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CSOs Commend Fintiri For Providing Free Education In Adamawa

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A coalition of five Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) under the auspices of the Education Champion Network (ECN) has commended Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri for providing free education in Adamawa State.

The Organizations which include ACE Charity, African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development (Center LSD), Legal Defense for Assistant Project (LEDAP), The Inclusion Project (TIP) and Sustainable Collective Advocacy for Africa Development Initiative (SCAAD Initiative) were supported by Malala Fund.

Reading a communique presented by the coalition at a press conference in Yola Wednesday, spokesperson of the group, Hassana Shuaibu said the communique will serve as the CSOs manifesto for political candidates ahead of the 2023 general elections in the State.

The Education Champions Network (ECN) is a global network of Champions advocating for girl child education and envisions a situation in which all Nigeria women and girls, particularly the most vulnerable have access to 12 years of free, safe, quality education.

“The Education manifesto was developed by Civil society organizations in Adamawa State under the Election Education Advocacy project being implemented by Ace Charity, Center LSD, The Inclusion Project, SCAAD Initiative, and LEDAP to ensure political candidates prioritize education in the manifestos and even after being elected into offices.

“The project is also empowering the traditional and religious leaders, media, school girls, and the general public to hold the leaders accountable and ensure that political candidate include specific education asks in their agenda during electioneering campaign and implement the same when elected. The project is part of the Joint Action, Grant supported by Malala Fund,” she said.

Shuaibu noted that the present administration in Adamawa has done its best by providing free education at the basic education level but more needs to be done concerning girl child education.

She however observed that records have shown that the standard of education in the state needs to be improved while noting the rate of out-of-school children particularly the girl child does not give hope fo future of the girls and the people of Adamawa state.

“With about 20 million out-of-school children in Nigeria, 60% of this figure is from the Northeastern part the country inclusive of Adamawa state. In Adamawa State, 30.2% of primary school-age children are not enrolled in any school. 32.7% of girls of primary school age are out of school compared to 27.7% of boys.

“The number of out-of-school children for junior and secondary school-age children is even higher across both genders but more so for girls. This record is further confirmed by the national manifesto of ECN in Nigeria states that the number of out-of-school children of primary school age in Nigeria increased by 50 percent from 6.4 million, while the out-of-school rate has remained constant at 28 percent since 2010. Nigeria is among the top three countries alongside India and Pakistan with the most children and youth excluded from education, and the vast majority of these children are girls.

“The implication of this is evident in the inability of the country to harvest the benefits of basic education to Nigeria’s economy. It is estimated that GDP growth of up to $243 billion will be gained if every girl completes a full 12-year cycle of education in Nigeria. With the level of human resources available to the country, and if well harnessed, Nigeria will not be mentioned or categorized as educationally poor alongside the others in Southeast Asia,” she added.

The education champion noted that as a result of the challenge, Nigeria is deep-seated in multifarious conflicts and violence covering all the geopolitical zones of the country be it Boko Haram, banditry, farmer-herded clashes, and other criminal elements.

“The advent of these crises has taken a toll on the country’s economy, the people, and especially women and girls. The ECN believes strongly and notes that equitable access to quality education, particularly for girls, can reduce conflict and insecurity across the country by up to 37 percent. Similarly, providing free, safe, and quality education for up to 12 years will reduce early marriage, and social injustice, leading to a healthier, wealthier, and happier population.

“It is for this reason that the ECN draws the attention of stakeholders in Nigeria
and Adamawa state to take up the challenge of championing the cause of basic education for all children of school-going age and particularly the girl child in the state.

The CSOs in a ten point demand urged the state government to adopt far reaching measures for the betterment of education.

The demands include more and better funding of the sector, by increasing funding to 22.5% of the state budget in line with FG’s commitment, providing counterpart funding to access UBE funds, to allow for increased financing of the education sector, strengthens the education monitoring and evaluation systems by implementing the UNESCO National Education Account to guide proper budget preparation and implementation, and make budgets gender-responsive, transparent, and utilized in education.

Others are the government should ensure schools are truly free for 12 years by eliminating hidden fees such a education levies, PTA fees, and exam fees, provide quality education for all children, provide educational resources and make schools safe amongst many other demands.

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NUC Approves 43 Academic Programmes For Federal University Kashere

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By Tom Garba, Yola

National Universities Commission (NUC) has approved all 43 academic programs presented for certification during the October/November 2023 accreditation exercise of Federal University Kashere.

This development was made known in a press release signed by the University’s public relations officer, Mrs Janet Ibrahim Ezekiel and presented to this medium today.

NUC approval document with the reference number NUC/ES/412/VOL.14/327, which was addressed to Prof. Umaru A. Pate, Vice Chancellor of the university with the caption, “Result of the October/November 2023 Accreditation of Academic Programmes in Nigerian Universities.

This indicated that in line with the provision of section 10 (1) of the Education (National Minimum Standard and Establishment of Institutions) Act CAP E3. Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, the commission organized the Accreditation of academic programs at the Federal University of Kashere in October/November and accredited all 43 academic status

Among the programs listed were postgraduate programs presented for accreditation, as well as some existing undergraduate programs presented for re-accreditation, and others were newly established programs presented for initial accreditation, all of which were approved, with no programs denied accreditation.

According to the results, out of the 43 programs offered, all four (4) postgraduate programs received accreditation status, 32 undergraduate programs received full accreditation, and 7 other undergraduate programs received interim accreditation status.

” It is important to note that any Postgraduate Programme with Accredited Status and Undergraduate Programme with Full Accreditation will remain valid for five (5) years after which they will be presented for re-accreditation, whereas those with Interim Accreditation Status will be valid for two (2) years before being re-accredited.

“You may be aware that the Federal University of Kashere offers 98 academic programs, 49 at the postgraduate and undergraduate levels. It is also worth noting that all 49 Postgraduate Programmes have been authorized and recognized; 42 Undergraduate Programmes have Full Accreditation Status, while the remaining seven (7) Undergraduate Programmes have Interim Accreditation Status.” The statement said

In response to the latest development, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Umaru A. Pate, thanked Allah for the good conclusion and congratulated all staff participating in the accreditation process, calling it a communal achievement. While promising to work toward solidifying the achievement, the Vice Chancellor also requested additional cooperation from the entire University personnel in his efforts to convert the University into a true fortress of learning.

It should be noted that the Vice Chancellor, upon taking office on February 11, 2021, pledged to strengthen the University’s academic standards and quality assurance as one of his administration’s six priorities, as seen by the outcomes of this accrediting exercise.

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JAMB 2024: How 115 Students Of Solid Foundation Tutors Scored Above 300 In Taraba 

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By Sani Yarima 

Over 115 students from various schools who enrolled with the Solid Foundation Tutors in Taraba State have achieved scores of 250 and above in the 2024 JAMB examination.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation, Mr. William Moses Iro, shared this information with journalists in Jalingo, the capital city.

He said nine (9) out of the over one hundred and fifteen (115) students scored 300 and above while others scored 250 and above in their 2024 JAMB.

The organization was established in October 2015, initially operating at Success Nursery and Primary School in Magami with 48 students. 

Over the years, the student population has rapidly grown, and currently, they have over 1000 students.

In 2018, they requested a more suitable location, and the Taraba State Ministry of Education relocated them to Low-cost Nursery and Primary School, where they currently conduct their lessons.

Mr. William Moses Iro mentioned that the center has over twenty teachers, including specialized teachers for subjects such as Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics. 

They offer a wide range of courses, including English, Mathematics, Financial Accounting, Literature, Government, and Religious Studies. 

For younger children, they focus on developing their reading and numeric skills and also provide additional support for struggling students. 

Mr. Iro emphasized the need for serious commitment from their students and encouraged them to overcome the mentality that certain subjects are difficult.

He said they aim to contribute positively to the education system and empower young people in the community in line with Governor Agbu Kefas’s free education agenda.

Mr. Moses expressed pride in the success stories achieved by the foundation. 

He noted that many students who previously struggled with professional courses and university placements are now excelling in their chosen fields thanks to the foundation. 

Additionally, Iro pointed out that before the establishment of the foundation, many of them were not studying in universities beyond Yola, Taraba, or Maiduguri, but now they are studying in prestigious institutions such as OAU, Unilag, Nsukka, and other universities, pursuing their dream courses.

Mr. Iro shared that he was previously employed at a multimedia company in Ile-Ife, Osun State but was inspired to start the tutorial center in Jalingo to positively impact students and help them achieve their goals.

The classes run from 4 pm to 6 pm on weekdays and from 9 am to 12 pm or 1 pm on weekends and during vacations, they have full-day sessions to cover the syllabus and teach study skills.

According to him, their main challenge is the lack of suitable venues for classes, especially for general subjects like English and Mathematics. 

Mr. William Moses Iro urged Governor Kefas for assistance in providing a dedicated hall for teaching. 

Additionally, they face challenges with the stuffy environment during hot weather and expressed hope for support from the government to address these challenges to enable them to contribute to their vision of providing quality education.

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2024 JAMB: How 115 Students Of Solid Foundation Tutor Scored 300, 250 In Taraba 

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Over 115 students from various schools who enrolled with the Solid Foundation Tutor in Taraba State have achieved scores of 250 and above in the 2024 JAMB examination.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation, Mr. William Moses, shared this information with journalists in Jalingo, the capital city.

He said nine (9) out of the over one hundred and fifteen (115) students scored 300 and above in their 2024 JAMB.

The organization was established in October 2015, initially operating at Success Nursery and Primary School in Magami with 48 students. 

Over the years, the student population has rapidly grown, and currently, they have over 1000 students.

In 2018, they requested a more suitable location, and the Taraba State Ministry of Education relocated them to Low Past Nursery and Primary School, where they currently conduct their lessons.

Mr. William Moses mentioned that the center has over twenty teachers, including specialized teachers for subjects such as Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics. 

They offer a wide range of courses, including English, Mathematics, Financial Accounting, Literature, Government, and Religious Studies. 

For younger children, they focus on developing their reading and numeric skills and also provide additional support for struggling students. 

Mr. Moses emphasized the need for serious commitment from their students and encouraged them to overcome the mentality that certain subjects are difficult.

He said they aim to contribute positively to the education system and empower young people in the community in line with Governor Agbu Kefas’s free education agenda.

Mr. Moses expressed pride in the success stories achieved by the foundation. 

He noted that many students who previously struggled with professional courses and university placements are now excelling in their chosen fields thanks to the foundation. 

Additionally, Moses pointed out that before the establishment of the foundation, many of them were not studying in universities beyond Yola, Taraba, or Maiduguri, but now they are studying in prestigious institutions such as OAU, Unilag, Nsukka, and other universities, pursuing their dream courses.

Mr. Moses shared that he was previously employed at a multimedia company in Ile Ife, but was inspired to start the tutorial center in Jalingo to positively impact students and help them achieve their goals.

The classes run from 4 pm to 6 pm on weekdays and from 9 am to 12 pm or 1 pm on weekends. During vacations, they have full-day sessions to cover the syllabus and teach study skills.

According to him, their main challenge is the lack of suitable venues for classes, especially for general subjects like English and Mathematics. 

Mr. William Moses urged Governor Kefas for assistance in providing a dedicated hall for teaching. 

Additionally, they face challenges with the stuffy environment during hot weather and expressed hope for support from the government to address these challenges to enable them to contribute to their vision of providing quality education.

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