Competency Test: 6,000 Kaduna primary school teachers panic over fresh sack

The Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board (KADSUBEB) has started issuing dismissal letters to primary school teachers who did not sit for the competency test conducted for them in December 2021, it was learnt. The Board had on May 26, 2022, commenced the issuance of query letters to the teachers accusing them of “disobedience to lawful instruction” and “refusal to take the competency test”. Sources within the State chapter of the National Union of Teachers (NUT) alleged that “up to 6,000” will be affected by the sack exercise. The dismissal…

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Basic education: Nigeria may not achieve global agenda by 2030, UNICEF laments

The United Nations Children’s Funds, (UNICEF), in collaboration with the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office in Nigeria, has stated that despite the progress made, Nigeria is not likely to achieve the global agenda of universal inclusive and equitable quality basic education for all school-age children by 2030 if the current very low public investment in the education sector remains the same. At a media dialogue on girls’ education, which was held on Wednesday, in Katsina, a Communication Specialist at the UNICEF Field Office, Muntaƙa Muntaƙa, disclosed that the Students Learning…

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ASUU raises eyebrow over threats, intimidation by KASU management

The Kano Zone of ASUU has expressed concern over alleged intimidation and threats against some of its officials by the management of the Kaduna State University (KASU). The Coordinator, Abdulkadir Muhammad, expressed the consternation in a statement issued on Tuesday in Kaduna. Muhammad stated that the zone had received a disturbing report on the issuance of queries to the KASU Branch Chairman and Acting Secretary, Dr Peter Adamu, and Dr Akos Ibrahim, respectively. He added that the queries were vindictive and were issued to the two officials for communicating the…

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Ganduje renames Kano varsity after Dangote

The Kano State government has approved the renaming of the Kano State University of Science and Technology, Wudil. The State Executive Council approved this at its last sitting, presided over by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje. The State’s Commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba, who revealed this in a statement on Sunday, said the development followed a recommendation by the university’s Visitation Panel. The statement said the institution is now to be called Aliko Dangote University of Science and Technology, Wudil.

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ASUP calls-off strike, directs members to resume Monday

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, (ASUP), has called off its two-week strike and directed its members to resume work on Monday, May 30. The union disclosed that the Federal Government has met four of its demands, hence the decision to resume work, and give the government more time to meet its remaining demands. Recall that Polytechnic lecturers commenced a 2-week warning strike on Mat 16th, to protest what it termed the lethargic attitude of the government towards fulfilling some aspects of the Memorandum of Action (MoA) signed with the…

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Kaduna: Ten months after employment, 7600 new teachers set to receive posting letters

The 7,600 new teachers recruited by the Kaduna State government are set to receive their posting nearly 10 months after their employment, according to reports. Recall that the new teachers spent eight months without receiving any salary, leading to uncertainty among many of them. However, credible sources in the Kaduna State Government, including the Kaduna State Teachers Service Board, told newsmen that “the new teachers will start receiving their posting letters likely from Monday, May 16, 2022”. One of the sources said, “Barring any hitch, the posting letters will start…

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JAMB increases UTME service charge at CBT centres to N2,000

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has approved that its accredited Computer Based Tests (CBT) centres should increase service charge per candidate from N1,400 to  N2,000. JAMB made this known in its Weekly Bulletin of the Office of the Registrar on Monday in Abuja. The board explained that initially, each candidate paid the sum of N1,400 made up of N700 for mock-UTME and another N700 for the UTME. The board said that the decision for approval by its management followed the high cost of diesel and other energy challenges…

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UTME: Parents express worry over backlog of admissions following ASUU strikes

Some parents have expressed worry over the backlog of admissions following incessant strikes by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in the country. In 2020, ASUU went on a nine-month strike, which was the longest since 1999 and about two years later on Feb. 14, it went on a four-week warning strike. It declared another eight weeks strike, saying it was giving the government more time to attend to its demands. Upon the expiration, it announced additional 12 weeks roll-over with effect from May 9, to end in August.…

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ASUU strike: Protesting students block Sagamu-Benin Expressway

Students in Ogun on Monday blocked the Sagamu-Benin Expressway in protest against the ongoing strike action by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). The joint protest had in attendance students from Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago-Iwoye;  Tai Solarin University of Education, Science and Technology (TASUED) Ijagun and Federal University of Agriculture (FUNAAB), Abeokuta. The students stormed the TASUED axis and blocked the expressway leaving many motorists stranded and travellers trapped. The students carried placards with inscriptions such as “#End ASUU strike now#”, “We say no to educational…

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NGO tasks FG on incessant ASUU strike

A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Nigeria Development Front (NDF) has urged the Federal Government to put in place mechanism to end Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) incessant strikes in the country. Mr Charles Adeyemi, the NGO’s President, said this when he spoke on Wednesday in Osogbo. Adeyemi said that what ASUU was fighting for was adequate funding for the education sector and a better welfare for university lecturers. According to him, inadequate funding of universities impedes the development of the education sector, hence the need for government to address huge…

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