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RSU Management Policy On ‘No Fees, No Exams’, Fate Of Students

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It’s over weeks now after some students of the Rivers State University (RSU) protested over the decision taken by the school management to embarked on their policy of ‘No School Fees, no examination’ drive.
The Tide correspondent gathered that the protest recorded some positive responses from two Local Government Areas chairmen and well meaning individuals that came to the aids of some of the students, while some are still not able to pay.
The Tide correspondent also learnt that those students that are unable to pay their school fees were still not allowed to participate in the ongoing examinations.
The source further revealed that although they may be given concession to write whenever they paid their fees, but the source wasn’t quite sure how the school management intend to achieve this since the students were not paying the fees at the same time.
It is worthy to note that the final year examination started Monday, October 24, 2022 and is still ongoing till date, students who were unable to pay their school fees were asked to leave the examination halls.
No fewer than 8,000 Final year students of the Rivers State University,  protested against the school management’s policy of “no school fees, no examination,” but it all falls on deaf ears of the school management.
The students were seen on Tuesday, October 25, 2022, carrying placards and protesting along the highway, while calling on the state government to prevail on the school authorities to reverse the draconian policy.
One of the protesting students who spoke with The Tide Correspondent, Ihunwo Christian said, “My mother is a pensioner and the Rivers State Government have failed to pay retirees gratuity and pension arrears as a result things have been very difficult with us. My father is dead and no one to help me, except my mum.
“I wondered why a State University would send indigent students of the state out of examination halls merely because they can’t afford school fees now, but they would have hold our results and certificates instead and not to denied us writing the examination same time with our other colleagues,” he added.
The plights of some of these students were taken care of by some well meaning individuals as well as two their Local Government chairmen, but we hope the final decision by RSU Management at the end is favorable to all.

By: Susan Serekara-Nwikhana

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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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