The Federal University Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE) has suspended one of its lecturers, Dr Desen Mbachaga, over alleged sexual harassment.
Mbachaga, an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Media Arts, was suspended after a committee inaugurated by the institution to investigate the alleged sexual harassment established a prima facie evidence against him.
This was contained in a statement by the media office of FUOYE Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Abayomi Fasina, and signed by the Chief Information Officer to the VC, Mr Foluso Ogunmodede.
The statement titled, ‘FUOYE suspends lecturer over alleged sexual harassment’, read in part, “The Vice-Chancellor, Prof Abayomi Fasina, has set up a five-member committee to further probe the allegation with a view to getting to the root of the allegation of sexual harassment against the embattled lecturer.”
He said the suspension, which was with immediate effect, would pave the way for the committee to further probe the allegation.
Ogunmodede added, “The VC, who has zero tolerance for indiscipline and any form of sexual harassment against students of the institution, has consequently approved the suspension of Dr Mbachaga to allow for proper investigation of the matter.
“Besides, the VC has also mandated the Dean, Faculty of Arts, Prof Tajudeen Opoola, to conduct a proper investigation into another allegation of sexual harassment against another lecturer in the same department and submit the report in due time for necessary action.”
21 Nigerian students get Stallion Empowerment Initiative scholarships
Twenty-one students of Premium Technical High School, Warri, Delta State of Nigeria, have received the 2021 education scholarship award, facilitated by Stallion Empowerment Initiative, the charity arm of Stallion Group.
The awards given at a ceremony held last Friday are for the best performing students for the 2020/2021 academic session across various classes.
The SEI Education Scholarship includes Sunil Vaswani Merit Scholarships with 100 per cent full tuition fee waiver for the best student in classes, Primary 6 to Senior Secondary 3; Principal’s Merit Scholarship with 75 per cent tuition waiver for the second-best student and Roy Tabet Merit Scholarship with 50 per cent tuition scholarship for the third-best student.
SEI Educational Scholarship’s inaugural edition was given to the best-performing students of the 2019/2020 academic session, despite the COVID-19, as it was essential to propagate the importance of education during a year of hardship.
Co-founder of SEI, Ms Sarina Vaswani, said the scholarship programme stemmed from the SEI’s belief in building positive prospects for the future generation through investment in human capital, especially education and skills.
She said, “We support the youth to further their education into secondary schools and university. We believe our school programmes and support can help prepare students into adulthood.”
The SEI, according to her, is working towards building Nigeria as a benchmark in improving the access and opportunities available for young individuals.
“The goal is to improve the attendance rates for schools in the region and encourage every child to attend school in the region,” Ms Vaswani said.
The is said to SEI support Premium Technical High School (THS), which comprises 1,746 students and two other premium primary schools with a student population of 2,000, all in Warri, Delta State.
Principal of THS, Mr Joseph Sido, said with the support, the schools could offer qualitative secondary school education for children in the neighbouring communities.
He said, “The students are imparted with technical training so that they are absorbed in industries like premium steel or other ancillary industry in that region.”
The firm noted that over 50% of this year’s beneficiaries were female, just like 2020, indicating a continuation of the initiative’s support for education of the girl child in Nigeria.
The statement noted, “Due to cultural and religious disparities, female literacy continues to be an ongoing challenge in Nigeria, which SEI believes are core challenges society will continue to tackle in the future.”
It went further to quote Ms Vaswani as saying, “By creating an open environment for girls to attend schools and supporting them with educational grants and scholarships, SEI sets precedence and propagates gender equality in Nigeria.”
It also stated that SEI’s key focus had been to support education, healthcare and drive youth empowerment programmes.
FG to reconsider South East candidates who missed 2021 WASSCE
The Ministry of Education has assured that candidates who missed the 2021 West Africa Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) in the South East, will be given another opportunity to write the examination.
Sonny Echono, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, made this known while monitoring some examination centres in Abuja on Monday.
Echono frowned at the Sept. 13 disruption of examination centres in the South East.
He, however, expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the examination across the country which was written by over 1.57 million candidates.
According to Echono, the ministry will put modalities in place to ensure that the candidates who missed the examination in the South East are given other opportunities to write the examination.
“We are very pleased that all around the country; examinations are going on peacefully as we have a total of over 19,000 exams centres across the country with over 1.57million registered candidates.
“Besides the disruptions we had on Sept.13 in the South East where some candidates were stopped from doing the exams, it is a peaceful examination.
“We are complying with all the standards and ethics of examinations, we are pursuing very hard more cases, incidence or possibilities of examinations malpractice because we have a zero tolerance for examinations malpractice.
“We shall punish any person found culpable and ensure that sanity is restored in our system,’’ he said.
Echono further said that the ministry did not encounter challenges in preparing students for the examinations aside from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“All COVID-19 safety protocols are being strictly adhered to in centres across the country,” he said.
He said that although some schools were closed in states due to COVID-19 pandemic, alternative arrangements were made especially for exit classes to take the examination.
On the possibilities of examination malpractices, Echono said that cases of examination malpractices were usually collated at the end of the examination, pointing out that the culprits would also be brought to book.
He said that the ministry was collaborating with relevant examination bodies and Non Government Organisations to fish out candidates involved in examination malpractices.
“This is because we have a lot of miscreant who are perpetrating and deceiving people. We are going to undertake a general overhaul for all those offering so called services to candidates.
“We didn’t see much of malpractices in internal examinations like this because these are students who are already in school,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the permanent secretary led the monitoring team to the Federal Government Girls College (FGGC) Bwari and Government Girls Secondary School, Dutse.
It was also observed that the students of the GGSS, Dutse, were in full compliance with COVID-19 protocols.
Muaz Hassan, The Eagle Online
Plateau poly students protest exams postponement, block highway
Students of Plateau State Polytechnic on Monday trooped out in large numbers and blocked the Yakubu Gowon way, a major highway leading in and out of Jos, as they protested the postponement of their semester examinations by the school authorities.
The postponement of the examination was said to be as a result of an indefinite strike embarked upon by the lecturers of the institution.
The lecturers had issued a notice of strike to the government over they called its inability to meet their demands of earned allowances and other sundry issues.
NAN quoted one Miss Deborah John as saying the decision of the management to postpone the examination was an attempt to truncate their academic journey.
“We came to school this morning to start our examinations only to see a circular that our lecturers have been on strike since Friday.
“We were not informed; nobody said anything to us we just discovered that we cannot start our examinations.
“This is why we are protesting and it is a peaceful protest because all we want is go in and write our examinations.
“We have spent over three years in just one semester owing to Covid-19 lockdown, but largely due to the various strikes embarked upon by our lecturers.
“We keep paying for our accommodation, school fees, and other expenses. More so, we are getting old and by the time we graduate, we can’t find jobs of because of age,” John lamented.
Another student, Isreal Longdu, decried the incessant strike by their lecturers, adding that the development has stagnated their academic progression.
“Nobody has come to address us on the issue and we feel this is not right.“We demand a proper explanation from the management on why we cannot start our examinations today.“We are tired of this back and forth; our academic journey is suffering and this is not good for us,” he decried.
When contacted, Mr John Ramadan of the Public Relations Department of the institution, promised to furnish NAN with details on the strike soon.
NAN also reports that there was heavy presence of armed security personnel at the scene of the protest to forestall the breakdown of law and order.
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