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December 19, 2011

The state government sets up a taskforce to ensure that teachers are brought up to speed

The Kebbi State Government has concluded plans to establish a task force to compel unqualified teachers to obtained relevant qualifications in line with the national policy on education.

The state’s Commissioner for Education, Abdullahi Kamba, said that the task force would collaborate with the Universal Basic Education Board and other stakeholders to ensure that teachers were compelled to obtain certificates beyond grade two.

December 18, 2011

Godrick, who physically abused her 12-year-old house help, pays N20,000 as an out-of-court settlement and goes free

A case involving 12-year-old Ifunnaya Nwamba, a pupil, and her Guardian Chigozie Godrick, on alleged child torture, has been struck out by the court, following an out-of-court settlement by the parties involved.

December 16, 2011

Says specialised pensions administration will be provided for the Armed Forces

President Goodluck Jonathan has assured pensioners and veterans of the Nigerian Army of his administration's commitment to ensuring that all contentious issues associated with their pensions and gratuities are resolved.

He gave this assurance at the launch of the Armed Forces Appeal Fund Emblem held at the Defence College on Thursday.

Jonathan said resolving all pending issues was the best way the government could show appreciation and reciprocate their good works.

November 3, 2011

A seed can only produce after its own kind and so what we're doing is that we're breeding more educated illiterates.

I teach Social Studies to Jss1 students and my classes fall on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

October 24, 2011

So now the staffroom, which doesn’t have enough chairs, tables, books or even electricity, has enough canes to last a year, probably two.

The issue of beating a child with a cane is still widely disputed in some parts of the world (and even in Nigeria) but certainly not in my part.

October 20, 2011

I understand and approve of the need to be unique but that doesn’t mean you should sacrifice the future coolness of your child.

October 15, 2011

The residents are also appealing to the state government to provide potable water

Residents of Ikorodu in Lagos State have urged the state government to provide potable water in the town to ensure a downward review of the recent raise in the price of sachet water there.

Some of the residents condemned the increase by the retailers from N5 to N10, and alleged that sachet water producers and retailers were exploiting the scarcity of potable water in the town.

October 8, 2011

A visit to one of Kaduna's internally displaced persons' camp.

I walked into the camp not expecting to feel anything new. I was born in this town, seen dead bodies, some burnt, some cut to pieces because they belonged to the wrong religion and tribe. Seeing displaced persons would not make me lose any sleep, after all I had once been displaced by violence myself. So I went in with some researcher friends of mine when they asked me to come along. 

October 6, 2011

A partnership between the federal government and the Asian giant aims to improve Mathematics and science subjects appreciation

Nigeria has gone into a partnership with Japan to train 70,000 primary school teachers in Mathematics and science subjects in not less than 25 states of the federation.

Minister of State for Education, Nyesom Wike, disclosed this when he received a delegation from Japan International Corporation Agency, in Abuja on Thursday.

He said the federal government intended to impact the right method of teaching on the teachers in order to enable pupils understand the subjects without difficulty by engendering pupils’ friendly method of teaching from the basics.

October 3, 2011

For us to start enjoying a ROI on education, governors and their education commissioners need to get picketed into doing the right thing.

The expected end result for any investment is profit, so the ROI on every kobo we have consistently sunk into our education sector should naturally be good results in NECO, WAEC, and a labour market supported by talented brains that are product of our local education system.

October 1, 2011

Text of President Goodluck Jonathan's speech on Nigeria's 51st independence anniversary

Fellow Compatriots,

    •    On this day 51 years ago, the British Union Jack was lowered and replaced by our national Green-White-Green flag, heralding the independence of our nation. The 1st of October remains a special day for us, for Africa, and indeed the world.

September 27, 2011

The solution is not to build more universities or to send our children to school in foreign lands.  The children will finish school and either remain in Diaspora or come home to nothing. 

Editor's note: Continued from yesterday, this is the concluding part.

September 24, 2011

Governor Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso is ready to revamp the educational sector for the overall development of the state

The Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Yusif Bello Dambatta, on Friday said Kano State has detected 25, 000 unqualified primary and secondary school teachers in the educational sector.

He said the unqualified personnel were teaching in various schools across the state, adding that 1,600 of them were found in the junior secondary schools.

June 16, 2011

The development caused some apprehension among the residents

A total eclipse of the moon was witnessed in Kano Wednesday night, causing some restiveness among the residents of the city.

The eclipse, which began around 8 p.m., lasted for more than three hours, sending the city into total darkness. As a result, the residents offered prayers to Allah for the moon to come back to normal.

The prayers, which featured verses from the Holy Qur'an, were offered in mosques in supplication to Allah “to make the moon recover from its sickness”.

June 11, 2011

 

Anambra hopes to improve standards by making teachers pass a test before promotion

The Anambra Government has scrapped the mass promotion of teachers in its primary and secondary schools. The Chairman, Anambra Secondary School Service Commission (ASSSC); Norbert Obi who was represented by a member of the commission, Mrs Clara Onyido made the announcement at the ending at the Inter House Sports Competition of Girls Secondary School, Umudioka, Dunukofia Local Government Area on Thursday.

May 24, 2011

Chigozie Godrick allegedly inflicted severe injuries on her 12-year-old house help.

Commencement on the hearing of  a case of the alleged assault of a 12-year-old pupil was stalled On Monday following the absence of the school management who are principal plaintiffs in the case.

The case, which was called for hearing at about 9.20 am, had only the suspect, Mrs Chigozie Godrick in court; and the 12-year-old Ifunnaya Mwamba, who was brought to the court from her new home at The Lagos State Remand Home, Idi-Araba.

The magistrate, therefore, adjourned the case till July 4, 2011 for all the parties to be present for the case.

May 4, 2011

An American who promised not to shave until Bin Laden's death keeps his word.

An American teacher who vowed after the Sept. 11 attacks not to shave until Osama bin Laden was captured or killed, has finally been able to shave. Gary Weddle, a 50-year-old middle school teacher from the state of Washington shaved his beard when he heard the news the much sought-after al Qaeda leader was dead.

May 3, 2011

Mrs. Godrick was arrested last month following a petition to the police by the school authorities at Ifunnanya's school. The school had noted repeated cases of brutality by her guardian.

The Lagos state police command has said that parents and guardians who assault their children and wards will be made to face the full wrath of the law.

This follows the arrest and prosecution of a house wife Chigozie Godrick for allegedly brutalizing her ward Ifunnanya Nwamba, 12.

April 4, 2011

There is fire on the mountain and no one seems to be bothered. Some university graduates these days cannot even string two correct sentences together without making avoidable grammatical errors. Some lack the capacity to carry out a critical analysis of any issue let alone engage in any intellectual discourse.

In the past, strikes were the major problems facing our education system, where the regular school calendars are usually disrupted. Whether the strikes were politically motivated or based on demands by teachers and workers for improved welfare, the end result would only mean that students never graduated when they ought to.

April 4, 2011

There is fire on the mountain and no one seems to be bothered. Some university graduates these days cannot even string two correct sentences together without making avoidable grammatical errors. Some lack the capacity to carry out a critical analysis of any issue let alone engage in any intellectual discourse.

In the past, strikes were the major problems facing our education system, where the regular school calendars are usually disrupted. Whether the strikes were politically motivated or based on demands by teachers and workers for improved welfare, the end result would only mean that students never graduated when they ought to.

March 13, 2011

About 1,000 newly recruited primary and secondary schools teachers in Borno State, on Saturday, staged a protest in Maiduguri, calling for their postings.

About 1,000 newly recruited primary and secondary schools teachers in Borno State, on Saturday, staged a protest in Maiduguri, calling for their postings. 

The teachers were issued letters of appointment by the state Civil Service Commission in January 2010 and handed over to the state Teaching Service Board for documentation and postings. The spokesman of the teachers, Idris Kachalla, said that though they were paid N2, 000 each, they had not been posted and remunerated since then.

February 28, 2011

An Exclusive interview with Umar Tanko Almakura, a Real estate mogul,grassroot politician and grandfather who doubles as the CPC Governorship candidate for Nasarawa state.

Umaru Tanko Al-makura, a founding member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Nasarawa State, is contesting for governor as a candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC).  In this interview, he talks about his plans for Nasarawa State.

Could you give an insight into your education, background and career?

January 31, 2011

Some public and private schools in Enugu resumed on Monday in compliance with the federal government directive that all schools should resume on January 31.

The News Agency of Nigeria, however, reports that some schools are yet to resume because the Enugu State Government had directed them to resume on February 4.