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TASUED students protest tuition fee hike

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Students of Tai Solarin University of Education in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, on Monday, gathered at the university premises to express their dissatisfaction and protest against the recently announced tuition fee hike for the upcoming 2023-2024 session, as reflected on the student’s portal.

It was learned that on Monday, the school management raised the tuition for new students enrolled in education courses from N76,500 to N230,000 and from N76,500 to N180,000 for returning students.

The school fees for fresh students studying pure courses were increased from N80,500 and N90,500 to N240,000, and from N80,500 and N90,500 to 190,000 for returning students.

This development has raised concerns among students, leading to a large-scale protest. Students have taken to the streets, brandishing placards and leaf stems, and congregating at various locations, including the Main Gate, the University Academic Building, and the Directorate of Students’ Affairs Building. Their aim is to voice their strong disapproval of the proposed increase in school fees.

The students have strongly criticised the management team for their decision, labelling it as inhumane. The students argue that the management team failed to take into account the current situation of the country and the potential consequences of their actions.

A statement released by the Students’ Union partly reads,“ Our attention has been drawn to the university’s decision to increase our school fees on the portal. We firmly believe that this fee increment is unjust and places an unnecessary burden on students.

“Education is a right, and it should be accessible to all. We want to assure you that we are actively working to address this issue. We will engage in communication with the university management to express our concerns and negotiate for a fair and affordable education.

“Meanwhile, we encourage each one of you to stand together and say No to this fee increment. We must unite as a strong and collective voice to make our concerns heard.”

The Students’ Union President, Akinjetan Emmanuel, said the protest aims to send a strong message to the university management.

“We refuse to accept this burden on our shoulders. It is crucial that we continue to raise our voices and make our concerns heard. By participating in the protest, we are advocating for a fair and affordable education,” he said.

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FG announces Vietnam scholarships for Nigerian WAEC candidates

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The federal government of Nigeria has announced a fresh scholarship award from the Government of Vietnam for candidates who passed the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) examinations. 

The announcement was made by the Federal Ministry of Education on Monday, June 11, via its X page.  

Tagged, “VIETNAM NATIONAL UNIVERSITY-INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL (VNU-IS) SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMMES FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2024-2025”, the ministry advised Nigerian applicants to maximize the opportunity. 

It added that the scholarship offers various ranges of financial support. 

The statement partly reads,  

“The Government of Vietnam is calling on interested and qualified Nigerians to apply for Vietnam National University. 

 “The categories of Awards are: 

“i. Vietnam Scholarship programme offers 100% tuition fee, for 5 persons only 

“ii. Hanio scholarship programme offers a 50% tuition fee, for 8 persons only; 

“iii. International student scholarship programme offers a waiver of the 1st-semester tuition fees, for 12 persons only.” 

The government revealed that the Vietnam scholarship awards “depend on the GPA score in SSCE/WAEC examinations.” 

“Students selected would be qualified for renewal of the scholarship award based on each academic year’s performance. 

“Shortlisted students would be contacted by the school for online interviews. 

“For application and other enquiries, kindly go to admission@vnuis.edu.vn, Or Email: loannt@vnuis.edu.vn (admission officer, Ms Loan Nguyen), WhatsApp/Mobile /Zalo: + 84978981625 or + 974140166. 

“Deadline for this application is 30th June 2024,”.the ministry announced. 

Earlier, the ministry had invited Nigerians to apply for the MTN scholarship programme for the 2024 academic year. 

A week ago, the federal government of Nigeria also announced scholarship awards from the Italian Government for postgraduate applicants in the country. 

On May 2, 2024, the ministry also announced a Romanian scholarship program for undergraduates and postgraduates in Nigeria. 

The scholarship was said to be for those pursuing Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programs. 

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Sanwo-Olu gifts LASU’s best-graduating student N10m

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Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Lagos state governor, has gifted Olaniyi Mubaraq Olawale, the Lagos State University (LASU) best-graduating student, the sum of N10 million.

In a post on X, Jubril Gawat, the senior special assistant to the governor on new media, said Olaniyi, who studied Accounting Education, graduated with a CGPA of 4.98.

He added that the governor rewarded Olaniyi with N10 million for his outstanding academic feat during the 27th convocation grand finale on Thursday.

“FLASH: Governor of Lagos State, Mr #jidesanwoolu has announced a token of N110m for the overall best-graduating student of Lagos State University (#LASUOfficial), Olaniyi Mubaraq Olawale, Accounting Education, who graduated with a CGPA of 4.98,” he wrote.

“Mr Governor made this announcement today at the Lagos State University (LASU) Grand Finale of the 27th Convocation Ceremony.”

In the video, Sanwo-Olu said the token was gifted to the 22-year-old student to encourage him.

“Graduating with a CGPA of 4.98 is not a small feat, so I congratulate Olaniyi. This is a moment of great joy, not just for you but for all of us. To celebrate and to honour you, I announce a token of N10 million,” he said.

While delivering the valedictory speech, Olaniyi said: “It is with great humility that I address you today as the son of a wood seller, and a late mother, who defied expectations to emerge from a faculty wrongly tagged as an asylum for students with low intellectual quotient or students gifted with courses different from their desires”.

“Without mincing words, I state categorically that I am neither a low IQ student nor given the course different from my desire. I chose Accounting Education.”

Last year, the governor also rewarded Aminat Yusuf, LASU’s 2023 best-graduating student, with N10 million.

Yusuf, who studied law at LASU, made history as the first undergraduate in 40 years to achieve a 5.0 CGPA.

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LASU virtual lectures, exams solved overcrowding problem, says VC

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Lagos State University has infused technology into its pedagogy by adopting hybrid teaching for general courses.

The Vice-Chancellor, Mrs Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, made this known at LASU’s 27th Convocation Lecture on Tuesday.

The convocation lecture had the theme: “Embracing the Future: Navigating the Intersection of Technology and Humanity”.

She said the infusion allowed students to receive lectures anywhere around the campus without being in crowded classrooms for courses with a large number of students.

“We also use technology to conduct virtual examinations, which earned the university accolades from far and wide, including its recognition as the most digitally advanced state university in Nigeria, at the Nigeria Information Technology Awards.

“These innovations have not cost any staff their jobs nor has any student been short-changed in any way; rather, it has improved their learning and service delivery experiences.

“Technology has continued to enhance our lives and the ways we communicate, educate our learners, move around and do business,” she said.

The vice-chancellor noted that it had been argued that technology was separating man from common humanity, making him more isolated, eroding his privacy and hampering his abilities for genuine empathy.

“Not all people agree with these positions, but these observations need to be addressed.

“It is, therefore, imperative that we find a balance between technology and humanity by harnessing the power of technology to improve our lives and humanity in general,” she said.

Olatunji-Bello said that LASU was committed to leveraging technology to enhance service delivery to make life better for its staff and students.

In his remarks, the chairman of the event, Emeritus Prof. Peter Okebukola, said: “Humanity and technology intersect into each other because of the impacts on social values, morals, education and others.

“We thank a former Governor of Lagos State, during his tenure, Dr Babatunde Fashola, for elevating LASU and increasing its budgetary allocation and research innovation,” he said.

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