The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has suspended its over two-month-old strike. The national president of the union, Usman Dutse confirmed to newsmen that the the strike had been suspended after a NEC meeting in Abuja. However, the union said it would not hesitate to resume the strike if the government failed to review the memorandum of action and ensure full implementation before the end of May 2019.
All members of the union have been directed to resume academic activities as from Wednesday February 13th, 2019.
The ASUP president also disclosed that the request for a revitalisation fund of N15 billion had been met by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu.
He said the union is expecting that the fund will be available for disbursement to deserving institutions by April 2019.
Mr dutse further revealed that on the issue of salary shortfall, promotion arrears and allowances, the union has been informed of the release of N16.7 billion covering agencies of government, including affected polytechnics cleared by the Presidential Initiative for Continuous Audit for shortfalls and promotion arrears.
He said a circular been released to all rectors conveying increased personnel funding for 2019 and directing the payment of full salaries and allowances in polytechnics. A schedule from the office of the Federal Ministry of Finance containing institutions contained in phase 1 of the shortfall refund payments has been released.
According to him, 11 institutions have been cleared to receive funds from the approved tranche and the union has been reassured that the next phase will contain more institutions.
JAMB speaks on ‘biometric verification’ for UTME candidates
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says there is no exemption on biometric verification for all candidates of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
The board made this known in its Vol. 1, No 11 weekly Bulletin of the Office of the Registrar and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja.
According to the board, biometric verification will be the only mode of admittance of candidates into its examination centres nationwide, saying that examination officials must adhere strictly to the rules.
“Exemption mode is not allowed for any candidate, therefore, no biometric verification, no examination and no candidate should be kept waiting if he or she cannot be verified but should be directed to contact JAMB.
“There is no other attendance register apart from the biometric verification, it will also serve as the attendance register during the examination as photo albums will only carry pictures with no marking points for either present or absent.
“All examination officials, including security agents are to ensure compliance with all guidelines, rules and regulations on the examination as strict adherence to the guide on compulsory biometric verification of every candidate is required,” the board said.
It also listed prohibited items into the examination halls to include: watches, pen or Biro, mobile phones or similar electronic device, books, calculators, smart eye lenses, ear pieces, recorders and jewelry.
Others are: key holders, ATM cards, erasers, Bluetooth devices, microphones among others, while adding also that spy reading glasses must be scrutinised.
DAILY POST recalls that the board had recently scheduled to commence the 2019 exercise, starting with its mock examination on April 1 and the main examination on April 11, across its Computer Based Test (CBT) centres, nationwide.
Source: Daily Post
WAEC de-recognises 13 schools in Nigeria, warns 56 others
The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has de-recognised 13 secondary schools and warned 56 others in Kogi for their involvement in examination malpractice during the 2018 West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE).
Mr Ademu Amos, WAEC Desk Officer, Kogi Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, disclosed this at a meeting with the principals, vice principals and examination officers of the affected schools on Thursday in Lokoja.
Amos said that 13 secondary schools were de-recognised while 56 others were seriously warned by the council due to examination malpractice.
He noted that the state government was not happy about the development, describing it as a serious issue that could dampen the hope of a nation, NAN reports.
According to Amos, the Examination Malpractices Act No. 33 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), offenders are liable to four years imprisonment and a fine of N100, 000 per student and N250, 000 per school.
Amos explained that the major offences committed ranged from the use of mobile phones and sameness of work by copying one another in the examination.
Dr Natty Bobai, WAEC Branch Controller in the state, said it had zero tolerance for examination malpractice and would do everything to curtail the menace.
He, however, commended the commissioner for tackling issues bordering on examination headlong and commended her resolve to stand with the council for what it stood for.
Amos also urged the stakeholders to join hands with the council in stamping out the menace of examination malpractice in the nation’s education sector.
Mrs Rosemary Osikoya, the state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, reiterated the commitment of the state government to reduce examination malpractice to its barest minimum in the state.
Osikoya stressed the need for stiffer penalties as prescribed by law and other stringent measures to curb the menace in the state.
She noted that 47 secondary schools were de-recognised and 108 warned in 2017, while 13 schools were de-recognised and 56 warned in 2018.
According to her, the state government had been able to reduce the trend to 27. 6 per cent for de-recognition, 50.9 per cent warned, while 1.38 per cent were indicted.
She restated the commitment of the state government in restoring standard and quality education in schools across the state.
She, however, urged all the school operators, both private and public, to visit the ministry’s website and update their school profiles and records not later than March 31.
”All the de-recognised schools will not be used as examinations centres in 2019, and their names will be sent to the police for prosecution according to the existing law.
”We have strengthened the policy structure in education in the state and emphasised the importance of record keeping in schools,” Osikoya said.
Dr Ajole Goswins, the State President of All Nigeria Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS), who spoke on behalf of the principals, expressed disappointment over the re-appearance of some schools on examination malpractice list.
”The state government is doing its best and we must complement its efforts. We cannot allow this to continue, we must improve on ourselves,’’ he said.
He, therefore, appealed to the state government to checkmate the proliferation of substandard private schools in the state.
The de-recognised schools include: Jama’atu Nasril Islam Sec. Sch, Ankpa, Christ the King College, Govt. Girls Sec. Sch, Okaba, Ikah Comm. Sec. Sch, Ikah, Iyale Comm. Sec. Sch, Iyale, and Aitam Science Academy, Anyigba.
Others are: Al-Ansar Sec. Sch, Lokoja, Bright Future Int. Sec. Sch, Obangede, Okehi, Comm. Sec. Sch, Uboro, Okehi, Paramako Sec. Sch, Ogbogbo, Omabo Comm. Sec. Sch, Omabo.
Also, First Grade Success Academy, Okenya, and National Sec. Sch, Agala-Ate road, Anyigba.
Source: Daily post
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