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Fuji Star Dr. King Saheed Osupa Graduates with Honors from University of Ibadan

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Fuji music sensation Dr. King Saheed Osupa achieves a career milestone by graduating with a Second Class Upper degree in Political Science from the University of Ibadan. The Nigerian music star, celebrated for his contributions to Fuji music, shared the news on Instagram, featuring images of his graduation in a distinguished gown. This surprising academic success has generated excitement among his fans and the wider music community.

The celebratory atmosphere extended to the comments section of his post, where fans and fellow celebrities flooded in with heartfelt congratulatory messages. Osupa, known for sharing glimpses of his musical journey on Instagram, proudly embraced his new academic title, “Dr. King Saheed Osupa.” The virtual celebration is a testament to the artist’s versatility and the positive impact he has made in both the entertainment and academic spheres.

The significance of his achievement goes beyond personal pride, highlighting the potential for artists to excel in diverse fields. Osupa’s journey from a prominent Fuji music star to a university graduate adds a new layer to his multifaceted identity. As he steps into this new chapter as a Dr., one can only anticipate the unique contributions he might bring to both the music and political science realms.

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UBEC Set to Transform Basic Education Institutions into Smart Schools

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The Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) has reaffirmed the Federal Government’s commitment to upgrading basic education institutions across the country into smart schools, paving the path for future dynamic and impactful learning.

According to the commission, it established the Digital Resource Centre (DRC) in Kado, Abuja, to power the smart schools, effective schools, and Open School Programme by training teachers and administrators in digital literacy and providing high-quality digital content to users across the country.

Professor Bashir Galadanci, DRC’s National Coordinator, disclosed during a media briefing in Abuja that over 1,500 teachers and school administrators have been through the centre to ensure the efficient implementation of Smart Education in Nigeria.

He revealed that UBEC has developed 37 smart schools, one in each of the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), with 14 now operational and the remainder set to begin in September 2024.

He further stated that the commission has initiated the Effective Schools programme, which has resulted in the establishment of 109 Effective Schools, one for each senatorial zone in the country. Effective schools are smaller models of smart schools.

Galadanci stated that all schools are powered by the Digital Resource Centre, which is equipped with a digital museum with ten stations, a blended learning laboratory, a language laboratory, a multi-media studio, and other information communication technology infrastructure to improve the delivery of world-class teaching and learning.

He bemoaned that many traditional schools across the country have deteriorated beyond recognition and are no longer suitable to good teaching and learning in this modern day, where technology and smart education are the dominant variables.

He urged state governments to consider creating smart schools in each local government area, as well as improving existing ones.

Professor Galadanci stated, “Education is being transformed. UBEC, led by current Minister of Education Professor Tahir Mamman, is working to improve the education system so that it can compete with other countries. We need our youngsters to be equipped with the necessary skills and digital knowledge to succeed.

“Nationwide, we have 37 smart schools. We aspire to have a smart school in each local government district. We want our schools to be clever. Our children deserve better than what they are getting now.

“We need our children to attend smart schools. Our existing schools are decaying. If you return to where you studied, you’ll notice that it’s decaying. That is why we hope all of our schools are clever. It may take a long time because they are expensive to develop, but as I previously stated, our children deserve the best.

Also addressing, Dr. Hafsat Lawal Kontagora, DRC’s head of Capacity Development, stated that the objective is to bridge the digital gap, build a more inclusive society, and improve education to meet global best practices.

“DRC has been in the vanguard of empowering school administrators, teachers, and students by providing ICT training, digital literacy, improved teaching and learning pedagogies, information access, and innovative solutions.

Our objective is to bridge the digital gap, build a more inclusive society, and improve education to align with global best practices. We think that knowledge is power, and in today’s interconnected world, digital literacy is no longer optional; it is essential, particularly in teaching and learning.

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JUST IN: JAMB Pegs Varsity Cut-Off Mark At 140

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has pegged 140 as a cut-off mark for admission into the university.

The board also fixed 100 as the minimum cut-off point mark for admission into polytechnics and colleges of education.

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BREAKING: Stakeholders Protest as Education Minister Sets 2024 Admission Age at 18

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Stakeholders participating in the 2024 Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) policy meeting were taken aback when the Minister of Education, Prof Mamman Tahir, announced that candidates seeking admission into higher institutions must be 18 years old or above.

 

Immediately after the Minister made the announcement in his address and policy directive, the crowd responded with a loud “no, no, no,” but Tahir stood firm, stating that it is already a policy the government has adopted. He emphasized, “It is the expectation that candidates are much more mature at 18 years old.”

 

He further added that anyone who is aggrieved by this policy can approach the National Assembly for an amendment.

 

The JAMB policy meeting is an annual event where stakeholders from various tertiary institutions across the country convene to decide on appropriate cut-off marks for admissions for the current academic year.

 

Recall that Mamman had previously criticized situations where students find themselves in higher institutions of learning but fall prey to negative vices due to their premature stage.

 

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