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Edo Varsity Acquires First Of Its Kind CANVAS LMS/AIS, Trains Staff On Its Usage

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The Vice Chancellor of Edo University, Iyamho, Engr. Prof. Emmanuel Aluyor has called on staff of the university to go beyond their comfort zone and contribute meaningfully to the development of the university, as he also promised to take care of the staff’s welfare very seriously.

The Vice Chancellor made the call during a training workshop organized by the university for staff on the use of CANVAS LMS/AIS and Smart/Electronic Boards for effective teaching and learning delivery.

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Prof. Aluyor said that Edo University Iyamho is continuously acquiring modern teaching and learning technology to deliver the highest possible quality education available anywhere in the world to the students.

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The VC said that the university was the first in West Africa to have acquired the CANVAS Learning Management System (LMS) and now the Academic Information System (AIS)

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He said that the training of the staff became necessary on how to use these new modern facilities now available to them in the university and to be able to do this, the personnels need to be regularly trained to ensure that they are able to use the facilities effectively.

Essentially, the training, which is a continuous exercise is to ensure that we can get the maximum benefits from these facilities that we have acquired for use in the university”, he emphasized.

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According to him, “We already have a requirement that all our academic staff should be computer literate, but being a computer literate is not enough to be able to use a smart board and others modern teaching and learning tools, hence, the training, we do these trainings from time to time to maximize the use of these facilities and get the benefits for the students”.

He, however, reiterated his commitment in providing the necessary and best legacies for both the staff, students and the university at large as a World class university.

Also speaking at the training, the Chairman of Edo University, Iyamho Learning Management Committee, Dr. Akinyola Olayinka, said that the CANVAS LMS/AIS is beneficial to both the staff, students and the university at large in the modern days teaching and learning environment.

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Dr Akinyola whose message titled: ‘Edo University Iyamho CANVAS LMS – Overview and Course Set’, explained that the CANVAS LMS is a learning Management system that makes learning possible. Its an online platform, which creates an interaction between the students and teachers

On his part, Dr. Wilson Nwankwo, an associate Prof. in the Department of Computer Science, said that the Academic Information System (AIS) is an integrated system, providing computerized learning platform for both the lecturers and the students of higher learning.

He said that the AIS provides an integrated platform to enable student perform all academic activities such as course registration, checking of continuous assessment, results, transcripts etc, unlike the traditional system where student used to carrying forms, papers and others from one office to another searching for course lecturers.

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According to him, AIS also provides a single window through which each of the students can do their course registration, have their courses reviewed by their course advisers, approved as well as enrolled those courses to the Learning Management System.

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He said that the university has achieved another step in the right direction as the AIS is integrated into the CANVAS LMS to provide holistic teaching and learning platform for the university, which really means that the university is a world class university.

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ASUU Strike: Govt Imposes ‘No Work-no-pay’ Policy On Lecturers

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Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Yobe State University branch, has tasked it members not to succumb to any kind threat from the state government aimed at creating division and distraction among them.

The charge was contained in a five-point resolution raised following an emergency congress meeting held by union to review the ongoing strike action and other local issues among which is the imposition of ‘No work-No pay’ strategy by government in the state.

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Dr. Mohammed Saje Jajere, YSU-ASUU branch chairperson, noted that after extensive deliberations, the congress has unanimously reiterated its position to continue with the national strike, despite the no-work-no-pay strategy without notice

“As the struggle continues, the congress has commended its members for their commitment and steadfastness in the patriotic struggle for the survival of the university system in the country.

“The congress has called on its members not to succumb to any kind threat so that it will not create division and distraction among members”, he said.

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To cushion the hardship of the salary stoppage, the Chairperson said a coping strategy is introduced via ASUU-YSU Multipurpose Cooperative Society, hence urged members to contact the EXCO of the Cooperative for more details on how to access various services.

A people united can never be defeated”, Dr. Jajere stressed.

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DAILY POST gathered that, the management of the varsity has announced resumption of academic activities on the 27th of June, 2022 after the Directorate of Academic Planning of the institution released an adjusted academic calendar for 2020/2021 academic session and urged students to take note for compliance.

Reports also indicated that, some academic staff in the university who are at managerial level have commenced lectures on the said date and vowed to continue in the line with the adjusted calendar.

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Edo Schools Where Pupils Sit On Floor To Learn Uncovered, Community Demands Govt’s Intervention

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The people of Ofunmwegbe community (known as Okada junction) in Ovia South West Local Government Area of Edo State have called on the state government to come to their aide and rebuild the only primary and secondary schools in the community which are in dilapidated state.

They also lamented that several appeals in the past have not been given a positive response, just as they decried situations where pupils sit on bare floors to receive lectures besides insufficient teachers in the schools.

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Lamenting the poor state of the schools, chairman of the Community Governance Council (CGC), Comrade Imuentinyan Ighodaro, said the poor state of the schools has led to parents withdrawing their wards from the school.

He said the primary school was founded in 2006 with the community donating the land and paid 10 per cent counterpart fund to build the school and thereafter donated furniture while the secondary was built in 2009 through the same process.

He said: “The school was not fenced and that has made it possible for hoodlums to also go in there and vandalise the place. As we speak, there are no windows and all the roofs have gone bad, no ceilings, no chairs and the children right now sit on the bare floor to learn, and because of that so many parents are also withdrawing their children from the school. The floors are also broken.

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“The whole of the school is in very bad shape. We have a block of six classrooms and another block of five classrooms. We have government teachers there.

“As a matter of urgency, we want the government to come to our aid and put the school in order for our children. They should renovate it and fence it to give it security and stop hoodlums from coming in, and if the government is able to do that, the community will provide security. It is the same situation in secondary school.”

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But a staff the State Universal Basic Education Board (SBEB) who does want his name in print said that the state government was “adopting a holistic approach to schools rehabilitation and not a one-off thing.”

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JAMB To Probe CBT Centres Over Extortion, Threatens Fine

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board is set to commence investigations into reported cases of extortions by some operators of Computer Based Test centres, The PUNCH reports.

The CBT centres were accused of overcharging candidates during registration for the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations and Direct Entry examinations.

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It was gathered that any CBT operator found guilty would be subjected to payment of N100,000 fine.

The PUNCH reports that JAMB had announced a fixed rate for the 2022 UTME/DE registration and also provided relief for CBT operators due to the hike in diesel price.

However, the examination body noted that some CBT operators still extorted candidates.

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The board, in its weekly bulletin made available to The PUNCH in Abuja, said, “The attention of the board has been drawn to some reports about some unscrupulous CBT centre owners charging above the stipulated fee for services rendered to candidates.

“In a statement made available to JAMBulletin, the board made it abundantly clear to all its service providers that it would not condone any exploitative tendency in any guise and vowed that it would investigate these reports; stating that any centre found culpable would not only be made to refund the extorted money, but would also pay a fine of N100,000.”

Explaining further, the board stated that “centre owners, are by this announcement, warned that failure to desist from this nefarious act would attract a fine of N100,000 and/or would have their licences to perform the specialised services revoked.

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“Candidates are, therefore, advised to report any CBT centre charging above the board’s stipulated fee for any of its services to the board.

“It is to be noted that that the board has recently given access to CBT centres to perform some specialised services hitherto rendered by only JAMB-owned centres with a proviso that they would not betray the confidence reposed in them.”

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