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FG Earmarks N5.8bn For Books … Says Poor NECO Performance Unacceptable

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The Executive Council of the Federation (ECF) has approved N5.8 billion for the purchase of books and instruction materials in public schools.

The Minister of Information and Communications, Prof. Dora Akunyili, made the statement while briefing State House correspondents after an ECF meeting, presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan.

Akunyili said the fund would be used, specifically, to print and distribute, English Language and Mathematics textbooks to primary five pupils in  public schools.

She also said the fund would be used to provide assorted library resource materials in public junior secondary schools.

“It will be recalled that Council at its meeting of August 27, 2008, approved the utilisation of 15 per cent of the 2 per cent Consolidated Revenue Fund as intervention fund for procurement of instruction materials to enhance universal basic education in Nigerian public schools.

“The annual intervention commenced with the printing and distribution of textbooks for primary four, using the 2008 grants as approved by Council,’’ she said.

Also speaking, the Minister of Education, Prof Ruquyyat Rufai, said the books would be distributed free to all public schools. 

The minister also said that the books would be distributed based on the needs of students in every state.

The Tide’s source reports that three indigenous publishers – Macmillan,  Longman and Evans Brothers – were awarded the contract for the printing and distribution of the books within six weeks.

Meanwhile, the education minister has said that the recent abysmal performance of students in the NECO and other examinations nationwide was unacceptable to the government.

In addressing the problem, the minister said the ministry would convene an examination summit on May 17 to address the problem of mass failure in public examinations.

She said the summit would engage relevant stakeholders, including  examination bodies, students, teachers, parents and others, to discuss the problem and offer viable solutions.

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Proprietors Call For Improved Education Sector

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The National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools has emphasised the need for a better and quality education sector.
Speaking at a virtual meeting, National President, NAPPS, Mr Yomi Otubela, revealed that the 2022 annual NAPPS International Conference and Exhibition was titled, “ Revamping Africa’s education for sustainable development: Private education perspective,” would discuss and proffer suggestions to the development of education.
”It will provide an avenue for the association to host a flood of participants, comprising school proprietors from across different states of Nigeria and outside the country with the participation of invited parents, private/public school teachers, government dignitaries, multinational organisations, foreign partners, exhibitors, and various stakeholders.
“The event will hold between November 29th and 1st of December, 2022 at the JOGOR CENTRE 1, off Ring Road, Ibadan, Oyo State,” he said.
He added that the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo would deliver the keynote address, while the Governor of Oyo state, Mr Seyi Makinde would be the Special Guest of honour/host Governor.
“NAPPS International Conference and Exhibition will feature various programmes of interest such as a Master Class programme for school owners, teachers and professionals in the education sector, public lectures from erudite speakers, the exhibition of products and services from local to multinational companies, award ceremonies for distinguished members of the society and the association, policy decisions to impact education positively.
“Distinguished and eminent personalities from the political space, academics, and consulting,  have been invited to grace the event as it promises to be refreshing and rewarding, “ he said.

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$250,000 Orld’s Best School Prizes Open

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The World’s Best School Prizes, founded by T4 Education is now open to Nigerian schools.
A statement by the organisation said the prize was in collaboration with the world’s most prestigious education prizes including Accenture, American Express, Yayasan Hasanah, Templeton World Charity Foundation, and the Lemann Foundation.
It revealed that there were five prizes schools could apply for, namely The World’s Best School Prize for Community Collaboration, The World’s Best School Prize for Environmental Action, The World’s Best School Prize for Innovation,  The World’s Best School Prize for Overcoming Adversity, and   The World’s Best School Prize for Supporting Healthy Lives.
Founder of T4 Education and the World’s Best School Prizes, Vikas Pota, said governments must ensure quality education is a right, not a luxury.
Governments must take urgent action to tackle the global education crisis and ensure quality education is a right, not a luxury.
”We founded the World’s Best School Prizes to create the conversations that lead to lasting change. Conversations between educators learning from one another’s vital solutions, and conversations in the halls and corridors of power where leaders must sit up and listen to those on the front.

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Nigerian Lecturer At Ugandan University Sacked Over Sex-For-Marks Scandal …As Accused Denies Allegation, Says He Is Yet To Be Served

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The head of the Department of Economics and Statistics in the Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences at Kabale University, in the Western Region of Uganda, Dr Nafiu Lukman Abiodun, has been sacked after being found guilty of sexual harassment.
Abiodun, a Nigerian, who is also the Director of Research at the university  was interdicted  mid-year to pave way for investigations into complaints that he was demanding sex from female students in exchange for marks.
It was gathered Abiodun gave retakes to female students who refuse to cooperate with him.
Abiodun, however ran of luck when some of the female students recorded him demanding sex on phone.
According to a letter addressed to him on November 11 by the secretary of the institution, Canon Johnson Munono Byaryant.3uma, investigations found him guilty of sexual harassment, failure to follow examination regulations and professional guidance.
“I regret to inform you that the Appointments Board of Kabale University Under Min.598160/AB/21122 found you guilty of Sexual Harassment, failure to follow examination regulations, and professional negligence. The board therefore directed you be severely reprimanded and your interdiction be lifted,” reads the letter.
“The board further resolved not to renew your contract as a senior lecturer of Statistics when it expires on 11 November 2022. You are therefore required to hand over all university property in your possession to the dean of the faculty of Economics and Management Science in the presence of the financial auditor,” it added.
The chancellor of Kabale University, Joy Constance Kwesiga, confirmed the development when contacted on Sunday November 13, but declined to divulge details, saying that the institution had information that Dr Abiodun might petition the court.
When contacted for his reaction, Dr Abioudun claimed that he was yet to receive the letter terminating his services.
He dismissed the accusations levied against him but declined to discuss the details.

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