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Polytechnic Lecturers Declare Immediate Strike Over New Salary Scheme



Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) on Tuesday declared a an indefinite strike, demanding the implementation of a new salary scheme for polytechnic lecturers.

ASUP leaders made the strike declaration today after a meeting with federal government officials in Abuja,

Asides from the new salary scheme, the union is also demanding payment of salaries and promotion allowances owed lecturers by some state governments.

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KWASU Students Protest Against New Accommodation Policy



Students of the Kwara State University (KWASU),on Monday protested against a new accommodation policy initiated by the school mamanagement.

The aggrieved students chanted solidarity songs at the school’s entrance gate, saying they should be allowed to stay off-campus and not in the school hostel.

It was gathered that the school management reportedly introduced a policy to discourage off campus accommodation of students with increase in exemption fee for those who had to stay outside the school.

Displeased with the directive, the students came out in large numbers to oppose alleged increment in exemption fee.

They urged the school authority to rescind the decision.

But KWASU spokesman Razak Sanni told our reporter last night that the school only decided to stand strictly by what the policy on accommodation said “because we discover that students don’t want to stay in school hostel again. They only want to pay exemption fee.”

He debunked a report that the school was closed because of the protest, saying the protest was prevented from getting out of hand.

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School Uniform: Meet Trans-Ekulu Girls Principal who dresses like a student



School Uniforms

School uniforms are believed to be a practice which dates to the 16th century in the United Kingdom. It is believed that the Christ’s Hospital School in England in 1552 was the first school to use a school uniform.

In any case, a school uniform is a uniform worn by students primarily for a school or otherwise educational institution. They are common in primary and secondary schools in various countries.

Although often used interchangeably, there is an important distinction between dress codes and school uniforms: according to scholars such as Nathan Joseph, clothing can only be considered a uniform when it “(a) serves as a group emblem, (b) certifies an institution’s legitimacy by revealing individual’s relative positions and (c) suppresses individuality.”

On the course of her outreach across schools in Enugu to inspire students and distribute her book: ‘Values For Daily Living’, the founder of Helpshpere Foundation and CEO, GrassRoots Global Media Limited, Sandra Ani found it fascinating that Mrs. Ijeoma Okpe, the Principal of Trans-Ekulu Girls Secondary School, Enugu State (Nigeria) wears uniform to school; looking like a student!

Sandra approached Mrs Okpe to understand her reasons. Excerpt.


Principal of Trans-Ekulu Girls Secondary School, Enugu State (Photo: Sandra Ani)

Wow! This is interesting. You dress as though you are a student of this school. What could be your reason, ma?

I decided to dress in this form, first, to identify with my students. It makes them feel so much at home. Most students feel free to share things with me more than they even share with their parents. It’s a way to give the students a sense of belonging, knowing they are all students and we keep learning every day of our lives.

Secondly, this is my way of building student-principal relationships. Some students see their principal as Goliath, thus, unapproachable. So, I decided to Come down to their level so they can have access to me and relate comfortably.

This is quite interesting. But, don’t you feel discomfort dressing that way to school?

Not at all. I see means to inculcate the spirit of modesty amongst students. These days students are improperly dressed and we must do our part to stop that. I needed to teach them modesty by living by example.

It is also important to note that some male teachers constantly felt harassed by such indecent dressing among female students. That is not the culture we want to build in Trans-Ekulu Girls Secondary School. During classes these students can’t sit properly because their skirts are too short. And this exposes their body.

Also, some students can’t partake in some activities in school, because their skirts are either too tight or too short. Some can’t even run when asked to.


Sandra Ani speaking to the students

In what ways has dressing in that manner helped your administration in the school?

This is one of the most interesting parts; dressing this way has helped my leadership. On many occasions I have caught some students in the act. So, when I am on inspection most students do not easily detect that I am the one coming until I have caught two or three of them. In all, it is about inculcating good values in our students.

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JAMB Vows To Clampdown Fraudulent Cybercafes



Officials at JAMB said they will clampdown on some cybercafes and tutorial centres who specialise in defrauding unsuspecting candidates during registration for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The warning is contained in the board’s weekly bulletin – Vol. 2, No 18, seen by on Thursday.

The board noted with dismay, the unwholesome activities of fraudulent operators of cybercafes, tutorial centres and other entities, which have formed the habit of deceiving hapless candidates by using the board’s logo and name to defraud and extort them.

“The stock-in-trade of these unscrupulous elements is to lure innocent candidates to part with their money under the guise of registering them for the 2021 to 2022 UTME/DE application documents.

“It is a criminal offence for one to use the board’s name and logo when one is not licensed by the board to do so for any reason.

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