Friday, Dec 26

WASSCE: Breaking the cycle of mass failure

Our first titbit comes from the possibility broached recently that the Yuletide holidays and their aftermath may not be as merry as was once thought. Reason? Many workers at both the federal and state levels went home without receiving their salaries which would have powered the season’s festivities.

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Wednesday, Dec 24

Collapse of secondary education

Mass failure in secondary school examinations and widespread cheating by students in examinations conducted by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) have become a regular feature in the academic calendar of higher education institutions. The situation is not getting better.

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Thursday, Dec 18
Saturday, Dec 13

Declare state of emergency in education

I am one of those Nigerians whose support for the incessant strike actions by the Academic Staff Union of Universities is qualified. Of course, I am in total agreement that the welfare of university teachers could be better and that standards in our universities have been on a progressive decline for years but I hold two things against ASUU’s industrial actions.

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Wednesday, Dec 10

Imperative of rejuvenating legal education

The recent mass failure recorded at the last Final Bar Examination of the Nigerian Law School has remained a source of worry for two reasons. Firstly, it shows a serious decline in our legal education. Secondly, it is symptomatic of the rot in the nation’s education system.

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Monday, Dec 08

Solving the trouble with primary education

Today’s topic, which is 180 degrees deviation from our regular discussion on banking and the Nigerian economy, is deliberate. It is written as this column’s contribution to education literature against the background of last week’s celebration of World Teacher’s Day.

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Tuesday, Nov 25

Tribute to Atiku Abubakar

As President of the American University of Nigeria, I have been asked for my reflections on the occasion of the birthday of our university’s founder and benefactor, His Excellency Atiku Abubakar.

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Wednesday, Nov 19

Placing leadership comfort over quality education

Hearty congratulations to The PUNCH newspaper on its meritorious award as the 2014 Newspaper of the Year by the Nigerian Media Merit Award. My felicitations also go to the Daily Editor, Martin Ayankola, and the Editor, Sunday Punch, Toyosi Ogunseye, as well as other staff of the company who recently won awards.

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Tuesday, Nov 18
Monday, Nov 17

Kongi: Portrait of Africa’s Premier Public Intellectual

I’m entirely unsure why I was chosen to lead a conversation on Wole Soyinka (Kongi) as a public intellectual, convinced as I am that I am probably unqualified for that role. It is, nevertheless, proper to acknowledge the utility of convening this conversation in honour of a man for whom no thank you note is adequate.

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