Levels of cheating in online exams soaring, say invigilators

One in 14 students who took tests monitored by ProctorU last year were caught breaking the rules From Times Higher Education Source: Getty Rates of cheating in online examinations have hit a record high, according to proctoring data that show that one in 14 students were caught breaking the rules last year. Analysis of data on 3 million tests globally that used the ProctorU invigilation platform found that “confirmed breaches” of test regulations – incidents where there was clear evidence of misconduct – were recorded in 6.6 per cent of all cases. This…

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ASUU Strike: Parents of the students are undergoing a painful agony, CSO tells FG

By Opeyemi Babalola  A civil society organisation, National Consultative Front, has called on the Federal Government to resolve the ongoing industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities strike, noting that the parents of the affected students in public universities are undergoing a painful agony of witnessing their children and resources waste away under their noses.  The group said this in a statement titled  ‘NCFront, 3rd Force Leaders Call On Federal Government To Convene Education Confab To Proffer Panacea And Resolve Crippling Universities’ Workers’ Strike’,  and obtained by this…

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ASUU Strike: Student unionism has lost its focus, say SU leaders

By Opeyemi Babalola and Moyosore Salami As public universities have remained under lock and key for over two months, student leaders at the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) and Federal University of Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), Waliu Opeyemi and Salahudeen Teslim respectively, chide the students’ unionism in public universities, saying the student leaders have shifted their focus from fighting for students’ cause to personal gains.  Opeyemi rates the efforts of the student leaders in the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities low.  For Teslim, he urges the student leaders across the universities to recommit themselves to…

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Nigerian lecturing in UK bags Google funding for research to save lives of mothers and new-borns

By Opeyemi Babalola  A Nigerian, Dr. Aduragbemi Banke-Thomas, who is lecturing and based in the UK has been awarded an undisclosed amount of funds to further conduct more research on how Google Maps could be used to help pregnant women in sub-Saharan Africa. Dr Banke-Thomas, a Senior Lecturer in Public Health at the University of Greenwich, had in October last year, explored how Google Maps could be used for generating closer-to-reality travel time estimates for pregnant women in emergency situations. While reacting to the news, the beneficiary explained that “This…

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Education journalists hold solidarity walk to demand reopening of varsities

By Opeyemi Babalola Going beyond covering and reporting education news and issues in Nigeria, journalists under the aegis of the Education Writers’ Association of Nigeria (EWAN), has rallied support for the abandoned students in the public universities as a result of the ongoing strike action embarked on by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). On Monday, April 25, 2022, the group undertook a walk from the premises of the Lagos Television in Agidingbi, Ikeja which terminated at the State House of Assembly in Alausa, Ikeja to demand immediate reopening of the universities, which have been under lock and key for over…

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NUC approves  21 courses in Kano varsity

By Moyosore Salami The National Universities Commission has approved full accreditation of 21 academic programmes in five faculties of the Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudil. The accreditation came after inspection and validation of manpower resources and facilities available for the training of highly skilled graduates. The accredited courses include  Agricultural Education, Education Biology, Education Chemistry, Education Physics, Education Geography, Health Education, Human Kinetics and Library and Information Science. Others are Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Food Science and Technology, Urban and Regional Planning, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Microbiology, Physics, Statistics and…

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Nanotechnology has much to offer Nigeria but research needs support- Researcher

By Moyosore Salami A professor of Microbiology at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho, Lateef Agbaje, has called for efforts by government for the approval of the nanotechnology policy, availability of funds and establish a centre of excellence to promote its development for the country. Agbaje said nanotechnology is one of the engines of the fourth industrial revolution that creates uses and studies materials at nano-scale adding that the field of nanotechnology has blossomed to encompass physics, chemistry, engineering and biological sciences. “The global market of nanotechnology enabled products stood at…

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Ghana varsity launches U.S.$7million digitization  project

By Moyosore Salami  The University of Ghana (UG) has launched the Vice-Chancellor’s Programme for “Enhancing The UG Student Experience Through Digitization.” The project estimated at $7million over a three-year period involves classroom modernisation, one student one laptop initiative, and the creation of Hot-spot Zones for fast internet connectivity. The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Nana Aba Appiah Amfo, said despite UG being the premier University, it has struggled to maintain classroom infrastructure due to the dependence on Government, which has overburdened the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFUND) on account of the many public…

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