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All Is Set For Abuja To Host International Science Olympiad.

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International Science Olympiad.

International Science Olympiad.

The Nigerian Turkish Nile University (NTNU) in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health and the National Mathematics Center (NMC) is set to host the fourth annual International Science Olympiad (ISO) slated for May 27th- 31st in Abuja.

The forum is one of the two regional Olympiads in Africa with students from no less than 21 participating countries from around the world competing to be picked as one of the top young international science students of the competition.

According to the organisers, only secondary school students of nineteen years of age (or below), curious in Science and willing to pursue a career in the sciences are eligible for the competition.

The event, they said, is an excellent way of tapping into the potentials of young students who need encouragement in the sciences and a time to recognize outstanding achievements of these students, in the sciences.

Vice Chancellor of the NTNU Professor Huseyin Sert, in a press statement yesterday (Sunday) said the intent of the Olympiad is to encourage students to get themselves more involved in the sciences.

“We are particular about Africa. There are various Olympiads organised around the world but little chance is given to Africa. Africa as a whole has only two regional Olympiads. Over the years the numbers of participants have grown and we hope that in the future African countries will be given more prominence in the various Olympiads around the world.”

He added that among the factors responsible for the decline in the numbers of students registering in science subjects in higher institutions and the mass failures in sciences in exams is notably, the lack of motivation and encouragement in sciences.

Participant, expected from about 21 countries across the world will be tested on wide science knowledge, concepts, science processes, thinking skills and science application and technology.

Countries expected include: Turkey, Mali, Burkina Faso, Tanzania, Uganda, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Afghanistan, Malawi, Togo, Senegal and South Africa.

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#EndSARS Protest: Sanwo-Olu Orders Closure Of Schools In Lagos

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#EndSARS Protest: Sanwo-Olu Orders Closure Of Schools In Lagos

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

The Lagos State Government led by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has ordered the closure of public and private schools indefinitely in the state.

The closure of schools in Lagos was announced in a press statement on Monday by the state’s Head of Public Affairs, Ministry of Education, Kayode Abayomi.

Also Read: #EndSARS protesters break into Lagos International Airport (Videos)

The statement which was titled, ‘Lagos directs students to stay at home’, quoted Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, the Commissioner for Education, as saying that the schools were shut down over “tension generated by the anti-SARS protests.”

This is coming at a time #EndSARS protests against police brutality and bad governance by Nigerian youths grounded academic activities in some schools in the state on Monday.

“A new date of resumption for all classes will be announced as soon as possible.”

 

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NECO Shifts Exam Over #EndSARS Protest

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NECO Shifts Exam Over #EndSARS Protest

NECO Shifts Exam Over #EndSARS Protest

The National Examination Council, NECO, has announced the rescheduled of one of the practical examinations supposed to hold in October till the next month.

This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday, October 18, by the Head, Information and Public Relations Division for the Nigerian exam body, Mr. Azeez Sani.

He announced that the Paper I Computer Studies Practicals examination which was supposed to be taken on Monday, October 19 is now delayed till November 16, 2020.

Also Read: Buhari Appoints Professor Godswill Obioma As New NECO Registrar

Sani revealed that the postponement is a result of the ongoing #EndSARS protests across the country, particularly the blockage of movement of transport at the entrance gate into Benin City, the Edo state capital.

He noted further that the truck conveying NECO examination materials had left its take-off point two days earlier to deliver to some states but has been held up in the ‘blockage.

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FG, ASUU Meeting Over IPPIS, UTAS End In Deadlock

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FG, ASUU Meeting Over IPPIS, UTAS End In Deadlock
FG, ASUU Talks On IPPIS, UTAS End In Deadlock

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The meeting between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Thursday ended in a deadlock.

Although some agreements were reached at the meeting, the meeting is set to reconvene on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, by 3.00 pm after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting for ASUU to report back on the decision of its NEC.

In a bid to end the strike, the federal government agreed to release N30billion for payment of arrears of earned academic allowance to the university lecturers.

The communiqué issued at the end of the meeting revealed that the release of N20 billion funds for revitalisation of public universities will be payable by the end of January 2021.

On the issue of Earned Academic Allowances(EAA), which had accumulated to N40 billion since November 2019, the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF) made a commitment to release N30 billion on or before November 6, 2020.

Also Read: BREAKING: FG, ASUU Meet Today To Resolve Strike

He said the remaining N10 billion would be spread equally over the two tranches to be paid in May 2021 and February 2022, respectively.

The communiqué also revealed that ASUU agreed to take the offer to its members for consideration and revert by Wednesday, October 21, 2020.

The issue of the implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) almost stalled the meeting as the federal government asked that IPPIS be allowed to operate in the interim until the test run on UTAS is concluded.

But ASUU insisted on payment of outstanding salaries on the old GIFMIS platform before full implementation of UTAS.

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