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Olori Atuwatse III Advocates Technology Inclusion, Innovation as Solution To Nigeria’s Education Challenges

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The wife of Olu of Warri, Olori Atuwatse III, Wednesday has advocated for a holistic and concerted approach as panacea in tackling challenges in the educational sector in Nigeria as bedrock for nation’s development.

She said all stakeholders in the public and private sector must consider as imperative the need to deploy resources and embrace innovative ideas and new technology to meet the modern trend in learning especially at the foundation level of education.

Olori spoke at the Lagos state Education Summit 2022 with the theme” Creating a Sustainable fit-for-purpose Education Model”, held at the Eko Convention Centre Victoria Island Lagos.

She pointed out that the present reality paints a gloomy picture for many and noted that efforts must be geared towards providing quality and affordable education as key in solving our socio-economic quest as a nation.

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The Queen of Warri in her speech at the event also commended the Lagos state Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the delegation of the Finnish government led by the Finnish ambassador to Nigeria for blazing the trail for a better education.

She said, “While listening to the ideas shared at this summit, I wondered: what would Nigeria’s future look like if we implemented a sustainable fit-for-purpose education model? We are living through times when our people are desperate for hope and change. We want better lives and livelihoods. We want a healthier, more viable society. Like you all, I believe quality education is the key to this socioeconomic growth we long for.

“As a mother I’m all about the foundations so lets start there. In the last 15 years, more than 65 countries have created comprehensive Early Childhood Development policies because research shows that high-quality ECD programs result in better economic and social outcomes.

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“As the former Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-Moon, once said, “Investing in early childhood development does not just benefit children, it benefits societies.”

“Global advancement is so rapid that the methods and curricula of yesteryears don’t cut it anymore. We now know that better test results do not correlate with better citizens, leaders, or solution providers. And what is the purpose of education if not to prepare people who will better society through productive work that provides solutions for society?

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“For our education system to benefit Nigeria, we must tailor it to our nation. During the break out session yesterday all the speakers spoke so well. Professor Fagbohun during his introductory note, touched on this salient point of adopting indigenous practices tailored made to the Nigerian child, and I firmly agree.

She further noted that “one of our problems has been the lack of widespread adoption and continuity of some of these sound policies. Effective implementation will require a long-term outlook. That is up to all of us here” even as she urged all to work together to birth a new landscape for education in Nigeria.

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Lagos fixes date for Basic Education Certificate Examination resit

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The Lagos State Examinations Board has fixed October 6 as the new date for the 2022 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) resit.

Director of the Board, Orunsolu Adebayo made the announcement in a statement on Wednesday.

The examination, initially scheduled for September 28, would still take place in various designated centres across the state.

Adebayo explained that the postponement became necessary to accommodate schools yet to register their candidates.

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“The Board does not wish to deny the affected candidates the opportunity of taking the examination”, he noted.

The statement urged principals to take note of the new date and make best use of the extended date to ensure that affected candidates were duly informed.

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JAMB introduces double fingerprints for 2023 UTME

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it has adopted new guidelines to ensure the seamless conduct of next year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The board revealed the new guidelines in the latest edition of the weekly bulletin of the office of the registrar on Monday.

JAMB introduced double fingerprints, where a candidate is expected to register at least two fingers.

The exam body said any finger may be used for biometric verification before entering the examination hall on the appointed date.

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The board also said candidates with bad fingerprints would be scheduled for the exam as “exemption candidates.”

It warned that some cybercafes and tutorial centres had been prohibited from participating in UTME.

The board also introduced the CBT centre accreditation to vet centres based on whether or not they meet the board’s new requirements which include the use of laptop computer systems with a specified RAM capacity.

Ishaq Oloyede, the JAMB registrar, also announced the introduction of biometric accreditation for CBT centre registration officers which he said will now be captured ahead of the exercise.

He said the board would consider separating UTME registration from that of Direct Entry (DE) starting from 2023.

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According to Oloyede, the idea of the separation is to further consolidate its data collection efforts.

Earlier in the month, JAMB said it would no longer be conducting mop-up exercises for UTME candidates.

Mop-up exercise is usually held for candidates who could not participate in the UTME during the period of the exercise for some verified reasons.

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JAMB said the move was to further strengthen the noose around examination malpractice.

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ASUU Strike: Court Strikes Out Suit Against Varsity Lecturers

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The National Industrial Court Abuja has struck out a suit instituted by one Umar Lawal, the President of the National Association of Nigerian Students, asking the Academic Staff Union of Universities, to call off its seven-month-old strike and return to school.

Lawal had instituted the case on behalf of himself and the association.

Justice Polycarp Hamman struck out the suit on Tuesday after the counsel to Lawal, Debo Ikuesan, withdrew the suit on the grounds that the student body is challenging his position as president, denying that he is the leader of NANS as he had deposed to.

Counsel to ASUU, Marshal Abubakar also informed the court that he is not opposing the application to withdraw the suit.

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In the suit, Faruk, who claimed to be the president of NANS sought the court’s order mandating ASUU to call off the industrial action it commenced in February 2022.

He said the strike action affects students’ right to education under section 18, Chapter 2 of the 1999 constitution as amended. He added that the prolonged strike has caused damage to Nigerian students as they have lost valuable time and opportunity in their educational and career pursuits.

They are seeking an order of the court to among others, order ASUU to call off its strike.

They are also seeking an order of court restraining ASUU and its members from further engaging or partaking in the industrial action they commenced.

The outgoing President of the student body, Sunday Asefon, had approached the court claiming that Umar Lawal does not have the mandate of NANS to commence the action.

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He said Umar Lawal had contested and lost the position of National President of NANS.

On account of the objection by the Student’s body, counsel to Umar Farouk, sought an order to discontinue the case, a stand which the counsel to ASUU, Mister Abubakar Marshall, did not oppose to.

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