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80-year-old woman enrols in primary one, says she hopes to become a teacher

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An 80-year-old woman enrolled in Primary One at a Nursery and Primary School in Bugandalo Village, Ibulanku Sub-county in Bugweri District of Uganda, has said she aims to become a teacher.

Ms Maria Obonyo, a farmer, said on Monday that after enduring a lot of ‘suffering and ridicule’, she decided to go to school to learn how to speak and write in English.

“I decided to enrol at the school because I lost all my relatives and there was nobody to take care of me. I am determined to study until I graduate from Makerere University as a teacher,” she said.

Obonyo will be 96 if she eventually completes her school cycle.

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Ms Obonyo, however, said she currently faces a myriad of challenges, notably being unable to meet her school fees amounting to Shs35,000 (Ugandan shilling) per term.

“I also need a better structure to sleep in because I am currently staying with the village LC1 chairman, Mr Twaha Magero,” she said.

The village LC1 chairman, Mr Twaha Magero, commended Obonyo’s decision to enrol for Primary One at such age, describing it as an eye-opener to her age mates and those who had dropped out of school to resume.

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The director of the school, Ms Stella Tayona, says Obonyo enrolled at her school in Baby Class in 2015 and graduated from Top Class last year.

“She is a hardworking pupil who never misses classes and is social to fellow classmates,” Ms Tayona said, adding that the school currently foots most of her basic scholastic requirements although she is seeking help from well-wishers.

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The school’s head teacher, Ms Olivia Kwagala, also said Obonyo has made the school proud by studying at such an age and is confident she will complete Primary Seven.

“She is also so eager to learn how to append her signature on a document,” Kwagala added.

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COVID-19: BOWEN commences semester exam online

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The Vice-Chancellor of Bowen University, Iwo, Osun State, Professor Joshua Ogunwole, has said the institution has commenced second-semester examination for students through the school online platform.

Professor Ogunwole noted that the Second Semester examination of 2019/2020 will be phased saying that the first phase which is virtual is to start on Monday 1st of June 2020.

A statement by the school Head of Information, Protocol and Public Relations, Mr Toba Adaramola, said the VC tasked the students to take time to carefully read the guidelines for the Online Examination as published on the University website.

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The VC advised that students should not allow distractions and interference during the online examination and Parents should limit their meddling during the period. He noted that students who have not paid tuition fee will not participate in the online exam but will do so at a later date when they do the needful.

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He said, “Students are reminded that the university has zero-tolerance for examination malpractices and irregularities and are further asked not to block the cameras of their computers while the examination is ongoing.”

He equally tasked parents and guardians to join in praying for their wards during the period.

It could be recalled that the University has since March 2020 given directive to Academic staff to be active online for effective teaching through the upload of teaching materials and real-time interaction with the students using the Bowen Smart School Hub (SSHUB), a platform designed for robust learning interaction.

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FG dissolves governing councils of UNIPORT, Maritime University

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The Federal Government on Thursday dissolved the Governing Councils of the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, and the Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko in Bayelsa State.

A statement by Mr. Ben Goong, a director in the Office of the Honourable Minister of Education, made this known in Abuja.

Goong quoted the Minister, Adamu Adamu as saying the dissolution of the Governing Councils was with immediate effect.

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Adamu thanked members of the Governing Councils for their service to the institutions and wished them success in their future endeavors.

According to reports, the University of Port Harcourt governing council was inaugurated by the minister of education on Jan. 18, 2017 while that of Maritime University, Okerenkoko was inaugurated on March 22, 2018.

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Govt can’t risk reopening schools now – education minister

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No date yet for schools resumption – Education minister

The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba,  said that the Federal Ministry of Education would not risk reopening schools across the country, until all preventive measures had been put in place.

He noted that various dates of resumption being circulated in some quarters were false, adding that the government would consider introducing afternoon classes to ease rowdiness.

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Nwajiuba said,

“We want to say that the announcement that we are reopening all schools on June 8 did not emanate from us. That is not true; until we are sure that these children can go to school, return safely and not bring home with them this COVID-19 material.

“So we are not taking that risk yet. We are going to prepare as much as possible within the guidance that we are offered, working in conjunction with the World Health Organisation, before we reopen schools.”

 

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