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FEC approves 37 new private universities

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Despite complaints of proliferation of universities in Nigeria, the Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has approved the licensing of 37 new universities in the country.

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, announced the approval after the extra-ordinary Council meeting on Monday.

He noted that the development brings to 72 the total number of universities licensed by the Buhari administration since 2015.

He failed to name the universities, but revealed that one of them is an online university, the first of its kind in Nigeria, and owned by a woman from Bauchi State, with expectation that it will cater for the likes of northern Muslim women who feel reluctant or are restrained from attending physical campus education.

Fielding questions on the expediency of additional universities given funding challenges of the existing ones, Adamu explained that these ones are all private, with enough funds to run them and they should not be denied the opportunity to exist.

The Minister further explained that Nigeria actually needs more universities as the available ones are not adequate to take up all those yearning for higher education.

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UNILORIN expels four final year students, five others 

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UNILORIN expels four final year students, five others 

The University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) in Kwara State has taken a firm stance against academic dishonesty by expelling nine students for their involvement in examination malpractice.

This decisive action, detailed in the Unilorin Bulletin released on February 19, 2024, underscores the institution’s unwavering commitment to upholding academic integrity and standards.

Among the expelled students are four final year students, highlighting the severity of the consequences for such violations, regardless of the student’s academic standing. The individuals affected hail from various faculties, indicating that the issue of exam malpractice is not confined to a specific area of study.

The list of expelled students includes Lateef Lukman Olayemi, a 500-level student from the Agriculture/Aquaculture and Fisheries department; Kuranga Abdulmuiz Olalekan, also a 500-level student but from Agriculture/Agricultural Extension and Rural Development; Adebisi Janet Bosede, a 100-level student in Arts/Linguistics and Nigerian Languages; Ogundijo Abdulmalik Akinkunmi, a 500-level student in CIS/Library and Information Science; and Ashekun Oladiji Quadri, a 400-level student in CIS/Telecommunication Science.

Other expelled students are Eqwudah Lucky Ojonumba from the 300 level Education/Adult and Primary Education Studies; Musa Mohammed Asuku, a 500-level student in Engineering and Technology/Electrical and Electronic Engineering; Ahmed Saddam Opeyemi, another 500-level student in Engineering and Technology/Materials and Metallurgical Engineering; and Ayinla Jamiu Olaitan, a 400-level student in Life Science/Zoology.

The expulsions were based on the recommendations of the Students’ Disciplinary Committee during its 219th session, receiving endorsement from the Vice Chancellor, Prof Wahab Egbewole.

This action by the university administration sends a clear message about the seriousness with which it treats academic misconduct and its commitment to preserving the sanctity of its examination processes.

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British Council increases IELTS fee to N139,000 for Nigerians

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British Council increases IELTS fee to N139,000 for Nigerians
The British Council in Nigeria has announced yet another increase in the fees for the English Language Testing System, IELTS examinations, marking the second hike in the past five months.

As of February 1, 2024, applicants will be required to pay N139,000 for both the Computer Academic and General Training Modules.

The British Council attributed this adjustment to the rising costs associated with conducting the examinations.

The IELTS is widely recognized globally as a measure of language proficiency for non-native English speakers.

In an official notice posted on their website, the council stated, “We would like to inform you that there has been a review of our IELTS fees. The new price list of the IELTS range of tests offered by the British Council will be effective for registrations on or after 1 February 2024.”

The notice further explained that the price change is a response to the increased costs of delivering the exams.

“ This adjustment is expected to support the continuation of a diverse range of services and comprehensive support for individuals striving to achieve their language proficiency goals,” it added.

This latest increase of IELTS examination fee comes just five months after the previous adjustment in September 2023 when the fee rose from a range of N80,000 to N90,000 to the current N107,500.

The British Council expressed gratitude to applicants and emphasised their commitment to providing valuable services.

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Parents responsible for increase in illegal degree awarding institutions – NUC

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The National Universities Commission (NUC) has blamed the proliferation of illegal degree awarding institutions on parents whom he said had placed a premium on university certification.

The Acting Executive Secretary, Mr Chris Maiyaki, said this on Sunday in Abuja during an interview with the  News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

He told NAN that unaccredited degree awarding institutions and satellite campuses remained banned in the country.

He advised parents to thoroughly scrutinise institutions before sending their wards there to acquire certificates.

“Everybody is right to pursue university education but how you go about it is the crux of the matter.

“The challenge of access, the huge gap between supply and demand makes parents desperate about getting university education for their children  and this makes them vulnerable to greedy and fraudulent persons with commercial undertone,” he said.

Maiyaki explained that a committee was however set up to stamp out illegal institutions across the country.

“When we were challenged by this menace of our satellite campuses, NUC in 2000 undertook resource assessment of all outreach centres and we came up with the state of affairs of satellite campuses.

“We wrote to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) and FEC was so gracious and there was a total ban on satellite campuses at that time.

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“We took a step further at NUC and shut down these centres. So satellite campuses remain banned and outlawed.

“We establish a committee on the closure of illegal universities and we mandated it to identify, locate and prosecute those perpetrating illegalities and we also do this in a multi- stakeholders collaboration involving security agencies,” he said.

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He also said a committee was reconstituted in 2021 to identify and prosecute operators of illegal institutions noting that effort  recorded a huge success.

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