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NECO urges schools to participate in Cowbellpedia

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Ahead of the deadline for registration for the 2018 Cowbellpedia Secondary Schools Mathematics TV Quiz show, the National Examinations Council (NECO) has advised secondary schools to mobilise their pupils to take part in the mathematics competition. NECO, which described the initiative as a boost for the knowledge of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), among the pupils, saidwithin thelast 20 yearsof the introduction of the Mathematics challenge by the sponsor – Promasidor Nigeria Limited, it has been of tremendous benefits to Mathematics education in Nigeria.

While announcing the commencement of the 20th edition of thecompetition on behalf of the Registrar of NECO, Prof. Charles Nwakwe, the Director of QualityAssuranceof theexaminationbody, Dr. Ikechukwu Anyanwu, said the culture of participation at various competitions should be encouraged among Nigerian students.

Earlier, the company’s Managing Director, Mr. Anders Einarsson explained that Cowbell Milk, the company’s flagship brand, had been involved in the improvement of the nation’s education standard, and particularly in Mathematics, within the last two decades.

The Cowbellpedia initiative, he noted, comprises Cowbellpedia Secondary Schools Mathematics TV Quiz Show, Cowbellpedia Radio and Cowbellpedia Mobile Application, even as he added: “These platforms have been able to arouse and re-awaken the interest of students in Mathematics at the secondary school level and further reinforced the importance of the subject.”

To further sustainthegrowing interest in Mathematics by the relevant groups, Einarsson recalled that the company launched the Cowbellpedia Compendium, a compilation of solved questions from the past Cowbellpedia Secondary School Mathematics TV Quiz Showeditionsforeachcategory. Einarsson also announced that the company had raised the bar with a 100 per cent increase of the prize money for this year’s edition as winners in both categories would now receive N2 million and an all-expense paid educational excursion outside the country, while the first and second runners-up would receive N1.5 million and N1 million respectively. The teachers of the star prize winners will go home with N500,000, while those of the first and second runnersup will receive N400,000 and N300,000 respectively.

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Agency distributes 900 school desks to female colleges

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The Sokoto State Agency for Female Education has distributed 900 school desks to various girls colleges in four local government areas of the state.

Presenting the items to representatives of the schools, the Special Adviser to Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal on female education, Dr. Amamatu Yusuf, said the items have been spread across schools in Kebbe, Sokoto North, Sokoto South and Tambuwal LGAs.

“All the beneftting schools are Government Girls Day Secondary Schools. The breakdown showed the school in Kebbe got 200, GGDSS Tambuwal got 100 while the one located at Tudun Wada, Sokoto South LGA, got 150 desks.

“Others are GGDSS Sanyinna which got 125 desks, GGDSS Mabera-Mujaya which got 150 desks, GGDSS Runjin Sambo which got 100 while GGDSS Mabera-Magaji got 50.

“The distribution, done in collaboration with NIPEP/World Bank, will continue until all our schools are adequately provided with enough desks and chairs for use by pupils and their teachers,” she added.

Meanwhile, the SA has revealed that the agency will organize a special training workshop for school managers and members of the state school based management committees.

She said the training will involve 200 participants who will be taught new techniques in school management by experts drawn from different parts of the globe.

 

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UNILAG VC secures release of detained union leaders

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  • As varsity matriculates 9,204 students

The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe has secured the release of the detained former Chairmen of the institution’s chapter of the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (SSANU), Comrades Joseph Adefolalu and Adekola Adetomiwa, who were on Thursday arrested by the police.

The VC, accompanied by the leadership of the university’s chapter of the non-academic staff unions, visited the office of the Department of State Security (DSS) along CMD Road, Shangisha, to bail the union leaders, who were on Thursday transferred to the office from the Ikeja Division of the State Criminal Investigation Department.

Earlier, addressing the protesting workers in front of the institution’s Governing Council Chamber, Ogundipe expressed regret that the national strike had been allowed to degenerate to the level it is on the campus, saying even against the dictate of his office, he had gone on air to declare support for the striking workers.

The workers, who had assembled in their hundreds on the campus to protest the arrest of their leaders, accused the university management of harassing them since December 4, 2017, when the national strike was declared.

But, the union members did not disrupt the ongoing matriculation ceremony of the new intakes, where a total of 9,204 fresh undergraduate and postgraduate students were successfully matriculated.

The management of the university had earlier met with the leadership of the unions including the Chairmen of the university’s chapters of National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) and the Non Academic Staff Union (NASU), Comrade Sulaiman Lawal and Kehinde Ajibade, among others, to address the crisis.

The VC said; “Dialogue will always be the way out of every crisis because we would always have cause to interact again. There is no other university that has shown support to the striking unions better than UNILAG, yet we are the one that suffers more attack from you. I can assure you that once we leave here, we will go to the Police Station together and ensure that our workers are released.

“If anyone says I ordered the arrest, let me make it clear that I do not have such power but I must add that no one is above the law, including me. On this campus, 120 electrical fuses were removed from the powerhouse on Monday, January 8, and that does not speak well of the unions. We must always reach compromise on difficult issues. We have kept on appealing to the Federal Government to resolve this matter as soon as possible and I am sure very soon, it will be over.”

The meeting between the unions and the management was attended by the leadership of the Police in the area including the Area Commander.

The union leaders appreciated the university management for the middle ground reached and pledged their support in the efforts to reposition the university for good.

It would be recalled that both Adefolalu and Adekola had on Thursday morning at about 1.30am been arrested in their homes by the Police from the Ikeja Division of the State Criminal Investigation Department.

The unions had blamed the development on the ongoing national strike declared by the Joint Action Committee of the non-academic staff in the universities nationwide, alleging that the decision to arrest the leaders may be in anticipation of likely disruption of the matriculation ceremony, which held today (Friday).

 

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Strike: UNILAG postpones convocation indefinitely

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Following the refusal of the non-academic staff unions in the nation’s universities to call off their two-month-old industrial action, and the threats by the unions’ chapters at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) Akoka, to disrupt the planned 50th convocation ceremonies scheduled to hold between February 19 and 22, the institution’s management has postponed the ceremonies indefinitely.

In a statement issued by the university and signed by the Principal Assistant Registrar (Information), Mrs. Taiwo Oloyede, a new date would be announced for the ceremonies soon.

Though Oloyede did not give reasons for the abrupt postponement, New Telegraph learnt the striking workers comprising members of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT), had threatened to disrupt the convocation ceremonies over what they described as the neglect they suffer in the hands of government.

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