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Kogi bans 47 schools from 2018 WASSCE over exam malpractice

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Kogi bans 47 schools from 2018 WASSCE over exam malpractice

By John Akubo

Kogi State government has banned 47 schools from presenting candidates in the 2018 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).
This followed their disqualification by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC).
The disqualificationwas due to their habitual involvement in examination malpractice.

The Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mrs. Rosemary Osikoya, disclosed this yesterday in Lokoja, the state capital.

She explained: “Kogi State received acorrespondence from the WAEC de-recognising the 47 schools that were found to have engaged in malpractice.

“After our review, we discovered thatmost of them were private schools. In particular, 13 of those schools were found to be habitual offenders.

“The Ministry of Education’s positionis that for the year 2018, the schoolswould not write the WASSCE, as their students would be made to go to other schools.

”She described the affected schools as suspected ‘miracle’ centres, where people go to write WASSCE without following normal procedure.

The commissioner stressed that the ministry could not close its eyes to the rising cases of examination malpractice in the state.
She added that it was an embarrassment that the state was taking the lead in such negative acts.

The commissioner cited some administrative lapses and breach of laid down rules in the transfers from one school to another.

She announced a ban on the transfer of students at the level of SS3, adding that if transfers must take place, they must be limited to SS2.

This, she, said is the appropriate thing, especially as the students are required to pass through a continuous assessment.

She promised to make some reforms to strengthen institutions in the state to deliver properly on the job.

Osikoya also warned against politicising education, and urged the public to support the fight against examination malpractice.

She dismissed the speculation that the state had planned to sack some teachers.

Culled from the Guardian

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New Lokoja varsity VC declares that his goal is to attain the institution’s mission statement

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New Lokoja varsity VC declares that his goal is to attain the institution’s mission statement

The newly inaugurated Vice Chancellor of the Federal University, Lokoja (FUL) Professor Olayemi Akinwumi, on Monday pledged to ensure attainment of the university’s Stated mission to be one of the 10-top ranking universities in Africa.

Akinwumi disclosed this in his inaugural speech at a ceremony to mark the official take-off of his administration on Monday at the Permanent Site of the institution at Felele area of Lokoja.

He said that the university established along with eight others in 2011 had in 10 years attracted a solid academic, administrative and technical staff and also attracted students from all over the country.

“My primary goal is to add value to the university stated mission which is to be the best among the nine newly-established Federal universities and one of the 10-top ranking universities in Africa.

“I just know what I need to do if Federal University, Lokoja is to move to the top-10. The first part of the vision is relatively more straight-forward. I have personally been to all the Federal Universities established in 2011”, he said.

The new Vice Chancellor revealed that the university currently ranked seventh among the nine Federal Universities established in 2011, 78th in Nigeria, 255th in Africa and 10,600th in the world.

“The university has a unique mission to train employable graduates through competency-based teaching, applied research and practical community service to the catchment area, Africa and the world.

“At the interview that gave me this job, I submitted a vision plan that outlined what I will do if I got the job. Now that I have the job, I have reviewed the plan alongside the university’s strategic plan.

“I will share the plan with an expanded management committee and subsequently with the Senate so that it will be adopted and truly owned by the university”, he said.

The newly inaugurated Vice Chancellor said that by the first week of next month, he would share his vision plan with an expanded management committee and setup a 120-day agender for the the implementation of the plan.

Governor Yahaya Bello represented by the state Commissioner for Education, Mr Wemi Jones congratulated Akinwumi as the first indigene of Kogi to be Vice Chancellor of the Federal University.

Describing the Vice Chancellor as a “Champion”, he said, “Even before your arrival, we have taken time to find out your antecedents and what and what you have done and we are excited that you are with us in Lokoja at this time.

“I am now convinced that with what you have accomplished, I am just optimist that the Federal University, Lokoja is in the best of hands and shall see glorious development going forward”, he said. (NAN)

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Council boss, community leaders laud NACWYCA over school furniture donation worth N5.5million

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Council boss, community leaders laud NACWYCA over school furniture donation worth N5.5million

From Daniel Abel, Lafia

The local council chairman of Wamba, honorable Abubakar Abbas and community leaders in Nunku, Alushi have lauded Center for Women, Youths and Community Action (NAWYC) a civil society organisation for the donation of 200 school desks, renovation of four blocks of classrooms in the state.

Honorable Abubakar while receiving the items donated on Friday at the Ta’al model school Wamba, commended the CSO for choosing the local governments and the schools.

“We are very happy and as well challenged by your determination and sacrifices for providing items that create conducive study environments to the vulnerable children in the rural schools” Mr. Abbas stated.

Mr. Abbas urged the school management to maintain the items prudently and the hosts communities to provide security against vandalism of the properties.

Other items donated include 2 first aid boxes, 10 tables and 20 chairs for teachers use.

The proprietor of the Center for Women, Youths and Community Action (NAWYCA) Dr. Nawani Aboki while handing over the items to the benefiting schools said the donation include two first aid boxes, 200 desk with 100 each to Ta’al model Islamia secondary school and RCM secondary school all in Wamba loval government respectively.

In the same vain three blocks of classrooms each in government day secondary school, Wamba, pilot science primary school, Nunku, Akwanga, government secondary school, Alushi were renovated and furnished by NACWYCA with support from Institute of Human Virology (IHVNigeria), Center for Disease Control (CDC).

According to the proprietor, the projects cost N5.5million only.

Mr. Aboki added that his organization is focus on identifying and supporting the vulnerable women and children with good nutrition and education in the state through a platform known as OVC–ACHIEVE(orphans and vulnerable Children–Achieving Control of HIV/Aids Epidemic Through Evidence.

The principal of government day secondary school, Wamba Mrs. Regina Dauda in appreciation said that the renovation of the block of three classrooms will create a conducive learning environment for the students.

Community leaders in Wamba, Nunku and Alushi who witnessed the donations, lauded the NGO for reaching out to the vulnerable in their communities and pleaded with the state government and other concerned agencies to emulate the gesture of NACWYCA.

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By Doris Ferdinand

The Committee on Basic Education and Services, House of Representatives, on Saturday called on the Federal Government to suspend the intended school resumption by three months.

The committee, in a press release signed by it’s chairman, Professor Julius O. Ihonvbere said that the need for the postponement is to enable local and state government put things in place adequately.

The committee expressed concern on the increase rate of infected persons, decrying the rush in school resumption where proper arrangements to safeguard the children have not been made.

The committee further argued that our educational institutions are not ready to resume as many of them are yet to implement five per cent covid-19 protocols established by the Federal Ministry of Education.

The committee further challenged the Federal Ministry of Education to first, independently monitor the extent of basic compliance with established protocols in all our schools.

“We are particularly concerned that when the infection rates hovered around 500 and under, schools were closed but now that it hovers well above 1000 infections daily, schools are being reopened. Why are we rushing to reopen schools without adequate verifiable and sustainable arrangements to protect and secure our children?

“Aside Lagos and a couple of other states, Governments are unable to enforce Covid-19 protocols. People no longer wear facemasks or use sanitizers. Public enlightenment campaigns have more or less stopped. Merely saying they would adhere to the protocols is no guarantee. In the rural areas, the sitution is worse.

“Our position is that in spite of the very comprehensive protocols established by the Federal Ministry of Education, not up to 10 per cent of our educational institutions have implemented five per cent of the protocols. In most of our primary and secondary schools nationwide, adequate furniture, water and other sanitation and hygiene facilities do not exit. Many poor parents would require support with facemasks and sanitizers for their children. We have not heard of how this would be addressed.

“We doubt that teachers, instructors and school managers have been adequately trained and prepared to handle Covid-19 safety protocols. We also know that adequate funds have not been provided to schools to cope with demands that accompany the new normal.

“We would like to challenge the Federal Ministry of Education to first, independently monitor the extent of basic compliance with established protocols in all our schools and not just take words of state and local authorities as given. The lives of our children are worth much more than the interests and comfort of any politician or bureaucrat. It is only after a minimum 75% nationwide compliance that we can seriously talk about reopening schools.

“Given that in primary and secondary schools in particular, there are no facilities for effectice social distancing in the classrooms, part of the compliance requirements must be the introduction of morning and afternoon batches into the schools when they reopen to reduce overcrowding.

“Special cleaning crews with sufficient sanitizers must be deployed to the classrooms before and after each stream. Hand washing before entering the classroom and use of sanitizer once seated must be made mandatory.

“The school feeding programme should be suspended and converted to sealable snacks to be distributed once classes are over.

“As a government that has committed to protecting the interests of the Nigerian people, it would be wrong to allow unprepared state governments, of which many did not take the pandemic too seriously anyway, to hoodwink or pressure it into this reopening game.

“The Committee believes that if these and other critical steps are not taken, there should be a postponement by three months to enable the local and state governments put things in place adequately. A word, they say, is enough for the wise.”

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