By Taiwo Ogunmola-Omilani, Lagos The West African Examinations Council (WAEC), has released the May/June WASSCE results, withholding results of 13.79 per cent candidates as 59.22 per cent pass English Language and Mathematics. Head of national office, Nigeria, Mr. Olu Adenipekun said the performance results recorded this year improved over the 2015 and 2016 WASSCE. Adenipekun noted that the percentage WASSCE results for school candidates in 2015 and 2016 were 38.68 percent and 52.97 percent, respectively “A total of 923,486 (nine hundred and twenty three thousand four hundred and eighty six) candidates, representing 59.22 percent, obtained minimum of credits in five (5) subjects and above, including English Language and Mathematics.” “The results of 214,952 (two hundred and fourteen thousand, nine hundred and fifty two) candidates, representing 13.79 percent of the total candidature for the examination are being withheld in connection with various reported cases of examination malpractice, he said. He explained that the cases of examination...
By Sunday Isuwa, Abuja The Vice Chancellor, University of Maiduguri, Prof. Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi yesterday said without the Nigerian Air Force in the North-east, his school would have been closed down. Prof Abubakar stated this at the National Headquarters of the Nigerian Air Force in Abuja while signing a Memorandum of Understanding in research and development with the service. According to the professor, the Nigerian Airforce has been doing a lot in the North-east and deserved special commendation. “If not for the Nigeria Airforce, we would have closed down the University of Maiduguri by now. When a commandant from another service advised that we should close down the school, I look at the efforts the Nigerian Air Force has been making in dismantling the terrorists, I said to myself if we closed down the university, it would be like bringing down the morale of the Nigerian Air Force,” Abubakar said. Abubakar who disclosed that...
BY ABU NMODU, Minna Following reports of people being scammed through an online recruitmentpurportedlygoing on in the   National Examination Council, NECO, the council, yesterday, in Minna  dissociated itself from the exercise. The council in a statement issued by the Head of Information Division, Azeez Sani stated that “ The attention of the National Examination Council (NECO) has been drawn to an on line publication purporting that the council is currently recruiting new staff.” The statement added that “ the council enjoins members of the public to disregard the publication”  pointing out that   since the present Registrar /Chief Executive assumed office in August last year no single person has been employed. The council therefore warned the public that the publication is the handiwork of fraudsters reiterating that “ the council has not recruited, is not recruiting and has no immediate plan to recruit.” According to the statement   “NECO under the able leadership of the Registrar Professor...
BY ANAYO ONUKWUGHA, PORT HARCOURT Rivers State Governor, Chief Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike has called for the amendment of the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) Act to accomodate the funding of senior secondary education across the country. This is as the governor announced that the Rivers State government will flag off the total rehabilitation of 174 primary schools in the state. Wike spoke on Monday when members of the House of Representatives Committee on Basic Education and Services, paid him a courtesy visit at Government House, Port Harcourt. He stated that rather than establish another commission to cater for the infrastructural needs of senior secondary schools, UBEC should be empowered by law to handle such issues as it will be more economical  for the country. The governor said, "The amendment  of the UBEC Act to accomodate senior secondary education was started last administration, but it was not concluded. I therefore  call for the amendment of the...
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Saturday said it will henceforth ensure the resolution of all exam issues before releasing results of its Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), to avoid cancellation. JAMB’s Head of Public Relations, Mr Fabian Benjamin, said this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Bwari, FCT, while speaking on the outcome of the mop-up examination results. He disclosed that the results of supplementary examination conducted by the Board on July 1 in 170 centres for 85, 000 candidates across the country had been released. He explained that the result was delayed to ascertain there were no hitches all the centres that the supplementary exam was conducted. “The results had been ready as usual; we release results two hours after examination; this delay was because we wanted to take our time to clear all issues. “This is also to ensure that all the CCTV at centres...
By Opaleke Olamide and Akindele Abraham The Director and Founder, Awesome Kids Academy, Dr. Ngozi Odocha yesterday, said there is more to be done to improve educational services at public schools noting that the rate at which the standard of education is decaying is quite alarming. Speaking to LEADERSHIP at the graduation ceremony of its first set of Primary and Nursery pupils, Odocha said public schools could no longer compete with its private counterpart again especially in terms of quality teachers, improved technology and method of learning which is more reason why parents prefer to patronize private schools. The School Director however said, while private schools cannot educate Nigerians alone, there is need for government to rise up to the occasion of saving the educational system from collapse. She said, “The private school, we are trying very hard but the government school, there is overcrowding, and they are not meeting needs but private...
By Adebayo Waheed Oyo State governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has appealed to the striking workers at the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso ((LAUTECH), to show more understanding about the need for a forensic audit of the university as part of efforts to find a lasting solution to the crisis. The governor while speaking at the inauguration of the state's Education Trust Fund in Ibadan, called on the striking workers to give peace a chance and cooperate with the auditors in the interest of peace and to quicken the process of returning normalcy to the college. On behalf of his Osun State counterpart, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Ajimobi expressed appreciation to the outgoing members of the university's Governing Council for what he called their selfless contribution towards its development. "While the two owner states of Oyo and Osun are doing everything within their powers to quickly resolve the challenges associated with the institution, it...
BY DAVID ADUGE-ANI In continuation of its public enlightenment programme on personal hygiene in selected junior secondary schools in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), a nongovernmental organization, Helpline Foundation for the Needy, has organised a personal hygiene programme for students of Junior Secondary School Kpaiygi in Kuje area council. A senior programme officer of the foundation, Ms. Omozele Ojeme told reporters that the projects is one of foundation’s initiate to sensitize teachers and students on environmental diseases and personal hygiene. Ojeme explained that the project tagged: ‘Hygiene Promotion in School Through School’ was aimed to address the Sustainable Development Goals 3, which according to her, seeks to ensure health and well-being for all, at every stage of life. Speaking on the topic: ‘Basics of Personal Hygiene and Hand Washing Techniques’, Ojeme noted that unhealthy environmental condition increases the risk of both non-communicable and infectious diseases as well as the importance of regular...
By Adebayo Waheed, Ibadan The Oyo State government has disclosed that about N5 billion has been earmarked for the repairs of the dilapidated structures in primary and secondary schools across state. Also, the state government had  received 70,000 books covering different subject areas such as Mathematics, English, English literature, Physics, Biology, Economics, Algebra, Chemistry among others from a non-government and non-profit organisation based in United States, Jewels of Africa. The state commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Professor Adeniyi Olowofela, who made the disclosure during a meeting with the state chapter’s leaders and representatives of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), Association of Primary School Head Teachers of Nigeria (AOPSHON)  and All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS) explained that N3 billion counterpart funding will be spent on primary education, while N1.9bn generated from the students’ levies and state government internally generated revenue will be spent on secondary schools in...
The Senate has approved the National Youth Service Corps scheme for graduates of National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN). The approval followed the passage of the National Open University of Nigeria Bill sponsored by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TetFund Sen. Jibrin Barau during Thursday’s plenary. According to him, the Bill seeks to address issues relating to opening access for the teeming youth and adult working population to fulfill their dream of acquiring tertiary education. Barau said the objectives of the Bill included to amend the existing legislation with a view to removing the perception of the public about the university in respect of the word, `correspondence`. “The word correspondence gives the impression that the university is not a full time university and as such seen as part time. “These two concepts, ” correspondence” and ”part-time” significantly affect the way the public views the programmes run by the university. “This has been...