The 2015/2016 Post-UTME Results Released By MOUAU

Michael Okpara University recently carried out their post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) that welcomed the attendance of eligible candidates all over Nigeria.

 

The post-UTME was carried out successfully without any glitches and now the management of the Michael Okpara University (MOUAU) has made it public that the results of the mentioned examination are out.

 

The results have been uploaded online and thus candidates can now proceed online to view them.

 

Candidates can view the results through this link (portal): http://mouauportal.edu.ng/putme/screening-results.php.

 

Once you are in, on the first loading page, you should enter your JAMB Registration Number according to the user-interface. Then click ON search icon and proceed to access your result.

DEQA Held a 4-Day Workshop to Ensure Qualitative Education

Determined to ensure qualitative education in Nigeria, the Directors of Education Quality Assurance (DEQA) in federal and state ministries of Education, parastatals and agencies, have held a four-day workshop at the National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration (NIEP) in Ondo town, Ondo State.

At the event were representatives of ministries of education from the 31 states and the Federal Capital Territory(FCT), including participants from the National Examination Council (NECO), National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB) and other bodies.

The platform gave participants the  opportunity to rub minds on the theme of the conference: “Education quality assurance: A panacea for equity, access and accountability in education.”

Over 10 problems were identified as reasons the standard of education has fallen and various solutions were suggested.

Participants also designed two broad levels for the factors affecting the quality of education. These include: “The level of learners, who have diverse experiences, characteristics, skills and conditions; and the level of the education system, with its managerial and administrative system, implementation of good policies, human and managerial resources and the means to measure learning outcome.’’

Participants noted that Nigerians have the perception that education has a poorly coordinated supervision, is underfunded and has inadequate data for planning as well as general poor learning environment.

“Many states in Nigeria are yet to implement the quality assurance programme prescribed by the Federal Ministry of Education and therefore, internal quality assurance procedures are not being applied in schools in such states.

“Quality Assurance Departments and Agencies, where they have been established, are sometimes staffed with officers who are not trained in that field.They are poorly funded and, generally, lack requisite operational facilities.

The Director-General, NIEPA, Dr. Peter Ojedele, said:  ” We value development of skills of educational planners and administrators through strengthening of human and institutional capacity in educational management in the five Girls’ Education Project (GEP) states of Katsina, Sokoto, Zamfara, Bauchi and Niger.

“There should be provision of support for effective monitoring and evaluation through capacity building of monitoring and evaluation officers in Delta and Kaduna states, and the FCT using the notion of Whole School Inspection Approach.”

20 Best Universities in Nigeria

The universities in Nigeria as any other average and world class universities across the world, are always on top of their game to be ranked as alpha and be regarded as crème Della crème in their niche of specialty i.e. to give quality education.

 

In Aug. 20th 2015, the top 20 best universities in Nigeria were announced after the 2015 University Web Ranking which was conducted by Cybermetrics Lab of Spain. The mentioned body is an international institute which ranks universities across the globe.

 

The Obafemi Awolowo University for the fifth consecutive time scooped the first position. There is something so right they are doing that other universities Nigeria should emulate or inquire about. The University of Lagos and University of Ilorin followed in second and third places respectively.

 

The following is the list of the best 20 universities according to the ranking:

 

1. Obafemi Awolowo University

 

2. University of Lagos

 

3. University of Ilorin

 

4. Ahmadu Bello University

 

5. University of Port Harcourt

 

6. University of Agriculture Abeokuta

 

7. University of Nigeria

 

8. Federal University of Technology Akure

 

9. University of Benin

 

10. Federal University of Technology Owerri

 

11. Federal University of Technology Minna

 

12. Kogi State University

 

13. Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education

 

14. University of Jos

 

15. Landmark University

 

16. Petroleum Training Institute Effurun

 

17. Ladoke Akintola University of Technology

 

18. Kogi State Polytechnic Lokoja

 

19. University of Calabar

 

20. Afe Babalola University Ado Ekiti

Okowa Calls for a Summit to Develop Education

Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has disclosed that his administration would soon hold an education summit to chart a way forward for the educational sector in the state.

Okowa stated this on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 when the Okobaro of Ughievwen Kingdom, Matthew Edirin Owhawha II, led members of the community on a courtesy visit to Government House, Asaba.

He said that the proliferation of tertiary institutions in the state without meeting the requisite educational standard was harmful to development.

“We intend very soon to call for an education summit in which our people will speak to one another in honest truth as one, to stand on the path that l think is right and to sit down and talk in deep truth on what is the best way forward for Delta State.

“Wherever an institution exists in Delta, let us make it the best, let us make it a standard but let it be one that wherever you come from, you will take pride in the institution.

“Tt is better to have a standard institution than mushroom institutions that will make us query what knowledge comes out from such institutions,” Okowa said.

The governor explained that falling oil prices have been a challenge to the state and the nation, as he reiterated that his administration would remain committed, accountable and truthful to the people in the judicious use of its resources.

Okowa commended the traditional ruler and people of Ughievwen kingdom for their peaceful and accommodating nature and promised to look into their requests.

Earlier, the royal father said that the visit was to convey the support of the people of the kingdom to  the state government’s SMART agenda and prosperity for all Deltans initiative and requested for more infrastructural projects to speed up the development of the area.

OAU the Crème Della Crème in Nigeria

Obafemi Awolowo University is not a force to be reckoned with in Nigeria, as it has been nominated for the fifth and not the first time as the number one university in the country. The five years have been consecutive.

 

The position of OAU among other top Nigerian universities was reaffirmed on Aug. 20 2015. This news was made public after the 2015 University Web Ranking conducted by Cybermetrics Lab of Spain, an international institute which ranks universities in all continents.

 

Mr. Abiodun Olarewaju, the Public Relations Officer of OAU issued a statement which that stated that the university ranking body rated the research, curricular, academic and general administration of OAU as the best in Nigeria.

 

Olarewaju’s statement also stated that the ranking saw the university of Lagos and Ilorin being rated second and third respectively.

 

Prof. Bamitale Omole, the Vice Chancellor of OAU, could not put it any other way when he opined that this was the first time in history of higher learning in the country, where one institution would maintain its position as the first and the best in the country for more than four consecutive times.

 

Years of hard work and dedication to duty of the academic administrative and technical members of staff, according to Prof. Omole contributed to the feat; the university has had for years. He also added that the major contribution from the mentioned staff has placed the university far and above over more than 100 other universities in Nigeria.

 

Prof. Omole emphasized his topmost priority is to train and retrain his members of staff on a regular basis. According to him, he will not rest until OAU becomes the best university in Africa, and among the top 10 in the world.

 

Omole acknowledged that this could not happen by effort from only one end and he called upon the Federal Government to invest more funds into university education, which will see universities achieve more.

 

Omole also called upon the alumni of the university to aid in the institution’s overall development. The reason for this in his own words was, “so that OAU would grow more in leaps and bounds in the realization of the dreams of the founding fathers,” VC said.

SERAP: Amosun Should Accept the Responsibility for Sacking the Educational Workers

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, has frowned at a statement credited to the Ogun State Government, accusing it of ‘crying more than the bereaved’, as it called on the governor of the state, Ibikunle Amosun, to take responsibility for the sacking of six education workers in the state over “offensive exam questions.”

The group stated this in a statement on Monday by its Executive Director, Adetokunbo Mumuni, urging Amosun to “show leadership and uphold his constitutional oath of office by immediately ensuring the reinstatement of the unjustly sacked education officials rather than attempting to shift responsibility to the Ogun State Civil Service Commission.”

It will be recalled that the state government had sacked 6 workers of the state ministry of education for setting what was considered as offensive exam questions. This prompted SERAP to report Amosun to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education, Mr. Kishore Singh, and the UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, Mr. David Kaye.

The group accused Amosun of unlawfully and unfairly violating “internationally recognised human right to academic freedom and freedom to hold opinion” for the sacking of the education workers.

However, the state government accused SERAP of “jumping the gun and crying more than the bereaved” by rushing to petition the UN without first finding out the facts.

Responding to government’s tongue lashing, SERAP insisted on Monday that it had the duty to write the petition as it did and urged Amosun not to shift the blame but to ensure the reinstatement of the sacked workers.

“SERAP is not crying more than the bereaved, as alleged by the government but is merely carrying out its mandate to promote and advance the human rights of all Nigerians, including those of the sacked education officials.

“The acts or omissions of the Ogun State Civil Service Commission crucially engage the responsibility of the government of Ogun State in so far as they raise issues in respect of constitutional rights and the fulfilment of the country’s international human rights obligations and commitments, as it is clearly the case in the unjust sacking of the education officials.

“The people of Ogun State, including the sacked education officials, reasonably expect that when the Ogun State Civil Service Commission fails to comply with constitutional rights and international treaties in the discharge of its functions, their government would stand up for them rather than attempting to dodge responsibility.

“The government of Ogun State and the Ogun State Civil Service Commission, acting on its behalf, are therefore obliged to consider full respect for human rights in the discharge of their functions and exercise of their discretion and authority.

“It doesn’t seem too much to ask that the Ogun State Government stand up for justice, fairness and human rights, whether it is through its direct acts or omissions or those by the Ogun State Civil Service Commission. Indeed, it is consistent with the letter and spirit of the constitution and international law that it should be incumbent on the government to do so,” the group said.

NUT: The States are Killing Primary School Education

The Nigeria Union of Teachers has berated state governments over the poor funding of primary school education in the country.

The union said it was alarmed by revelations from the Executive Secretary, Universal Basic Education Commission, Dr. Suleiman Dikko, that states could not match the 40 per cent Federal Government grant allocated for the implementation of UBE programmes in states.

NUT Secretary-General, Obong Obong, in a statement on Friday in Abuja, said the union considered the development as a serious indictment on the states, stressing that this best described the lack of concern by them in the development of public primary education in the country.

This, it added, explained why Nigeria could not meet the expected target of ‘Education For All by 2015.’

Over the years, the NUT noted, the FG  had set aside two per cent of its Consolidated Revenue Fund to improve public primary education in the country.

It said it was regrettable that the had failed to access their allocation owing to failure to provide needed matching grants as their requisite counterpart funding.

The union described the shortcoming as a disservice to the development of primary education across the country, adding that the situation had degenerated to a point where school pupils in some states received their lessons under the trees.

The NUT stated that with the increasing demand for quality education and infrastructural development in schools, the reluctance of state governments to access UBE fund and use same for what it was meant for, was a demonstration of gross negligence of their responsibilities to the improvement of education in Nigeria.

The Seven Day Warning Strike Set To Commence

Today, Aug. 24th 2015, marks the day when members of the academic staff of the Federal College of Education, Kano, embark on a one-week industrial action to make it clear that they are not amused by the Federal Government’s decision to revert the Federal College of Education its former status.

 

Three days ago, i.e. on Aug. 21st 2015, the Federal Government made the big decision to not upgrade the Federal College of Education, Kano, to University of Education. The members of the staff union accused the provost of incapacitating the upgrade of the institution.

 

Dr. Rabi Jubirila, the Provost of the College, confirmed the directive from the Federal Government to revert the institutions to its former status.

 

According to Rabi, the letter received yesterday from the Federal Government, specifically cited two major issues, directing that by the copy of the letter, you are directed to reverse the school to its original status.

 

The letter also mentioned that, “you are directed to continue to administer the college as Federal College of Education and as the Provost of the College with all right and privilege.

 

Dr. Rabi declared that all the allegations that the provosts of the colleges crafted the withdrawal of the university status as baseless. To seal his denial he uttered that the four Provosts cannot be powerful to influence the Federal Government’s decision.

The MTN Foundation Scholarship Scheme 2015 Application in Progress

 

The MTN Foundation Scholarship Scheme is an initiative that awards at least 500 qualified and full-time Nigerian students studying science and technology related courses.

 

The scholarship which is worth N200, 000 per year covers tuition, stipends, and book allowance. An awardee of the scholarship is expected to renew it every year provided he/she maintains a minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.5 or its equivalent (second class upper/upper credit).

 

The eligibility of the scholarship include:

 

· A student must be in his/her second year of study at the time of application.

 

· An applicant from public Universities and Collages of Education in Nigeria must be full-time undergraduate in 200 level/2nd year.

 

· An applicant from public Universities and Collages of Education in Nigeria must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (upper credit) from the Ordinary National Diploma (OND) programme and also must have secured admission into the Higher National Diploma (HND) programme.

 

· The direct entry level students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (upper credit) from the OND programme and also must have secured admission into 2nd year in a public university.

 

Only students from the following courses will be considered:

 

· Accountancy/Accounting

 

· Agric. Extension and Rural Development

 

· Agricultural Science

 

· Agronomy

 

· Animal Breeding and Genetics

 

· Animal Nutrition

 

· Animal Production and Health

 

· Aquaculture and Fisheries Management

 

· Applied Physics

 

· Architecture

 

· Chemical Engineering

 

· Civil Engineering

 

· Computer and Electronics

 

· Computer and Information Science

 

· Computer and Mathematics

 

· Computer Engineering

 

·  Computer Science

 

· Electrical Engineering

 

· Electrical/Electronic engineering

 

· Electronics and Computer Technology

 

· Electronics Engineering

 

· Engineering Physics

 

· Industrial Physics

 

· Information Technology

 

· Mathematics

 

· Mechanical Engineering

 

· Metallurgical and Material engineering

 

· Petroleum and Gas Engineering

 

· Physics Electronics

 

· Geophysics

 

· Physics/Computational Modeling

 

· Pure/ Applied Physics

 

· Statistics

 

· Statistics and Computer Science

 

· System Engineering

 

Those who will apply will have their applications verified and the candidates who will be shortlisted will be invited for an assessment test. The candidates will be required to have with them, 2 recent passport photographs and originals as well as photocopies of the following documents:

 

a. A valid Student ID card.

 

b. Any other means of Identification (National ID card, International passport or Driver’s license)

 

c. Admission letter from JAMB and institution of study.

 

d. Admission letter from JAMB and institution of study.

 

e. Admission letter for the HND programmes (For Polytechnic student only).

 

The deadline for application is Sep. 6th 2015, and you should be really thorough with your application since incomplete applications will be disregarded.

Why Downgrade the Federal Universities of Education?

Reports of a plan to downgrade four Universities of Education to their former status as Colleg­es of Education is raising dust in the nation’s higher education system. The four Universities of Education that will return to their former status as Col­leges of Education if this plan is imple­mented are: Alvan Ikoku University of Education, Owerri; Adeyemi University of Education, Ondo; the Federal Uni­versity of Education, Kano; and Federal University of Education, Zaria.

Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universi­ties (SSANU) of the Federal University of Education, Kano, have risen against the reported planned downgrade, and described it as uncalled for. The ASUU chairman in the university, Dr. Abubakar Sadiq Haruna, has alleged that the for­mer provosts of the four former Colleges of Education are conniving with some interest groups in President Muham­madu Buhari’s administration to return the education universities to their former status.

Similarly, staff and students of Alvan Ikoku University of Education recently demonstrated in Owerri against the move to revert the institution to its former sta­tus as a college of education. The ASUU chairman of the institution, Mrs. Ukachi Nwachukwu, pointed out that all trade unions in the school, staff and students have vowed to resist the rumoured plan to return the institution to the status of a college of education. Students of Adeyemi Federal University of Education, Ondo, in Ondo State, have also demonstrated against the planned downgrade.

Although the Federal Government is yet to make its position known on the matter, we urge it to clear the air imme­diately to douse the tension in the insti­tutions. Government should not keep silent when there is disquiet in four insti­tutions of higher learning in the country. It should act before the situation deterio­rates.

However, without prejudice to the government’s position on this matter, we must say that the former Colleges of Education in question are eminently qualified for upgrade to universities, be­ing the foremost Colleges of Education in the country. They have a long history of producing high quality teachers for the country. They started with producing National Certificate of Education (NCE) holders and were later affiliated to some Nigerian universities to produce gradu­ates in education. They have not at any time been found wanting in their respon­sibility of producing high quality teach­ers.

Again, the need for more graduate teachers in the country’s education sys­tem is not in doubt. It was in a bid to satisfy that need that the administration of former president, Dr. Goodluck Jona­than, decided to upgrade the former Col­leges of Education to Universities of Edu­cation.

Politics aside, Jonathan’s move was well-intentioned, and can still serve a use­ful purpose. There is no arguing the fact that we need more university spaces to accommodate more of the large number of candidates who sit for the Joint Admis­sions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examinations every year. Therefore, gov­ernment should be careful not to reduce university admission spaces that it should be seeking to expand.

We are, therefore, opposed to any move to return these universities to their former status. Doing so will not in any way help teacher education in the country. We have reached a stage where graduate teachers should be teaching at all levels of education, including prima­ry schools.

The Buhari government should be con­cerned with moving education forward, and keep the people well apprised of its intentions and plans for the sector. The ongoing speculations on the fate of these universities are unhealthy and should be rested with a formal statement by the education authorities. Downgrading the institutions to their former status should not be an option.

Our view is that whatever is required to solidify the status of these institutions as universities should be done. Whatever funds are required to achieve this objec­tive should be released. Let the govern­ment address all the deficiencies militat­ing against their continuing existence as universities.

We call on the new administration to dispel the rumours raging on the fate of these schools, and reassure their staff and students on its position on the matter. The earlier the government does this, the bet­ter for the institutions and the country.