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Hijab: Kwara sends security personnel to mission schools

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Kwara State Government has deployed security personnel to the 10 mission schools in Ilorin that are at the centre of hijab controversy rocking the state for about one month.

This was said to have been done to forestall any breakdown of law and order.

The schools are C&S College Sabo Oke, St. Anthony College, Offa Road, ECWA School, Oja Iya, Surulere Baptist Secondary School, Bishop Smith Secondary School, Agba Dam, CAC Secondary School Asa Dam road, St. Barnabas Secondary School Sabo Oke, St. John School Maraba, St. Williams Secondary School Taiwo Isale, and St. James Secondary School Maraba.

The state government on Monday ordered the indefinite closure of the schools which were billed to resume following the government’s pronouncement that students be allowed to practise their religion.

Armed soldiers were seen at the entrance of the schools with pilot vehicles stationed at the main gates.

Plain-cloth security men were also seen around the schools so as to forestall any unforeseen situation in the area.

Some Christian leaders who mobilised students to the affected schools were dispersed by the security operatives.

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ASUU strike: FG withdraws order to reopen universities

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The National Universities Commission has withdrawn its circular which earlier ordered vice-chancellors, pro-chancellors and governing councils to reopen federal universities.

This is contained in a  new circular issued Monday afternoon by the commission tagged NUC/ES/138/Vol.64/136, which was signed by the Director, Finance and Account of the NUC, Sam Onazi.

The withdrawal came a few hours after a report of an NUC circular directing the vice-chancellors of the federal universities to reopen their institutions and commence lectures.

The new letter titled ‘Withdrawal of circular NUC/ES/138/Vol.64/135 dated September 23, 2022’ read, “I have been directed to withdraw the NUC circular Ref: NUC/ES/138/Vol.64/135, and dated September 23, 2022 on the above.

“Consequently, the said circular stands withdrawn. All pro-chancellors and chairmen of governing councils, as well as vice-chancellors of federal universities are to please note. Further development and information would be communicated to all relevant stakeholders.

“Please accept the assurances of the Executive Secretary’s warmest regards.”

The National Industrial Court of Nigeria last Wednesday ordered the Academic Staff Union of Universities to call off its seven-month nationwide strike and resume work while negotiations with the FG on its demands should continue.

But the union has challenged the order at the appeal court.

ASUU commenced the strike on February 14 to demand improved funding for universities, a review of salaries for lecturers, among other things.

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Nigeria begins implementation of new national teachers’ policy

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The Federal Government has announced the commencement of the implementation of the new National Teaching Policy.

Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, said this at a news conference to herald the commemoration of the 2022 World Teachers Day in Abuja on Monday.

Adamu, represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr David Adejo, said said the implementation had commenced at the national level.

He therefore called on states to also ensure the implementation of the policy.

“I must state here that the national implementation of the New National Teaching Policy has commenced.

“It is a holistic package that will ultimately address the career path, remuneration, professional teaching standards, qualification, deployment and management of teachers,” he said.

The minister said there was need to evaluate the indispensible role of teachers in nation building and the importance of repositioning the profession for the attainment and sustainability of quality education.

He said that the theme stressed the importance of empowering teachers for the effective transformation of education.

Adamu said this would ensure quality teaching and learning as well as galvanise technological advancements to meet the ever changing needs for national growth and development.

“The ministry started with a call for nomination instruments to state Ministries of Education and Federal Unity Colleges nationwide for the selection of meritorious nominees.

“The champions so selected will then compete for National Best School, Best Teacher and Best School Administrator in the Public, Private and Federal Unity Colleges categories.

“I want to use this opportunity to further implore the state ministries of education to be inclusive in their nominations by ensuring that the exercise commences from the world level.

“Each Local Government is expected to forward their best to the respective state ministry of education for screening,” he said.

Also, the President, Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Audu Amba commended President Muhammadu Buhari for sustaining the President’s Teachers and Schools Excellence Award (PTSEA).

He said it had helped to give hope to teachers and promoted the dignity of the teaching profession.

Amba, represented by Mr Stephen Khabayi, the Chairman of FCT chapter of NUT, said the celebration sought to draw public attention to the support teachers needed to fully contribute to educational transformation.

“Indeed, the right number of qualified teachers are needed, and be provided with access to continuing professional development, improved status and working conditions and be empowered, motivated and supported.

“The NUT remains grateful to President Muhammadu Buhari for signing into law the “Harmonised Retirement Age for Teachers in Nigeria Bill”.

“This provides for retirement of teachers on attainment of 65 years or 40 years of pensionable service, and look forward to the implementation of the new retirement age and other approvals announced by the Federal Government at the 2020 edition of the World Teachers Day celebration,” he said.

He assured them that teachers in the country would continue to strive with dedication and commitment to contribute their quota to the building of the nation.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the World Teachers Day started in 1994 to commemorate the Oct. 5, 1966 adoption of the UNESCO/ILO recommendation on the need to continually refresh the consciousness of national governments towards the inestimable value of teachers.

The 2022 theme for the celebration is “The Transformation of Education Begins with Teachers”.

 

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Just in: FG orders VCs to reopen varsities, resume lectures

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The Federal Government has ordered vice-chancellors of public universities shut as a result of strike declared by lecturers to reopen their institutions and allow students to resume lectures.

This was announced in a letter signed by the Director of Finance and Accounts of the National Universities Commission, Sam Onazi, on behalf of the Executive Secretary of the NUC, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed.

The Punch, which claimed to have obtained the NUC letter on Monday, repored that it was addressed to all vice-chancellors, pro-chancellors and chairmen of governing councils of federal universities.

It directed the VCs to “ensure that ASUU members immediately resume/commence lectures; restore the daily activities and routines of the various university campuses.”

The National Industrial Court of Nigeria last Wednesday ordered the Academic Staff Union of Universities to call off its ongoing nationwide strike and resume work while negotiations with the FG on its demands should continue.

 

But the union has challenged the order at the appeal court.

Students under the aegis of National Association of Nigerians Students (NANS) have protected in some parts of the country including blocking major roads and access to the Lagos airport to put pressure on the government to agree with ASUU and reopen the shut public universities.

ASUU has been on strike since February 14 to demand improved funding for universities, a review of salaries for lecturers, among other issues.

Several meetings between ASUU and the Federal Government have ended in a deadlock.

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