School drags WAEC to court for withholding results of 100 students

The Christ National Model College, Ido, Ibadan, has sued the West African Examination Council (WAEC) over the seizure of the May/June 2015 results of the school.

At the hearing of the suit on Tuesday, justice Nathaniel Ayo-Emmanuel of the federal high court, Ibadan, adjourned the case till April 6.

The judge adjourned the case in order to allow WAEC appear in court to defend itself.

Elizabeth Shittu, counsel to the plaintiff, had approached the court to order the examination body to release the 2015 May/June SSCE results of 100 of its students.

According to Shittu, one of the allegations levelled against the secondary school by WAEC was that the 100 students who sat for the examination cheated.

She said WAEC also alleged that the school carried out substitution of some examination papers like Animal Husbandry and English Language while the school failed to explain how the substitution was done.

But the plaintiff’s counsel argued that such substitution should not have led to the cancellation of all the papers of the entire students of the school.


Source: The Cable

Parents blame government, management over deaths at Queens College.

Amid raging controversy over the death of two students of Queen’s College, Yaba, Lagos State, parents have blamed the government and management of the school for not providing good source of drinking water to the students.

Some parents who spoke with The Guardian yesterday at the school, which has been shut following a directive from the Ministry of Health to fumigate the school premises, linked the death to lack of potable water and unhygienic environment at the college.

It would be recalled that two female boarding students, Vivian Osuinyi and Bithia Itulua died after reportedly suffering cases of stooling and vomiting. It was alleged that the late students ate spaghetti and drank water served in the cafeteria by the college cooks.

At the school yesterday, parents who were summoned to pick their SSS 3 wards, who are writing their mock examination, were agitated by the development. They expressed disappointment over the incident, alleging that the college showed greater interest in commercialising the provision of clean water at the detriment of the students.

One of them who pleaded anonymity said “the most unfortunate thing is that the college has a big water company called ‘Queens Delight’ within the school premises, yet they could not provide potable drinking water for the students. This is absurd! Government on its part do not care to know whether the school has good source of water or not, yet they collect fees every term without taking good care of the students.

“Education at Queens College is not cheap. For parents after investing so much on their children to loose a child due to carelessness of some group of people is pathetic. What is most painful is that this death is avoidable if all parties have gotten their priorities right. The college’s lavatories, kitchen area is so dirty, there is no water in the toilets, and students complain they normally see hairs in their food. This has to be critically addressed.”

Meanwhile, chairman of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA), John Ofobike, has insisted that there was no recent outbreak of any epidemic at the college, wondering why parents are blowing the latest incident out of proportion.

According to him, “about three weeks ago, I got a call that some students were stooling and vomiting. When I got to the sick bay, I saw four students were on admission. We made effort to trace the cause of the incident. A worker at the college told me they are suspecting that the drinking water was contaminated. After we confirmed it was not food poisoning, we instructed all students to stop using water from the school tank.

“We bought 3,000 bags of sachet water and distributed to all students. After three days, the girls on admission were certified okay and discharged. Surprising last Thursday, the social media went agog with the news of epidemic and death of four students of the college. The first student died about three weeks ago. The two students died of fever, malaria and typhoid according to their families. So until the ministry brings out the report of their investigation, we will know the exact situation.”


Source: The Guardian

FG investigates death of two Queen’s College students

Isaac Adewole, minister of health, has set up a team to probe the deaths of two students of Queen’s College, Yaba, Lagos.

One of the students was said to have died in her house during the ongoing mid-term holiday.

There are reports that they died following an outbreak of diarrhea, but the school authorities have denied the news.

According to a statement by the ministry, Adewole’s investigative team comprises members of staff the department of medicine at the University of Lagos and the epidemiology unit of the Lagos state ministry of health.

The statement said Adewole was in Lagos to witness the commissioning of the secretariat of the West African College of Surgeons when he was informed of the situation in the school.

He was said to have diverted his convoy to the school, where he met Lami Amodu, the principal, some staff, and health officials.

“He was told the school is on mid-term break but there were two reported deaths of students at home. One due to febrile illness and cause of the second is unknown,” the statement read.

“Following his interaction, the minister has directed the officials of the ministry of health, community health, and LUTH to ascertain the cause of death of the students, inspect the school environment including the kitchen, examine the source of water supply and test its suitability for human consumption and also visit the bereaved families.”

Adewole, who said the report of investigation will be forwarded to the minister of education, called for calm, saying government is on top of the situation.”

According to New Telegraph, the principal blamed rumor mongers for the reports on diarrhea.

She reportedly said the only death case known to the school was that of one Vivian Osuyi, a junior secondary school 2 pupil, whom she noted was taken home by her parents after the school called their attention to her health situation about two weeks ago.

“I am still at a loss about this development. We had our inter-house-sport on Wednesday and the students immediately left for home for midterm break,” she said.

“As I’m speaking to you, there is no student in school, so where is the rumour of the epidemic coming from? Who is behind this new round of rumour?”

AMAZING: How good Samaritan took a hawker boy from the streets to school.

Well meaning Nigerians have come to the aid of a child who was found hawking in Ogoja, Cross River State.

After his picture went viral on social media, a groups of young Nigerians came together to put him in school and ensure he gets the education that he deserves.

In a Facebook post made by the good Samaritan, it was discovered that the little hawker boy has been enrolled in one of the best schools in the state.

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Do you remember that little boy I met hawking in Ogoja about a month ago? He is now in school. One of the best private schools in Ogoja where he is given one full meal a day and the school bus also picks him up daily to go to school. He has been issued uniforms, textbooks and exercise books. Our little chap is on his way to greatness. I’m so excited!

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When I met this little cutie hawking when he was suppose to be in school, my heart broke. The father initially resisted my initial move to help. We went past that and here we are. I’m not a millionaire but the little we have, we can share. We can’t save the thousands of kids hawking on our streets but for this one, we have taken him off the streets. And by the grace of God he will stay off the streets and study up to the university.

We didn’t do this alone. We just couldn’t. When I wrote about this kid, many persons supported me with kind words and holy anger… Some did more. Ofem Ekapong Ofem, Okoi Eduson, Peter Offem Ubi, sent in money to support his schooling. Thank you my brothers. The little you sent went a long way. Ofem Ekapong Ofem has even pledged to send in a token every term for his school fees. God bless you sir.

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I want to specially thank Faith Nwaozuzu, for being a main driver of this project. I salute you Ma. The kid is surely in safe hands.

We can be the change we want to see in the world.

Ladies and gentlemen, thanks for always being there… Oya let’s prophesy what course this kid will end up reading in the university. You can wish him well by addressing him with the title of the profession you wish for him.

When DSS makes teachers’ discipline of pupils go wrong – By Iyabo Lawal and Ujunwa Atueyi

It is often stated that teachers’ rewards are in heaven but a recent attack on some of them in a school in Calabar by security agents indicates that there are dire consequences for those who discipline errant pupils, report IYABO LAWAL and UJUNWA ATUEYI

By all accounts, it was surreal. A well-scripted movie would not even have offered more drama. The Department of State Services (DSS) officials stormed a school and beat up teachers for the offence of disciplining a pupil who flouted a teacher’s instruction.

Trouble began when a civic education teacher, Mr. Owai Owai punished the entire senior students of a class in the Federal Government Girls’ College, FGGC, Calabar on February 2, for flouting his instructions not to force junior pupils to sweep their class.

An aggrieved student, who had a DSS official as an aunt, allegedly put a call across to her mother and she mobilised a horde of DSS officials, guns blazing to mow everything in their paths.

For the avoidance of doubt, the DSS, Nigeria’s primary domestic intelligence agency, is tasked with intelligence gathering and protection of senior government officials. But this was a day not much intelligence seemed to be at play.

However, this is by no means a remote or even a distant occurrence, as cases of parents overreacting to a child being disciplined by a teacher has been occurring from time to time. In November last year, the parents of 14-year-old Onyinye Nwakaeme, a pupil of Great Esteem Private Secondary School in Ijeshatedo area of Lagos state, had Mr. Sunday Adeshina arrested for flogging their daughter.

Adeshina was charged to court for assault and when he could not meet the bail condition of N70, 000, he was transferred to Kirikiri prisons.

While some parents have been known to overreact to teachers’ disciplining their children, there are some teachers as well whose understanding and application of corporal punishment qualifies them for mandatory psychological evaluation.

In October 2015, a secondary school teacher with the Ibadan Municipal Government (IMG) in Ibadan in Oyo State, was arrested for allegedly flogging a teenage pupil to death. The pupil had arrived late to school.

In the case of 14-year-old, Ogechi Anyalewechi, a senior secondary school two pupil of Bishop Philips Academy, Ibadan, a slap from the school principal’s secretary denied the promising young girl the use of one of her eyes. The action has left many people wondering the kind of spite the secretary must have invested in the slap that left the child partially blind.

Findings reveal that corporal punishment is common in public schools where there is often inadequate supervision and far too many pupils than a teacher can handle. Hence, misdemeanors by students would always be met with a cane every now and then.

Fear factor
What does this portend for teachers whose job is to inculcate knowledge into children who sometimes act as if their pituitary glands were coming on with weed? Already teachers seem like endangered species, they feel insecure claiming that schools are no longer places of safety and order.

For teachers battling to make ends meet, the recent DSS operation does little to boost their morale. Many now report feeling apprehensive; worrying more about appropriate mode of discipline rather than the objective of the action. To forestall incidences like these, some schools especially private schools have completely outlawed corporal punishment.

Some teachers while expressing their fears said there are at least two effects of lack of discipline on them. The first one is insecurity; schools are no longer places of safety and order. Besides, some students allegedly carry dangerous weapons, and teachers are not free to teach in such an environment.

A research paper recently published by the Department of Ophthalmology, College of Health Sciences of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife, cited a four-year study which concluded that 30.3 per cent of all eye injuries, presented at that hospital, by children aged between five and 15 years old, were directly attributed to caning or whipping attacks that went horribly wrong, either in schools or at home.

Some educators swore by the efficacy of discipline but called for restraint. One of them, Mrs. Kikelomo Olawumi, said parents and teachers must find the right balance in enforcing discipline in children. She said that this is significant especially in a religious, multi-ethnic and traditional society like Nigeria, where many believe that the best way to discipline a child is through physical punishment.

Olawunmi attributed this belief to a harsh culture that centered on the fact that a child has to be battered before moulding him or her into a fine character; social-economic pressure on teachers which compels them to transfer aggression on innocent children; and the culture of impunity, especially in public schools where teachers feel they can get away with such.

In 2011, the Lagos state government under the administration of Babatunde Fashola passed a legislation abolishing caning, beating or physical torture of school pupils and of workplace apprentices, declaring the action criminal. Fashola, then, said that the move was in recognition of basic human rights of children in the state. Lagos has also domesticated the Child Rights Act of 2003 also to protect children.

However, teachers who engage in corporal punishment do not feel they are violating the law and some of them say they genuinely care for their pupils.

A teacher in a public school in Lagos who pleaded anonymity said flogging is a corrective measure, which experienced teachers know how to apply with good results.

She said: “Even though we flog, many of us have experience in doing that. Caning students is not punishment but corrective measure. You do not help anybody when a parent invites law enforcement authorities in a gestapo-style raid on a school simply because their child or ward was punished, that is just plain silly.”

Similarly, the Proprietress of New Life Private School, Ikotun, Mrs. Gbemisola Emiebor frowned at the use of cane by teachers saying it is capable of causing serious problems.

But are there regulations guiding child discipline in schools? President, National Parents Teachers Association (NAPTAN), Alhaji Haruna Danjuma, said each school has its rules and regulations concerning learning, discipline and morals. Danjuma stated that article 3(3) (e) (f) of the constitution of NAPTAN is in support of discipline but said such must be done with a human face.

“What we are against is corporal punishment, it is not allowed, it is believed that every teacher knows how to handle a student when he does something wrong, once a student goes against the rules and regulations of the school, such a student must be punished accordingly.”

A legal practitioner, Uju Okeke while shedding more light on the issue of child discipline in schools stated that Section 11 of Childs Right Act allows punishment that is not inhuman and degrading while Section 28 further buttress the point that instilling discipline is part of a child all round development.

“Thus section 19 of Child Rights Act, Article 29 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Right, Article 31 of the African Charter on the Rights and welfare of the Child and article 26 of the African Youth Charter all impose on the child, duty to respect parents, elders and superiors.

An official of the federal ministry of education who pleaded anonymity disclosed that the rules of education concerning discipline states that students must be corrected in love and understanding which is basically what the holy books propagate. He revealed that punishment of any kind must be documented in a punishment register; regrettably, he said many educationists forget this rule as soon as they start teaching.

He further said that in the ethics of the profession, teachers were not permitted to discipline students as it was only the principal or head teacher who had the right to do so and whenever punishment was to be administered especially if a cane was involved, the hand of the principal or head teacher must not be above arms length.

By and large, he was of the opinion that counseling most of the time provided and yielded better results than corporal punishment which if not properly administered could lead to low self esteem in the student which may invariably affect the performance of such a student.

Over one million Nigerian school children fed by government daily – Osinbajo

The Federal Government has now released enough funds to start the delivery of one hot meal a day to more than one million primary school pupils across seven states in the country, under the National Homegrown School Feeding Programme, Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has said.

Mr. Osinbajo, speaking through his spokesperson, Laolu Akande, said on Monday in a statement that a total sum of N844, 360, 550 has so far been released for the commencement of the programme in Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, Oyo, Osun, Ogun and Zamfara as at the end of last week.

While funds have been released to the seven states to kick off the programme, not all of them have actually started the implementation as at press time, the statement said.

In the States of Anambra, Enugu, Osun, Ogun, and Oyo, the feeding has actually started, while it is expected to start this week in the two other states of Ebonyi and Zamfara, that have been funded already.

That means, the Buhari Presidency’s Homegrown School Feeding Programme would be feeding this week a total of 1, 043, 205 pupils in those seven states.

Equally a total number of 11,775 cooks have now been employed to prepare the meals in those states already, while local farmers in the states are also the one producing the food prepared and served.

Of all the States, Anambra, which was the first state to receive funding late last year has now received three full funding tranches covering 30 school days, totaling N188, 769,000. The state has a total of 937 cooks and feeding 96,489 pupils.

In Ebonyi, FG has also released a total of N115, 218, 600, while 1466 cooks have been engaged and 164, 598 pupils are to be fed.

Also in Enugu State, the government released N67,244, 800 to feed 96, 064 pupils and 1128 cooks engaged.

In Ogun State, it released N119, 648, 900 to feed 170, 927 pupils and engaged 1381 cooks, while in Osun a total of N92, 425, 400 have been released to feed 142, 193 pupils with 2688 cooks engaged.

For Oyo State, a total of N72, 288, 300 has been released by the FG to feed 103, 269 pupils, engaging 1437 cooks, while Zamfara received a total sum of N188, 765, 500 to feed 269, 665 pupils and engaged 2, 738 cooks, the statement said.

Borno govt to employ 5,000 teachers – Commissioner

The Borno Government on Tuesday said it would employ 5,000 teachers to improve the quality of education in the state.

The Commissioner for Education in the state, Inuwa Kubau, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri.

Mr. Kubau said the effort would boost quality of education and resuscitate the lost glory of the education sector in the state

He said the teachers would be employed to teach Mathematics, Physics, history, English, Hausa, Arabic language.

“Newly introduced subjects such as civic education, computer studies and trade also need specialized teachers.

“Gov.Kashim Shettima has accorded priority to the education sector since the beginning of this administration.

“While the sector has suffered great setback following attack on schools by Boko Haram insurgency across the state, the government has remained resilient and determined to revolutionise it.

“In line with this determination, the government has introduced free feedings to boost enrollment of students.

“The government has also introduced 120 shuttle buses to be transporting pupils to school. Already, 20 buses are operating in Maiduguri metropolis and Jere Local Government Area.

“The remaining 100 buses will be deployed to other 25 local government areas as soon as normalcy returned in the state,” Mr. Kubau said.

The Commissioner urged parents to senf their children to school, and appealed to humanitarian agencies to sensitise parents on the need to send their children to school.

“We also urge them to assist our teachers, especially those in difficult areas,” he said.

Lagos BRT operator donates classrooms to Ikorodu School

The operator of the Lagos State Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Scheme, Primero Transport Services, on Wednesday, donated classrooms to Majidun Junior Grammar School, Ikorodu.

Mr. Fola Tinubu, the company’s Managing Director, who addressed a gathering at the groundbreaking ceremony held within the school’s premises, said the gesture was to impact the host community.

That the gesture is coming as the company marks the first anniversary of its operations in Lagos.

Primero began operation in November 2015 and currently has 434 buses in its fleet and more than 2,000 staff.

According to Tinubu, the project which will gulp N30 million will consist of a block of seven classrooms, six toilets, library and staff rooms.

He also said that the company would adopt the school for five years to ensure that a good learning environment was provided.

“All the books for the library will be supplied before the building is completed.

“We will look after this school and do everything in our power to make sure that it is very comfortable for kids.

“We have sent the building design to the Lagos State Government and they have approved it.

“Construction work will begin in December and I believe that by September next year when the new academic session begins, we will be here to inaugurate the building,” Tinubu said.

“We have built in local content into this project and as such, the workers will be sourced from within Ikorodu.

“So, I beseech you (teachers) to intensify your efforts for the kids to learn even though it is tough and challenging.”

According to him, other schools within the town will benefit from similar gestures.

He said that every year, the company would earmark between N30 million and N40 million and select a school and invest the money in it to make a difference in their life.

The traditional ruler of Ikorodu, “Ayangbure of Ikorodu”, Oba Kabiru Shotobi, who performed the groundbreaking, appreciated the company for its gesture.

“I am very proud and happy because Primero wants to give back to the community.

“I and indeed, the community, appreciate them, hence, the reason you see all the traditional rulers here to witness such a magnificent thing the company wants to do for Ikorodu division.

“We want to thank the management of Primero, especially the Managing Director, Mr. Fola Tinubu,’’ he said.

The monarch also eulogized the Lagos State Government for its effort in improving the standard of education in the state.

The Principal of Majidun Junior Grammar School, Mr. Sulaimon Adebayo, expressed gratitude to the transport company, saying: “It is a thing of joy that we are witnessing this occasion”.

He assured the company that the academic team would not relent in their effort to instill discipline, character and knowledge in the pupils.

Other traditional rulers who graced the occasion are the Olubese of Ibese, Oba Richard Ogunsanya; the Ranodu of Imota, Oba Ajibade Agoro and the Obateru of Egbin, Oba Adeoriyomi Oyepo among others.

Five million girls out of school in Nigeria due to discrimination.

No fewer than five million girl child are out of school in Nigeria as a result of discriminations against girl children on a daily basis, the Country Manager of Girl Rising Nigeria, Maryam Tafida Bello, has said.

At the celebration of International Day of the Girl Child organized by Girl Rising Nigeria in partnership with Intel, Maryam said the event was an avenue for girls in Kano and beyond to realize that they could achieve their dreams.

“There are over five million girls out of school in Nigeria and most of these girls are in the northern part of the country. We cannot sit back and watch; we must do something. We must take the baton to lead the fight in ensuring that all girls, all children are educated. That is why we are here today”, Maryam stated.

She further encouraged people to bring meaningful change to Kano and the world by empowering girls through education.

This year’s theme of the International Day of the Girl Child is: “Girls’ Progress – Goals’ Progress: What Counts for Girls” which is focused at encouraging girls to see education as a ‘Must have’ with a goal to highlight the role of technology and the Internet as essential tools needed for leveraging all aspects of human endeavor in the current competitive dispensation.

Also speaking the Corporate Affairs Manager, Intel Corporation, Babatunde Akinola said Intel is making efforts in several ways to encourage women and young girls to be technologically motivated, especially through the Company’s ‘She Will Connect’ initiative.

He added: “Women do 60 per cent of world’s work, produce 50 per cent of food, and yet earn 10 per cent of income and own only one per cent asset”, Intel will continue to work with NGOs and other well-meaning organisations under the She Will Connect umbrella to enable, empower and connect girls and women to opportunities and consequently put an end to such gender gap”.

Speaking about the partnership with Girl Rising Nigeria, Akinola reiterated Intel’s commitment to the development of the girl child.

Stop your children from school, risk prosecution – Borno State

The Borno State Government on Monday said it would prosecute parents who fail to enroll their children and wards in schools.

“Any parent either out of ignorance or willingly refuses to send his child to school will be made to face the full wrath of the law,” the Borno State Attorney General/Commissioner of Justice, Alhaji Kaka-Shehu Lawan, said.

He told the News Agency of Nigeria in Maiduguri that government was already offering parents several incentives to encourage them to send their children to school.

The commissioner noted that it was lamentable that some parents still refused to send their children to school in spite of the incentives.

Lawan said, “The government has directed the Borno State Basic Education Board to mobilise all children of school age to be enrolled in schools.

“It has also invested heavily in constructing new schools and renovating those vandalised by the Boko Haram terrorists in the course of the insurgency, so as to provide a conducive atmosphere for learning.”

Lawan added that government had introduced the free school bus service and other incentives to attract children back to schools.

Bauchi decries high number of out-of-school children.

Governor Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State has decried the large number of out of school children in the state, describing the situation as worrisome.

Abubakar made the remarks on Tuesday when a Non-Governmental Organisation, JACCO’S Charity International, led by its Founder/President, Jodie Frank, visited him at the Governor’s Lodge in Abuja.

He, however, said that his administration was passionate about redressing the plight of the affected children, especially the girl-child.

The governor explained that the government was working hard to ensure that school-aged children were fully enrolled in schools.

The United Nations Children’s Fund recently announced that out of 1.2 million school-age children in Bauchi State, 777,000 were out of school.

This prompted the state government to launch a state-wide school enrolment campaign in November, 2015.

Abubakar said that an NGO, floated by his wife, was also working hard to see more children enrolled in schools.

He said that government would leave no stone unturned to reversing the situation.

He thanked the NGO for choosing Bauchi as one of the beneficiaries of its proposed back-to-school programme.

Abubakar said that the state government would collaborate with the team for the success of the programme.

He, however, asked the organisation to formalise its request for assistance in this regard through a letter to his office.

Earlier, Frank told the governor that her organisation was committed to catering for less privileged children in local communities across the country.

She said that the NGO was planning an out-of-school programme in selected states including Bauchi.

According to her, the programme will be launched in April, 2017 and call for the governor’s assistance to make it a success.

She lauded the achievements of the governor’s administration, which included roads and borehole projects, especially in rural communities.

Ijaw militants behind Lagos school kidnap – Ayorinde

The Lagos State Government on Wednesday said suspected militants from the Niger Delta were behind the abduction of four pupils and teachers, who were whisked away from their school, Lagos Model College (Senior and Junior), Igbonla, Epe on October 6.

The state government, however, said the victims, comprising two pupils, vice-principal and head teacher had already gone through medical checkup and safely reunited with their families.”

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, said this in a statement he issued yesterday, saying the state government would spare nothing until the state “is rid of criminal elements.”

After the victims were released on Tuesday, Ayorinde reiterated the resolve of the state government “to protect lives and property. The children have undergone medical check-up after which they were reunited with their families.

“The children are doing well. Also, they have gone through medical checkup. Already, they have been safely reunited with their families after they were released and undergone medical checkup.”

Ayorinde said the state government “welcomed the release of the school pupils, vice-principal and head teacher of Igbonla Model College, Epe. The victims were kidnapped by suspected Ijaw militants on October 6.”

The commissioner urged residents to be more vigilant, security conscious and report all suspected persons and objects seen within their neighbourhood to the appropriate security agencies.

“The determination of the government to ensure 24-hour security of the state is evident in the huge investment in the equipment and welfare of security agencies, especially the police,” he explained.

He said the state government “has taken adequate steps to stem the tide of kidnapping in the state, in line with the directive of the state governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, plans have been concluded to commence the demolition of illegal structures erected across the state waterfronts and creeks.

“Often times, the incidence of kidnapping are perpetrated through the waterways and as such, these illegal structures provide a leeway for these criminal elements to plan and execute their nefarious activities.

“This step, we believe, will go a long way to address this menace. The state government has also begun steps to boost community policing with the recent announcement by the governor that at least 5,000 neighbourhood watchers will soon be recruited to improve surveillance across the state, especially at the rural areas.”

Meanwhile, following the release of the two kidnapped students of Government Model College, Igbonla, Epe, their vice principal and teacher, late Tuesday night by their abductors, it was yesterday gathered that they were not assaulted or molested in any way.

Although one of the students was a female, she was also not assaulted by the gang, rather, her ill health facilitated their early release from captivity.

FG Begins School Feeding Programme This Month- Osinbajo

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday said the government’s free National Home Grown School Feeding programme would start in some states of the federation this month.

According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, the Vice-President said this in an interview with some journalists.

The Federal Government had failed to commence the programme at the beginning of the current academic session in September as promised.

The programme, which was formally inaugurated on June 9, 2016 by Osinbajo, is part of the Social Investment Plans of the present administration for which N500bn has been budgeted for in the 2016 Appropriation Act.

The Federal Government, through the national manager of the programme, Mrs. Abimbola Adesanmi, had in July said it would commence the scheme in September when schools resumed, with 5.5 million pupils across the country.

But Osinbajo reportedly told the journalists that it was the expectation of government that the programme would kick off in several states before the end of the month.

He said while the Federal Government would fund the scheme for pupils in Primary One to Primary Three, it was expected that state governments would be responsible for pupils in primary four and above.

Osinbajo said, “Definitely before the end of this month, we expect that several states would have come on stream with their Home Grown School Feeding Programme.

“The programme will energise agriculture in the different states because it is what you plant that you feed the children with.

“We will be hiring caterers and cooks in each state because it will be Federal Government-funded from primaries 1 to 3 and the state governments hopefully would be able to cater for the other classes.”

The Vice-President said the programme was a section of the Social Investment programmes that would impact directly on the lives of Nigerian children and families.

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Begging Is Lucrative, Woman Who Withdrew Her Son From School Tells Task Force

A mother of six, arrested by operatives of Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit Task Force for using her 11-year-old son to beg, while pretending to be victims of a fire incident, did not show any sign of remorse, saying begging was a lucrative business.

The suspect, identified as Chinagoro Uwenke, 40, was arrested yesterday in Oshodi area of Lagos. Uwenke was always seen in the company of her son, whose leg was usually in bandage, discovered to be stained with liquid, which several people believed was pus from untreated burns.

Luck, however, ran against them after operatives of the task force demanded to know the magnitude of the purported injury on the lad. When the bandages were removed, it was discovered to the astonishment of all that the boy had no injury at all. Both mother and son were then whisked away.

Preliminary investigation showed that the suspect had been engaged in the alms begging business for five years. She revealed, during interrogation, that she made between N3,500 and N5000 daily.

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School Prohibits Students From Dating In Order To Prevent Teenage Pregnancy

Golden Heritage Polytechnic College in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines, has instituted a “true love waits” policy that forbids students from having romantic relationships with people of the opposite sex while they are enrolled. As ABS-CBN news explains, this is to prevent teen pregnancies so more students can finish their education.

According to a big yellow banner hanging outside the school, “[a] love affair will surely destroy the life of a young lady student therefore this institution prohibit intimate relationship between a male & female students.” Bonus: It’s also printed on teacher’s uniforms.

It’s unclear if this rule specifically targets female students or if it’s universally enforced, though the phrasing here would suggest it’s just the “young lady students” who are considered at risk. It’s also unclear if this applies just to relationships between students or any romantic relationship a student has, even if it’s with someone outside the college.

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Anger In Chibok Over Lack Of Education

There’s not much left of the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, northeast Nigeria, where Boko Haram kidnapped 276 teenagers in the dead of night nearly two years ago.

Even the word “girls” on the school sign outside has been painted over in black — hidden from the world, just like the 219 students who are still missing.

Up the dusty track and beyond the heavy wrought-iron gates, soldiers stand guard with assault rifles, although there are few buildings and no people to protect.

Only the peeling light-green walls of the school’s main school building remain. Metal beams that supported the roof lie rusting. Rough grass pokes through shattered concrete.

The government of Nigeria’s former president Goodluck Jonathan announced shortly before last year’s election that rebuilding work had begun at the school.

But apart from piles of breeze blocks, there’s no evidence of any construction. The sprawling site is silent apart from the sound of cicadas and gusts of hot wind through the desert scrub.

Ayuba Alamson Chibok steps through the rubble where the girls’ dormitories once stood, picking up a bed frame from the scorched earth — one of the few signs the site was once inhabited.

“If the government wanted to do something, let them call the contractor… to put somebody on the ground,” the town elder told AFP, his voice rising in anger.

“Education here in Chibok has really come to zero level. This is the only school we have in Chibok and it has been destroyed.”

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Ciara Visits School In Lagos Wearing Iro & Buba (PHOTOS)

American singing superstar, Ciara, showed love to pupils of a secondary school in Lagos. She visited the school after her classic appearance in Dare’s Love Like A Movie Concert.

She was super excited to meet the students and captioned:

When I look In Their Eyes. I See Depth, Courage, Life, Love, Character, A Future Doctor, A Future Lawyer, A Future Scientist, A Future Leader, A Future Mom, A Future Dad. The Future!
When I Hold Their Hands, I Feel The Sweetest Love. Grateful
#Africa #Nigeria

When I look In Their Eyes. I See Depth, Courage, Life, Love, Character, A Future Doctor, A Future Lawyer, A Future Scientist, A Future Leader, A Future Mom, A Future Dad. The Future! 
When I Hold Their Hands, I Feel The Sweetest Love. Grateful 
#Africa #Nigeria

I Believe In My Dream and No One's Going To Stop Me From Achieving My Dream ?? #OneOfTheBestDaysOfMyLife #Nigeria
The Kids Are Our Future! ??
#OneOfTheBestSelfiesIveEverTaken. #OneOfTheBestDaysOfMyLife #Nigeria
Greeted By This Sweet Angel Singing My Song #IGotYou At The
ILADO community JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL and The Akande Dahunsi Memorial Senior/Junior high school Group #Nigeria #OneOfTheBestDaysOfMyLife

Finland To Train Nigerian Teachers

The Visiting Finland’s Deputy Minister of External Economic Relations to Nigeria, Mr Matti Anttonen, on Wednesday expressed his government’s readiness to train Nigerian teachers.


Anttonen told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the plan was part of his government’s effort at ensuring that Nigerian teachers were well-grounded in the teaching profession.


The deputy minister said that because it would not be possible to send all Nigerian teachers to Finland, a large number of them would be selected to visit Finland as trainers.


“We are looking at the possibility of bringing some teacher trainers from Nigeria to Finland. It is expected that those trained in Finland would come back and share their knowledge with tens of thousands of Nigerian teachers.


We know that Nigeria is a very huge country, and that every year about seven million children are being born and every year five million children start schooling.


This means that Nigeria needs additional tens of thousands of well-trained teachers to be able to give qualitative education to these children,’’ he said.


Anttonen, also Finland’s Under-Secretary of State, said that it would be more cost-efficient and result-oriented to plan toward sending teacher trainers from Nigeria to Finland.



According to him, the proposal is already being looked into by Finland’s government, private sector and universities.


The under-secretary of state said that his government and Finland’s private sector and universities would “carefully find the right partners’’ from both countries before embarking on the proposal.



He said that there was a lot for Nigerian teachers to gain from the planned exchange of teaching experience programme with them in Finland.




A Meal A Day Programme In Schools Begins 2016 – Ambode

Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Thursday said that the government’s “A-Meal-a-Day” programme in the state’s Public Primary schools would commence in 2016.

Ambode said this while presenting the year 2016 budget proposal to the Lagos State House of Assembly.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the governor presented a budget proposal of N662.58 billion.

Ambode said that the programme would be done in collaboration with the Federal Government, which would provide 60 per cent of the funding. He said that the state government would provide the remaining 40 per cent.
“This programme promises not only to improve the daily nutrition of our children. It will also create an economy of its own, with opportunities for job creation, income generation, poverty alleviation, and so on,” he said.

Ambode said that the state government’s intervention in education would continue in the areas of maintenance of public school buildings and facilities, and provision of basic instructional materials. He listed other areas of intervention to include free textbooks for schools and mandatory capacity building programmes for teachers in public schools.


“We intend to launch an advocacy programme `Kick Illiteracy out of Lagos’, starting from year 2016. I am happy to inform you that in 2016, we will develop our e-Curriculum, leading to the distribution of Ibile tablets to students in our public schools,” he said.

Ambode said that the revolution at the secondary school level would set a new standard in the educational system.
He said that it would also enhance the knowledge of the children, to enable them to compete effectively with their peers in developed countries. On transportation, Ambode said that the plan in 2016 was to fully operationalise the multi-modal transport system.


He said that this would be through the construction of new jetties and completion of work on the Blue-Rail Line project from Mile 2 to Marina.

“We will deliver this project in year 2016,” Ambode said.
On security, Ambode said his government would not relent in its efforts at making the state very secure for all residents and visitors in 2016. We will continue to support our security agencies with the necessary tools to fight crime. We will build on the existing cordial relationship with the private sector in ensuring that Security Trust Fund is efficiently utilised to make our state very safe,” he said.

Ambode said that a Medical Park would be established in 2016 to make the state a key destination for medical tourism.
“We had also promised earlier to deliver Ayinke House, our foremost facility for mothers, in the second quarter of 2016,” he said.


On roads, Ambode said that construction of new roads would commence across the length and breadth of the state in the coming year.

“We will place the completion on-going road construction projects and pedestrian bridges on our priority list in year 2016. He said that the government would promote environmentally friendly habits among the populace and complete on-going drainage projects.



On Agriculture and Food Security, Ambode said that state would collaborate with other states in the development of a commodity value chain, specifically for rice production.

“In 2016, we will invest more in Ayobo Fish Farm Estate at Alimosho to boost fish production and provide employment opportunities for our people. In order to secure ourselves food-wise, an Agric Park will be established in 2016,” Ambode said.




SS 2 Student Stabs Senior To Death For Punishing Him

Academic activities in Gaskiya College in the Ijora area of Lagos State were paralysed on Wednesday after a pupil in Senior Secondary School 2, Saka Ahmed, aka Ejo (snake), allegedly stabbed his senior, Saheed Jimoh, to death.

PUNCH Metro gathered that 19-year-old Jimoh, who was a school prefect, had punished Ejo on Tuesday for an offence which had yet to be ascertained. They were said to have fought each other outside the school premises after the closing time.

It was gathered that Jimoh was about entering the school when Ejo, who was said to have been
lurking around a food canteen near the school, ambushed him and stabbed him with a knife in the

He reportedly fled the scene, leaving Jimoh for dead in a pool of blood. It was said that he gave up
the ghost shortly after he arrived at a private hospital where he was rushed to.

The incident was reported at the Amukoko Police Division.

The deceased’s uncle, Mr. Shakiru Oluayo, who lives on Adejiyan Street, Amukoko area, said Jimoh was brought to Lagos in 2005 by his mother to continue his studies.

Oluayo said his nephew had initially decided not to go to school on the fateful day but rescinded his decision because he did not want to miss classes. The uncle added that Jimoh’s mother had yet to be informed of the incident.

He said:

“Saheed (Jimoh) was a school prefect. I do not know what happened between him and the boy (Ejo) that made Saheed to punish him. He was supposed to be in SS3 like Saheed but he had to repeat a class.

I learnt that as my nephew was coming to school that morning, the boy was waiting for him at a food canteen near the school gate. He attacked him all of a sudden and stabbed him in the chest.

For the past 10 years he had been living with me, he was easy-going and decent and all our neighbours can attest to that. In fact, he did not want to go to school on that fateful day but he later said he would go so as not to miss a practical class he was to have because he was a science student.”

An eyewitness, Kayode Aderibigbe, told PUNCH that it was too late for Jimoh to run to safety by the time he knew the assailant came after him. He said:

 “He (Ejo) had been waiting for Jimoh. He brought out a knife from his bag. Saheed ran when he saw him with the knife but Ejo chased him and stabbed him. I followed the pupils who rushed him to the hospital but he was confirmed dead on arrival. The police can trace Ejo.”

The school security guard, who declined to give his name, turned downrequest to speak with the principal when Punch visited the school. He said:

 “You cannot see the principal now. Come tomorrow (today). The principal and teachers have been to the hospital where the pupil was taken to. Besides, the incident did not happen inside the school.”

Some parents who also learnt of the incident besieged the school but were not allowed to enter.

A mechanic in the area, who identified himself only as Joshua, said he saw Jimoh and Ejo fighting on Tuesday.

“I was there when they were fighting yesterday (on Tuesday) after they closed from school but I did not really know what led to it. In my observation, Jimoh subdued him during the fight. I guess he (Ejo) later went to attack him with a weapon since he could not win in a fair fight,” he said.

The Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Joe Offor, confirmed the attack. He said a manhunt had been launched for the suspect. He said:

“According to the information we have, the pupil was stabbed by the school gate with a knife by a fellow student of the same school, who is at large.
“The victim was confirmed dead at the hospital. Investigation is ongoing.”

And this is how this Ejo guy singlehandedly changed his life for the worst just because he couldn’t control his rage. May the poor victim’s soul rest in perfect peace.

6 Year Old Boy Found Dead In School Bus After Being Left There For Hours

Abdul Malak Al Awadh, 6, was sleeping when the bus reached his private school in city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. According to Saudi daily Okar, all the students got off, but none of them woke him up.

The driver took the bus to the parking lot and left it there until the end of the school day. By the time he returned later to pick up students, Abdul was found dead, having died of suffocation in the bus..

Abdul Malak’s father and uncle said that the school was responsible for his tragic death.

“My nephew did not suffer from any ailment or health issue when he got on the bus with his classmates to go to school,” Abdul’s uncle Yahya Al Awadh, told Okaz. “When he was late to come home at the end of the school day, his father became worried and tried to contact the school, but no one answered him. He later received a phone call from the school administration informing him that his son was sick. He went there with his wife and both had the shock of their lives when they heard that their only son was dead. They felt devastated.” he added.

The uncle said the family was puzzled over the absence of a chaperone to accompany the young students on the bus to and from school. He said the family was also shocked that the school had failed to contact them to ask about the reason their son did not attend classes that day.

The head of the education district in Jeddah Province Abdullah Al Thaqafi, ordered an immediate investigation of the incident. The police launched their own probe into the tragedy. “Investigators are questioning all parties following the medical report that determined the causes of death,” a security source said.

Source: Gulf News

Rochas To Build School For Less-Privileged In Adamawa

The Adamawa State government has allocated a large parcel of land to the Rochas Foundation to build a school for the less-privileged.

Governor Jibrilla Bindow said on Sunday, in Yola, that the move was an expression of the government’s sacrifice, in the interest of education.

He called on well-meaning Nigerians to invest more in education, adding that the sector was vital to social development.

He commended Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State for the provision of a secondary school for the less-privileged in Adamawa.

He added that the state was one of the educational disadvantaged, assuring him of support from the state government.

The land allotted to the Rochas Fundation was a former golf field.

He said that the public interest surpassed the interest of an individual or group of individuals.

He said the gesture would go a long way in propagating the change the people had been yearning for.

“We can sacrifice anything for education because it is only peace that is as important as education. I commend Governor Rochas Okorocha for this kind gesture and I pray that the lord will grant him success in his future political endeavours. I am calling on well-meaning Nigerians to take a cue from Rochas to invest more in education, especially by supporting the less-privileged…”

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Nigerian army reopens primary school in Gwoza, restates commitment to western education

To restate it’s commitment to Western education and to assist returnees and other Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) with the education of their children, the Nigerian military has reopened a coeducational Primary School in Gwoza, Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State.

The military in conjunction with other security agencies and other security stakeholders have placed adequate security measures to ensure the pupils and teachers safety and security.


Already classes have commenced with an impressive turn out.



Similarly, the troops have also dislodged Boko Hararm terrorists from Dissa and Balazala villages located in the same Gwoza Local Government Area on Thursday during which they rescued 23 men, 33 women and 34 children from the terrorists.


In a related development, troops advancing from Bama have also intercepted quite a number of Boko Haram terrorists fleeing from Dara Jamel near Banki the battle zone disguised as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

The intercepted persons are being screened by troops of 21 Brigade for more information and confirmation of their true identity.


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UNILAG Was Apparently Never Shut Down, Lectures Continue After Protest

he reported protest carried out by UNILAG students over the death of 300 level Accounting female student, Oluchi Anekwe, by electrocution apparently did not shut down UNILAG as reported…well, this new development is what The Sun claims.

According to The Sun’s report, normalcy has returned to the University of Lagos.

Speaking on the matter, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), Prof Duro Oni, said:

Unilag is not shut. We are in our offices and have attended various meetings. Lectures are ongoing and the campus is peaceful.

A lecturer at the Political Science Department who decided to remain anonymous confirmed to The Sun that students did protest but reiterated saying: “The university was never shut and that calm has returned to the institution.”

Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Dr. Laja Odukoya, also said the information that the university was shut because of the protest was false and that his members have been lecturing the students.

10.5m Children Out Of School In Nigeria – UNICEF

Jean Gough, Country Director, United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said that no fewer than 10.5 million Nigerian children are out of school.

Gough stated this on Tuesday in Bauchi while exchanging views with Gov. Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State at the Government House.
She said that UNICEF was collaborating with some stakeholders to strengthen the newly-introduced Quranic School System to reduce the number of out-of-school children.

She disclosed that the fund had concluded plan to tackle the issue of child malnutrition in the state as it had discovered that 90 per cent of child diseases was as a result of malnutrition.

Gough also announced that UN body would curb public defecation, especially with more than 2,000 communities in the state defecating in open places.
“We intend to ensure that before I leave the country, at least one local government area in Bauchi state is public-defecation free.

“We will also work in collaboration with the state government to boost water and sanitation towards the supply of adequate and portable drinking water.
“I will, therefore, want to appeal to the state government to pay its counterpart fund to enable us execute some of the projects,” she said.

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France Bans Muslim Girl From School For Wearing Black Skirt

The case of a Muslim girl who has been banned from class twice for wearing long skirt has sparked outcry in France. Earlier this month, the girl identified as Sarah, was stopped from going to class in the northeastern town of Charleville-Mezieres by the head teacher, who reportedly thought the long black skirt “conspicuously” showed religious affiliation, something that is strictly forbidden by France’s secular laws.

“The girl was not excluded, she was asked to come back with a neutral outfit and it seems her father did not want the student to come back to school,” Patrice Dutot, a local education official, told AFP on Tuesday.

The 15-year old student, however, told local daily newspaper L’Ardennais that her skirt was “nothing special, it’s very simple, there’s nothing conspicuous. There is no religious sign whatsoever.”

Sarah’s story has been trending on Twitter in France with the hashtag  #JePorteMaJupeCommeJeVeux, translated into English as “I wear my skirt as I please.”

According to the Committee against Islamophobia in France, known by its French acronym CCIF, some 130 students were banned from class last year for wearing outfits considered as too openly religious. France has an extremely strict law forbidding displays of religion deemed ostentatious.

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Obasanjo Returns To School At 77, Eyes PhD In Christian Theology

Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo will today formally enrol as a graduate student at the headquarters of the National Open University of Nigeria in Lagos.

He is returning to the classroom for a higher degree in Christian Theology.

Having obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in 2009, the Owu-born high chief will now be working towards a doctorate degree, beginning first with a Masters degree.