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Babcock University Ilishan – Remo, Ogun state has confirmed that it asked students resuming for the first semester of the 2020 / 2021 academic session to pay N 25 , 000 for a COVID -19 test .
The university explained that it could not afford to toy with the lives of its staff and students on the school premises .
The Director of Marketing and Communication, Dr. Joshua Suleiman , disclosed this while responding to questions from our correspondent on Tuesday .
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Suleiman said the school would have asked the returning students to do the test elsewhere and present the certificate, but, was mindful of fake certificates .
He said, “ Babcock University returning students are expected to be screened for COVID -19 on arrival at the subsidised cost of N 25 ,000 at the BUTH .They will do it at BUTH so that we can vouch for the authenticity of the result . We want to avoid a situation where some people may bring in fake COVID – 19 results. We don ’ t want to risk the life of any of our students or staff.
“ They are also to resume with their personal safety kits – including an infrared thermometer ( for those that can afford them ) , a pack of disposable face masks or three reusable ones as well as hand sanitisers .”
While speaking on the internal arrangement made for further safety of the students , Suleiman said, “ The institution will resume in two batches – first to resume are the final year students in 40 500 and 600 levels ) next Monday and others on October 25 .

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WAEC to release 2020 SSSCE results late October

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The West African Examinations Council has said that it has a 45 -day timeline from its last paper to release the results of the 2020 Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination . This indicates that the results should be released by late October.
The council told one of our correspondents on Saturday that it would keep to 45 days after the last paper was written to release the results and work to meet the deadline .
This is just as the Lagos State Ministry of Education through the State Examinations Board stated that from 2021 , entrance examinations into the Lagos State Model Colleges and Upgraded Junior Secondary Schools would be done through the Computer -Based Testing .
The West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination was taken between August 17 , 2020 and Saturday , September 12 , which means that the council would release the results latest by October 27 – 45 days after .
The Head of Public Affairs, WAEC Nigeria , Demianus Ojijeogu , in a text message to one of our correspondents on Saturday , said , “ Before the outbreak of COVID -19 , we usually released it 45 days after the last paper on the timetable must have been taken . We are working on meeting that timeline .”
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Commissioner for Education , Mrs Folashade Adefisayo , said on Saturday at the launch of the CBT at the State Examination Board headquarters that the entrance exercises would be conducted through CBT from 2021 .
Only 210 pupils seeking admission into Lagos State Model Colleges and Upgraded Junior Secondary Schools in the state opted for CBT in 2020 .
Adefisayo, represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education , Mrs Abosede Adelaja , said , “ The examination will be strictly CBT by next year since the world is a global village . Moreover , you need to add and embrace modern technologies.The parents of the candidates who opted for CBT will get the results of their children within 24 hours after the examination . Education remains the veritable tool to attain greatness as it helps to prepare for individual life ’s challenges .”
She noted that only 47 pupils were slated for the inaugural exam while the remaining 163 pupils would take theirs from Monday , September 28 , to Wednesday , September 30 , 2020 , at the Lagos State Examinations Board .

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ASUU is still on strike – UNILAG chairman

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Contrary to speculations making the rounds in the social media that the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has called off strike, nothing of such is the case, investigation by the Vanguard has shown.
Commenting on the development, the Chairman of the University of Lagos, UNILAG chapter of the union, Dr Dele Ashiru, told our correspondent on Saturday that nothing of such happened.
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Ashiru, who is also a member of the National Executive Committee of the union, said the union was still on strike.
“If we are going to call off our going strike, there is process that will be followed and nothing of such has been done, ” he said.
Recall that the union embarked on strike early March, this year over some issues.

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