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515,000 Students Enroll Into NOUN Courses

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NOUN Speaks On Its Latest Admission

National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), has admitted at least 515,000 students into different courses , the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Abdalla Adamu disclosed.

Adamu, who disclosed this today during the first vice chancellor’s retreat for principal officers, deans and directors of NOUN in Enugu State, said that of the figure, only 150,000 students are active across the 78 study centres of the institution.

The vice chancellor described NOUN as a one-stop solution to open and distance learning in Africa.

He said that the institution had spent the last 15 years developing its programmes, adding that the institution has the largest open and distance learning university on the continent.

According to Adamu, no fewer than five countries in Africa including, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Mozambique and Malawi—were understudying NOUN.

“Our centre is now a reference point and the most successful.

“ We are dealing with African realities and problems and other countries are sending their people to know how we run the programme.

“Recently, we gave out about 1,700-course materials to Zimbabwe on request and others are also consulting us. This retreat is introspective and aims at self and institutional improvement.

“We are going to look into our areas of strength, weaknesses, opportunities and threats as custodians of open and distance learning in Nigeria.

“The aim is to take from the positives of our achievements and document them for posterity in form of annual report,” he said.

The vice chancellor said that NOUN over the last 33 months had focused attention on system reform.

“ We are going to interrogate our efforts so far and see how well they have fared.

“In spite of our strategic importance, we must not forget the number one stakeholders in the NOUN project– students.

“Thus, how to deliver to them a life-enhancing learning experience in line with our university’s vision and mission must guide our actions and thoughts, both here and elsewhere,” Adamu said.

Earlier in an address of welcome, the Director of Enugu Study Centre of the institution, Prof. Alexander Onyia, said the university had made progress in delivering qualitative education.

Onyia attributed the successes recorded by the institution to the foresight of its founding fathers, devotion of the leadership as well as cooperation of the students and other stakeholders.




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OSU Tech University Okitipupa Shut Down Indefinitely After Students Protest

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The Ondo State University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa, has been shut down indefinitely following students’ protest over hike in tuition.

Naija News reports that the students had, on April 30, been asked to proceed to a mid-semester break after a protest held in the institution’s premises.

The institution’s Registrar, Mr. Felix Akinusi, however, told NAN today in Okitipupa that the institution’s Senate had resolved to shut it indefinitely.

Akinusi explained that the decision was to guard against the breakdown of law and order by the students.

NAN reports that the students protested when the management insisted that they should continue to pay the new tuition which ranges from N150,000 to N200,000 per session, depending on a student’s state of origin.

NAN gathered that the tuition was less than N100,000 before the management increased its last academic session, agreeing with the students that it would be reduced the next session.

The registrar said the university authorities were still meeting with the stakeholders over the increase in tuition in order to reach a “conclusive end” on the matter.

He, however, said some students, especially those on 200 Level, had agreed to continue with the new fee but later rescinded the decision and took to protest rather than dialogue.

“The senate of the institution has resolved to shut the institution indefinitely as the students have vowed to continue their protest.

“The senate reached this decision to guard against breakdown of law and order by students as meeting with stakeholders over the matter is ongoing.

“The students agreed to pay the tuition when they resumed newly but they later abandoned the agreement for protest.

“The new date of resumption will be communicated to them after we have resolved the matter,” Akinusi said.


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Oyo State Primary Schools Commence Indefinite Strike

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Teachers of Oyo State public primary schools today commenced an indefinite strike to press for the payment of promotion arrears from 2011 to 2016 among other demands.

Mr Samson Adedoyin, the Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Teachers in Oyo State, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan that the strike became inevitable when dialogue with the state government failed.

“We have been on this for long; we have written letters; we went on a three-day warning strike and we even issued a three-day ultimatum as of last week Tuesday, but it all failed.

“Although, we were invited on Friday by the state government but all discussions were centred on appeal that government will do something, but the appeal was not taken by our members.

“Our demands include payment of promotion arrears from 2011 to 2016 for which all other sectors have been paid since February.

“Also, it is only primary schools that are being paid in arrears in terms of salary, all other sectors have collected their April salaries but primary school teachers’ salaries for March have just been released,” he said.

Adedoyin added that the teachers’ 2018 leave grant was still pending whereas others had collected theirs.

“We don’t know why we are being treated like that and we want such ill-treatment to stop,” Adedoyin said.

Niyi Akano, the immediate past chairman of NUT, on his part, stated that only primary school teachers were on strike.

He, however, said if the state government failed to address the demands, teachers in secondary schools would join in solidarity.

Akano said the industrial action would remain indefinite until the demands were met.

Naija News understands that all public primary schools teachers in Ibadan complied with the directive by the union.


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UTME 2019: JAMB News Roundup For Sunday, May 19th, 2019

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UTME 2019: Latest JAMB News For Monday, May 7th, 2019

Good morning, Nigeria, welcome to Naija News roundup of top JAMB news headlines for today Sunday, May 19th, 2019.

Below is a roundup of top stories on UTME results.

Multiple registrations: After JAMB, FG orders other exam bodies to sanitise process

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, said on Saturday that the Federal Government had directed all examination bodies in the country to sanitise their registration process and curb multiple registrations as the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board embarked on.

The minister said the recent Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination where lots of examination malpractices were uncovered revealed “a lot of rot in the education system” and the government must address the decay.

Education Minister hails JAMB for service delivery, integrity

The Minister for Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu has commended the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board for ensuring service delivery to the public.

The minister said this during the unveiling of the remodelled JAMB Headquarters Complex in Bwari Abuja, on Saturday.

Adamu, represented by Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, Executive Secretary, National University Commission said that the board’s show of integrity was worth emulating.

According to him, this has continued to be the flagship of the education sector in terms of transparent and honest service delivery.

Man Recounts Writing JAMB 8 Times, Graduates With 2nd Class Upper

A mass communication graduate of Ahmadu Bello University recounts how he wrote JAMB 8 times before getting admission and celebrates his new achievement as he graduates with a Second class upper degree.

Facebook user, Gabriel ‘Rymboxx’ Akhuetie shared his story with his followers, he wrote;

“Today I drove to Zaria to collect my certificate from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University.

“When I got it, i looked at the piece of paper that practically sum up my 4 years in ABU and couldn’t help but remember how I struggled with JAMB and admission so badly that it became shameful especially because the least I ever scored was 235 and I was applying for “an easy to get course” mass communication. In total, I wrote JAMB 8 times! 8 good times!!”


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