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Kaduna teachers and the dilemmas of reform -By Ayo Olukotun

On Monday, in an update of the raging feud between Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, and the Nigeria Union of Teachers, the union handed down a two-week ultimatum to the governor to reverse the planned sack of close to two-thirds of primary school teachers in the state. The ultimatum is sequel to several protests […]

  With all the political shenanigans in the news, it would be easy to miss the news that another student was expelled from an institution of higher education for essentially raising issues concerning student welfare with the school administration. Throughout history, students have been a catalyst for social and political change. Students in higher institutions […]

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  Let me begin with the story of the late Igbo highlife musical icon Chief Oliver De’coque. Oliver in one of his songs told the story of a great hunter and his brave dog which he valued and cherished only in the battle field (i.e during hunting expedition) he calls the dog all sorts of […]

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Of failing teachers and failing primary education -By Niran Adedokun

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Not too long ago, I had the rare privilege of being in the same room with six of Nigeria’s 36 state governors. Discussions mainly centered around the need to urgently restructure the country and let the constituent units have their say on the issues that affect them. While this lasted, only one thing agitated my […]

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Redeemer’s non-university and the Nigerian youth -By Abimbola Adelakun

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  Most of us are familiar with the fable of the dog and the tortoise. During a severe famine in the animal kingdom, all animals were instructed to eat their parents. While the famine persisted, all the animals – except the dog that always appeared well-fed-suffered. Eventually, the tortoise managed to prod the truth out […]

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Lessons from the world’s fastest-rising university -By Niyi Akinnaso

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  The world’s fastest-rising university is neither in Europe nor in North America. It is in Asia; but neither in China nor in India. It is in Singapore; not the National University of Singapore but the Nangyang Technological University. Since 2003, when a new President (i.e., Vice-Chancellor) took over the leadership of the university, NTU […]

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Who wants to be a teacher? -By Olalekan Olagunju

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  At the moment, it will not be an exaggeration to state that the state of education in Nigeria is at an all time low. Concerned stakeholders are justifiably worried about the sore state of affairs in the sector. Without a doubt, every patriot must be concerned about the disturbing state of education in our […]

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Nigerian universities: Comparative lessons on achieving world-class status -By Niyi Akinnaso

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  The recent outcry against the lowering of admission standards and the policy flip-flop over the post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination test should be regarded as indications of lack of effective quality control of educational standards in Nigerian universities. Even more importantly, it shows that rather than make efforts to avert further decline, policymakers and relevant […]

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Why Most Students Fail At Their First Year In The University -By Emmanuel Onyekwere

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  Fear of failure is one tendency that is innate and predominant in every human being irrespective of how influential or powerful, and no matter how much a person has achieved there is this inevitable “failure-phobia” in him/her, people avoid failure even to the most ignoble degree of it. Failure however does not mean the […]

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University education not a low hanging fruit -By Sam Aruleba

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The controversies surrounding the Joint Admission Matriculation Board’s policy on admission into universities and other institutions of higher learning in the country in the 2017/18 academic session are not receding just yet. With Nigerians in the Diaspora residing in the United Kingdom, over the weekend, the raging arguments continue to strengthen even though on a […]

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