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NCCE approves open distance e-learning for teachers

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NCCE Executive Secretary, Prof. Bappa-Aliyu and management, Provosts of Colleges and TIER consortium partners after the inauguration of the TIER Project Implementation Committee.

NCCE Executive Secretary, Prof. Bappa-Aliyu and management, Provosts of Colleges and TIER consortium partners after the inauguration of the TIER Project Implementation Committee.

In a bid to improve teachers’ education in Nigeria, the National Commission for Colleges of Education, NCCE, has approved the implementation of the Open Distance and e-Learning (ODeL) in all Colleges of Education.

According to a statement issued by Lovedays Egbedion, Head, Project and Partnership, the Executive Secretary of NCCE, Prof. Bappa-Aliyu Muhammadu, disclosed this while inaugurating the NCCE/M8 Global Tertiary Institutions E-learning Resource (TIER) Project Implementation Committee.

Members of the implementation committee were drawn from NCCE, Provosts of Colleges of Education and the TIER Consortium partners led by M8 Global KNOW Network.

Prof. Bappa-Aliyu stressed the need for a successful implementation as a way to keying into the Federal Government Sustainable Development Goals on access to quality education in all NCE-Awarding Institutions irrespective of ownership.

He stated the involvement of the organized private sector and the NCCE’s regulated institutions will ensure the prompt delivery of the TIER project benefits.

He itemized the benefits to include: NCCE Policy and Administrative Frameworks for ODeL, Extramural financing and resource collaboration for technological and ICT services and Vocational qualifications, training and development.

Other benefits include: Internationalization as well as Enhanced student progression through collaborative provision.

Speaking on behalf of the Provosts, the National Chairman of the Committee of Provosts in Colleges of Education, Prof. Johnson H. Pongri, thanked the Management of NCCE and pledged the support of the Provosts and Colleges of Education towards realizing the TIER project objectives.

For Dr. Lovedays Egbedion, Head of Project and Partnership, M8 Global KNOW Network, he assured management of the readiness of all the TIER Consortium partners towards improving Teachers’ Education in Nigeria in tandem with the best global practice.

The TIER Consortium is made up of financial and technological firms and international development partners.

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Kaduna State University expels 20 students, graduates 4,380 students

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Vice Chancellor, Kaduna State University, Professor Muhammad Tanko, says the institution has expelled 20 students for examination malpractices.

“The mission of Kaduna State University is to provide an all-round university education of the highest standard for the development of the individual and state, while inculcating the spirit of love, tolerance, understanding and unity in the state in particular and the country in general,” Prof. Tanko said

“Since inception of the university to date, none of our programmes has ever failed accreditation of National Universities Commission (NUC). NUC has full accreditation. Within the period, 16 undergraduates programmes and four postgraduate programmes were accredited by NUC and the programme obtained full accreditation except one that earned interim accreditation status.”

Prof. Tanko, who was visibly happy with the rapid academic development of the institution further pleaded with the university authority to provide more land to establish more faculties and colleges.

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38 per cent of Nigerians can’t read, write — Prof. Haladu

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The National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult and Non-Formal Education says 38 per cent of Nigerians are not literate.

Its Executive Secretary, Prof. Abba Haladu, who disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano on Friday, described the development as a big challenge.

Haladu, however, said that the commission was working assiduously to ensure literacy among citizens lacking it.

“The available statistics with us shows that 62 per cent of Nigerians are literate and 38 per cent are non-literate.

“The out of school children are 11 million, while the non-literate Nigerians, that is the youth and adults are about 60 million, so put together, we have about 70 million citizens of Nigeria who cannot read and write or who lack basic skills for modern living .

“So that is a big challenge for any nation, and that is why we are trying to sensitise and mobilise all stakeholders, including government at all levels, federal, state and local, Non-Government Organisations and international development partners.

“So that together we should do the needful to ensure literacy is provided to this large number of Nigerian citizens.

“So we can have even development and ensure our people are well-equipped and empowered to face the challenge of becoming the third most populous country in the world in the next 32 years.’’

Literacy is traditionally defined as the ability to read and write.

The key to literacy is reading development, a progression of skills that begins with the ability to understand spoken words and decode written words, and culminates in the deep understanding of text.

He said that adequate resources would be required to provide literacy to the large number of non-literate citizens.

“Well this requires a lot of things in terms of planning, budgeting – that is, allocating the necessary resources, in terms of mobilisation and implementation of tangible programmes, that will lead to educating the people or making them literate and also ensuring they acquire the necessary skills.

“The programmes include for instance, basic literacy, where people learn to read and write equivalent to primary three, then post literacy were people continue and learn to the level equivalent to primary education and there after continue in education programmes for completion of post literacy.

“All those that starting schooling and left because of one reason or the other and then the acquisition of vocational skills , entrepreneurial skills and off course life-long learning in general.

“So there are various programmes targeting youth, adults and out of school children, which are being implemented by state agencies for mass education, National Commission For Mass Literacy, National Commission For Nomadic Education and indeed other partners.

“What we are saying is that there is need for the resources to continue to implement these programmes so that the reach out will be wide enough to cover everybody.’’

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Prepare for longer strike – ASUU tells lecturers

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President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, has charged striking lecturers in public universities to brace up for a long action.

Ogunyemi enjoined ASUU members “to be on the watch and prepare for a long drawn out struggle to salvage the university system”.

He made this declaration in strike bulletin No 5 sent to all members of the union, a copy of which was obtained by DAILY POST in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital on Wednesday.

Our correspondent recalls that ASUU had embarked on nationwide strike over unfulfilled past agreements by government and underfunding of education.

Ogunyemi in the bulletin charged members of the union to remain steadfast “and resolute in the face of intimidation or antics employed by government through Vice chancellors and Governing councils to undermine the ongoing struggle”.

He added that, “Government is yet to change its “keep them talking” style and stance as all the meetings held so far with the Minister of Education are yet to resolve any of the demands of ASUU”.

Also, speaking after their zonal meeting held at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Ogbomoso, ASUU Chairman, University of Ibadan, Dr. Deji Omole, said Ibadan chapter has been fully mobilised with her members to ensure the reason for the strike gets actualised.

Omole noted that it is regrettable that the federal government who has not put anything on the table for revitalising the comatose education sector is busy mobilising funds for re-election in 2019.

He, however, appealed to parents not to mortgage the future of their children by fighting for proper and adequate funding of public education.

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