SU leaders urge government to stop politicising education sector

Student leaders have urged governments at all levels to stop playing politics with the educational sector of the country, saying such action may further compound the woes of the sector. In this interview with OPEYEMI BABALOLA, the students’ union leaders at the Niger State College of Education, Minna, and Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Muhammad Sulaiman and Jerry Dickson respectively, also called on their counterparts across universities to use their positions to cater to students’ interest and boost their welfare. Muhammad Sulaiman: Can we get to meet you? My name…

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UK university workers begin strike over ‘falling pay, brutal workloads’

Thousands of university and college staff in the United Kingdom, including lecturers, librarians and researchers, have declared a strike to demand pay increase and improved working conditions. The University and College Union (UCU), the UK trade union for university staff, said the strike, referred to as the biggest in decades, is to improve quality in the education sector. The UCU “represents over 120,000 academics, lecturers, trainers, instructors, researchers, managers, administrators, computer staff, librarians, technicians, professional staff and postgraduates in universities, colleges, prisons, adult education and training organisations across the UK”.…

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Seven months of ASUU strike: Our pains, by parents, students, and lecturers

“Government should please find a common ground to resolve this issue. We can’t keep watching while our students remain at home without finishing what they already started. We parents are trying our best to give the best to our children in terms of education, please do something to save these children from becoming terrorists in the country.” By Opeyemi Babalola  Barring any last minute softening of heart, Nigerian students in public universities will enter another month still at home, making it the eighth. Only yesterday, government asked that Vice Chancellors…

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Why incessant ASUU strike hasn’t impacted students’ population in private universities

Professor Reuben Jiya Kolo is the 4th Vice Chancellor of Crawford University, Igbesa, Ogun State. In this interview with Opeyemi Babalola, Prof. Kolo gave reasons the incessant ASUU strike has not impacted students’ population in private universities in spite of their stable calendar. He also expressed concern over increase spate of unemployment and how to tackle the menace. He underscored the importance of research and how collaboration between industries and universities can enhance development. It is claimed that persistent strikes in public universities are giving private universities an edge in terms of…

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ASUU Strike: Nwajiuba apologises to Nigerian students

•Says FG will implement new funding structure for public universities soon By Opeyemi Babalola The former Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, has apologized to the Nigerian students affected in the ongoing strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities. Speaking when he featured on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, which was monitored by University Times International, he said, “I do apologise to Nigerian students because as their minister, I will take responsibility.  But also, on behalf of the Federal Government, I would say ‘please understand what the issues…

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As UK industrial disputes drag on, should union rethink tactics?

UCU pushes on with shrinking rounds of strike action despite calls to regroup and rethink Culled from Times Higher Education Source: Tom Williams Summer came early the last time members of the UK’s main higher education union were on strike, with picket lines blessed with a rare bout of sunshine in mid-March. The announcement that further action is coming – including 10 days of strikes and a marking boycott – takes the long-running disputes over pay, pensions and working conditions into the summer itself, with campuses bracing for disruption during the all-important exam season.…

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UCU announces marking boycott and 10 days of strikes over pay

Staff at 41 universities may refuse to assess students’ work, meaning that graduations could be delayed, but exact dates for action are yet to be set. From Times Higher Education Source: Eleanor Bentall UK universities will be hit by a marking boycott and further strikes as part of a long-running dispute over pay and working conditions, but the University and College Union is yet to confirm when the action will take place. Delegates at the union’s special higher education conference decided on the next steps after a quarter of branches polled achieved a mandate to take…

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Russia seeks India ties as Western sanctions hit universities

Kremlin’s push on technological sovereignty met with skepticism as West shuns partnerships over Ukraine war From Times Higher Education Source: iStock Russia’s moves to reinforce national science capacity and strengthen research collaborations with India belie an increasingly worsening situation on the home front, academics have said. Isolated by Western institutions over the war on Ukraine, Russia’s Ministry of Science and Higher Education has promoted strengthened domestic capacity and alliances in Asia. In a recent speech, Russian science minister Valery Falkov said Western sanctions were “not only restrictions, but also fundamentally new opportunities” for…

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AFRICA — Unskilled graduates struggle to find decent jobs – Report

Source: Wachira Kigotho/University World News. African universities have been producing too many graduates with costly degrees and diplomas that lack mastery of skills that are necessary in the 21st century labour market, according to researchers at the African Development Bank. In a new policy research report released last month entitled Creating Decent Jobs: Strategies, policies, and instruments, the African Development Bank says most of the degrees awarded by African universities lack the academic rigour, relevance and career-focused skills to enable graduates to get decent jobs. “Higher education … is becoming less affordable, and…

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Preparing African graduates for 21st century skills, job opportunities

*Experts call for modernising school curricula to match a rapidly changing labour market Many African graduates with advanced qualifications are finding out that their university degrees are just not enough to land a job in the current market. Ruth Davies graduated from Chuka University, Kenya, in 2018 with second class upper degree. Without a job after many years of trying, Miss. Davies was forced to take up a teaching job. Down south, Banji Robert bagged a bachelor’s degree in economics and mathematics from the University of Zambia in 2016 and…

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