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ASUU suspends strike, directs lecturers to resume.

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The Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities, ASUU, has officially suspended its one month, six days strike.

ASUU said it was suspending the strike till end of October for government to fulfill its pledges.

The union directed university lecturers to resume duty from tomorrow, Tuesday.

The suspension of the strike was announced on Monday evening after a meeting with the government delegation.

At the meeting, a memorandum of understanding was signed with the federal government delegation led by the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige.

Mr. Ngige had earlier said both parties produced “collective agreement of action” after the meeting.

ASUU embarked on an indefinite strike on August 13, following government’s failure to implement the agreement reached with the union in November 2016.

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Striking university lecturers agree to consider the federal government’s offer and suspend their strike.

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The agreement comes after 12 hours, 30 minutes of a closed door meeting between ASUU and a government delegation in Abuja.

The leadership of ASUU, however, said though it accepted the proposal presented by the government, it will take the proposal to its members and get back to the government in a week.
Biodun Ogunyemi, the national president of ASUU, told journalists after the meeting that the union will come back after one week to take its final decisions. : : “Now we have some concrete proposal that we will take back to our members for consideration,” he said.
On his part, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, said ASUU’s demands have been addressed and the union will get back to the government in a week after consulting with its principals.
The meeting started 1:38pm on Thursday and ended 2:15 A.m. on Friday.

Source: ameriesblog

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Two factions of NANS in a street fight over ASUU strike . .

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Two factions of the National Association of Nigerian Students have engaged each other in street fight as they try to show support for either the FG or the teachers in the ongoing strike action embarked upon by ASUU, Punchng reports.

The lecturers have been on strike since August 13, in protest of conditions of service, state of education in Nigerian, among others. During a public encounter in Abuja on Tuesday, the two factions of NANS engaged in a face off.

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“I dropped out of school but I made it through hard work” – Olamide

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Popular hip-hop act, #Olamide Adedeji, also known as Badoo has said that he dropped out of school but he was able to make it in life by discovering his talent and through dint of hard work.

He also identified discipline, commitment and being focused as catalysts for achievements in life.

Olamide said these on Friday when he went as a special guest of honour at the Summer camp organised by the Ogun State government at at Akin Ogunpoola Model College, Akinale in Ewekoro Local Government Area of the state added. .
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The musician said he was determined to succeed in life against all odds, given the stark reality that his parents were poor, and were not able to his school fees at the higher institution.

He said, “I am from Ogun State here, I do not joke with my culture and language, infact I came from a poor background. I had to drop out of Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun, Ijebu Ode, when it was getting difficult for my parents to pay my school fees. – “However with dogedness, perseverance and hardwork I was able to find myself where I am today.” _

He urged the pupils at the camp to always dare to be different and avoid unnecessary peer pressure.

Earlier in his brief introduction of the guest to the campers, the state Governor Senator Ibikunle Amosun advised the young boys and girls to be diligent, hardwork and be consistent in whatever they do.
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Amosun who was repesented by the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Otunba Dayo Adeneye advised them to strive for the best in their academic pursuit. –

While he told the youngsters to extend the knowledge gained at the camp to their kiths and kins, the Governor promised that his administration remained committed to the development of education.

He said the sector would remain paramount in the scheme of things in the state.

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BREAKING: ASUU shuns meeting over strike with FG . .

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Tuesday, August 29, shunned a meeting with the federal government.

According to Channels Television, Biodun Ogunyemi, the ASUU President, confirmed that the union will not attend the meeting.

Ogunyemi said ASUU met and discussed the new offer from the FG and submitted a proposal to the government.

The ASUU president added that the union will only honour another meeting after receiving a reply to their proposal from the government.

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JAMB: Cut-off marks reduced to stop Nigerians from going to school abroad . .

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JAMB has said the cut-off marks for admission into tertiary institutions were reduced to encourage as many Nigerians as possible to school at home.

A statement released by Fabian Benjamin, JAMB spokesperson, reads in part: “Today, it is a known fact that millions of Nigerians are out there schooling in mushroom institutions and they will at the end come back with all kinds of degrees and certificates that we cannot explain their content.

Our Naira is continually devalued as a result of so many reasons, including the pressure to pay these school fees. It’s also a known fact that for you to study a course say Hausa in Nigerian, you will need a credit in Mathematics; however when you go outside like London, all you will need is a credit in Hausa and English, no Mathematics. .

The question we all should be concerned about is how to address the flight of Nigerians to glorified secondary schools called Universities in Ghana, Uganda and even Gambia and others.

If we deny our candidates the opportunity to school in Nigeria, they will find their way out and in doing that deplete our economic base.

To provide answers to all these challenges, stakeholders decided that institutions should be allowed to determine their cut-off marks according to their peculiarities and the quality and standards they want to be known for.

Besides, events have shown that many institutions do not comply with cut-off marks in the past; hence the flood of requests for regularisation. Now, the new management has resolved to stop it and ensure full compliance with resolutions on cut off-marks.

The cut-off marks being branded by the public as previous cut-off mark were never strictly followed by most institutions. The institutions were going behind to admit candidates with far less with others admitting candidates who never sat for JAMB. .

Unfortunately, the public has been kept away from this fact for long time and now that we are saying it the way it is and working to address it, the public is criticising us using non-existing paremetres that were only announced and not followed.”

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University of Ibadan rejects JAMB’s 120 admission cut-off mark .

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The management of the University of Ibadan (UI) has condemned and rejected the new Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) cut off marks for universities admission for 2017/2018 academic calendar. .

A state released by the university management, reads: “The Management of the University of Ibadan wishes to inform the public about the recently announced cut off marks of 120 for University Admission that UI will not lower her standards.

The Nigeria’s premier university still maintains her position in academic excellence and standards in order to continue to aspire towards becoming a world-class university.

It should worry us as patriots that candidates who scored just 30% in UTME can be admitted into some of our universities. Yet, we complain of poor quality of our graduates. You can hardly build something on nothing. .

The consolation here is that since JAMB started conducting this qualifying exam in 1978, UI has never admitted any candidate who scored less than 200 marks out of the maximum 400 marks.

This remains our position as an institution aspiring to be world-class. Reality is that only about four other universities in the country have such high standard. .

In fairness to the Registrar of JAMB, Prof Ishaq Oloyede, he repeatedly stressed at the Combined Policy Meeting held Tuesday, 22 August, 2017 that the Senate of each university still has wide powers for admission in the spirit of autonomy. .

It is also gratifying to note that the Honourable Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, who chaired the meeting, apologised publicly for canceling Post UTME Screening last year.

To be fair to the incumbent Registrar of JAMB, he was not the Registrar when the policy somersault of cancelling POST UTME test was made last year. Prof Oloyede’s appointment was effective 1 August 2016, while the Policy Meeting for that year had held some two months earlier.”

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Nigerian Traditional Ruler Bags Law Degree At 73

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A traditional ruler in Ogun State, Olufemi Ogunleye, has obtained a degree in Law at the age of 73. .

Mr. Ogunleye, who is the Toluwade of Akinale in Owu Kingdom of Egbaland, graduated with a Second Class Upper degree from Crescent University, Abeokuta.

The traditional ruler was a veteran journalist before mounting the throne, having served with the Daily Times for over a decade and as Group Public Relations Manager of the defunct Nigeria Airways. .
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Speaking with Premium Times, Mr. Ogunleye disclosed that it took him five years to bag the degree. The traditional ruler who was the oldest among the law students, said: “Six candidates had reference and will not graduate this session.” He said his love for education saw him through the challenges of the programme.

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How the 120 and 100 cut-off marks were fixed – JAMB Registrar

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has said contrary to insinuations that it fixed the Tuesday’s tertiary institutions minimum admission cut-off marks, it was rather a collective decision of stakeholders in the education sector. .
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Speaking, yesterday, the Registrar, JAMB, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, who insisted that stakeholders in education sector unanimously agreed that the minimum cut-off marks for the university degree for the 2017 academic year be put at 120, lower than the previous years, which stood at 180, allayed fears being nursed by some Nigerians that the development might further lower Nigeria’s education standard. .
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He also said it would not translate to a fall in education standard, adding that besides the board recommending cut-off marks, individual institutions could raise their admission benchmark higher but not above 180 and below 120 for universities. .
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“With this decision, universities are not to go below the minimum 120 cut-off points adopted by the meeting for admissions,” he said, even as he insisted that there was the need for a flexible cut-off marks for admission processes by higher institutions in the country. .
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He said: “What JAMB did was a recommendation,we only determined the minimum, whatever the various institutions determine as their admission cut-off mark is their decisions. The Senate and academic boards of universities should be allowed to determine their cut-off marks.“

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JAMB pegs varsity admission cut-off mark at 120, poly 100

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The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has fixed minimum cut off marks for Nigeria’s tertiary institutions.

The minimum cut off marks for admissions into universities in Nigeria was set for 120, polytechnics and colleges of education pegged at 100, while that of innovative enterprising institutes was pegged at 110.

Institutions are, however, at liberty to raise their cut off marks for admission above the minimum set by JAMB.

Also, admissions into public degree awarding institutions for the 2017 UTME examination will end on January 15, 2018 while for private institutions, it ends on January 31, 2018.

Also, decisions on first choice candidates by universities will end on October 15, and second choice candidates will end on December 15; after which the remaining students will be available in the market place for other institutions till the January closing dates.

The registrar, however, appealed to heads of institutions not to charge more than N2,000 for admissions’ processes.

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” I regret not being a graduate” –Remininsce

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Speaking to Sunday Scoopabout the music industry, Rapper, Remilekun Abdulkalid Safaru, aka Reminisce, “For anybody who wants to make a career out of music, you have to be sure that you are skilled and that it’s something that you can do sustainably; if not, go to school. Either ways, it is important to go to school, whether you go into full-time music or not. I actually regret not being a graduate ”

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