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COVID-19: SIFAX boss advocates upgraded university ICT infrastructure

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OAU COnference - L-r: Olumuyiwa Akande, group head, corporate Communications, SIFAX Group; Prof. Bola Omoteso, Dean, Faculty of Education, Obafemi Awolowo University; Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, Vice Chancellor, Obafemi Awolowo University and Bode Ojeniyi, Group Executive Director, SIFAX Group during the 5th International Conference on Education organised by the Faculty of Education, Obafemi Awolowo University with the theme- COVID-19 and Emerging Issues in Education held at the OAU Campus, Ile-Ife.

In view of the COVID-19 pandemic that slowed down teaching and learning in the country’s educational institutions, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, Group Executive Vice Chairman, SIFAX Group, has tasked relevant stakeholders in the education ecosystem on the need to upgrade information communication technology (ICT) infrastructure in schools across the country.

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OAU Conference – Bode Ojeniyi, group executive director, SIFAX Group, delivering the keynote address on behalf of Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, Group Executive Vice Chairman during the 5th International Conference on Education organised by the Faculty of Education, Obafemi Awolowo University with the theme- COVID-19 and Emerging Issues in Education held at the OAU Campus, Ile-Ife.

Afolabi made this call while delivering the keynote address at the just 5th Annual International Conference (OAU Conference) of the Faculty of Education, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife with the theme “COVID-19 and the Emerging Issues in Education”.

Afolabi, who was represented by Mr. Bode Ojeniyi, Group Executive Director, said such upgrade would provide unhindered access to quality education to all students, irrespective of their socio-economic status, especially during unforeseen circumstances.

He said: “The COVID-19 has exposed the inadequacies in our educational sector, as teaching and learning were affected during the lockdown and post-COVID 19. There is need for a “state of emergency” to be declared in the education sector in Nigeria, particularly in the public institutions, towards the upgrade of the entire educational infrastructure with particular emphasis on ICT equipment and skills re-tooling in schools that will support virtual teaching and learning.

“The government apart from coming up with enabling policies to support private-sector-led initiatives, must also consider setting aside “special funds” through any or all of its development agencies to be dedicated to the development of the educational sector technology infrastructure upgrade and personnel training/teaching faculties skills upgrade.”

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OAU Conference – L-r: Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, Vice Chancellor, Obafemi Awolowo University welcoming Bode Ojeniyi, Group Executive Director, SIFAX Group to the university campus during the 5th International Conference on Education organised by the Faculty of Education, Obafemi Awolowo University with the theme- COVID-19 and Emerging Issues in Education held at the OAu Campus, Ile-Ife.

Afolabi also called on all stakeholders in the sector, including parents, alumni, alumni associations, wealthy private individuals, philanthropists and corporate organizations to lend a hand in the transition of the educational sector to a 21st century compliant one which is driven largely by technology.

Earlier, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede, the institution’s Vice Chancellor, commended Dr. Taiwo Afolabi and SIFAX Group for its numerous support and interventions in the education sector, adding that its financial support for its Faculty of Education and other faculties in the school is well appreciated.

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OAU Conference – L-r: Prof. Bukola Ojo, chairman Planning Committee of the 5th International Conference on Education; Prof. Bola Omoteso, Dean, Faculty of Education, Obafemi Awolowo University; Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, Vice Chancellor, Obafemi Awolowo University; Bode Ojeniyi, Group Executive Director, SIFAX Group; Prof. Mrs. Olubola Babalola, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academics and Prof. Yomi Daramola, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration during the 5th International Conference on Education organised by the Faculty of Education, Obafemi Awolowo University with the theme- COVID-19 and Emerging Issues in Education held at the OAU Campus, Ile-Ife.

Prof Bola Omotesho, Dean, Faculty of Education, lauded Dr. Taiwo Afolabi for his support towards the international conference and further solicited more assistance to reposition the faculty for improved teaching and research.

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Ban Govt Officials From Sending Their Kids To School Abroad – ASUU

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has called on the National Assembly to create laws that prohibit government officials from sending their children to school abroad.

The president of the union, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, gave the charge in Abuja at a meeting with the Minister of Labour and Employment and other representatives of the Federal Government.

According to ASSU, the decay currently allowed and experienced in public universities is because the children of government officials are sent to study abroad, hence, making the officials act apathetic towards the many issues experienced in Nigerian public schools.

Osodeke added that government officials in the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration should be made to withdraw their children from foreign universities and enrolled in Nigeria public universities, while the government also makes it mandatory for all appointees to have their children attend universities in the country, and those whose children cannot school in Nigeria should not be appointed

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Buhari Approves N75,000 As Stipend For B.Ed Undergraduates, N50,000 For NCE Students

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As part of the efforts to attract the best brains into the teaching profession, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the sum of N75,000 as a stipend per semester for undergraduates undergoing degree programs in Education.

He also approved N50,000 for Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) students.

The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu announced this, on Tuesday, at the World Teachers’ Day celebration held at Eagle Square, Abuja.

Adamu whose speech was read by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Arc. Sonny Echono said his ministry would collaborate with the states’ government to ensure automatic employment for the students on graduation.

He said: “Undergraduate students of B.Ed / B.A. Ed/ BSc. Ed in Public institutions are to receive stipends of N75,000.00 per semester while NCE students will get N50,000.00 as stipends per semester.

“Federal Government should find the modality through which respective states’ governments could provide automatic employment for NCE graduates at Basic Education level.”

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“SSS1, SSS2 Students Won’t Be Allowed To Take WASSCE, NECO, NABTEB” – FG

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The students in Senior Secondary School one and two will not be allowed to take West African Senior School Certificate Examination, the National Examination Council, and National Business and Technical Examinations Board, the Federal Government has said.

This was contained in a circular issued by the Federal Ministry of Education to pricipals of federal unity schools.

It was titled In the circular with no: FME/DBSE/US/DOC/III/16 and signed by the ministry’s Director Senior Secondary Education, Hajia Binta Abdulkadir.

The circular was confirmed by the Director of Press and Public Relations, Ben Bem Goong, on Friday.

In the circular, the government threatened to expel any SSS One and Two students who take the exams.

This, the education ministry, said would help to maintain decorum and boost standards of education in schools.

The circular read, “The ministry’s attention has been drawn to the flagrant disregard to its directive on (the) writing of external examinations such as NABTEB (NTC and NBC), WASSCE, NECO (SSCE) by SS1 and SS2 students.

“Students who are involved in the practice find it difficult to settle down on serious studies. They become unruly and distract other students from achieving their goals.

“Any student caught to have written any of the above examinations in SS1 or SS2 classes will be expelled from the college. All students must write these examinations after they have been duly registered for the examination by the college.

“All students of Federal Unity College should adhere strictly to the content of this circular. And Principals are advised to bring the content of this circular to the knowledge of all parents of the college”.

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