Ministers have been forced to abandon controversial plans to judge primary schools according to new tests for four-year-olds after admitting that to do so would be “inappropriate and unfair”.
Ministers have been forced to abandon controversial plans to judge primary schools according to new tests for four-year-olds after admitting that to do so would be “inappropriate and unfair”.
An “unidentified internal error” in enrolling transfer students in Chicago has ended with Chicago Public Schools telling hundreds of families that their children had been accepted for a seat in the exceptional North Side school this week when, in fact, they had not.
For Marta Drew and her family, it was a difficult decision, but the right one. Eight years ago, she says, her seven-year-old son had been complaining about school. “Christopher, who was a bright, curious little boy, started saying things like ‘I hate learning’ and ‘learning is boring’. So I started reading up about home education.
Skye Bank Plc has renovated three blocks of 12 classrooms at Government Day Secondary School, Wuse 11, Abuja, under its ‘School adoption’ and financial literacy mentorship series, which is in line with the “Adopt a School Project” of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
Nigeria, South Sudan, Kenya and Ghana to benefit
Two million children in high-risk communities will receive primary education after Education Above All’s Educate A Child programme (EAC) and the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), signed a five-year partnership agreement in London.
A retired Bishop of the Anglican Communion, Ifo Diocese, Rt. Rev. Akin Odejide, has urged government to revert to the 6-3-3-4 educational system, saying it was a hybrid of the best educational systems in the world.
A group of admission counsellors representing international boarding schools would hold an education fair in Lagos tomorrow, to showcase opportunities for summer programmes around the world.
One important change in the Common Core Math Standards is that students are expected to work through multi-digit computations by thinking about number relationships before they’re expected to follow standard algorithms. For parents who never had to think about their computations in school, this can make homework time a bit daunting.
Teacher recruitment expert Prof John Howson confirmed the rate of teacher vacancies advertised in London was higher than anywhere else in England.Continue Reading…
By Henry Umoru & Joseph Erunke ABUJA—THE Senate yesterday uncovered N5 billion shortfall in the amount allocated as meal subsidy for Unity Schools across the country as well as personnel cost of Kings College in the 2016 budget proposal submitted by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Bauchi—GOVERNOR Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State yesterday, launched a five-year USAID funded education project worth $117 million for three northern states.
Launching the project, Abubakar said the USAID’s Northern Education Initiative sought to reach nearly 1.6 million children and would be implemented in Bauchi, Sokoto and one other yet-to-be announced state.
THE Consultative Group on Early Childhood Care and Development, has called on the education community to invest in early child education as it is a cornerstone to national development.
Report says grades decline with each successive move and that poorer children suffer disproportionately.
Report says grades decline with each successive move and that poorer children suffer disproportionately
Children who change schools during their primary or secondary education do worse in exams than peers who do not, research has revealed.Figures from the RSA thinktank show the decline in attainment increases with each change of school outside the traditional first years of primary and secondary education in England.
Research says students make additional two to four months’ progress when small groups get structured help from assistants.
The inspectorate has been widely criticised for demoralising teachers and stagnating school improvement. Is it time to ditch the watchdog? What else might work?
By Dayo Adesulu A leading information and communication technology solutions company, Coscharis Technologies, has launched Edu-Mobile, Nigeria’s first mobile school, primarily targeted at primary and secondary school students and teachers.
Ofsted has its own ideas about outstanding lessons, but what young people love about teachers is quite different.
The perfect teacher. In Ofsted’s eyes, that probably means exemplary lesson plans and 30 immaculately marked books with targets for improvement. But, as a 16-year-old, I’m not sure I agree. What students love about the best teachers – the ones whose lessons are discussed at the dinner table, whose names are always remembered and whose impact is never forgotten – is quite different.
School inspectors will be allowed to rate schools as “inadequate” if they let pupils or staff wear full-face veils such as niqabs in their classrooms, according to a policy announced by the chief inspector of schools.
After eight years in the classroom, teacher Ben Culverhouse has learned that tone, impressions and accents can transform a classroom. Here’s how others can try them
Taking a tough stand against the teachers who are in the habit of chewing tobacco or consuming tobacco products, Maharashtra government on Friday said such teachers could face dismissal from service.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WTVD) — For parents, please is often referred to as the magic word, but now one Charlotte school is banning teachers from using it.
Officials at Druid Hills Academy say that the goal is to make so-called “bratty kids” behave.
It’s called “No-Nonsense Nurturing,” where the teachers give kids concise, clear instructions in a format called M.V.P. – movement, voice and participation.
The system for creating new school places in England is fragmented and confusing, risking harm to children’s education, head teachers have warned.
As school leavers prepare to look after themselves at University for the first time from next week, new research from Sainsbury’s reveals that 17 and 18 year-olds have a Cooking Age of just 12 years old.
Discovery Education has announced the addition of over 70 videos for set texts, novels set by an exam board, which students are asked to study for their English Literature GCSEs. These new learning tools were developed in response to the latest round of exam updates in September.
An Abuja- based Islamic Organisation known as International Centre for Islamic Culture and Education (ICICE) has won the 2015 prestigious literary prize of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (ISESCO).
New analysis shows schools being forced to exceed statutory limit of 30 to meet demand, with Labour blaming situation on Tory ‘fixation’ with free schools
The Federal Government is developing a cash transfer programme which will include the provision of free education for science, technology and education students in tertiary institutions, President Muhammadu Buhari has said. The president announced the plan, aimed at addressing the needs of the poor and vulnerable in the society in his 2016 Budget Speech at the National Assembly on Tuesday.
Worried by the declining state of tertiary education and the United States Department’s report that Nigeria is the largest source of students from sub-Saharan Africa to the US with over 6,560 Nigerian students studying in over 733 regionally-accredited US colleges and universities in all 50 states, plus the District of Columbia, telecommunication operator, Etisalat Nigeria, lent its weight to attempts to improve the quality of education in the country.
Osogbo—Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State has said that he embarked on the restructuring of the education sector to enhance efficiency and effectiveness in running the state, particularly in the area of tertiary education.
Ministry of Power, Works and Housing: N433.4 billion
The Federal Government, on Tuesday in Abuja earmarked N433.4 billion in the 2016 budget for its services in the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing.Continue Reading…
An information technology firm, SoftCom Solutions Limited, has introduced a mobile learning programme for undergraduates of the newly-established university, Mountain Top University.
As activities in the country kick off in 2016, concerned educationists are optimistic that Nigerians will begin to demand for the promised change, especially in the education sector, after having waited with baited breath for seven months to give the Buhari administration time to settle down.
The Lagos State government has reiterated the commitment of the Ambode administration to increase access to education and provide infrastructure for public schools across the state.
The Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), Professor Suleiman Elias Bogoro, has urged state governments to prioritise education and make it a first line charge in budgeting.
As Secret Teacher celebrates another year uncovering the reality of school life, we pick our top 10 blogs
It’s been a fantastic year for Secret Teacher – we’ve covered a whole range of issues from Ofsted and school leadership to fatherhood and personality disorders.
From working in a museum to corporate training, if you decide to leave teaching your skills stand you in good stead for securing a variety of other jobs
Teaching can be an enormously rewarding and attractive career, but it’s not for everyone. A growing number of teachers are choosing to walk away (the numbers of new recruits leaving the profession has tripled in the last six years) with a large number blaming heavy workloads.
A look at the English Rugby World Cup squad proves that private schools are winning when it comes to creating athletes
We ran a live chat about how to engage students in school sport during winter. Here’s a roundup of the best tips
Our teachers share the tricks of the trade they’ve devised to avoid the drudgery of planning late into the evening
Smile, be consistent and add some fun – teacher and blogger Michael Linsin explains his behaviour management basics
Neurologist and teacher Judy Willis shares three simple techniques to help teachers build resilience in their students
The Permanent Secretary of the Osun State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Alhaji Fatai Kolawole, has urged governments at all levels to give more priority to primary education.
By Amaka Abayomi , Tare Youdeowei & Elizabeth Uwandu
Concerned about the state of Nigerian education, stakeholders in the sector have called for a review of the primary and secondary school curriculum to address what they see as challenges being faced by students and teachers alike. Continue Reading…
Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai on Saturday said his government would soon commence the arrest and prosecution of parents who allow their children to engage in street trading rather than being in school.
The Kaduna State Commissioner for Education, Shehu Adamu-Danfulani, has said that the free education programme of Gov. Nasiru El-Rufa’i’s administration has increased pupil’s enrolment by 64 per cent.
The Nigeria Educational Research Development Council (NERDC) has said it would reduce education curriculum to meet with the international best practice and standards.
Does your child use your phone or tablet? You’ll want to know about these settings.
When kids have an important role in home organizing, there’s no telling what they can do!
Gender equality is rarely out of the news, and feminism is a term and topic that rightly has support in high places. In her enormously popular Ted talk, Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, says We Should All Be Feminists – the Swedish Women’s Lobby agrees, giving a copy of the speech to all 16-year-olds in the country. (It seems like Beyoncé agrees too, as she sampled the talk in her 2014 single Flawless.) So how can you raise awareness for feminism among the boys and girls in your classes?
A secondary school in Donegal has become one of the top-ranking schools in Ireland after ditching the focus on ‘chalk and talk’ and moving to a student-led model born in Canada.
A “national crisis” in teacher numbers is looming, six unions representing teachers and school leaders in England and Wales have warned.
One primary school has already proven that academic performance needn’t suffer after they did away with homework. What do you think about dropping homework: yes or no?
It’s the start of a new school year and backpacks are often the number one thing on parents need to get on the back to school lists. With the amount of books and stationery that kids need these days, backpacks can get quite heavy so it’s essential that they have a good backpack with support.
As I sit here labelling school uniforms, taking up kilometres of hems and softly crying about the money I’ve shelled out for these clothes, I’ve got a few concerns to raise.
Cape Town – A report, which provides a comprehensive analysis of candidates’ performance in the 2015 matric exams, has highlighted some areas of concern, including the poor language skills of pupils.
Experience plus expert online guidance could spell success for a new generation of teachers, according to NYU educators. An innovative online approach to preparing teachers for the classroom is being launched at New York University.
By Chika Abanobi
Scrap the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB) and its Unified Tertiary Matriculation
If you glanced at Atlanta’s Ron Clark Academy, you’d think you were in the middle of Hogwarts and might expect to see Harry Potter and his crew sitting in the classrooms. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. What you will see is a group of talented fifth- through eighth-graders, learning not only math and science but also life lessons they’ll be able to take with them when they leave the school.
It was a blend of action, interaction and fun in a year 5 Science lesson on Blood Circulation today as Mr. Onuoha guides his pupils to comprehend the rather complex topic on blood circulation in the simplest and the most exciting manners using a blend of methodologies.
If states were students, they’d barely be passing their classes on teacher policies. Across the country, the average state teacher policy grade for this year is C-. Nobody in the class of 51 (including the District of Columbia) rates better than a B+. That high mark goes to Florida.
Three new Web-based reference products covering science topics are now available with optional interactive 3D models.
This summer we can expect to see the first mobile device engineered to run apps using Google’s Project Tango, and it has education potential written all over it. Lenovo will be creating the first original equipment manufacturer (OEM) smartphone in collaboration with Google.
Nigerians Got’s Talent! Four Young Nigerian Students invented a generator/plant that is powered by urine, (seriously, why urine? Won’t it ???)
A major proponent of “connected” education is shifting its strategy from providing philanthropic support for a handful of cities to create digital learning opportunities to building a new nonprofit organization charged with bringing such work to scale.
Technology has the power to transform how people learn – but walk into some classrooms and you could be forgiven for thinking you were entering a time warp.
Dr Idiat Adebule, the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, on Friday urged parents to ensure that their children and wards resume for the second term on Monday.
The Lagos State wing of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) on Tuesday appealed that teachers should be carried along in planning school curriculum, to enhance learning and proper implementation.
The Sokoto State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) has suspended two headmasters for absenteeism.
Education sector topped Bauchi State’s 2016 Budget with an allocation of N26.73 billion out of N135.30 billion budgeted for the state.
The expressive arts will be one of six areas of learning and experience that will take the place of traditional subjects as Wales approves a radical overhaul of its curriculum for primary and secondary schools.
A Cambridge headteacher has spoken of his pride after his school completed its first term with engineering on the curriculum.
Millions of children in England will begin a “tough” new national curriculum when they return to school this week.
Five-year-olds will learn fractions and computer coding, while those in early secondary school will have to study at least two Shakespeare plays.
Pearson has rebranded to reflect its 100% focus on education.
The rebrand launched on Monday (4th January) with Pearson intending to roll out its redesign globally over the next two years.
Singapore’s education system is among the most highly regarded in the world, but it is also famously known as a pressure cooker.
Huseyn Najafov was born 7 September, 1998 in Jamaldin village of Julfa region, Nakhchivan. He graduated with the gold medal secondary school №12 named after Afiyaddin Jalilov in Nakhchivan town. Having gathered 695 scores during the entrance exam organized by the State Students’ Admission Commission (SSAC) in academic year 2015/16 .
A maths teacher who taught at one of the schools caught up in the so-called Trojan Horse affair has been found guilty of professional misconduct.
This year’s key GCSE and A-Level examinations have been timetabled to take into account the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, exam boards have said.
The Kurdistan Teachers’ Union has announced a major project to enhance the housing situation of Kurdish teachers and education employees, cooperating with over 20 companies in the construction sector to build 17,000 units of accommodation, mostly apartments.
The New Year will bring a wave of fresh investment in education across the continent of Africa, with significant announcements by some governments.
Most people have never heard of Charles Slucki, but the inspiring teacher, who died of a heart attack in Los Angeles last week, changed the lives of thousands of his students.
This year saw the first Global Teacher Prize award ceremony being beamed around the world.
Nancie Atwell, a teacher from Maine in the United States, received the million-dollar prize and then, in the spirit of public service, announced that she was giving it all to her school.
Education will be central to the SNP’s third term at Holyrood if it is re-elected in May, Scotland’s first minister has told MSPs.
Pupils in a primary school in Yorkshire will have to travel to another school for part of each day because of difficulties in recruiting a teacher.
As the New Year beckons, the British Council is calling on people in the UK to make learning a foreign language their resolution for 2016.
There are well-documented problems about access to education. The Africa Learning Barometer at the US-based Center for Universal Education at Brookings says of the continent’s nearly 128 million school-aged children, 17 million will never attend school.
Many UK parents find it easier to get their children to do homework, go to bed or have a bath than turn off their phones, laptops and TVs, a poll finds.
Signing of Ontario Education contract on the 8th of December, 2015 between Mrs. I.O. Adeyemi (Managing Director, Chrisland Schools Limited) and Mr. Bilal Rashid (Simcoe Academy Canada).
Emmanuel Okekunle is a 22-year-old senior secondary school graduate and an aspiring inventor who says Nigerian youths could do more if the Government provided adequate support.
He graduated from Cherubin and Seraphim College, Jos, Plateau State, in 2010.
The quest for the best teacher in public secondary schools in Nigeria came to a glorious end at a grand ceremony in Lagos with a 37-year-old teacher from Anambra State, Rose Nkemdilim Obi, emerged winner of the maiden edition of the Maltina Teacher-of-the-Year.
THE Japanese government has approved an $8.5 million (N1,674,500,000) grant for additional classrooms for primary schools in Oyo State.
Ever since new meal standards went into effect in schools across the United States in 2012, experts have worried that the changes would result in fewer students eating school lunches. A new study of a Washington state school district suggests this has not been the case.
The “affluenza” defense of Ethan Couch, a 16-year-old Texas boy who killed four pedestrians while driving drunk, has received a great deal of ridicule, much of it justified. That said, it would be foolish to allow an absurd effort to….
The other members of the team are: Edward Bracey, 15, from Eton College; Archie Hall, 17, from Westminster; Rosa Thomas, 17, from Alleyn’s; and the captain, Kenza Wilks, 16, from Dulwich College.
“The easiest way to open the conversation among families is through the children,” says Hibo Wardere, a 42-year-old activist campaigning against female genital mutilation (FGM) .
DAR ES SALAAM (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – As Tanzania prepares to introduce free basic education for all, the government has warned that it will punish parents who fail to ensure their children go to school.
Three decades ago, Chinese cities began turning rural land into industrial parks to attract foreign investors. Today, a new kind of project is blooming in China’s countryside: the vocational education park.
Despite Nigeria’s steady increase in its budgetary allocation to education, it still ranks behind Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, South Africa and Ghana.
Friday Olokor, Abuja
The House of Representatives has mandated the Ministries of Education and Science and Technology to urgently develop a new curriculum to check the unimpressive enrollment of students in science courses.
The MTN Foundation Learning Support Materials Initiative is aimed at supporting the Education sector by providing learning support materials and learning Aids such as branded exercise books, school bags, rain coats, pencil cases, puzzle maps, etc. to primary and secondary schools across the six geo-political zones in Nigeria.
Engen Ghana Limited is promoting science and mathematics education among second cycle students across the country.
The company which is affiliated to South African-based multi-national oil company, Engen Petroleum, has earmarked about 16 second-cycle schools in five regions to receive research materials.
Discover the tools and techniques today’s teachers use to prepare students for tomorrow.
By Dayo Adesulu
HEAD, Early Childhood Education, Faculty of Education, University of Lagos, Professor Florence Ajike Osanyin, has stated that the 6-3-3-4 system of education failed as a result of lack of political will in planning, data sourcing, provision of facilities, teacher preparation and the infamous take-over of mission schools.
There has been another slight rise in the number of children leaving England’s primary schools with a good grasp of the “three Rs”, data shows.
Every pupil in England will be tested on their times tables before leaving primary school, under government plans.
Pupils aged 11 will be expected to know their tables up to 12×12, and will be tested using an “on-screen check”.
The checks will be piloted to about 3,000 pupils in 80 primary schools this summer, before being rolled out across the country in 2017.
The total number of out-of-school children worldwide has declined from 108 million in 1999 to 57 million today. While this is tremendous progress, a critical question remains: Are they learning? According to the latest estimates from UNESCO, more than 250 million school-aged children cannot read.
CNN)If the phrase “break the Internet” makes you want to break your computer monitor, you’re not alone.
A dog has become so successful in helping children to read, that she has become a special member of staff at a school in the West Midlands, England.
An increasing number of pupils in Scotland are going to school hungry and in some cases are stealing food from classmates, according to teachers.
Teaching union the EIS carried out a survey as part of its work on tackling the impact of poverty in schools.
UK schools are among the worst in the developed world for “teaching to the test”, a new analysis of the effect of income inequality on education suggests.
Exams too often “disempower” learners by failing to give them the chance to demonstrate their full range of knowledge and skills, according to a group of leading academics and policy advisers from around the world.
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New Delhi: The Census 2011 data on ‘Non-workers by main activity and education level’ released earlier this week has revealed that India has over 3 lakh beggars of whom 21 percent are literate.
You may be knowing your A’s and B’s and C’s, but are you educated or just literate? No rolling your eyeballs please, there is a difference. Literacy is knowing how to read and write. Education is to be able to reason, to use your ability to read and write to your benefit and to be able to gain your spectrum of knowledge by trying to surge deeper into the literate knowledge imparted to you. We’ve had debates innumerable about why is it important for every country to increase the literacy rates of its citizens, but is merely doing that enough? No, we do not need just literate citizens, but educated ones too. We do not want to be a group of people who can read and write but make nothing out of it. Wondering what education makes of us? It makes us human, a robot can read and write to, but reason? Here are reasons why education is extremely important.
How much of Nigeria’s budgetary allocation should go to the education sector? The answer should be a 100 per cent – and that is only a start. This, of course, is not practicable for obvious reasons. Besides, we know that reducing the problem with education in Nigeria to funding is dubious diagnosis. Notwithstanding, education in Nigeria – at the federal, state and local levels – needs every kobo it can get.
With most schools back in session, students in about 600 districts nationwide will return with a new piece of tech: their own personal Apple iPad.
Since the iPad launched last year, some schools have replaced textbooks with E-books. Programs in two thirds of the 600 districts are new for this year; others started these “one-to-one” programs, in which schools provide one iPad for each student, soon after Apple released the tablet in April, 2010.
A former Minister of Education in Mozambique, Graça Machel, and an educationist, Fred Swaniker, have called for making Africa the hub of innovative education models.
The appeal comes as Machel seeks the support and financial inclusion of women in political participation and leadership.
Access Bank Plc has restated its commitment to education development in the country.
The lender stated this when its Credit Risk Management department donated a six-block classrooms, library and other facilities to the UPE Primary School at Akodo-Ise in the Ibeju Lekki Local Council Development Area of Lagos State.
A new book has attracted much interest in the Washington DC, especially on Capitol Hill, Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn From Educational Change in Finland?. The book arrives after Finland scored first in science and second in reading and math on the standardized test administered by the Program for International Student Assessment.
Owerri — The Federal Government has been urged to sustain its technical and vocational education policy, since it remained a sure option to the production of competent hands that would drive the diverse sectors of the Nigerian economy.
The West African Examinations Council, WAEC has on Friday in Lagos released the statistics of candidates who passed English Language and Mathematics in theNovember/December 2015 WASSCE results.
In a released made available to Vanguard through email, its Public Relations Officer, Mr Demian Ojijeogu said:” A total of 67,713 candidates, representing 29.33 percent obtained credits in five subjects and above, including English Language and Mathematics.”
We’ve put together a list of amazing podcasts for you to enjoy wherever you are, and whatever you’re doing. Learn about the latest ed tools and practices while loading the dishwasher, hear about cutting edge ed tech on the way to work, or swot up on the latest teaching techniques with your bedtime cocoa.
‘Teacher Cast’ in one of the most well-known podcasting networks for teachers. The shows feature guests including #edchat co-founder Jerry Blumengarten, edtech aficionado and blogger Brad Currie, and the Edcamp Foundation Executive Director Hadley Ferguson. It also hosts podcasts specifically for tech educators and principals.
If you have been in contact with any kids aged between 6-14 you can’t have escaped talk of the game Minecraft. But do you know why it’s so popular with teachers around the world?
The graphics aren’t fancy, there are no rules, no objectives, or even much in the way of instruction and yet this game has over 20 million subscribers. Players are placed in a borderless, randomly generated land and it is up to them to decide what to do and how to do it. They collect materials from the world around them in order to ‘craft’ items and build whatever their mind can imagine. At night, depending on what mode they play in, they try to escape the monsters.
University teachers were angry yesterday when they heard that the Prices and Incomes Board had recommended that students should share in deciding how much they are paid.
The Secretary for Education, Mr Edward Short, said the Government was deferring for further consideration novel proposals by the board for discretionary payments to teachers which would rely in part on students’ assessment of their merits.
Families who home-school their children could come under investigation over fears the practice is used as a means of radicalisation, the government has confirmed.
The education secretary, Nicky Morgan, has reportedly decided to look into those educated by their parents after pledging to clamp down on madrasas teaching antisemitic beliefs.
Exact figures for the number of children who are home-schooled are unknown but the Independent on Sunday said there were estimated to be between 20,000 and 50,000 such pupils.