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Lagos adjusts 2019/2020 closing, resumption dates for public schools, gives reasons

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Lagos State Government has adjusted the 2019/2020 closing and resumption dates for schools in the State, emphasising that the new dates only affect public primary schools.

A statement issued by the Lagos State Ministry of Information and Strategy noted that the closing and resumption date earlier given for private schools and government secondary schools remain unchanged, hinging the change in dates for public primary schools on the need to implement extensive retraining of teachers and prepare them for the 2020 session.

“Please note that the curriculum of Lagos State private and public schools is not affected in any way by these changes and Lagos State will continue to implement her existing curriculum across the State”, the statement added.

The release, therefore, urged members of the public to disregard any misleading information contrary to the official statement.

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Recall that the present administration had promised to invest heavily in capacity training for public servants, especially teachers, in order to make them realise its vision for a technology-driven education system.

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Latest update on NECO, NABTEB

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The Federal Government has said that the registration for the National Examination Council (NECO) for SS3 students and also the National Business and Technical Examination Board (NABTEB) will continue running as WAEC is set to begin examination on August 17.

The Minister of State for Education, Mr. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, who said this at the media briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 in Abuja on Monday, urged school teachers to continuously engage the students ahead of the examinations.

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Nwajiuba said,

“Once the WAEC examination starts on August 17, it will run till the middle of September and NABTEB will start immediately and run till October.

He said,

“NECO examination will start on October 10, about a week to the end of NABTEB and run through to November.

“We expect that throughout the period, students are working and learning.

“We don’t just want them to be in school and be playing. This is the exit class. It says a lot about the six years spent in secondary school.

“Right now, we are lifting the registration for NABTEB and NECO, continuously running, even while we are about to begin WAEC.

“All examinations are a test of outcomes. We will want our teachers to continuously engage the students.” 

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Unilorin student wins International Bar Association Vlogging competition

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A 300 Level student of the Faculty of Law, University of Ilorin, Miss Famuyiwa Olushola, has won the maiden edition of the International Bar Association (IBA) Vlogging Competition.

According to the University of Ilorin Bulletin issued on Monday, Olushola award letter, written by Anna Toth, the Divisions Administrative Assistant at IBA headquarters in London, United Kingdom, informed her of being selected as the winner of the IBA Vlogging Competition in the law student category.

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The publication said that the “IBA introduced the first-ever vlogging competition for young lawyers and law students, looking for their input, thoughts and opinions on COVID-19 and the law.

“It received many impressive videos from all over the world which were all assessed based on topic, quality and professionalism”.

The award letter, dated July 28, 2020, outlined the details of the award to include two years’ free student membership with the IBA, waived registration for either the Law Student Conference or a Young Lawyer Training Day, taking place in 2021.

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Others include round trip economy airfare to attend the selected event and accommodation at the conference hotel for the selected event.

In her reaction, Famuyiwa, expressed happiness over the award, describing it as a great impetus for her to work harder towards making a great career in the legal profession after her graduation and call to Bar.

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FCES Oyo Alumni Association drags ex-president to EFCC over alleged fraud

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The National Alumni Association of the Federal College of Education (Special) in Oyo, Oyo State has petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to investigate and prosecute her erstwhile National President, Dr. M.A Oladimeji, for fraud.

According to a copy of the letter made available to the press, the National Executive Council of the association alleged that Oladimeji without carrying along other members of the executive produced new receipts for the association and distributed same with fraudulent intent.

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He was also alleged to have made unapproved withdrawals from the association’s account with Heritage Bank, Plc.

The association pleaded with EFCC to investigate the case to retrieve all money withdrawn and prosecute the accused if found guilty.

The Federal College of Education (Special) is the only college of special education in the Sub Saharan Africa and has produced many special education teachers.

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