Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Educationist advocates for the incorperation of Entreprenuerial studies in school curricula



Mr Usman Habib, an educationist, has advocated the inclusion of entrepreneurial studies in all schools curricula to enable students acquire skills early in life to sustain them in future. 

Habib told  Newsmen in Awka on Tuesday that the country’s schools curricula should compete favorable with those of advanced countries to a large extent.

“Entrepreneurial studies are the right step to save our children from the confusions that becloud them after they have graduated from school. “Our school curriculum is very much acceptable. “What is needed is adding money making venture skills from primary to tertiary level so that after graduating, they will not all depend on white collar jobs for survival. 

“If taken serious, our children will produce things great for the nation and by extension relieve government the onerous task of providing jobs for the always graduating teeming youths of the nation,’’ he said. He called on authorities concerned to employ the best hands while inculcating morality into the mindset of the children. 

“Putting round pegs in round holes should be our watch word when employing teachers to teach so that only those that have the passion of bringing the best out of the children will be employed.


“Pay them well as in the case in Malaysia where teachers make the children to imbibe the spirit of right moral upbringing from early stages of their lives because they are well paid, ‘’ he said.



Friday, 21 July 2017

Publice office holders should send their children to schools in Nigeria

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He said; Even though views of people like us might not be popular among the powers that be because we say the truth and act the truth, we won’t stop telling them what they do not like to hear and one of such is that the only way to improve the standard of education in the country is for children of holders of public office to experience what children of ordinary Nigerians are experiencing in schools in the country.



Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has said that all his children are products of Nigerian Universities, urging public office holders to endeavour to send their children to schools in the country.

“During my first tenure as governor, I took my son from a private school and enrolled him in SUBEB Model Primary School in Ado Ekiti. “Today again, I am here to witness the graduation of my son and I make bold to say here that none of my children attended tertiary institution outside Nigeria.


Governor Fayose, who was at Covenant University, Ota in Ogun State to witness the graduation ceremony of one of his sons, Ayorogbayimika Fayose, told journalists that there was no reason children of public office holders should study in universities outside Nigeria, except in cases where courses interested in were not offered in Nigerian universities.

According to the governor’s Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose said; “We talk and do. Whatever we say is what we practice. Apart from the fact that none of children attended schools abroad, I have never travelled out of the country for Medicare.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Cheating techniques by supervisors during school exams exposed!



The Executive Secretary, Benue State Examination Board, Mr Alexander Asen, has exposed some clever techniques devised by some supervisors in  aiding cheating by some students during certificate examinations in the state. 

Asen told Newsmen on Wednesday in Makurdi that some of the techniques included the use of non verbal communication skills and loud speakers where answers to questions are read out. 

He said the use of body gestures was the most commonly used by supervisors to provide answers to questions. “I noticed this when I paid a surprise visit to one remote school in one part of the state, where I saw an invigilator using his fingers to communicate answers to students. 

“He was raising his fingers intermittently, sometimes he would raise one, yet at other times, three or four while he occasionally jumped. “I asked the principal if the man was okay, but he simply laughed it off. 

“In my curiosity to find out what was happening, I asked a student, who didn’t know me what was the problem with the fellow in the examination hall and he told me with excitement that “today’s exam was good”. 

“Each time the man raised his finger up, the answer to the question was A, two fingers meant B, while three, four and five fingers up represented C, D and E respectively”.

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29 year old school cashier absconds with employer's money




For allegedly stealing his employer’s N340,000, a 29-year-old cashier, Olawunmi Eze, on Wednesday appeared before an Ota Magistrates’ Court in Ogun. 

Eze, who lives at No. 35, Akinolu St., Ota, is facing a charge of stealing.

The accused, according to Police Prosecutor Chudu Gbesi,  committed the offence on June 15 at 12.30p.m. at Jolabel International School, Temidire, Ota. Gbesi said the accused, the school’s cashier, stole N340,000 belonging to his employer, Kazeem Jolayemi. 

The offence contravened Section 390(1), (6) of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ogun, 2006. The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge. 

The Senior Magistrate, Mr. S. O. Banjo, in his ruling, granted bail to the accused in the sum of N150,000 with two sureties in like sum. He said the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and also show evidence of tax payment to Ogun Government. 


The case was adjourned until Aug. 27 for hearing.




Monday, 17 July 2017

Multiple registration will not be condoned- JAMB warns

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) say it will not condone multiple registration for Direct Entry and Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). 

A statement signed by JAMB’s Head of Public Relations, Mr Fabian Benjamin said in Abuja on Sunday.

Benjamin described the act of multiple registrations as a serious offence in the process of obtaining the Board’s application forms presently on sale. He said that the warning had become imperative for people to know and understand that violation of such rule would attract sanctions. 

“Candidates are to note that our advertisement for 2017 UTME clearly states the penalty for any candidate caught buying two forms. “Members of the public are requested to note that any candidate who indulges in double registration will be caught by our software and disqualified. 

“The Board is not interested in the candidates’ money as is being insinuated by certain group who suggested to the Board that such registration will enhance the revenue base of the Board. “No, we are more interested in the credibility of the examination and not the money, if money is our concern we will not be returning over five billion naira to the Federal Government coffers.’’

Benjamin said this year, the Board had so far remitted more than five billion naira to government, the highest ever in the 40 years of its existence. He said that the money was saved through the transparent and judicious use of resources. 

Benjamin urged candidates to disregard all information on admission, especially cut-off marks being circulated on the net. According to him, the Board has established new method of admission in line with its mandate to ensure fairness irrespective of tribe, religion and it is determined to meet the expectations of Nigerians.

The JAMB public relations officer said that the Board had held consultations with universities across the country to enable candidates meet the requirement and secure admission without the assistance of anybody. According to him, no cut-off mark has been arrived at as this can only be done at a policy meeting, which is at the moment yet to be conveyed. “Do not allow yourselves to be defrauded by internet fraudsters, the policy meeting would commence the 2017 admission with all mode, process and acceptable conditions for admission. 

“The Prof. Oloyede led management is working to ensure transparent, acceptable and fair admission process. “We have designed software known as Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS), where human interference will be completely removed, to promote credibility. “The admission criteria would be keyed into the software and it will select candidates blindly according to the institutions requirement without any primordial consideration.’’



5 kidnappers of Delta students nabbed




The leader of a four-man kidnap gang, Austine, alias Lion, that recently abducted five secondary school students at Ughelli, Delta State, has blamed the devil for his action.

Opunbor disclosed that the children have been re-united with their families, while the committee has launched a manhunt for the three fleeing suspects.


The kidnappers, identified as Joseph, Onos, Omojevbe, Tina and Stella, were arrested by the Committee on Peace and Security, Delta State House of Assembly. Three members of the kidnap gang are, however, on the run 

The anti-kidnapping unit of the Committee caught the gang leader unawares. Chairman of the anti-kidnapping unit, Austin Opunbor, said: “Immediately we received the report of the kidnap of the school children, our committee mobilised its men to be on their trail. 

“While some of our personnel were on the streets monitoring events, others embarked on a thorough search from forest to forest and uncompleted buildings. “The arrest of the self-confessed gang leader was quite tasking,” adding that when the gang discovered that the committee was closing in on them, it quickly released the victims. 


JAMB remits N5million to Govt.

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, says it will not condone multiple registration for Direct Entry and Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME.

The agency also said it had so far remitted more than N5 billion to government, the highest ever in the 40 years of its existence.
A statement signed by JAMB’s Head of Public Relations, Fabian Benjamin, said in Abuja on Sunday.
Mr. Benjamin described the act of multiple registration as a serious offence in the process of obtaining the Board’s application forms presently on sale.
He said that the warning had become imperative for people to know and understand that violation of such rule would attract sanctions.
“Candidates are to note that our advertisement for 2017 UTME clearly states the penalty for any candidate caught buying two forms.
“Members of the public are requested to note that any candidate who indulges in double registration will be caught by our software and disqualified.
“The Board is not interested in the candidates’ money as is being insinuated by certain group who suggested to the Board that such registration will enhance the revenue base of the Board.