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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board () has started the processes for placement of candidates into all tiers of tertiary institutions for the 2019/2020 academic session.

JAMB’s Head, Media and Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin, made the disclosure in an with the News Agency of (NAN) on Sunday in .

According to Benjamin, the period slated for the admission processes as agreed during a policy meeting with stakeholders on June 11, at Gbongan, Osun, remains sacrosanct.

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“The board has commenced the processes for admission for the 2019/2020 academic session in earnest.

“The first choice admission for public commenced from Aug. 21 and will end on Nov. 16.

“For private universities, it will be from Aug. 21, 2019, to Feb. 15, 2020.

“The second choice admission for public universities will be from Nov. 17 to Dec. 17,” he said.

Benjamin told NAN that the projection for 2019 was to ensure that candidates utilised more available spaces unlike in 2018 when there were over 500,000 unutilised available spaces in all the tiers of tertiary institutions.

He said that this development was contrary to the general narrative that there were no access to tertiary institutions, with about 60 per cent of available spaces unutilised.

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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WAEC gives update on examination timetable

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The West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) has debunked examination timetable circulating in .

An alleged timetable for 2020 WAEC had circulated on social media over the weekend.

Reports had it that the timetable was released shortly after the Governor of State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, announced the resumption of schools in the State.

Recall that Governor Sanwo-Olu had announced that the reopening schools for students in “transitional classes.”

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He directed students in Basic Six, JSS 3 and SS3 to resume on August 3rd 2020.

But reacting to an inquiry by a Twitter user identified as Jamiu Kazeem Babatunde, WAEC said the timetable did not emanate from it.

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Jamiu Kazeem Babatunde@Jaykaybabs wrote, “I would love if WAEC can attend to this question of circulating time table.

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Responding @waecnigeria said, “ WAEC did not release the timetable in circulation. As you can see, it was a timetable we had used for a previous examination. Please, disregard it.”

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NLC, others say no to resumption of schools

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The joint labour unions have decried plans by the federal and state governments to reopen schools, saying the decision is hasty and may not bode well for the country at large.

The unions made this appeal at the weekend after a virtual joint meeting of Labour Congress (NLC) affiliate unions in the education sector.

Among those who participated at the meeting include the Non-Academic Staff Union of and Associated Institutions (NASU), Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (SSANU), Senior Staff

Association of Polytechnics (SSANIP), Senior Staff Union of in Colleges of Education, Nigeria (SSUCOEN), National Association of Academic Technologist (NAAT), Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU) and the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP).

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In a communiqué signed behalf of the unions by the NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wabba, they noted with concern the social and economic implications of the outbreak of novel coronavirus all over the world which has impaired human activities due to the lockdown measures, which also precipitated the closure of schools.

While expressing worries over the increasing incidences of the infection across the country and the dearth of educational infrastructures in Nigeria’s institutions of learning, which is capable of undermining the physical distance protocol of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), the meeting observed that some conscious measures need to be mapped and put in place before re-opening schools in the country.

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The unions noted that government should bring all stakeholders in the primary and secondary education sub-sector comprising the unions, the Nigeria Union of Teachers, Parent Teachers Association (PTA), Committee of Vice-Chancellors/Provosts of Polytechnics and Colleges of Educations, All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCPSS) to deliberate on the way forward on the need to re-open schools.

“There is need to revisit the outsourcing policy of security personnel and cleaners, especially in institutions of higher learning to enable the institutions to have full control of the security personnel and cleaners, as private cleaners and security personnel cannot guarantee the health and safety of staff and students.

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Apparently, there is need for expansion of class rooms to ensure observance of the social distancing protocol.”

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