Connect with us

Education

Group urges FCTA to Dialogue with Striking Teachers

Published

on

Share

 Africa Youth Growth Foundation (AYGF), a non-governmental organisation, has called on the Federal Capital Territory Administration to dialogue with the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) toward ending the ongoing strike in government schools.

Dr Arome Salifu, the Executive Director of AYGF said this in an interview no Wednesday in Abuja to mark the International  Day of Education, with the theme` `Learn for Peace’’.

“Jan.

24 is a day set aside to mark the Education Day, established by UNESCO to emphasise the crucial role education and teachers play in the goal of poverty eradication,” Salifu said.

He said that poverty was closely tied to illiteracy in many third-world nations; therefore, educators were instrumental in building and empowering young people, not only for the country but also beyond, through knowledge acquisition.

“In commemorating this day, we aim to bring awareness to the current issue at hand, which lacks national coverage.

“Recognising the pivotal role educators play in shaping the future, AYGF acknowledges the significance of just compensation for teachers’ unwavering dedication.

“We understand that NUT is demanding  a 40 per cent allowance and the resolution of 25 months’ minimum wage arrears and there is urgent need for financial acknowledgment during these challenging times.

“With the understanding that quality education is a collective responsibility, AYGF therefore, calls upon all stakeholders, including government authorities and the NUT, to engage in constructive dialogue aimed at achieving a swift and equitable resolution to the ongoing issues, ’’he said.

Salifu said that given the potential impact of disruptions in the learning environment on students, AYGF called on the government to prioritise the  well-being of teachers  and the continuity of their education.

He also appealed for collaborative efforts to promptly address the concerns of the teachers, ensuring conducive learning environment for the benefit of the students.

He said that AYGF remained steadfast in its commitment to supporting initiatives that fostered quality education and hoped for a resolution that safeguard the interests of both teachers and students.

The executive director said that there was need to provide training for educators to equip them with the skills to teach conflict resolution, peace building, and cultural sensitivity.
“Well-trained teachers play pivotal roles in shaping the perspectives of the next generation,” he said.

He called on governments at all levels to leverage the 2024 theme for Education Day“Learn for Peace’’ to encourage peace education to enable students to adopt a positive attitude.

This, he said, would go a long way  to help students develop skills necessary  for peaceful resolution of  conflicts  regarding the different issues they face in life.

“Peace education is important for cultivating the culture of peace and the theme underscores the vital role education plays in fostering peace and stability.

“To leverage this theme for lasting peace in Nigeria, the Federal Government and other stakeholders should integrate peace education into the national curriculum at all levels.”

Salifu said that this  should encompass conflict resolution skills, cultural understanding, and the promotion of tolerance to build a foundation for peaceful coexistence.(NAN)

Education

Minimum Entry age to Tertiary Institutions18 Years – FG

Published

on

Share

The Federal Government has directed that admission to tertiary institutions should not be given to candidates less than 18 years.

The Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman gave the directive on Monday during a monitoring exercise of the ongoing 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in Bwari, Federal Capital Territory.

He decried the activities of some parent, who were pressuring their underage students to get admissions into tertiary institutions,

The minister said that the 18-year benchmark is in line with the 6-3-3-4 system of education.

“The minimum age of entry into the University is 18, but we have seen students who are 15, 16 years going in for the entrance examination.

“Parents should be encouraged not to push there wards too much. Mostly, it is the pressure of parents that is causing this.

“We are going to look at this development because the candidates are too young to understand what the whole university education is all about.

“This is the period when children migrate from controlled to uncontrolled environment; when they are in charge of their own affairs.

“But, if they are too young, they won’t be able to manage properly. I think that is part of what we are seeing in the Universities today,” he said.

On skill acquisition for those who will not be able to gain admissions into tertiary institutions, Mamman said the ministry is taking skills to pupils from primary school.

“ In overall, it is 20 per cent that can be admitted into the University, Polytechnic and Colleges of Education system.

“So, where will the 80 per cent go to? That is why the issue of skills acquisition is very important.

“Any student who is unable to proceed to tertiary institutions should be able to have a meaningful life after primary and secondary school’s education and the only solution to this is skill acquisition,” he said.

Corroborating the minister’s position on the benchmark of 18 years for admission to tertiary institution, the JAMB spokesperson, Dr Fabian Benjamin said 18 years is the is in line with the 6-3-3-4 education system.

The Minister of State for Education, Dr Yusuf Sununu who was in the monitoring team applauded the conduct of the 2024 UTME, particularly, the introduction of online examinations as a way of checking malpractices.

He said the Computer Based Test (CBT) had reduced examination malpractices to the barest minimum.

Sununu commended the Board for setting simple but high standard for the examination. (NAN)

Continue Reading

Education

NECO Reschedules 2024 Common Entrance Exam into Unity Colleges

Published

on

NECO
Share

The National Examinations Council (NECO) has re-scheduled the 2024 National Common Entrance Examination into Federal Unity Colleges and the entrance examination into Federal Government Academy, Suleja.

This is contained in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday by Azeez Sani, acting Director, Information and Digital Communication of the council.

Sani stated that the common entrance examination earlier scheduled for April 20, 2024, would now hold on June 1, 2024.

He also said that the entrance examination for Gifted and Talented Children into Federal Government Academy, Suleja, earlier scheduled to hold on  May 4,
2024 would now hold on May 25, 2024.

He added that the rescheduling of the two examinations was due to low enrollment of candidates.

He enjoined candidates, parents, guardians, schools and relevant stakeholders to take note of the new dates.

Sani said that registration of candidates would continue till the new dates of the examinations. (NAN)

Continue Reading

Education

Six Nigerian Universities to Benefit from EU’s €27m  Funding 

Published

on

Share

By Eddy Ochigbo

No fewer than six Nigerian Universities have been selected to benefit from the 15 Intra-Africa Mobility Scheme Projects funded by the European Union (EU) with €27 million under the flagship Youth Mobility for Africa.

Permanent Secretary, of the Federal Ministry of Education, Mrs.

Didi Walson-Jack, who signed the agreement at the Global Gateway High-Level Event on Education in Brussels, said Nigeria would also benefit from the regional Team Europe Initiative on Opportunity-driven Skills, Vocational Education and Training in Africa

Under the initiative, the European Union would spend €27 million, allocating €1.

8 million to each of the Projects in the education and healthcare sectors in Africa.

These Projects, which are to be facilitated by various Universities, aim to enhance learning mobility opportunities for Students, Trainees, and Staff across the Continent, focusing on developing high-level green and digital skills.

The participating Universities include the University of Lagos, the University of Port-Harcourt, Ebonyi State University, the Federal University of Technology, and the University of Nigeria.

Continue Reading

Read Our ePaper

Top Stories

NEWS7 hours ago

FCCPC Summons Owner of Chinese Supermarket for Alleged Discrimination of Citizens

Share The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC), has summoned the owner of a Chinese supermarket located in the...

NEWS7 hours ago

Niger Delta Leaders say NDDC MD has Capacity to Perform

ShareSome leaders in the Niger Delta say they have confidence in the capability of the Managing Director of the Niger...

POLITICS8 hours ago

APC Primary Election: Interior Minister Congratulates Aiyedatiwa

Share The Minister of Interior, Hon. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, has congratulated Gov. Lucky Aiyedatiwa of Ondo State over his emergence as...

JUDICIARY8 hours ago

Lagos Prison Controller Summoned for Alleged Refusal to Remand Man

Share An Ikeja High Court on Monday has summoned the Lagos State Controller of Nigeria Correctional Services (NCoS) Alagbon in...

Uncategorized8 hours ago

Stakeholders Task NASS to Complete Electoral Act Amendment in 2025

Share Stakeholders in the electoral process have tasked the National Assembly to complete the amendment of the Electoral Act and...

Court Sentences Applicant to 6 Months in Prison for Stealing Cell Phone Court Sentences Applicant to 6 Months in Prison for Stealing Cell Phone
NEWS10 hours ago

Alleged Defilement: Businessman Docked for Failing to Produce Suspect

Share A businessman, Robert Makolo on Monday appeared before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court, for failing to produce a suspect...

Education10 hours ago

Minimum Entry age to Tertiary Institutions18 Years – FG

ShareThe Federal Government has directed that admission to tertiary institutions should not be given to candidates less than 18 years....

NEWS10 hours ago

EFCC Arraigns Businessman for Allegedly Tampering with Forfeited Property

ShareThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday arraigned a businessman, Ifeanyi Bosah-Reginald, before an Ikeja Special Offences Court for...

NEWS11 hours ago

Raid: Police Arrest 1,802 Suspects in 2 Weeks

Share The Police Command in Lagos State says no fewer than 1,802 suspects have been arrested in raids at different...

NEWS11 hours ago

Nigeria’ll Strengthen Regional Collaboration Against Terrorism- Tinubu

SharePresident Bola Tinubu says Nigeria will continue to strengthen collaboration and lead in taking measures towards countering terrorism in Africa....

Copyright © 2021 Daily Asset Limited | Powered by ObajeSoft Inc