Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission into graduate programmes in the 2017/2018 academic year leading to the award of Postgraduate Diploma, Masters and Doctor of Philosophy Degree of the University of Calabar (UNICAL).
Courses may be offered full-time or part-time. All programmes begin with coursework and end with a project for Graduate Diploma, MBA, MPA and MPAS or thesis for Master’s and Ph.D degrees.
Note that PGD programmes run on full-time basis only.
Requirements for Admission: Candidates are required to have a minimum CGPA of 3.00 on a 5-point scale and 2.75 on a 4-point scale for Master’s programmes and 4.00 on a 5-point scale and 3.00 on a 4-point scale for the Ph.D programmes.
A CGPA of 1.50 and above is required for PGD programmes. Candidates with Master’s degree from recognized universities may credit the relevant courses towards the Ph.D programme, provided that the quality of the grade is acceptable to the Graduate School.
Note: Filling of forms – Surnames first, First name next, Middle name last.
There will be no changes made after submission of application forms online. Therefore candidates must think through before submission as any change will attract a fee.
This is to prevent multiple applications. The titles Mr, Miss or Mrs may be used but not Rev(Dr), Chief, etc. Programmes applied for should be Ph.D, M.A, M.Ed, M.Sc, MPH, LLM, and PGD. No extension of application after 8th of October, 2017.
The website will be shut down on October 8, 2017.
MODE OF APPLICATION
- Interested candidates are to first log on to our website: www.unicalonline.edu.ng
- Thereafter, candidates are required to pay a non-refundable fee of ₦15,000.00 at any bank nationwide via E-Transact platform for Graduate School application form 2017/2018 academic session.
- A printout with a unique pin will be issued at the bank.
- Candidates will then enter their unique PIN and their mobile phone numbers on www.unicalonline.edu.ng/admissions to access the form.
- Follow the steps by providing your data as prompted and ensure that your form is submitted. YOU ARE TO PRINT OUT A COPY OF YOUR FORM AND CONCEPT NOTE, BY CLICKING ON PRINT button after submission. Please bring a copy of the printed form to the venue on the day of the screening.
- Process Flow of E-Scratch Card for UNICAL Postgraduate Application;
– Walk into any bank across the federation and make payment on E-Transact platform to purchase Graduate School application form for 2017/2018 academic session.
– Make a payment of ₦15,000.00 and obtain the payment slip.
– Go online to www.unicalonline.edu.ng/admissions
– Log on with the generated pin on the payment slip to fill the Postgraduate form.
As part of the application, candidates are expected to submit a CONCEPT NOTE of 2 pages maximum for Ph.D programmes and one (1) page maximum for Master’s programmes.
The concept note will be typed online in a space provided in the form and printed out for submission to the department. The concept note is a MINI SUMMARY OF RESEARCH PROPOSAL highlighting what candidates intend to research on when admitted. It will have to cover the following:
– Statement of the problem
– Relevance of study to self and society
– Aim(s) of the study
– Brief theoretical background
Note: Candidates who fail to send their concept notes online along with their application forms will not be allowed to take part in the oral interview.
TRANSCRIPTS: Candidates are to ensure that their academic transcripts are forwarded by their previous institutions through courier service to the Academic Secretary, Graduate School, University of Calabar, P.M.B. 1115, Calabar, Cross River State, ON OR BEFORE THE DEADLINE INDICATED BELOW.
ALL TRANSCRIPTS MUST BE RECEIVED IN GRADUATE SCHOOL ON OR BEFORE THE SCREENING DAY being OCTOBER 20, 2017.
Candidates whose transcripts are not received in the Graduate School by OCTOBER 20, 2017, shall NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR ADMISSION.
There will be no room for awaiting results (all applicants whose results have not been approved by the Graduate School Board/University Senate will not be considered for admission).
ADMISSION SCREENING EXERCISE:
Admission Screening Day – Friday 20th October, 2017 for MBA, MPAS, and all PGD candidates
While Saturday 21st October, 2017 is for Masters and Ph.D candidates. The screening test will be a computer based test as follows:Part A – Written, (Use of English Language, Logic, Mathematics, ICT and General Knowledge);
Part B – Oral interview in the respective departments based on subject area/concept note for Ph.D and Master’s candidates.
There shall be No oral interview for MBA, MPAS and all PGD programmes.
The website for submission of application will be shut down on the 8th October, 2017.
AVAILABLE GRADUATE PROGRAMMES
Programmes leading to the award of Postgraduate Diploma, Master’s, and Ph.D degrees are available in the under-listed Departments.
For details of each programme and specific requirements, click to visit www.unicalonlne.edu.ng/programmes-and-degrees
- Faculty of Agriculture; Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology, Animal Science; Crop Science; Soil Science; Forestry and Wildlife Resource Management.
- Faculty of Allied Medical Sciences; Medical Laboratory Science (Medical Microbiology/ Parasitology Unit, Chemical Pathology Unit, Histophathology Unit and Haematology Unit), Radiography and Radiological Sciences, Nursing Sciences.
- Faculty of Arts; English and Literary Studies; History and International Studies; Linguistics and Communication Studies; Religious and Cultural Studies; Philosophy; Theatre and Media Studies; Modern Languages and Translation Studies.
- Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences; Anatomy; Biochemistry; Pharmacology; Physiology.
- Faculty of Biological Sciences; Botany, Genetics & Biotechnology, Microbiology, Zoology and Environmental Biology.
- Faculty of Education; Arts Education; Business Education; Continuing Education and Development Studies; Curriculum and Teaching; Educational Administration and Planning; Educational Foundations, Guidance and Counselling; Environmental Education; Library and Information Science; Science Education; Social Science Education; Special Education.
- Faculty of Law; Law
- Faculty of Management Sciences; Accounting, Banking and Finance; Business Management; Marketing.
- Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry; Medicine and Dentistry; Community Medicine.
- Faculty of Physical Sciences; Geology; Mathematics; Statistics; Computer Science; Physics; Pure and Applied Chemistry.
- Faculty of Social Sciences; Economics; Geography and Environmental Science; Political Science; Sociology; Public Administration.
- Institute of Education; PGD Education, PGD Environmental Education
- Institute of Oceanography; Fisheries and Aquaculture; Physical Oceanography; Biological Oceanography
- Institute of Public Policy and Administration; PGD Public Administration; Policy and Administrative Studies (MPAS)
- Centre for Water Resources Management.
Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for admission into the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH) in any of the under-listed Part-Time programmes for 2017/2018 academic session.
6-SEMESTER ND & HND WEEKEND PART-TIME PROGRAMMES
NATIONAL DIPLOMA PROGRAMMES
a. Computer Engineering Technology
b. Civil Engineering Technology
c. Electrical/ Electronic Engineering Technology
d. Mechanical Engineering Technology.
2. ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES
A. Building Technology
B. Estate Management.
3. MANAGEMENT & BUSINESS STUDIES
b. Banking and Finance
c. Business Administration & Management.
f. *Office Technology and Management.
4. COMMUNICATION & LIBERAL STUDIES
a. Computer Science Technology
b. Food Technology
c. Hospitality Management Technology
6. PURE & APPLIED SCIENCE
Science Laboratory Technology.
NOTE: OTM (Office Technology Management) Programme may have some of their Lectures during the week(i.e. Evenings ONLY)
HND PART-TIME PROGRAMMES
a. Civil Engineering Technology
b. Electrical /Electronics Engineering Technology with options in
(i) Electronics & Telecommunications
(ii) Electrical Power & Machines
c. Computer Engineering Technology
d. Mechanical Engineering Technology with options in
(ii) Power and Plant.
2. MANAGEMENT & BUSINESS STUDIES
b. Banking and Finance
c. Business Administration and Management
f. * Office Technology and Management.
3. COMMUNICATION & LIBERAL STUDIES
Mass Communication with Options in (i). Print (ii) Media.
a. Computer Science
b. Hospitality Management Technology.
5. PURE & APPLIED SCIENCE
Science Laboratory Technology with option in
General Entry Requirements:
(a) National Diploma (ND) Programmes; SSCE or WASCE or GCE ‘O’ Level or NECO or NABTEB with at least 5 Credits obtained at not more than 2 sittings, which must include English Language, Mathematics and three other relevant subjects related to the programme of study.
(b) Higher National Diploma (HND) Programmes;
1. Candidates are required to satisfy SSCE/GCE/NECO/NABTEB entry requirements for the corresponding National Diploma programme.
2. Candidates are required to have completed a relevant National Diploma Programme not below LOWER CREDIT classification.
3. Candidates are required to have at least one year post- ND industrial work experience.
Candidates with lower qualifications than the ones stated above but with at least three (3) relevant Credits and two (2) Passes could be considered for admission, provided such candidates are not below the age of 40 years and have a minimum of 15 years work experience at a SUPERVISORY LEVEL.
Also Read: Laspotech HND Full-Time Admission Form 2017
1. Candidates are advised to ensure that they personally fill in correct information. The Polytechnic would not be liable for any erroneous information contained in the completed form.
2. Each applicant is advised to provide correct and functional e-mail address and telephone number(s) when completing the application form.
3. Candidates are to please NOTE that Admission is on First Come, first served basis.
- Log on to LASPOTECH’s website at http://www.mylaspotech.edu.ng
- Click on the “2017/2018 Admission Applications” link on the Navigator plane.
- Select the programme i.e.” Part-Time ND or HND”.
- Click on “Continue”.
- Fill the profile form and choose a suitable username as your username and password of your choice (your password should contain alphabet, numbers and/or symbols) not less than 7 in characters, supply a valid and working email address and GSM number;
- Then, Click on “Continue”
- Login with your username and password;
- Click on “Pay” (you will make use of a Web enabled ATM card, Master or Verve card for your payment).
- Candidates are expected to make payment of the sum of N7, 500) only (Seven Thousand five hundred naira only), exclusive of Bank charges.
- Complete your application as appropriate.
- Fill the application form provided. Ensure that you provide accurate data at all times. In addition to your personal information, you will be required to provide your WAEC/GCE/NECO result as well as previous educational history.
- Ensure you print out your Application form, fee payment receipt and keep them safely.
- You will be required to upload a colour passport photograph of NOT MORE THAN 20kb in size.
- Print your completed application form before submission. You will be required to present this at a later date, so keep it safely.
- Click “Submit”.
NB: Successful candidates must adhere strictly to the registration procedure as highlighted on the Polytechnic website. The Institution is non-residential. Students will therefore be required to make their own arrangements for accommodation and transportation.
As part of its mandate to strengthen partnerships in the education sector, The Education Partnership (TEP) Centre recently held the 3rd edition of the Nigerian Education Innovation Summit (NEDIS) at Sheraton Hotel, Abuja.
The Summit themed: “From Evidence to Policy and Action: What Works?” brought together over 150 stakeholders from government, research and academia, development organisations and programmes, donor and other funding organisations, civil society organisations and a broad range of education innovators, for two days of discourse focused on establishing pathways for strengthening the utilisation of evidence in policymaking, practice and citizen action.
In his opening speech, the Honourable Minister of Education, represented by the Executive Director of Research and Innovation, National University Commission (NUC), Mallam Audu Muhammed, stated that Nigeria is undergoing monumental changes geared towards unleashing creativity of her citizens. He stated, “to address the challenges of nation-building in the 21st century, the Federal Government has set up ten pillars of core and measurable goals addressing out of school children, teacher education, capacity development, curriculum review, among others.”
Also in attendance was the Special Adviser on Education to the Governor of Lagos State, Obafela Bank-Olemoh, who spoke during the first plenary session. According to him, the Lagos State Government is working to effectively revamp the state’s education sector especially leveraging technology innovations and infrastructure. He added that, although, the state may not solve the myriad challenges in the education, the state government is deliberate, strategic, and carrying out school audits to know necessary steps to take. The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Kristen Molyneaux of MacArthur Foundation Chicago.
Other speakers at the summit were Dr. Kole Shettima (MacArthur Foundation), Solomon Adebayo (World Bank) Dr. Tunji Adegbesan (Gidi Mobile), Mr. Chude Jideonwo (RED Media), Mr. Innocent Chukwuma (Ford Foundation), among others.
Some of the conclusions reached by the delegates included the need for education sector stakeholders to move from the provision of information or data to the generation of rigorous evidence to influence policy. Implementers were tasked to strengthen capacity to carry out internal monitoring, and use more rigorous methods to evaluate their projects and programmes. Regarding communications and advocacy, it was agreed that implementers of education innovations need to adopt more strategic approaches to how evidence is communicated, beginning with the end in mind, and focusing on brevity and simplicity in messaging. Also, good communications need not be expensive; however, expertise is required to build the capacity of education innovators and programme implementers.
The Managing Director of TEP Centre, Dr. Modupe Adefeso-Olateju, spoke on the innovation coalition that was set up last year (NEDIS 2016). According to her, the National Innovation Coalition on Education (NICE) exists as a platform for learning, sharing knowledge and skills, and collaborative policy engagement. “In the next year, emphasis will be placed on strengthening this coalition and continuing to provide opportunities for members to learn, share and collaborate, especially with regard to policy engagement.”
In summary, NEDIS 2017 featured enlightening plenary discussions, engaging breakout discussion sessions, participatory workshops and a thought-provoking drama skit produced by prolific director and producer, Zack Amata. It also featured an exhibition of innovative products and services from organisations such as Bridge International, Mavis Computel, development Research and Projects Centre, among others. This enabled excellent networking among delegates.
The West Africa Examination Council on Monday released the results of the 2017 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for School Candidates with the results of 214,952 (Two Hundred and Fourteen Thousand, Nine Hundred and Fifty Two) candidates, representing 13.79% of the total candidature for the examination being withheld for further investigation in connection with various cases of examination malpractice.
Olutise Adenipekun, Head of the Nigeria National Office of WAEC at a press briefing at the council’s office in Yaba, Lagos said that out of the total number of out of the total number of candidates that sat the examination, 1,471,151 (One Million Four Hundred and Seventy One Thousand One Hundred and Fifty One) candidates, representing 94.36% have their results fully processed and released, while 95,734 (Ninety Five Thousand Seven Hundred and Thirty Four) candidates, representing 5.64% have a few of their subjects still being processed due to errors traceable to the candidates in the course of registration or writing the examination.
Adenipekun while giving a detailed statistics of the result disclosed that a total of 923,486 (Nine Hundred and Twenty Three Thousand Four Hundred and Eighty Six) candidates, representing 59.22%, obtained minimum of credits in five (5) subjects and above, including English Language and Mathematics.
He observed that 59.22%, percent performance of candidates that obtained five (5) credits and above including English Language and Mathematics in the WASSCE for School Candidates represents an improvement to the result in 2015 and 2016 which was 38.68% and 52.97%, respectively.
According to him, a total of A total of 1,567,016 (One Million Five Hundred and Sixty Seven Thousand and Sixteen) candidates registered for the examination, out of which 1,559,162 (One Million Five Hundred and Fifty Nine Thousand One Hundred and Sixty Two) candidates sat the examination. Of the total number of candidates that sat the examination, 829,853 (Eight Hundred and Twenty Nine Thousand Eight Hundred and Fifty Three) were male and 729,309 (Seven Hundred and Twenty Nine Thousand Three Hundred and Nine) were female, representing 53.22% and 46.27% respectively.
The HNO further said that with the upgrade of the Council’s ICT facilities, the capability of the Council’s ICT has now been enhanced.
According to him, “With the progressive review of our processes and procedures backed with the determination of the entire work force of the Council in Nigeria to serve the Nigerian Child better and faster, the early release of the results of the WASSCE for School Candidates, 2017,has been made possible”.
He enjoined candidates who sat the examination to check the details of their performance on the Council’s results website within the next few hours.
Ahead of the 2017 Wole Soyinka Media Lecture Series planned to examine the nexus between basic education and electricity on July 13, at the Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja, participants at a two-day stakeholders meeting held in Lagos, for the Regulators’ Monitoring Programme (REMOP) for basic education and electricity, expressed grave concern about a potential disaster if regulation and performance continue to slide in these important sectors.
The stakeholders, consisting representatives of government, pressure groups, non-governmental organisations, private sector and international development partners, lamented that faulty regulatory system, official secrecy, corruption, poor media coverage and paucity of data, are some of the challenges plaguing quality basic education and electricity supply in the country.
Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ) coordinator, Motunrayo Alaka, who explained the vision behind REMOP to the participants, emphasised that, “the change we seek is the change we need, therefore, it is important that all concerned put pressure on the current government to deliver on its promise.”
Regarding basic education, the partners were worried that the sector is grappling with a myriad of challenges, including the embarrassing 8.7million children who are out of school, according to the UNESCO Institute of Statistics reports.
Haruna Danjuma, President, National Parent Teachers Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN), highlighted the fact that the figure is one of the highest globally. Corroborating the sad state of basic education in Nigeria, Olusegun Ajiboye, Registrar, Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), stated that there is a need to pay attention to the quality of teachers who instruct students at this level.
On her part, Sharon Oriero-Oviemuno-Olise, deputy executive secretary (technical) of UBEC, who represented the minister of education, Adamu Adamu, and the executive secretary of UBEC, Hamid Bobboyi, blamed the poor performance status on the lack of commitment by state governments to contribute the mandatory counterpart funds needed to enable them access grants from the Commission.
Abosede Adelaja, secretary to the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) Lagos, who represented the deputy governor, Idiat Adebule, and the chairman of SUBEB, Ganiyu Sopeyin, however, said Lagos State continued to lead the rest in ensuring standard education.
Despite the huge investments on basic education, especially through the Universal Basic Education Commission’s (UBEC), Olatunde Adekola of the World Bank, who was represented by Solomon Adebayo, bewailed the fact that the sector is yet to make significant improvement in the drive to offer quality education to the 44 percent of its population who fall under the age of 15, which incidentally covers the age bracket for the basic education programme.
“How are we spending the little we have? How are we prioritising targets?”, Adekola queried.
The consensus on the availability of electric power supply, on the other hand, was that, although the regulatory framework for the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) makes the body very powerful, the system is yet to work, as it should.
According to Frank Jacobs, president, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), the challenges bedevilling NERC have thus far made electricity more expensive for manufacturers who now spend 40 percent of their cost of production on power supply as against their counterparts in Ghana who deploy about 20 percent and those in China and Europe who use less than 10 percent.
Joy Ogaji, executive secretary, Association of Power Generation Companies (APGC), particularly blamed the inconsistencies in the sector on the clear lack of coordination. Ogaji also lamented the fact that various government authorities are compromising the independence of NERC. Tomi Akingbogun, chairman, Network of Electricity Consumers Advocacy of Nigeria (NECAN), in his contribution, noted the damage the challenges with power supply has inflicted on the Nigerian people with huge cost of tariff despite the unavailability of electricity.
CEO, Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED), Azu Obiaya, on the other hand, asked the gathering to reflect on the humongous cost of investment that can guarantee electric power supply. “Risk is assigned where it is best borne. The consistency we hope to achieve in the sector will cost money. Someone has to pay.”
Obiaya emphasised. “There is a need for Nigeria to decide whether it wants to keep electricity as a social service or fully privatise it,” he said.
The stakeholders’ meeting on basic education and electricity is a major part of the REMOP initiative supported by the MacArthur Foundation, which seeks to foster proactive disclosure of information, transparency and accountability among regulatory institutions in Nigeria through the active engagement of the media and other actors.
The WSCIJ intends to continue the conversation at the public annual lecture scheduled for 10am at the Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja on Thursday 13 July, which would be Wole Soyinka’s 83rd birthday.
While a number of Nigerian universities have raised tuition fees in a purported move to improve quality, stakeholders say the real solution to value delivery in the sector include accountability, transparency and active private sector involvement.
Despite lamentations over the inadequate funding of public universities, the public university system is still a big spender of government resources.
Total receipts from the Federal Government budgetary allocation for federal universities between 1999 and 2016 stood at over N1 trillion, while regular intervention from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) for these federal universities in the same period was over N300 billion.
“The fundamental challenge of education in Nigeria is the many decades of poor sector governance and entrenched dysfunction with no mechanism of accountability and performance. Evidence supports this because in 2006, the budgetary trend for the education sector was analysed, which showed an incredulous inverse relationship between more budget allocation and performance of pupils and students” said Obiageli Ezekwesili, former minister of education in a statement.
There are currently 153 universities in the country, accredited by the National Universities Commission (NUC). Of these, 40 are federal universities, 44 are state owned and 69 are private universities. The private universities do not benefit from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund.
According to the TETFund Act 2011, the law establishing the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, only public tertiary institutions can benefit from the Fund. Private universities are still pushing for inclusion, arguing that the Fund is drawn from tax contributions from private sector companies in the country.
“Many years ago, when the universities called upon government to properly fund universities and polytechnics, they said they could not afford to do more than what they were doing, which was a fraction of their budget, so the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) told the government they will teach them how to make the money” said Folorunsho Asaju, vice chancellor Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo, in an interview with BusinessDay.
“The argument went thus: the best products that come from the universities are hired by the private sector, so they are really benefitting from our products, therefore they should contribute to funding the process. We asked that 2 percent of their profit every year be put into the TETFUND to develop the universities and government bought into it” Asaju added.
In response to concerns of corporate governance in Nigeria’s university system, Ogoh Alubo, a professor at the University of Jos, had said to Financial Quest in an earlier report that “It is not correct to say there is no proper corporate governance in the university system. There is a council, senate and several committees and in administration, the bursary has its accounting procedures.
“If there are problems, these must be due to the challenges of accountability and transparency. In some instances (VCs and provosts have been indicted) personal interests outstrip institutional interests. Alubo, however, believes that “more demand and enforcement of transparency and accountability is necessary”.
A new education funding model in Angola and Ghana, involving private equity firms might help improve accountability and increase transparency in resource allocation.
In this model, for instance, AfricInvest, a US$1 billion asset, mid-market private equity firm, recently backed International Community School, a private school in Ghana, in a preferential share deal. The investment is the sixth for AfricInvest’s third private equity fund, which is now 50 percent deployed. The capital will be used to upgrade the school’s facilities and help support its expansion plans within Ghana, as well as the broader West African region. This deal also secured the private equity firm a seat on the board of the school.
The laws establishing federal universities requires that periodically, a visitation panel comprising knowledgeable individuals should to be sent to these universities to assess the quality of management provided by the governing council, vice chancellor and principal officers.
Investigations reveal that these visitations are irregular, and that undue delays by the government in acting on the reports of these visitation panels, and the poor compliance level to the recommendations of the panels render the entire process ineffective.
Isaac Adeyemi, professor, and vice-chancellor of Bells University of Technology, Otta, Ogun state, one of the 69 private universities, shares Alubo’s view on the existence of governance structures in the university system to ensure that the system is properly managed.
Adeyemi is however concerned that “sometimes, especially under certain rulers, contracts for certain projects are awarded at source to ‘political contractors’.
He further observes that “these (contractors) do not owe allegiance to the universities, but to their benefactors. Universities have no control over the costs of such projects.”
Financial Quest investigations reveal that some public universities still find it difficult to release examination results as and when due, leading to situations where students wait till even their final year, to discover they have shortfalls in their cumulative grades.
Furthermore, the case of university graduates seeking post graduate admissions, going through a cumbersome process to secure their transcripts from their universities does not give the impression of an orderly university system.
The Rhodes Scholarships, a set of international postgraduate awards for students to study at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom have returned to West Africa after two decades of absence in Nigeria.
To this effect, the Rhodes Trust has announced new Rhodes Scholarships for West Africa. Young people aged 19-25 from across all countries in West Africa will be eligible for the new Scholarships. The new Scholarships will make it possible once again for citizens of Nigeria and Ghana to compete.
This was celebrated in Lagos at an event hosted by Charles Conn, Chief Executive Officer of the Rhodes Trust, and attended by international and West Africa donors, and university leaders, who have generously supported the new Scholarships.
“I am glad the Rhodes Scholarships are returning to West Africa. I am a Rhodes Scholar. This scholarship programme marked a turning point in my life. I qualified as an engineer and longed to study abroad but knew I could not afford the cost of doing so. Someone then spoke to me about the scholarship; this was in the late 1980s. I applied and got a unique opportunity to study at Oxford. My sincere desire is to see this opportunity extended to more people” said Ike Chioke, managing director, AfriInvest Ltd. and the Rhodes National Secretary for West Africa at the recent reinstatement event in Lagos.
The new West Africa scholarships are part of a wider geographic expansion of the Rhodes Scholarships. The total number of Scholarships awarded each year will increase from 83 to 95, including new Scholarships in China, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Palestine, Syria, the United Arab Emirates and West Africa. This increases the number of Rhodes Scholars studying at the University of Oxford at any one time to approximately 250. The expansion into these regions marks a historic moment for the Rhodes Trust, and further strengthens the international Rhodes community.
“Our aspiration is to identify and support innovative, energetic and ethical young leaders in West Africa. We see the value of additional cultural diversity in our cohorts of Scholars every day and they learn from each other in profound ways. The new Rhodes Scholars from West Africa will contribute significantly through sharing their skills, experiences and energy with their peers at Oxford and we look forward to welcoming them to Rhodes House in October 2018” said Charles Conn, CEO of the Rhodes Trust.
Ike Chioke has been appointed as the Rhodes National Secretary for West Africa. Also named Strategic Adviser for the West Africa region is Tope Folarin, award-wining writer and a former spokesperson for Google.
On the choice of Chioke as National Secretary for West Africa, Conn said “for many years Ike has been such a strong supporter of the reinstatement of the Rhodes Scholarship for West Africa. That, coupled with his knowledge of Nigeria, Ghana and the entire sub-region, makes him the standout choice for the role. His sterling reputation, deep insight, vast network and unwavering commitment will, no doubt, be very crucial as we implement together the important mission of reinstating the Rhodes Scholarships for exceptional students in West Africa.”
Nearly 8,000 Rhodes Scholars have gone on to serve at the forefront of government, the professions, commerce, the arts, education, research and other domains. They are well known advocates for expanded social justice, and have advanced the frontiers of science and medicine. The Rhodes Trust provides the existing Rhodes Scholarships in partnership with its Second Century Founders, John McCall MacBain, The Atlantic Philanthropies, and many other generous benefactors.
The new round of applications will open in early summer 2017, and potential candidates are advised to go to www.rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk/apply.
Bukola Saraki, head of Nigeria’s upper chamber of parliament, says lawmakers are willing to partner with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), and similar bodies, to reduce the number of out -of- school children in Africa’s most populous nation.
Addressing a UNICEF delegation, led by its Country Representative, Mohammed Malick Fall, during a courtesy visit to him in Abuja, Senate president Saraki said the upper chamber of parliament is “committed to do all it can to address the issue of out of school children through funding and material resources.” At 10.5 million, Nigeria makes it to the top ten countries with the highest number of out of school children in the world, according to UNICEF data.
“This represents approximately 20 percent of the world’s population of children that are not in school,” Saraki said of the 10.5 million out of school children.
“An uneducated population will be locked in a cycle of poverty for their entire lives. Additionally, these children could constitute the next generation of suicide bombers and militant terrorists. In this regard, education is a national security priority,” the senate president added.
Over the last decade, Nigeria’s exponential growth in population has put immense pressure on the country’s resources and on already overstretched public services and infrastructure. With children under 15 years of age accounting for about 45 per cent of the country’s population, the burden on education and other sectors has become overwhelming.
Forty per cent of Nigerian children aged 6-11 do not attend any primary school with the Northern region recording the lowest school attendance rate in the country, particularly for girls. Despite a significant increase in net enrollment rates in recent years, it is estimated that about 4.7 million children of primary school age are still not in school.
Increased enrollment rates have also created challenges in ensuring quality education and satisfactory learning achievement as resources are spread more thinly across a growing number of students. It is not rare to see cases of 100 pupils per teacher or students sitting under trees outside the school building because of the lack of classrooms.
According to Saraki, the 8th National Assembly is determined to make laws and appropriate resources needed to drastically reduce the menace.
Saraki said: “The Senate is already working with few State governments who are yet to domesticate the Child’s Rights Act. We are determined to also improve on this and to work together to see how best to reduce drastically the level of illiteracy among our people especially from the preliminary stage.
“The quality of our education must be in line with the best global practices. We will continue to work closely together with you. To support your programmes, we plan to organize an inclusive round-table discussion where the impediments in our education system will be identified and a plan of action designed to eliminate them. I am confident that your contributions at that stage will be highly welcome”.
The Senate President endorsed the school enrollment campaign of UNICEF in the country and thanked its Country Representative for their years of exemplary work in education and other areas.
Earlier, Fall encouraged the Senate President to endorse UNICEF Nigeria’s 2017 school enrollment programme, with the theme: “Education Matter: Every Nigerian Child Deserves to be in School.”
He stated that UNICEF’s school enrollment campaign seeks to partner with the education stakeholders at the state level to ensure the impact reaches grassroots communities.
He said the campaign also seeks to underscore the country’s commitment to free and compulsory education and to encourage states to prioritize education.
Fall lamented that with the statistics of about 10.5million children out of school in Nigeria, saying: “such number pose a lot of danger to the growth and development of the country”.
He called for urgent attention by governments at all level to address the trend.
World Bank backs Lagos Govt. to tackle education sector challenges
The World Bank on Friday said it was ready to assist the Lagos State Government in revamping the education sector and addressing the challenge of out-of-school children in the state.
Dr Jaime Saavedra , Senior Director, Education Global Practice, World Bank, made the remark during a courtesy visit to the Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Adebule, at Alausa, Ikeja.
Saavedra said the World Bank had approved 620 million dollars to support Nigeria in addressing the problem of out-of-school children, to bring them to the classrooms.
“We have visited Kano and Kaduna States, Ogun, Abuja and today, we have come to Lagos; so, we can see for ourselves the many challenges Nigeria is facing, especially in the education sector.
“Though progress is being made, a lot needs to be done in terms of infrastructure and the rate of out-of-school children in the country.
“In the North, I saw a lot of Almajiris; I talked with them and I realised that there is hope and bright future for these children, if given the right opportunity.
“This can, in turn, secure the future of Nigeria,’’ he said.
Saavedra commended the state government for its efforts in the education sector and pledged the World Bank support, to achieve more progress in the state.
“We saw the ongoing rehabilitation of state schools, and we are here to pledge our commitment to continue to support the Federal and State Governments, to address the problems in the education sector.
“The 620 million dollars credit will help to bring out-of-school children into the classroom, improve literacy, and strengthen accountability for results in basic education.
“This will be done through incentivising results at the state level, and thereby reducing the number of out-of-school children by roughly one-third, by 2022, ” he said.
Adebule, in her response, said the growing population in the state contributed to the rate of out-of-school children.
She said the Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode-led administration had continued to invest massively in education to increase access, because it recognised the place of education in the development of the state.
“Gov. Ambode recognised that with education, desired change will be experienced in the state and the country at large,’’ she said.
Adebule, who also doubles as the Commissioner for Education, said that the just concluded Eko Project, a World Bank initiative, impacted and enhanced teaching and learning performance in the education system.
She appreciated the World Bank for their continual partnership to improve education in the state.
The deputy governor said that a unit had been established in the ministry of education to continue with the template of the Eko project. (NAN)