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FG to reconsider South East candidates who missed 2021 WASSCE

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The Ministry of Education has assured that candidates who missed the 2021 West Africa Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE) in the South East, will be given another opportunity to write the examination.

Mr Sonny Echono, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, made this known while monitoring some examination centres in Abuja on Monday.

Echono frowned at the Sept. 13 disruption of examination centres in the South East.

He, however, expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the examination across the country which was written by over 1.57 million candidates.

According to Echono, the ministry will put modalities in place to ensure that the candidates who missed the examination in the South East are given other opportunities to write the examination.

“We are very pleased that all around the country; examinations are going on peacefully as we have a total of over 19,000 exams centres across the country with over 1.57million registered candidates.

“Besides the disruptions we had on Sept.13 in the South East where some candidates were stopped from doing the exams, it is a peaceful examination.

“We are complying with all the standards and ethics of examinations, we are pursuing very hard more cases, incidence or possibilities of examinations malpractice because we have a zero tolerance for examinations malpractice.

“We shall punish any person found culpable and ensure that sanity is restored in our system,’’ he said.

Echono further said that the ministry did not encounter challenges in preparing students for the examinations aside from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“All COVID-19 safety protocols are being strictly adhered to in centres across the country,” he said.

He said that although some schools were closed in states due to COVID-19 pandemic, alternative arrangements were made especially for exit classes to take the examination.

On the possibilities of examination malpractices, Echono said that cases of examination malpractices were usually collated at the end of the examination, pointing out that the culprits would also be brought to book.

He said that the ministry was collaborating with relevant examination bodies and Non Government Organisations to fish out candidates involved in examination malpractices.

“This is because we have a lot of miscreant who are perpetrating and deceiving people. We are going to undertake a general overhaul for all those offering so called services to candidates.

“We didn’t see much of malpractices in internal examinations like this because these are students who are already in school,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the permanent secretary led the monitoring team to the Federal Government Girls College (FGGC) Bwari and Government Girls Secondary School, Dutse.

It was also observed that the students of the GGSS, Dutse, were in full compliance with COVID-19 protocols.(NAN)

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Arewa Students Parliament Set to Host Its Annual Summit in Zaria

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A mega forum of Northern Nigeria Students, Arewa Students Parliament says, all plans were being made to conduct its annual Summit and Leadership Award in Zaria, Kaduna State.

The event, which will hold on 23rd October, 2021 at Barewa College, will serve as an avenue to engage with students globally on the most pressing topics facing our students.

According to Aliyu Usman Oloyin, one of the organizers if the function says, the summit will also be aimed at inspiring and empowering students within and outside the institution.

“The function will also be centered at promoting people’s well being, encourages inclusion through jobs creation, skills training and equitable education as well as addressing gender and racial inequality in Northern Nigeria.” He says.

Other topics to be discussed at the summit include, behaviour change communication in students of Northern Nigeria, sustainable future of Northern Nigeria, professional development for fragile nations to benefit from funding and contribute to the conversation on how to mitigate the effects of Insecurity.

Read the Aims and Objectives of The Summit:

1. Empower students in exploring innovative ideas to tackle development challenges.

2. Provide students with the tools to build and engage in sustainable future development challenges.

3. Promoting dialogue between students, government and key stakeholders.

4. Emphasizes social and emotional intelligence.

Featuring

• Public Lecture
• Panel Discussion
• Award Presentation
• Paper Presentation
• Visitation and lots more
Scheduled to take place as follows:
📆 Saturday 23rd October, 2021
⏰ 10:00a.m
🏛️ Sa’ad Abubakar Hall, Barewa College, Zaria

Keynote Speakers
1. Mallam Alhassan Qauran Mata
Topic: Social and Emotional Intelligence: A Panacea to Personal and Professional Development
2. Amb. Comr. Hauwa Suleiman Jidder
President, Students Union Government, Federal University Dutsin-ma, Katsina State.
Topic: Behaviour Change Communication (BCC) as a panacea to personal and career development in Northern Nigeria.
3. Mallam Mustapha Shehu
Student Activist
Topic: Critical Thinking Skills: A Panacea to Sustainable Future.
Target
1. Donation of 20,000 books, 10,000 pencils, and 10,000 pens to Primary/Secondary school students.
2. Visitation to the Disable/Orphanage homes.
3. Scholarship for government school students within Northern Nigeria.
For Sponsorship
Acct Name: Abdulhaleem Abdulrafiu
Acct No: 3131096935
Banker: First Bank

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Why we named Faculty of law after Magajiya Danbatta– MAAUN

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The Management of Maryam Abacha American University of Nigeria (MAAUN), Kano, has given reasons why it named the Faculty of law after the late veteran Hausa Singer, Hajiya Magajiya Danbatta Makoda.

The President and Founder of the university, Prof. Adamu Abubakar Gwarzo made the clarification in a statement issued to newsmen in Kano on Tuesday

He said the management had decided to name the building after the renowned Hausa singer because of her contributions in explaining the importance of girl-child education in her songs

“Late Magaji Danbatta sang multiple songs to enlighten and educate the nation on the importance of school enrolment in the late 70s as a big loss to the entire people of Northern Nigeria which deserved a memorable accolade.

“As such, we found her (Magajiya Danbatta: Halima Malam Lasan) worthy even after her death to be honoured based on her inputted contributions that impacted on many and the society at large.

“Even before her death, MAAUN had long ago decided to honour the deceased with honorary degree during the next convocation, but unfortunately death took her away before the time.

According to the statement, the Management had also resolved and agreed on granting her legacy with the “Award of Posthumous honorary degree” and as well name its newly constructed edifice (the MAAUN Nigeria Faculty of Law) after her.

The statement further explained that the honour done to the deceased was not on the fact that she was a singer, rather on the basis of her immense contributions to education and knowledge.

“A deep rooted research has proven that, among her numerous songs climax into the enrolment of over 3, 000 children in school way back early 70’s, among which are prominent Lawyers and Judges, Medical personnel, Engineers, Social scientists, Art and cultural entertainers, Doctors, Agricultural scientists, Technologists, Innovators, Administrators, Teachers, and liberal leaders among many.

“The values that the late veteran singer added to the society especially in the areas of educational growth and development, conflict resolution, and cultural morality cannot be overemphased, and therefore, deserves the honour,” the statement added.

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ASUU hails FG over N 75K stipend for education students

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has lauded the Federal Government’s approval of stipends for students of education in public tertiary institutions.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalled that the Federal Government had on Tuesday announced the payment of N75, 000 and N50, 000 stipends per semester for students pursuing a degree in education and a Nigeria Certificate in Education, respectively.

“Undergraduate B.Ed / B.A. Ed / BSc. Ed students in public institutions will receive stipends of N75,000 per semester, while NCE students will receive stipends of N50,000 per semester”, according to the government’s announcement.

The ASUU Chairman, Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) Chapter, Dr Christopher Echereobia, gave the commendation in an interview with NAN on Friday, in Owerri.

Echereobia, a senior lecturer with the Department of Crop Science and Technology, described the decision as a step in the right direction, given the fact that education was the bedrock of excellence in all fields of human endeavour.

He noted that successful countries had gotten it right with their education systems, adding that the approved funds, if properly channelled, would alleviate the sufferings of poor students and encourage aspiring students to consider a career in education.

Echereobia, however, called on government to take urgent steps to ensure that the funds were disbursed to the intended beneficiaries.

“To pay stipends to students of education is a welcome development and a step in the right direction. This will encourage more students to pursue a career in education thus strengthening the foundation for a greater Nigeria.

“I urge the Federal Government to put necessary machinery in place so as to ensure that funds for this purpose are not diverted to the wrong purse’’, he added

Speaking on the welfare of lecturers, Echereobia lamented what he described as inconsistencies in the payment of salaries and other emoluments.

He blamed the irregularities on FG’s preference of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) over ASUU’s choice of the University Transparency and Accountability System (UTAS).

The debate over which payment system was best for universities had lingered, resulting in non-payment of emoluments to some lecturers, a situation which, he said, could force lecturers to embark on an industrial strike.

On the recent promotion of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, to the rank of Professor of Cyber Security in FUTO, he said that ASUU had set up a committee to investigate the circumstances surrounding the promotion.

Echereobia said ASUU would be guided by the submissions of the committee, pointing out that the investigation was a necessary step, considering the reactions that followed the promotion. (NAN)

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