils.

The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, said this while replying to a question during the daily briefing by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 pandemic.



The minister explained that the Federal Ministry of Education could not foresee or give any date when schools would be resuming in the country.

Nwajiuba noted that the federal government was not ready to put children at risk by opening schools.


The minister said: “The President actually addressed the issue of the opening of the economy gradually. Until that is done, we can’t foresee or immediately tell you when all the schools will be reopened. It will not be proper for us to simply give you a date. It has to be in tandem with these opening terms. We don’t want to put our children at risk. None of these schools can function on their own without the society.



“On the question of children promoting to the next class, those exams will happen when we are satisfied that the children have learnt what is enough for them to move. For those who are in the exit classes of junior basic and senior secondary schools, we are preparing them and will continue to.

“This will go on until we are sure that they are equipped for the external examinations. The West African Examinations Council has not cancelled their external exams. It was postponed indefinitely. This indefinite nature is so that we can get a definite date. Students will still have to go and take those exams when we are sure that we have taken good care of the pupils



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COVID-19: FG grants Nigerian students, free subscription to e-learning
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COVID-19: FG grants Nigerian students, free subscription to e-learning
| April 25th, 2020

The Federal Government granted Nigerian students free subscription to e-learning through some selected sites in partnership with some major networks in the country.

Mr Emeka Nwajiuba, Minister of State for Education, made this known during the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 daily press briefing in Abuja.



He said the federal government granted free subscription to students during the lockdown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, adding that some selected sites could now be accessed by the student for free lectures.



According to him, Airtel users can browse the site for free while MTN and Glo are still adjusting their technical system for their subscribers to access the free site, adding that both Radio and Television stations could also be accessed for the lecture.

He said the online classes were conducted like the offline, adding that the classes could be taken in real time if the students were online and they could also get the lectures after the classes were over and such student was not online at such time.


He said what the ministry was doing was to synchronise them in order to meet the yearnings of the students during the lockdown period occasioned by COVID-19.

Also, the Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, Mr Festus Kenyamo said the health workers that were recently relieved of their appointment would have to engage the ministry for a possible way out of the impasse.



He said that though the ministry did not have the details of what led to the disengagement of their appointment but “our duty is to act as conciliator, stressing that since the courts were not sitting, the ministry will not sit akimbo.



” The disengaged health workers can get across to the ministry through the email of my personal address on social media for the ministry to act as conciliator,” he said.

He stated that the ministry knew the importance of health workers at this time of COVID-19 pandemic and so, privilege of mediating in the logjam would be provided to the health workers to resolve the disagreement.

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FG suspends WAEC and neco for this year till further notice
Education

FG suspends WAEC and neco for this year till further notice
| April 22nd, 2020

The Federal Government has said that candidates sitting for this year’s West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) and National Examination Council (NECO) examinations would know when they would write the papers after the COVID-19 lockdown in the country.



The Minister of State for Education, Mr. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, said this on Tuesday in Abuja, at the 16th joint national briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.



According to him, WAEC and NECO examinations had been postponed indefinitely as a result of the COVID-19, adding that the ministry will announce the time for the examination after the lockdown period.



He also allayed fears over the closure of the portal of the National Open University (NOUN), saying that the institution will also resume after the lockdown.


The minister said students had been advised to learn via online platforms.

He said: “We are working with Universal Basic Education (UBEC) and the State Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to ease the process.



“Fifteen states, including Lagos and Anambra, have already commenced learning through radio in accordance with approved standard, and we are also working with NTA and Radio Nigeria to provide educational contents.”



He acknowledged that there were children with no access to the Internet, adding that the ministry was working to provide learning for those categories through terrestrial platforms.



While noting that some tertiary institutions in the country had commenced online learning as well.

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