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Katsina rejects report on ‘deplorable education standards’

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By Augustine Okezie, Katsina

The Katsina State Government on Sunday rejected an online media report alleging the standards of education and its requisite infrastructures in the state, have fallen to its lowest level.


The Director General on Media to Governor Aminu Bello Masari, Abdul Labaran Malumfashi, told newsmen in Katsina the report on the deplorable condition of the buildings at the Government Community Girls Secondary School, Kafur, by the online media is false and unacceptable to the government


He said: ’’The reports by Sahara Reporters on the alleged deplorable condition of the buildings at the Government Community Girls Secondary School Kafur, is a clear case of a hatchet job.

‘’In a recent report, Sahara Reporters published a string of pictures consisting of dilapidated buildings, which it claimed to be at the school, in Governor Aminu Bello Masari’s home local government area of Kafur’.

‘’The pictures published by Sahara Reporters depicted classroom and other buildings, which are partly damaged and, or collapsed, with doors and windows totally or partly removed and with faded painting’’.

‘’For the avoidance of doubt, the pictures in the Sahara Reporters’ story were not from any school currently in the state.

“They must have been sourced from elsewhere outside Katsina State and attached to the Kafur school story for reasons clearly designed to embarrass the government’’.

He pointed at the various strides made by government in the education sector, especially at the primary and secondary levels, adding the curreny administration has expended much time and resources to rejuvenate education at the various levels.

He also pointed at the seven new secondary schools were built across the state at N1.1b and the 25 secondary schools across the three Senatorial zones in the state that underwent complete rehabilitation and upgrading at N3.2b.

He said: ‘’48 secondary schools that suffered from dilapidation and were damaged by storm received partial repairs and rehabilitation at the cost of N7 b’’.

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Election 2020; NDC promises free tertiary education in 2020/2021 academic year

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The National Democratic Congress has promised to absorb all fees for SHS students who will be going to tertiary institutions in the 2020/2021 academic year.


As part of it’s campaign promise to get the votes of the electorates, the opposition NDC has come up with a new strategy that when vote into power will implement.

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has announced that when voted into power, the John Mahama-led government will absorb the full school fees of Ghanaian students who be admitted to tertiary institutions in the 2020/2021 academic year.

According to a statement signed by Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, the National Chairman of the NDC, the decision is in line with the recommendation of the Education Policy Group of the party and it will be incorporated in the People’s Manifesto.

The NDC also indicated that the new policy is termed “Fa Ninyinaa”.

NDC Fa Ninyinaa
NDC Fa Ninyinaa

“This policy is an enhancement of our commitment in the People’s Manifesto to absorb 50% of the school fees of all tertiary students for the 2020/2021 academic year through the ‘KYEMUPE’ policy, which will now apply to only continuing students in tertiary institutions in the country,” the NDC explained.

The NDC added that the Flagbearer of the Party, John Dramani Mahama will in “due course”, throw more light on the enhanced package for Ghanaian students who will be admitted to tertiary institutions next year.

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Law School to benefit from Education Tax Fund

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 Sanni Onogu, Abuja


THE Nigerian Law School will benefit from the Education Tax Fund (ETF) intervention if the ongoing amendment to the Tertiary Education Trust Fund Act 2007 by the Senate scales through.


This followed the second reading of a bill titled: “A Bill for an Act to amend the Tertiary Education Trust Fund Act 2007,” which was read for the second time yesterday.

The sponsor of the Bill, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele (Ekiti Central), in his lead debate, said that the Bill seeks to amend sections 4, 7 and 20 of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (Establishment, Etc.) Act, 2011.

According to him, the amendment also seeks to add the Nigerian Law School as a beneficiary of education tax under the Act.

Bamidele said: “The expansion of the Nigeria Law School from its former mono-campus system to the present multi-campus law school, was necessitated by the increasing demand for space at the school.

“This inevitable expansion, of course, has its attendant challenges such as increasing demand for befitting learning facilities including lecture halls, e-Library and ICT deployment in the multiple-campuses to enhance learning, provision of hostel accommodation and other infrastructural facilities suitable for effective training of globally competitive lawyers in Nigeria.

“Indeed, the training of the 21st Century lawyer is becoming more and more expensive hence the need for this Distinguished Senate to consider the inclusion of the Nigerian Law School, as one of the tertiary institutions to benefit from the infrastructural intervention projects of TETFUND, which is the main thrust of this amendment.”

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Osinbajo seeks suitable curriculum to address quality education

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VICE President Yemi Osinbajo has called for an urgent need to design and develop suitable curriculum assessments and monitoring systems that will focus on improving the quality of education during and post-COVID-19 pandemic.


Osinbajo, who was represented by the Minister of State for Education, Mr. Chukuemeka Nwajuiba, stated this in Abuja yesterday at 2020 Nigeria’s Annual Education Conference.

The conference, which was held in collaboration with national and international partners, has its theme: “Building an Effective, Resilient and Sustainable Education System for Nigeria’s during and Post-COVID-19 Pandemic: The Way Forward”.

The vice president said the adaption of the curriculum was necessary to facilitate learning in hybrid schooling situations in view of the unexpected disruptions of education system by COVID-19 pandemic.

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According to him, the possibilities of designing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics curricula such that they can be taught virtually should be worked out by appropriate government offices and stakeholders.

“The theme of this conference is a true reflection of an unusual global challenge faced by education in recent days.

“The emergence of Coronavirus pandemic has no doubt adversely affected the education sector and the economy at national and global levels.

“Let me point out that to cushion the effects of the pandemic, the world is embracing technological innovations. Virtual interactions have increasingly replaced face-to-face engagement and limit the total disruptions to many sectors,” he said.

Minister of Education Malam Adamu Adamu reiterated the commitment of the ministry for continued deployment of technologies and the internet in education to ensure that online education became an integral component of school education.

Adamu, represented by Mr. Sonny Echono, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, said the disparities in access to distance learning across the country must be removed to enhance the sustainable system of education.

Similarly, the representative of UNESCO Regional Office Director, Mr. Mamadou Lamina, said the organisation was committed to supporting the government of Nigeria in the area of education.

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