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POOR PREPARATIONS THREATEN STUDENTS’ RESUMPTION THIS WEEK

POOR PREPARATIONS THREATEN STUDENTS’ RESUMPTION THIS WEEK

…Most schools lack hand-washing points, running water, PPE, others States were on Sunday divided over the Federal Government’s directive that the Senior Secondary School 3 pupils should resume on Tuesday in preparation for the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations starting on August 17. Findings by The PUNCH showed that SSS3 pupils in Lagos, Benue, Kwara and Ogun states are ... Read More »

Schools Re-Opening: Oyo Govt. Hails Teachers

Schools Re-Opening: Oyo Govt. Hails Teachers

…Provides Details Of New School Calendar Oyo State Government has hailed teachers in the state as the heroes of the successful resumption of classes in the state despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The state’s Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Barrister Olasunkanmi Olaleye, said in a statement yesterday that the state government was appreciative of the commitment of the teachers to ... Read More »

COVID-19: SSANIP Rejects Reopening of Polytechnics

By Joe Adedeji, Ilorin The Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Polytechnics (SSANIP) South West Zone has said it would reject resumption of full academic activities in polytechnics if sufficient provisions are not made for it by the government. The association stated this in a communique issued at the end of SSANIP Zone ‘F’ Executive Council Meeting held in Offa, Kwara ... Read More »

I was disappointed by Achebe’s comment on my Nobel Prize – Soyinka

I was disappointed by Achebe’s comment on my Nobel Prize – Soyinka

Nobel laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, has said he was disappointed by a comment made by the late renowned novelist, Prof Chinua Achebe, shortly after he (Soyinka) won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986. In a conversation with an American-based Nigerian novelist, Okey Ndibe, which was aired on Channels Television’s Book Club, Soyinka said he considered the particular remark by ... Read More »

$105 billion package to help schools reopen in US

$105 billion package to help schools reopen in US

….As Mnuchin says GOP plan for unemployment extension will be based on ’70% wage replacement’ The Republican coronavirus relief plan will extend enhanced unemployment insurance “based on approximately 70% wage replacement,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Thursday. The Treasury secretary also said a payroll tax holiday, which President Donald Trump has repeatedly pushed for, “won’t be in the base bill.” ... Read More »

Parents Plead For Schools’ Reopening In Jigawa

Parents Plead For Schools’ Reopening In Jigawa

BY SHEHU MUSA, DUTSE. Parents in their hundreds in Jigawa State have made a passionate appeal to the State and Federal Government to allow full scale school’s resumption for the future of our younger generation. Speaking on be-half of the parents, Comrade Shehu Garki lament the situation saying it has derailed our children’s intelligence, as well as caused set back ... Read More »

Lockdown: We’ve not taken over payment of private school teachers — FG

Lockdown: We’ve not taken over payment of private school teachers — FG

The Federal Government says it has not taken over the payment of salaries of teachers of private schools in Nigeria. The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba made the clarification in Abuja while responding to claims that the Federal government had agreed to pay the salaries of private school teachers being owed since the lockdown started in March. The ... Read More »

WASSCE: Order partial reopening of schools, Reps tell Buhari

WASSCE: Order partial reopening of schools, Reps tell Buhari

The House of Representatives has called on the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), to order a partial reopening of schools to allow pupils sit for the 2020 West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination. The House made the call at the plenary on Tuesday following a unanimous adoption of a motion moved by a member, Nnolim Nnaji. The Committee ... Read More »

Thunder Strikes 86 Times In Celebration Of Wole Soyinka

Thunder Strikes 86 Times In Celebration Of Wole Soyinka

BY UZOR MAXIM UZOATU Even the elements are not left out: Lightning! Thunder! They all celebrate Oluwole Akinwande Soyinka, that is, Wole Soyinka for short. Wole Soyinka threw a party for my class on graduation, declaring us the most challenging students he had ever taught. Of course everybody knows that praise from Soyinka does not come easily. His word is ... Read More »

Unilag: Threats as danger to academic freedom – By Prof Lai Olurode

Unilag: Threats as danger to academic freedom – By Prof Lai Olurode

I have read with disgust in several newspapers, the threat by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (Unilag Branch) which was directed at Dr. Babawale Babalakin who is the Chairman of the University of Lagos Governing Council. This threat is ultra vires, provocative, illogical, anti academic and an assault on freedom of movements and thoughts. Wale Babalakin is a free ... Read More »

What my father’s death has caused me – Chimamanda Adichie  

What my father’s death has caused me – Chimamanda Adichie  

This is certainly not the best of times for multiple award-winning writer, feminist and public intellectual, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. She is mourning the death of her father, Professor James  Nwoye Adichie who passed on in Awka, Anambra State  after a brief illness.  He was aged 88. The writer who spoke to her dad on the phone a day before his ... Read More »

FEC approves N109.189bn for roads, education project

FEC approves N109.189bn for roads, education project

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved projects worth a total of N109,187,264,000 for the Ministry of Works and Housing and the Ministry of Education. The projects were approved during the FEC meeting held yesterday, July 8. The meeting was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari while two ministers, Babatunde Fashola and Adamu Adamu present three memoranda: two from Fashola ... Read More »

Breaking: FG dumps plan to reopen schools

Breaking: FG dumps plan to reopen schools

The Federal Government today suspended planned resumption of schools and participation of Nigerian students in the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations earlier scheduled for August 4 to September 5. Adamu Adamu, the Minister of Education told journalists at the end of the weekly cabinet meeting that federal schools would remain closed until it is safe to reopen them. Adamu ... Read More »

Makinde Constitutes Governing Councils of Tertiary Institutions, Waste Management Agency

Makinde Constitutes Governing Councils of Tertiary Institutions, Waste Management Agency

Oyo State governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has constituted the Governing Councils of tertiary institutions owned by the state. Also constituted is the board of the Oyo State Waste Management Board, a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa indicated. The statement named Chairmen and Board members for state-owned institutions including The Polytechnic Ibadan, Oke ... Read More »

U.S. To Deport Foreign Students Taking Lectures Fully Online

U.S. To Deport Foreign Students Taking Lectures Fully Online

Foreign students will not be allowed to remain in the United States of America if their institutions move classes fully online. In a statement yesterday, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE, said affected students would face “immigration consequences”, including deportation, if they failed to comply. But it gave concerned students the option of “transferring to a school with in-person ... Read More »

Uwaila: UNIBEN’s VC Not Happy With Pace Of Police Investigation

Uwaila: UNIBEN’s VC Not Happy With Pace Of Police Investigation

Authorities of the University of Benin have expressed concern over the slow pace of the Police investigation into the rape and gruesome murder of a student, late Uwaila Omozuwa. In a statement, issued by Dr Benedicta Ehanire, the Public Relations Officer of the institution, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof Lilian Salami, had complained about the slow phase of investigation when she visited ... Read More »

NAF Severes Partnership With Kwara Aviation College

By Joe Adedeji, Ilorin The sour relationship between the Kwara State International Aviation College (IAC) and the Nigerian Air Force occasioned by alleged misappropriation by the institution is now to be restored. Government in a statement through the spokesman to the governor, Radiu Ajakaiye said the Nigerian Air Force whose personnel were at a time being trained by IAC withdrew ... Read More »

FG’s directive on schools: PDP commends Makinde for maintaining Oyo’s pacesetting profile

FG’s directive on schools: PDP commends Makinde for maintaining Oyo’s pacesetting profile

…Says FG has done well by adopting Makinde’s proposals Hours after the Federal Government directed the reopening of schools to allow the resumption of final year primary and secondary school classes, the Oyo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lauded the state governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, for maintaining the pacesetting profile of the state. The PDP, in ... Read More »

FG Eases Lockdown: Primary Six, JSS 3, SSS3 To Resume

FG Eases Lockdown: Primary Six, JSS 3, SSS3 To Resume

…Ends interstate lockdown The Federal Government has approved “safe reopening” of schools nationwide in the next phase of the gradual easing of lockdown yesterday. However, only pupils in Primary 6, Junior Secondary School 3 and Senior Secondary School 3 will resume. Higher institutions, day care centres and other classes in primary and secondary schools will remain closed. Also, government lifted ... Read More »