19 Oct 2012

Damola on Scholarships

Damola Anjorin, University of Ibadan PTDF scholarship recipient
scholarship is an award of financial aid for a student to further their education. Scholarships are awarded on various criteria, which usually reflect the values and purposes of the donor or founder of the award.

Recently we interviewed one of the current beneficiaries of the Petroleum Trust Development Fund (PTDF) Scholarship, Damola Anjorin , a 500 Level student of electrical/electronic engineering department at the University of Ibadan. Prior to meeting Damola, my perception of recipients of scholarships managed by the Nigerian government was:

The Big Bad Wolf

Courtesy nixxphotography/freedigitalphotos.net
Something all fresh-faced first-year undergraduates in Nigeria never fail to hear on a loop from their parents and other appropriately nosy adults is “Don’t join a ‘bad gang’” It is as much a mantra to the parents, who love their offspring more than life, as it is balderdash to said offspring who are poised and ready to fly away from the confines of Mommy’s onion scented hug.

When they get into the great ‘Uni’, they realize that their parents’ fear is very real and quite unexpectedly, it becomes theirs. They swerve between

When the NUC Nukes.

The National Universities Commission was established in 1962 as an advisory agency in the Cabinet Office.  However in 1974, it became a statutory body and the first Executive Secretary, in the person of Prof. Jibril Aminu was then appointed. The National Universities Commission (NUC) is a parastatal under the Federal Ministry of Education (FME). The Commission has a Governing Council, its Executive Secretary is Prof. Julius A. Okojie, who assumed office on August 3, 2006.

In its over 47 years of existence, the Commission has transformed from a small office in the cabinet office to an important arm of government in the area of development and management of university education in Nigeria.          

The NYSC & The North.

The recent posting of Batch B corps members into the crisis-ridden north has elicited  mixed, if not completely negative feelings amongst the "corpers”, and the country as a whole. The northern states in Nigeria are notorious for their riots and also as a hub of activity for resident terrorist group; Boko Haram who express their want for religious equality by killing innocent lamb. After spending three months at home patiently waiting for their call up letters, several of these freshly graduated students have been asked to plunge themselves into the red zones of Yobe, Borno, Plateau or Kaduna State for a mandatory year-long service.

18 Oct 2012

Introducing the 9JEducation Blog

Arise, O Compatriots

"To complement the efforts of government, l therefore urge all teachers, parents, guardians and other relevant stakeholders in the education sector to rise up and support the government in all its endeavours to enable the country achieve its target of transforming the education sector. "

-- Nigerian Minister of Education, Prof Ruqquyat Rufa’i

The Problem
Nigerian education system is a battle field claiming the lives of our young on a daily basis both