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Over 11,000 Teachers Write Professional Qualifying Exam

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No fewer than 11,350 teachers across the country have sat for the May Diet of the Professional Qualifying Examination (PQE), organised by the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN).

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Mr Andrew Adejo, while monitoring the conduct of the examination at Sascon International School in Abuja on Saturday, expressed satisfaction over the conduct of the examination

Adejo, who commended the new technology introduced by the council to get the authenticity of the certificate of teachers, said the examination had witnessed some level of improvements.

He said this would go a long way to weed out quackery from the system.

According to him, last year we just moved from accreditation and candidates go straight to write but this year, accreditation has a double level.

” This year, candidates will have to first do the accreditation, fill the form and you also cross-check your slip with the APP that TRCN has developed to give it authenticity.

”So I think they are improving on incremental basis every year on the process for PQE for teachers.

”The Federal Government is making efforts to weed out quacks but you know it is very difficult but this exam is part of the way we can weed out quacks.

”We are insisting that before you can be a teacher in every school, you must meet the basic minimum standard.

“As at today, at the junior and senior secondary as well as early childhood school levels, quackery is reducing,” he said

He said the ministry was working on cleaning the teachers’ database so as to have less quacks in the profession so that quackery does not affect the standard and quality of the country’s education.

He, therefore, urged state and federal educational quality assurance team to ensure teachers have the required qualifications and skills to teach.

Meanwhile, the Registrar of TRCN, Prof. Josiah Ajiboye said the report from centres across the country indicated hitch free processes.

Ajiboye commended the candidates for comporting themselves before and during the exams saying that teachers were now realising the importance of the PQE.

”There has been improvement in the accreditation process because part of what we did was to develop an APP to accredit the candidates and this is working perfectly well.

” For this year, we have over 11,350 with Lagos having the highest with 1,500 candidates followed by FCT, while Kebbi has the lowest candidates.

” So, what we did is to combine states with lower candidates,” he said.

The registrar said that the council was leveraging on technology for its operations to track quackery while also putting necessary measures to weed out quacks through its school monitoring programme mechanism.

Speaking with some of the candidates, they attested to that fact that the technology introduced by the council had help in checking some of the discrepancies in its accreditation processes.

One of the candidates, Idongesit Ben, said that the exam was conducted smoothly without any technical hitches.

Ben said that though the exam was a bit difficult as it was her first time but hoping to succeed after the outcome of the exams.

” We had 60 questions to answer which were  made up of Test and Measurements, Basic Mathematics, English, Educational Psychology and Sociology.

”The exams was a little bit difficult for me because it was not what I expected having read through the TRCN past questions but I hope to come out successful,” she said.

On her part, Mrs Titilope Yunusa, writing for the second time, said the exam was better than her first attempt.

”This is my second time of writing this exam and I don’t want to fail this time around. I experienced difficulties in my first attempt because I don’t really know how to operate the computers.

” But now I have learnt the operations of a computer system and can now operate it and that is why I am here to take the examination again.

”I am confidence of passing the exams this time,” she said. (NAN)

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Cholera: Agege LG Suspends School Food Vendors

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The Agege Local Government in Lagos State has suspended food vendors in schools in the area as a way of preventing the outbreak of cholera.

The council has also embarked on rigorous sensitisations to prevent outbreak of the disease in its communities.

Alhaji Ganiyu Egunjobi, Executive Chairman of the council, gave the disclosure in an interview on Friday.

According to the chairman, efforts have been put in place to sensitise market stakeholders and schools on radio to prevent the outbreak within the community.

“We have suspended all school food vendors to ensure safety of the pupils and students.

“We have informed both the pupils and students on radio stations to come with their foods to ensure their safety from the cholera disease.

“This development will allow us to detect and prevent the outbreaks in our community,” he said.

Egunjobi added that schools were visited and inspected to ensure the children are in good health and environmental condition.

According to him, market traders in various communities were also enlightened and sensitised to adopt environmental hygiene in their places to prevent the outbreak.

“We are working tirelessly to prevent the menace of cholera outbreak in our community.

“We are using various means to talk to our people, through landlord associations and others,  to caution them on ensuring hygiene in preparing  foods and drinks.

“We urge residents to acquaint themselves with precautionary measures against the deadly cholera disease outbreak.”

The killer disease has spread to over 30 states with Lagos recording 15 deaths from 350 cases. (NAN)

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Varsity Scraps White Boards for Teaching from September

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The Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu says white boards would no longer be used in teaching computer science students as from September.

The Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof. Christian Anieke, made the disclosure while addressing Computer Science students of the university on Thursday in Enugu.

According to him, only smart boards and projectors will be allowed in all academic activities of the department.

He then urged students and lecturers who would not cope with the new trend to apply for change of course.

“I wonder why a computer science graduate should be looking for a paid employment and this is why the department should train graduates that will be job creators and find solutions to the problems of the society,” the VC said.

He pledged that any student that was able to design innovation for solving problem would receive a prize of N1 million.

Anieke said that the prizes would be for smart students, who could create solutions to problems facing humanity.

The Vice-Chancellor charged the students to design computer programmes that would eliminate thumbprint, and determine the number of human traffic as well as presence in a particular area in the university at a time

Anieke advised them to get ready for more intensive and new form of academic activities.

He urged the students to stay away from all forms of crime and use their brain to create wealth.

Anieke directed that each computer science student would henceforth, be required to attach him or herself to an organisation for practical activities during long vacation, as practiced by law students of the university. (NAN)

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AAUA Student Found Dead after church Vigil

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A Student of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA), Modupe Ayandare, was found dead on Monday after attending a church vigil.

The death of Ayandare, who is of the Department of Agronomy, was made known by the Students’ Union Government (SUG) of the institution.

“We express in strong terms our dissatisfaction and agony with respect to the death of one of our students, Miss Modupe Ayandare of the Department of Agronomy.

“According to report, the deceased was said to have committed suicide in the early hours of today at about 4:00am after she returned from a vigil in her church.

“The incident happened beside the church she attended, around Spotless Villa.

“The law enforcement agency has been informed already, and all hands are on deck to get to the root of the situation.

“Be assured that justice will be served and the law enforcement agency will undertake thorough investigation,” Mr Emmanuel Olaogbebikan, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the SUG, stated.

He asked anybody with useful information regarding the incident to give to the concerned authorities to come forward.

Also mourning the death of the student, the Nigerian Association of Agricultural Students (NAAS), AAUA Chapter, said the loss deeply affected the department.

Faith Igba, the PRO of the department, said the demise of Ayandare was a profound loss to the department.

Igba urged the members of the department to come together and be of help to one another, asking those going through challenges to seek help.

“During this difficult time, we urge everyone to come together in support of each other. The mental well-being of our members is of utmost importance, and we encourage anyone who may be struggling to seek help.

“Our faculty offers counselling services, and we are here to support you in any way we can.

“Please join me in extending our deepest condolences to Comrade Modupe’s family, friends and colleagues.

“Let us honour her memory by fostering a compassionate and supportive environment for all,” he said.

Speaking on the death of Ayandare, Victor Akinpelumi, the Public Relations Officer of the institution, said that the institution had confirmed the incident but was yet to know the cause of the death.

Akinpelumi, who sympathised with the family of the deceased, said that the institution would make an official statement known to the public as regards the death later.

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