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Mixed Reactions Trail FG’s Unbundling Of Mass Communication

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Mixed reactions have continued to trail the recent decision by the National Universities Commission (NUC), to unbundle  Mass Communication as a course of study in universities and polytechnics across the country.
The National Universities Commission had recently, in Abuja, announced the decision of the commission to unbundle it into seven  degree awarding  programmes
Since the announcement  by NUC,   many Mass Communication  students across  Nigerian universities have reacted in different ways
While some see it as a welcome development which will help in grooming students into specific areas of specialisation, others have condemned the decision, saying it rather came too late , as the study of Mass Communication has been  appreciated in both polytechnics and  universities.
Ngozi  Nnadozie, a 400 level student of Mass Communication, Rivers State University, commended  NUC for taking the bold step by unbundling the course into different areas as this she said ,would help any student who wishes to study any of the courses to do so without distraction.
According to her,  most persons who graduated with a degree in  Mass Communication , went into the labour market confused because they didn’t have a particular field they specialized on ,adding that  with the recent development, more professionals would emerge.
Joyce Kalu, a 400 level  Mass Communication student of the same university   opined  that the  unbundling of the course would bridge the specialization gap in Mass Communication  where  people  become jacks of all trades and masters of none.
”Anyone who wishes to study journalism would be taught the course in detail. Most Nigerian universities and polytechnics students are taught only the theoretical part of the course without being engaged in real life situations because the study of Mass Communication has many branches but following the new turn of things, a student would have focus and take decision from the beginning on the aspect of communication he wishes to study. Also the university administration would get more equipments, and manpower to teach the course”, she stated.
Another student,  Ifenyinwa  John of Port Harcourt Polytechnic   applauded the new policy , saying that it was an avenue for students to study beyond Mass Communication.
She advised administrators  of Nigerian universities to comply  with  the new NUC   policy and ensure that the newly introduced courses were  accredited in order to make their study  authentic.
Franca Chiwendu a graduate of Mass Communication from Abia State University, however, said the decision rather came late and urged  the commission to give proper orientation on the newly introduced courses  to aspiring students who will  study any of the courses.
She also appealed to the commission to make sure any university undertaking the courses is  well equipped before giving  such institutions  accreditation.
“Although the Nigerian University Commission had given a free hand to any university that is ready to  get qualified and digitally experienced lecturers to take the courses as it is also a means by which young graduates can gain employment”, she stated.

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COVID-19: Kebbi Orders Closure Of Schools

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The Kebbi State Government has ordered the immediate closure of all primary and secondary schools in the state for the safety of their pupils and students.
It said that this was due to the detection of people who had contracted the coronavirus in parts of the country.
The Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Alhaji Muhammadu Magawatta- Aleiro, confirmed this development at the weekend.
He spoke shortly after an emergency meeting with the proprietors of private schools, Association of All Secondary Schools’ Principals and other stakeholders in Birnin Kebbi.
Aleiro said that the primary schools pupils in the state would not resume today.
He also said that all the students in the boarding schools would be allowed to stay in their hostels until Monday, March 23 when their schools would be closed.
”We are all aware of the pandemic of COVID-19 popularly known as coronavirus which started in China.
”For this reason, our governors had met in Abuja and agreed to close all our schools.
”For this reason, teachers association, heads of MDAs, principals’ association are here; and from today, we have closed all schools.
”Primary schools’ closure had taken effect from today while boarding schools will be closed on Monday, March 23,” he said.
He said that the schools were expected to complete their normal programmes on April 9 as they had started going through revisions of topics taught and were preparing for their examinations.
”We shall announce the time they will resume, especially, after we must have won the war against the virus.
”We are just appealing to the parents and the guardians to allow their children to be reading their books at home because anytime they resume, they will start their examinations immediately,” the commissioner said.
Our correspondent reports that the Acting Executive Secretary of State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Hajia Asmau Alkali attended the meeting.
Also, the leaders of the NUT, private schools and the association of principals in the state were also in attendance.

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Ibadan Polytechnic Urges Students To Vacate Hostels Over Coronavirus

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As educational institutions, groups and religious organisations continue to cancel programs, close schools and ban public gatherings over the fear of the deadly Coronavirus also known as COVID-19, the management of The Polytechnic Ibadan, yesterday said it has closed the institution until further notice.
Registrar of the institution, Modupe Theresa Fawale, in a statement made available to newsmen in Ibadan, maintained that the decision was in consonance with the directive of the Oyo state government.
She, however, advised students to vacate hostels of the institution with immediate effect.
Fawale said, “In line with the directive of the Oyo State Government, the management of The Polytechnic, Ibadan has closed down the institution till further notice.
“Students will be communicated of re-opening as soon as possible. All students are therefore requested to vacate the Halls of residence immediately.”
Fawale, while speaking on the preventive measures to curtail the spread of the deadly Coronavirus, insisted that the institution has suspended all international conferences to be hosted by the faculties.
She added that all international travels by staff are suspended until further notice.
All incoming and outgoing exchange programmes as well as international visits of foreign partners and collaborators have been suspended until further notice, according to the Registrar
“As part of precautionary measures to prevent members of The Polytechnic, Ibadan community from contracting Corona Virus (COVID-19). management in consultation with the Director Medical Services, The Polytechnic, Ibadan has taken the following measures:
“All international conferences to be hosted by the faculties should be suspended until further notice. All international travels by staff are suspended until further notice.
“All incoming and outgoing exchange programmes as well as international visits of foreign partners and collaborators are suspended until further notice.
“Staff already out on international travel should inform the Management of the Institution on arrival by contacting the Director, Medical Services on 07030712065. Such person is strongly advised to self-isolate for at least fourteen (14) days before reporting to the office.
“All Departments, Faculties, Units, Halls of Residence, places of worship and other places with high concentration of people on campus are hereby advised to make provision for or resuscitate facilities for hand-washing in their immediate environment to encourage routine hand-wash. Adequate signs indicating such should also be provided.

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Adamawa COE To Introduce More Undergraduate Courses

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Provost, Adamawa State College of Education, Hong, Dr Johnson Pongri, says the college would soon introduce additional seven undergraduate courses.
Pongri made the disclosure during the third matriculation ceremony of the institution, held on Saturday at the college main campus in Hong
Our correspondent reports that the undergraduate school of the college is affiliated with the Faculty of Education, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
“The College intends to add seven more undergraduate courses during the 2020/2021 academic session.
” The courses include: Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Integrated Science, Arabic, Physical and Health Education.
“Our undergraduate programme commenced with 450 students in four courses during the year 2017/2018 session;now the programme has grown to eight courses with a total population of about 1,105 students “ Pongri said.
He warned that the institution had zero tolerance for cult activities and therefore urged students to adhere to the rules and regulations of the College.
He also advised students to follow formal channels of communication in case of any problems through the Director, Students Affairs, or Academic Secretary.
“The College will not tolerate any resort to unlawful demonstrations, protests, or mass action,” Pongri warned.
In his message, the Acting Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, who was represented by Prof. Yahaya Kajuru, reminded the students that they were in the university to acquire knowledge and become good citizens.
“It is the goal of ABU Zaria and its affiliate institutions to produce students with contemplative and highly creative minds, in order to prepare them for proper engagement with the fast moving and changing complex world,” Kajuru said.
He advised the students to shun examination malpractice, cultism, drug abuse, indecent dressing and all forms of antisocial behaviours.

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