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Minister of Education Adamu, Adamu Laments Poor Management of Funds

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Minister of Education Adamu, Adamu Laments Poor Management of Funds

The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has said that poor management of funds has remain a major operational constraint in the country’s Education sector.

Adamu who stated this during the inauguration of the governing council of eight federal polytechnics and six colleges of Education in Abuja, called on the Councils of the institutions to think outside the box to generate more revenues and enlist the support of philanthropic organisations.

According to him, poor management of funds remains major operational constraint in the sector adding that the limited funds allocated by government should be judiciously utilised.

Adamu further stated that it was imperative that the governing councils know the limits of their powers and how best to avoid situations of conflict in discharging their duties.

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The minister said it was however important for the Chief Executive to brief the Governing Councils regularly on all procurement, as it was done on all financial and other matters.

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JAMB Registers 1.8 million Candidates, for 2022 UTME

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JAMB Registers 1.8 million Candidates, for 2022 UTME

Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, on Sunday said a total of 1,837,011 candidates were successfully captured in the registration for the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) programme

 

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An estimated revenue of a total of N8.6 billion was generated. Out of the lump sum, a total of 776 computer-based test centres that took part in the exercise will share an estimated amount of N1.3 billion at the rate of N700 per candidate registered by each of the centres.

 

The Board also pledged support for the CBT centre owners over the sudden increase in the prices of diesel and the erratic power supply suffered nationwide recently.

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National Association of Academic Technologists Embark on Strike

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National Association of Academic Technologists Embark on Strike

Author: Ramona Salim, Abuja

Members of the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) have been directed to embark on a two-week warning strike with effect from today, 21st March, 2022.

The association said, the strike is as a result of the failure of the federal government to implement the 2009 agreement. This was contained in a statement signed by the NAAT President, Ibeji Nwokoma.

The association has therefore directed its members to close all laboratories, workshops, studios and farms for as long as the warning strike last. YOU CAN FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK

According to NAAT this decision follows a virtual National Executive Council meeting where 97.8 per cent of its branches voted for the strike.

The association has accused the federal government of failing to abide by the memorandum of understanding it signed with its members.

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Reps Urge States to Implement UBEC, Child’s Right Acts

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Reps Urge States to Implement UBEC, Child’s Right Acts

Author: Eunice Johnson, Abuja

The House of Representatives has urged the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory to implement the provisions of the Universal Basic Education Commission Act, 2004 and the Child’s Right Act, 2003.
The House urged the Minister of the FCT, Mohammed Bello, to ensure full compliance with the provisions of the UBEC Act and the Child’s Right Act in the territory, while urging the UBEC to liaise with state governments, which had adopted the Child’s Right and the UBEC Acts for the enforcement of the laws.
The motion, which was moved by a member of the House, Bamidele Salam, at the plenary on Thursday, was titled, ‘Need to reinforce the provisions of the compulsory, Free Universal Basic Education Act, 2004 in the Federal Capital Territory and other parts of the country’.

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Salam made reference to a report by the Federal Ministry of Education in 2021, which stated that the estimated number of out-of-school children in Nigeria was 10.1 million, while the United Nations Children’s Fund put the number at 13.2 million.
The lawmaker said the figure appeared to be on the increase as the ministry had stated that there had been an increase of more than three million in the figure from 2020.
“The House is worried about the report from UNICEF that Nigeria has the highest number of out-of-school children in sub-Saharan Africa and in the world,” he stated.
While citing Section 18 of the 1999 Constitution, Salam stated that Section 15 of the Child’s Right Act provided that every child had the right to free, compulsory and universal basic education, and it shall be the duty of the government in Nigeria to provide such education.
According to him, the section provides that every parent or guardian shall ensure that his or her child or ward attends and completes primary and junior secondary school education, while any parent who fails in this duty commits a punishable offence.
He noted that 27 out of the 36 states in Nigeria had adopted and domesticated the Child’s Right Act.
Salam also cited Section 2 of the UBEC Act, which provides that every government in Nigeria shall provide free, compulsory and basic education for every child of primary and junior secondary, and that every parent shall ensure that his or her child or ward attends and completes primary and junior secondary school education.
The lawmaker further stressed that Section 2(3) of the Act compelled stakeholders in education in a Local Government Area to enforce the provisions of the section, thus ensuring that every parent or person who had the care and custody of a child sent such child for primary and junior secondary school education.
Salam stated, “The House is concerned that the provisions of the UBEC Act and Child’s Rights Act are not being implemented, considering the statistics of the out-of-school children in Nigeria and the presence of children on the streets hawking, begging and undertaking all other activities during school hours in the Federal Capital Territory.
“The House is also concerned that the neglect of children puts their future and the future of Nigeria in jeopardy, as they are exposed to getting recruited into kidnapping and robbery gangs, drugs and other crimes.
“The House is worried that the number of out-of-school children in the country is on a rapid increase and no arrest of defaulting parents or guardians are being made.”

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