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 Workers at Paul University in Awka, Anambra State, have staged a protest because they have not been paid their salaries for the past two years.

The protesters, who carried placards with various inscriptions such as, "Working without payment is unscriptural," "starvation is the worst form of attack, pay your staff or shutdown," and "Primate have mercy on us," stated that the debts ranged between 14 and 28 months. The protesters carried placards with various inscriptions such as, "Working without payment is unscriptural."

Their demonstration took place on Saturday, the same day that the Most Reverend Henry Ndukuba, Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, inaugurated the building that houses the institution's Law faculty.

Chidi Gabriel, acting Head of Information and Communication Technology, spoke on behalf of the protesters and stated that while the adjunct staff were being owed a total of 28 months, those who were on contracts and those who had regular engagements were owed a total of 24 and 14 months, respectively.

He expressed his regret that it was such a shame that an organization that was owned in equal parts by 55 different dioceses would have trouble paying its employees.

However, he exonerated the Most Reverend Alexander Ibezim, the Archbishop of Niger Province, because, according to him, Ibezim had helped to alleviate the people's suffering by providing them with periodic bailout funds.

He stated, "During these past months, we have been working without pay, and they have made promises without any indication that they will be fulfilled." Just try to put yourself in the shoes of our loved ones while they go without a paycheck. A goat that is owned by the public, according to a proverb, has a shorter lifespan. Our experiences have been like that overall, though. If they are unable to pay the tuition, then there is no reason to keep the school open.

In his response, the Primate assuaged their concerns by reassuring them that he had looked into the situation and that their complaints were being taken into consideration.

He stated, "Your concerns are being taken into consideration. I have become involved in the situation. The laborer worked hard and earned his pay. I am here to support you and understand the anguish you feel. I, along with the other Bishops, the Senate, and management, will put our heads together to make sure that your concern is addressed.

"I have issued a directive that some funds be made available in order to address the matter. You can expect to hear from us at the appropriate time.

The Primate and Archbishop of Enugu Diocese, Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma, along with other bishops from various dioceses across the country, presided over the inauguration of the law building, which was given its current name in honor of the Archbishop of Niger Province.

In addition, the Primate inaugurated the Renaissance Modern Polytechnic in Mbaukwu as well as the Millennium College of Nursing Sciences in Awka.

 Professor Tor Joe Iorapuu, who serves as the Vice Chancellor of Benue State University in Makurfdi, has issued a plea to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to end the strike that has been going on for an extended period of time.

Iorapuu made the request on Monday, August 1, during a thanksgiving mass held in honor of the celebration of his birthday at the Good Shepherd Catholic Chaplaincy on the campus of Benue State University in Makurdi.

The Vice-Chancellor expressed that he would have been happier if he had been the VC of a fully operational university, one in which both students and faculty members would have attended the celebration of his birthday party.

According to him, the education system is the most important productive one in the society, but the strike action has managed to make it less important.

 The government of Plateau State has taken disciplinary measures against the state's educational institutions.

All of the state's nursery schools, primary schools, and secondary schools had their licenses to operate in the state withdrawn by the government.

This information was shared with the press by Elizabeth Wampum, who serves as the State Commissioner of Education for the Secondary Level on Thursday.

The commissioner claims that the decision was made after it was discovered that more than 5000 private schools were operating illegally without the proper licenses.

She stated that ninety percent of the private schools in Plateau do not follow the policies and mandates of the government, and she added that eighty-five percent of the private schools that had been awarded licenses in the past had compromised.

She stated, "This is to advise the general public that the operating license of all private Nursery/Pre-primary, Primary, Junior Secondary, and Senior Secondary Schools in the State would have to revalidate their certification in order to continue to operate legally."

However, the commissioner stated that the purpose of the effort was to limit the expansion of unlawful private schools and to help those that operate within the purview of the law in order to accomplish the goal of providing quality education to everyone.

No fewer than 3,992 indigent students from the South-West have benefited from a scholarship scheme of a non-governmental organisation, Scholarship Aids Initiatives.

The NGO gave the scholarship to the students at its 2020 Stakeholders’ Forum and Presentation of Awards, held in Abeokuta.

The African Regional President of the Initiative, Dr. Oluwatosin Adebayo, said 8,034 students applied for the 2020 Scholarship scheme.

He noted that the Initiative was committed to creating opportunities for the less privileged to have access to quality education.

Adebayo said the Initiative would pay 75 per cent of the tuition fees of the beneficiaries while their parents pay the remaining 25 per cent.

He disclosed that the NGO was planning a tuition-free private university to accommodate indigent students with exceptional academic records.

He spoke on the theme of the event, “COVID-19: The Effect on Nigeria Educational System.

“It is unfortunate that the government does not want the youths to be educated, the government is trying to discourage students from going to school, that is why we are having the crisis in the education sector.

“The mission of this organisation as a non-governmental organisation is to make education become easy for the less privileged ones in society.

“Many brilliant and intelligent children are on the street today hawking, some are into some illegal activities due to financial crisis”, Adebayo said.

The National Programme Coordinator of the NGO, Dr. Oluwafunmilola Oluwatosin, said, COVID-19 had adversely affected the educational system all over the world, but the developed countries of the world were able to face the challenge.

She said the outbreak of COVID-19 did not seriously affect the education sector of developed countries because, “they had long before now put in place e-learning which assisted them in coping with the effects of the pandemic.

“But in the case of Nigeria academic learning could not continue due to so many factors that are always referred to as ‘Nigerian factors’ such as poor electricity supply, poor network, inadequate internet facilities, financial problems and even high level of illiteracy”.

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), has approved the reinstatement of the Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Prof. Toyin Ogundipe, saying his removal by the governing council did not follow due process.

The government said the process adopted by the council in the appointment of Prof. Omololu Soyombo as acting Vice-Chancellor of the University was inconsistent with the provisions of the law relating to the appointment of an acting Vice-Chancellor.

The statement reads, “President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Visitor to the University of Lagos has approved the Report of the Special Visitation Panel to the University of Lagos.“

The highlights of the findings and recommendations approved by Mr. President are as follows:

The removal of Professor Oluwatoyin T. Ogundipe as the Vice Chancellor did not follow due process.

“The Vice Chancellor was not granted an opportunity to defend himself on the allegations upon which his removal was based.  He should accordingly be re-instated.

“All allegations made against the Vice Chancellor and the management of the University before and after the Constitution of the Special Visitation Panel should be referred to regular Visitation Panel for thorough investigation and necessary recommendations.

The West African Examination Council has further extended registration for its 2020 West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination for private candidates .
This was contained in a tweet via its Twitter handle , @waecnigeria
The examination body said that the new registration deadline is Friday , November 13, 2020.

It tweeted , “ WASSCE for private candidates, 2020 – second series: Further extension of registration period.

“Intending candidates should note that there has been a further extension of the registration period to Friday , November 13 , 2020. Thank you.”

Everyone wants to be educated, there are great number of educated people in the world and yet we face even greater problems. Economic crisis, insurgencies, terrorists’ attack, prostitution, rape, looting of public funds, and numerous anti-social vices emanate and we do not know how to prevent or curb the effects of such problems. Education to many is the key to success but I would say that “purposeful education”[/i] is the key to success. 

In this present century, I only but laugh at people who foolishly think that getting a certificate from a known university in the world is all there is to success.

Let me make a point clear here,[i]

When you do well as a prostitute, you are successful!

When you do well as an armed rubber, you are successful!

When you successfully divert or loot funds which are meant for the development of the society or country, you are successful! 

Doing very well in your kidnapping business? You are successful

Acquiring great wealth as a fraudster, you are equally successful!

I could go on and on![/i]

What baffles me is this, 97% of those who are involved in such vices are the “educated ones”. These people went to school, obtained the right qualifications, and made rather a terrible choice of life.

Note this [i]

Education is no longer perceived as something being acquired in academic building such as schools, universities, colleges, polytechnics etc.
Knowledge can be acquired anywhere; 

I could say

When one decides to learn a trade, he or she is acquiring knowledge!

When you learn how to sew, make braids, and just about anything you can think of, you are also being educated.

This is where purposeful education plays a vital role[/i]

“Being purposeful means having a useful purpose, acting with a clear aim and with determination”.

What then is purposeful education?[i]

Simply put, it is undoubtedly, acquiring knowledge for a useful purpose.
A lot of youths today are educated, what matters is what they have decided to do with that knowledge.
Anybody who is purposeful and determined to achieve and be a positive impact in the society cannot and can never settle for less no matter what.

We all know that our economy is presently in a poor state. Do we improve the economy by committing more crimes? 
We complain that government do not provide employment opportunity for us, and yet there are people who have succeeded in becoming business owners on their own without the help of our so called government.

The bottom line is;[/i]

We can all decide to make positive impacts in the country.
We can achieve greater heights if we diligently work towards it.
It is often said that “it is the you in you that makes you who you are”.

Are you idle? Complaining of lack of jobs?[i]

Get up today and begin to explore. Try out as many things as possible and you would be marveled at how life would smile at you. Awaken that sleeping lion inside you, think out of the box and if you think you do not know where and how to start, read financial and business books written by our very own Nigerian authors. I could recommend a few; they are- “small business big money”[/i] written by Akin Alabi (founder of Nairabet)“sell your brain”[i] written by Leonard Nzimora. And lots more.

Let us strive to achieve something in life, to discover our purpose of existence and become the agent of change we need in the country. It is only then that we can come up with solutions to most of the problems we face today.
Become that change we need in the country by changing your life first. 

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has released the point system option, its guidelines for the 2016 admissions’ process.
The method was adopted after an extensive one-week meeting JAMB had with universities and other tertiary institutions’ administrators in the country.
According to the guidelines in a statement placed on its website on Monday night, JAMB said that the modalities were going to be based on point system.
While explaining how the admission process would work for Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME candidates and direct entry students, the organisation stated that universities were going to charge fees for screening of candidates at the end of the process for admission.
According to JAMB, the new method uses a point system to offer provisional admission to candidates.
“Before a candidate can be considered for screening, he/she must have been offered a provisional admission by JAMB. The JAMB admission checker portal is going to be opened soon for this process, so praying is all you can do now,” JAMB said.
The second process, it said, was the point system where admission would depend on the point tally of the candidate.
“JAMB’s provisional admission no longer makes much sense this year, your points tally will decide your faith. The points are evenly spread out between your O’ Level and JAMB results to provide a level-playing field for all.
“In the first case, any candidate who submits only one result which contains his/her relevant subjects already has 10 points. The exam could be NECO, WASSCE, November/December WASSCE etc, but any candidate who has two sittings only gets 2 points. So this means that candidates with only one result are at an advantage but only just.”
The organisation added that the “next point grades fell into the O’ Level grades where each grade would have it equivalent point; A=6 marks, B=4 marks, C=3 marks, so the better the candidates’ grades, the better his or her chances of securing admission this year.
“The next point is the UTME scores where each score range has its equivalent point which can be summarised thus, 180-200=20-23 marks, 200-250=24-33 points, 251-300=34-43, 300-400=44-60 points,” JAMB explained.
Giving a breakdown, JAMB explained that each category would contain five JAMB results per point added.
For example a candidate with 180-185 gets 20 points, while a candidate with 186-190 gets 21 points.
JAMB added that the point system for direct entry would be released soon.
JAMB stated that fees would still be charged for screening which would replace the Post UTME test.
JAMB also emphasised that catchment and educationally less-developed state would still be used for admission into the nation’s tertiary institutions.
JAMB said, “Merit contains 45 per cent of the total candidates for a particular course, Catchment contains 35 per cent and ELDS and staff lists contains the rest. Cut off marks will be released by the institutions this year in the form of points and not marks.
“If a school declares its cut off mark for Medicine as 90 points and JAMB grants a candidate with 250 a provisional admission but his/her total points falls short of the 90 points, then he/she will lose the admission. So the provisional admission is just a means to an end, not the end in itself.”



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