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Things Nigerians don’t do for their teacher

The saying about teachers and their reward being in Heaven seeming to be louder in Nigeria – ask ASUU! Teachers in government schools also appear to even have more of this reward in heaven, than those in the private-owned institutions. Majority of Nigeria’s 180 million population attend public schools that …

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JAMB and the politics of cut-off marks (part 3)

In effect, the admissions process into Nigerian tertiary institutions was compromised; standards were violated. JAMB therefore decided that every institution must declare a lowest cut off point for its programmes and that every admission must be properly reported and documented, and brought to the notice of the regulator in order …

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JAMB and the politics of cut-off marks (part 2)

There were other stakeholders in attendance, the heads of the National University Commission (NUC), TETFUND, the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE), NECO, NYSC and the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) – all as observers. The heads of IEIs stayed away from this …

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JAMB and the politics of cut-off marks (part 1)

I have followed with keen interest the controversy over the announcement of cut-off marks for Nigeria’s admission processes for the 2017/2018 session, with many commentators and the general public insisting that it is unwise, insensitive and retrogressive, to reduce the cut off mark for admissions into our tertiary institutions: 120 …

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Going through ASUU’s prism

The year was probably 1987. The doors of the Volkswagen beetle slammed shut. The young men who had arrived in the compound scurried in all directions. Shortly after, a hush fell on the compound, a military jeep pulled over at the same compound. About six men jumped down. The ground …

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Ten books every teacher should read

Plato’s Republic, Rousseau’s Émile and Dewey’s Democracy and Education – there’s a strong case to be made, as Dennis Hayes has, that these are the only books on education that teachers need to read. But if I was about to enter the classroom as a teacher for the first time …

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