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Osun public schools halt activities amid NLC, TUC strike



Students in public schools in Osogbo, Osun state capital were turned back on Tuesday following the nationwide strike declared by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC).

NAN reports that students from various public primary and secondary schools were seen on the roads and streets heading back home.

At CAC Grammar School, Gbodofon, Osogbo, the gate was left wide open as students were moving in droves out of the school.

Some teachers were also seen gathered under a tree, holding discussions.

Similarly, some banks in Osogbo refused to open their doors to customers while some were sceptical about opening, and a few opened for business transactions.

Most offices at the state secretariat in Abere were deserted, with few workers observed going into and moving about within the secretariat.

A staffer of the secretariat, who spoke under anonymity, said the strike has not started taking hold.

Security personnel were seen stationed at the secretariat entrance as was the case at some strategic locations in Osogbo.

Modupeola Oyedele, Osun state NLC caretaker chairperson, said the strike complies with the directive from the NLC and TUC headquarters.

Oyedele said the instruction to their members was to stay away from work, and that there would not be any form of street protest.

“We are not doing street protest with the strike. The instruction is for workers to abstain from work and we are complying,” Oyedele said.

“Public schools have sent back their students in compliance with the strike.

“Many send their students back this morning because the strike directive came late last night, so that is why students were turned back after getting to school.

“We are ensuring that there is compliance as our officials are at the state secretariat to ensure workers do not resume in their offices.”


FG makes U-turn, sets 16 as minimum age for tertiary institution admission




The Education Minister Prof Tahir Mamman, has made a U-turn in his earlier statement, where he directed the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, to admit only candidates who have attained 18 years in tertiary institutions.

Mamman on Thursday, in an ongoing policy meeting organised by JAMB, in Abuja, announced that only applicants who were 18 years and above were eligible for admission.

Stakeholders in the meeting kicked against his statement, noting that its illogical for a 16-year-old students to pass WAEC, JAMB and was denied admission.

Reacting to that the minister later accepted the suggestions of the stakeholders that from 16 years and above should be eligible for this year’s admission while the law would apply from next year.

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FG says admission of under 18 into higher institutions now a crime




The Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman has vowed to enforce a law mandating the admission age for entry into tertiary institutions as 18 years.

Mamman was speaking at the 2024 Policy Meeting on Admissions into Tertiary Institutions, organised by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, in Abuja on Thursday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting was put in place to determine the modality and guidelines for admissions into tertiary institutions for the 2024 academic session.

The minister directed JAMB to admit only students who have attained the age of 18 years into tertiary institutions in its 2024 admission process.

“Information has revealed that the enrolment of underage candidates is inflicting serious damage on the university and the education system, hence, the need for enforcement of extant rules.

“When I was monitoring the just concluded 2024 UTME, I was alarmed at the participation of a large number of obviously under-age candidates in the examination.

“This necessitated my comment on the need to enforce the extant provisions of the educational policies which made provision for nine years of basic education and three years of Senior Secondary Education before entry into tertiary institution.

“It is clear that a child who, as expected is enrolled in basic school at the age of six and having undergone 12 years of education would be around 18 years old when being enrolled in a tertiary institution,” he said.

He bemoaned the surge in applications for immediate requests for a change of age to reflect higher age in anticipation of the imminent enforcement of the age policy.

“This again reflects dangerous games being played with the life and future of innocent children by those expected to nurture them.

“Flowing from this, JAMB is hereby instructed to admit only eligible students’ i.e. those who have attained 18 years.

“Universities are advised to avoid recommending unqualified children for admission,” he added.

NAN, however, reports that there was uproar during the meeting when the minister handed down the decision of an 18-year entry limit for admissions into tertiary institutions.

Vice Chancellors, Rectors, Provost and other Stakeholders at the meeting protested their disagreement with the minister’s pronouncement. The minister, however, said that the 2024 admission criteria remained approved, urging institutions to adhere to the laid down requirements for admission processes.

He warned that any Vice Chancellors, Rectors and Provost, who infiltrated admissions outside the Central Admissions Processing Systems (CAPS), would henceforth be sanctioned.

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Osun college provost, Nsikak Akpan aims for world record with 150-hour teaching marathon




Nsikak Akpan, the provost of Foreign Links Campus, Ile-Ife, Osun state, says he will aim to set a new Guinness World Record (GWR) for the longest lecture marathon.

In a post shared on social media, the doctorate holder revealed that he will begin the 150-hour lecture on September 23 at the school campus.

The scholar said he is embarking on the exercise due to his passion for “teaching and desire to inspire” people.

Akpan, an alumnus of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), said he wants his GWR attempt to become an “inspiration for all who dared to dream big”.

The academic, who will be lecturing on ‘Relationship between Environment and Health’, also said the GWR had given him the green light to embark on his marathon lecture.

“I, Dr. Nsikak’basi Akpan stand before the whole world, ready to embark on an ambitious 150-hour marathon lecture for a Guinness World Record. My passion for teaching and desire to inspire drove me to this moment. As each hour passed, fatigue set in, but my determination never wavered because, I keep seeing the whole world rallied around me, offering support and encouragement,” he wrote.

“And I will constantly tap into this strength and energy till the final day, as I will reach the 150th hour. The whole world will erupt in applause. As this dream had become a reality, proving that with perseverance and passion, anything is possible. And my story will become an inspiration for all who dared to dream big.”

The current record holder for the longest lecture marathon is Arvind Mishra. The Indian man taught scientific computation for 139 hours, 42 minutes, and 56 seconds in 2014.

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