The Federal Government on Monday announced it was working on reviewing the autonomy presently being enjoyed by public universities in Nigeria to put an end to intermittent strikes by tertiary institutions.
Speaking on Monday at an event organized by the National University Commission (NUC) in Abuja, the Vice President, Prof.Yemi Osinabajo stated that one of the major challenges affecting university education in Nigeria is the incessant strike actions by various unions in public universities.
Osinbajo, who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, noted that the recent strike which lasted for more than eight months did a big blow to the university system.
He added that the Federal Government has decided to review the laws that established public universities to prevent a re-recurrence.
He said,” The most recent strike actions by the university-based unions have necessitated a revisit on the issues and scope of university autonomy by the government”.
“This will lead to a review of the university autonomy laws to appropriately address funding, including staff remuneration, institutional governance, and administration, as well as issues relating to internally generated revenue,” he added.
Investors King could recall that earlier this year, specifically on February 14, 2022, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) embarked on an industrial strike to press for certain demands which include better salaries and improved funding for the university education system.
The academic union lamented that the federal government failed to implement an agreement that it entered with the union in 2009.
Speaking further, the SGF noted that the university system has cumulatively lost over 50 months from 1999 to date as a result of strike actions by ASUU. A development he acknowledged to be worrisome.
“I doubt if there is any country that has lost such amount of time to strikes in its university system. From the first strike in 1978 to date, all the issues have remained the same. The agitations have been primarily on funding, university autonomy, and remunerations.
“I need to stress here that government alone cannot fund education in the country. It is therefore imperative that a sustainable model of funding university education must be developed,” he said.
Teaching Jobs in UK: Eligibility Criteria Amended as Application Begins February 1
Most teachers from Nigeria, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Singapore, South Africa and Zimbabwe had expressed happiness as they meet the criteria.
The chances of potential applicants for the teaching jobs announced by the United Kingdom have reduced as the country has amended the requirements for the recruitment exercise.
Following the initial eligibility criteria released for applicants for the job, Investors King had gathered that most teachers from Nigeria, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Singapore, South Africa and Zimbabwe had expressed happiness as they meet the criteria and we’re set to apply for the once it starts in February 1, 2023.
But, most interested persons from the highlighted countries, it was gathered, may not be able to meet up as UK Department for Education has added fresh criteria for the job.
The United Kingdom government had also factored its citizens among those qualified to go for the teacher status.
The Department for Education had in its Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which will enable non-UK indigenes find teaching jobs across the country, had only stated that applicants who major in subjects such as Mathematics, Sciences and some Language Subjects are eligible to apply.
According to the statement earlier published on its website for the job, interested applicants were asked to apply for the QTS through the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA).
The information had stated that teachers from all eligible countries will have to show they meet a consistent set of criteria for the award of the QTS.
As interested persons were waiting for February 1 for them to apply, the UK Education Department announced some changes to the eligibility criteria.
In the amended eligibility criteria, some subjects were removed while other qualifications were added.
As seen on the UK government website, the corrected notice disclosed that there will be a subject eligibility restriction in some countries including Nigeria, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Singapore, South Africa and Zimbabwe.
According to the UK government, the move was to ensure it offers efficient and consistent service to all applicants for the job.
Among the reasons it gave for the amendment was for UK to prioritise the subject specialisms that are majorly needed by schools in England.
While disclosing that the restriction of the subject eligibility is temporary, the government said the change would allow it handle applications timely as they are being received.
It noted that the countries affected would be continued to be updated on further steps and that other subject of some areas of specialisations would be opened by May 2023.
Other qualifications added for applicants from Ghana, India, Jamaica, Nigeria, Singapore, South Africa or Zimbabwe included that they must also have one of the qualifications it newly released.
The qualifications are: a teaching qualification that meets the standard of a level 6 qualification qualifying you to teach children aged 11 to 16 in mathematics, languages or science; a teaching qualification that meets the standard of a level 6 qualification qualifying you to teach children aged 11 to 16, and a bachelor’s degree made up of at least 50% mathematics, science or a language (excluding English) taught in English state schools, for example: French, German. Italian, Japanese, Latin, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish.
The change may drop the number of qualified in Nigeria and other countries listed.
2023 UTME, Direct Entry: JAMB Begins Sales of Forms on Saturday, Announces Deadlines
The sale of forms for the 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) for prospective applicants today (Saturday).
Investors King gathers that the UTME is an assessment examination conducted annually by JAMB for candidates who want to secure admission into tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
Prospective candidates are expected to purchase their forms and commence registration from today, Saturday, January 14, 2023.
JAMB also disclosed that it would close the sale of forms and registration of candidates on Tuesday, February 14.
Also, the board started the sale of Direct Entry (DE) application documents in Nigeria and foreign centres, adding that direct entry applicants from Polytechnics and Colleges of Education can obtain their forms from centres close to them.
It further stated that candidates applying for the entrance examination into the various tertiary institutions in Nigeria are advised to keep in mind that PIN vending for the UTME examination would also end on Tuesday, February 14, while the registration portal will be shut down on Friday, February 17.
This process is also applicable to foreign students at the accredited JAMB registration centre.
Moreover, candidates have been admonished to open a new email or have a valid existing email account before starting the process as part of the requirements to sit for the examination.
For the general entry candidates seeking admission into the Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education, are required to have at least five (5) credit grades in their O’level with English and Mathematics compulsory to qualify them to sit for the examination.
However, the direct entry candidates are to obtain a minimum of five (5) credit grades in their O’level with English and Mathematics compulsory as well as a distinction or upper credit in their polytechnic or college of education.
The general and direct entry candidates are allowed to use not more than two sittings of their Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) certificate to qualify them for the examination ahead of the 2023 academic session across all tertiary institutions in the country.
For admission into first degree, National Diploma (ND), National innovation Diploma (NID) and Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) programmes, five (5) O level credit passes including English Language are required while credit in Mathematics is required for law and science-based and social science programmes.
A statement by JAMB had disclosed that the Direct Entry (DE) registration would commence from Monday, 20th February and run till Thursday, 20th April, 2023.
JAMB spokesman, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, in the statement, confirmed that the decision was taken at the end of JAMB’s management meeting.
It further said that Saturday, 29th April, 2023, had been fixed for the conduct of the 2023 UTME, and the examination was expected to run till Monday, 12th May, 2023.
JAMB added that it had also fixed Thursday, 16th March, 2023, for the conduct of its optional mock-UTME.
It noted that interested candidates would be required to pay the sum of N1000 service charge for Computer Based Test (CBT) centres for the conduct of mock examination at the point of registration so as to prevent a situation where candidates would indicate interest to sit for the mock-UTME leading the various centres to commit human and material resources only to stay away on the day of the examination.
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