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The Federal Government of Nigeria has directed Academic Staff of Federal Universities to resume work before December 4 or stand the risk of being sacked. The ultimatum was announced by Supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike, to reporters in Abuja on Thursday. But striking lecturers have written off the Federal Government directive as a joke
Students, professors, lecturers, all are gone from the campuses of the University of Liberia (UL), requested to stay away from the institution.
The death of school student Alhaj Rabo, reportedly at the hands of the Sierra Leonean police, and the serious wounding of a 15-year-old girl, have become major talking points in Freetown. The Sierra Leonean Police (SLP) has faced severe critcism for its handling of public order incidents.
Higher Education in Sierre Leone features prominently in the country’s ambitious Agenda for Prosperity. But students and academics have warned repeatedly that good intentions are not enough.
Universities in Sierra Leone have announced that academic fees for 2013-2014 will rise by 100 per cent. The announcement comes as something of a surprise with universities just about to re-open. The fee increases have already been challenged by students on the grounds that there has been no improvement in facilities to match any such rise. Mohammed Konneh reports from Freetown.
After meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan in Abuja on Monday, for about 13 hours, the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) said they would now go and brief their members on the details of the discussions.
What started out as a relatively harmless phenomenon, allowing university students to let off steam and celebrate their cultural roots, has long become something much more serious. Both on Nigerian campuses and in Nigerian society as a whole, cults are being blamed for outbreaks of violence, of aiding corruption and allowing unscrupulous politicians to foment divisions.
Aid group Save the Children issued a new report Wednesday saying the world has made "remarkable" improvements in child health, but that kids in poor and rural areas, as well as girls and infants, remain more at risk of dying.
President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday in Ado-Ekiti appealed to members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to return to the classrooms in the interest of their students.
Sierra Leone's Deputy Education Minister Mamoud Tarawali has been charged with raping a university student, police said.