The Federal Ministry of Education has said no COVID-19 test is needed for returning students to be admitted into their schools.
Following the resumption of schools across the country on Monday January 16, a number of medical experts and critics have called for the coronavirus test to be administered on students before they are allowed into schools.
But a statement signed by the Director Press and Public Relations of Federal Ministry of Education Ben Bem Goong, on Monday said only temperature checks should be carried out on students and any other person crossing any school gate.
He warned school authorities to refrain from asking students or parents to undergo COVID-19 test before they are accepted in their schools.
The Federal Government had announced that schools should resume today after consultations with relevant stakeholders and a review the situation.
It, however, said schools must ensure compulsory wearing of face masks by all students, teachers and other workers in all schools and temperature checks and hand washing facilities must be at strategic locations.
Transportation challenges: UNILORIN okays virtual lectures for large classes
The University of Ilorin has announced the commencement of virtual lectures for large classes as part of measures to address transportation challenges facing both students and lecturers.
Already, it said on Monday that the university had assigned 500 user accounts of 300-capacity zoom licences to various faculties and departments for the immediate commencement of virtual classes.
A statement issued on Monday by Unilorin spokesman, Kunle Akogun, stated that the virtual classes would run simultaneously with physical classes.
The statement read in part, “About 500 user accounts of 300 capacity zoom licences have been assigned to faculties and departments for effective virtual delivery of lectures.
“We have also developed virtual class schedule for courses with class sizes of about 1000, 3000, and 5000 students, using the large capacity zoom licences.
“Physical delivery of lectures/practical sessions in classrooms/laboratories is very important and should be consciously sustained.”
According to him, in the wake of the transportation challenges facing the students and staff of the university, the management rolled out several measures to mitigate the effect of the unfortunate situation on the students in particular.
“These included the directive to the Time-Table and Room Usages Committee to adjust lecture time-table to make it more flexible.
“The management also renewed the university’s zoom licences to activate the virtual lecture option,” he said.
University of Calabar suspends HoD for one year over extortion
The University of Calabar has ordered the immediate suspension of Head of the Department of Pharmacology, Sylvester Ohadoma, for alleged extortion of students.
This was revealed in a statement by the registrar of the institution, Gabriel Egbe, in Calabar, on Monday.
Egbe said Ohadoma was removed as the HoD, for “consistently flouting” the university Senate’s directives concerning extortion and collection of unapproved levies from students.
He said the decision was in tandem with management’s decision to rid the institution of all forms of unethical practices, especially extortion of students.
“Management received a report that Ohadoma as HoD, Pharmacology and Coordinator of the course, Principles of Pharmacology 322, illegally charged and collected the sum of N3,200 from students for what he termed “practical fees”.
“This is even as Ohadoma is said to have extorted the same amount from students in the previous semesters, in addition to selling textbooks for as much as N12,000 each to students in flagrant contravention of management’s directive,” he said.
Egbe said the present administration of the university finds it repulsive that one who should take the lead in protecting the integrity of the institution was involved in such unwholesome practices.
He added that the university’s management would not condone any unethical practice by staff.
He said, “As part of disciplinary measures, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Florence Obi, has approved that Ohadoma should be relieved of his appointment as HoD and Coordinator of Principles of Pharmacology 322, with effect from January 23, 2023.
“Management has further instructed that all official responsibilities hitherto handled by Ohadoma, including teaching and supervision, are to be reassigned to other qualified lecturers in the department.
“Ohadoma is barred from having any direct academic interface with students for one year.
“Ohadoma has been further ordered to refund all unauthorised monies which he collected from students and provide evidence of such refund to the vice-chancellor through the Director, SERVICOM within the next month.
“While hoping that this will serve as a deterrent to others, management has directed the Dean, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, to ensure strict and full compliance with the directives.”
Police confirm kidnap of six pupils from Nasarawa school
The police have confirmed the kidnap of six pupils of a public primary school in in Nasarawa State.
The gunmen were said to have attacked the school on Friday morning.
Rahman Nansel, police spokesperson in the state, confirmed the development.
Nansel added that a search-and-rescue operation is ongoing .
“Confirmed. 6 were abducted. They invaded the school at about 0710hrs. Search and rescue ongoing and led by the CP as he has met and commiserated with the parents of the victims,” he said via text message.
Nasarawa is one of the north-central states battling insecurity.
Over the years, there have been attacks on Nasarawa communities, leading to killings, abductions, and displacement
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