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The West Examinations Council (WAEC) says late registration of candidates by schools, for its West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), would no longer be allowed, beginning from 2022.

The Head of National Office (HNO) of WAEC, Mr Patrick Areghan, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Lagos.

Areghan spoke against the backdrop of late registration of candidates by some schools in an alleged bid to shop for external candidates.

The HNO warned that there would be no going back on deadlines set by the council for registration of school candidates, henceforth.

According to him, there is need for school owners to respect deadlines for upload of their candidates’ details for the examination.

He said that late registration was a major challenge to the council.

“Late registration makes preparations very cumbersome. On the contrary, we do not experience same during examination for private candidates.

“This year, we opened our portal for registration of candidates on February 5, to close on May 16. That is a three-month interval.

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“We later extended it to May 31, but due to activities of defaulters, we kept shifting the goalpost until the end of June. This is July and as at 15th, these stragglers were still calling for more extension.

“These are people who will not do the needful within the given period. This will no longer be tolerated, no matter the explanation advanced,” he warned.

The WAEC boss noted that there was a Federal Government policy on education which stated that no school should enroll external candidates for WASSCE for schools.

“If a student should fail the examination while in school, depending on the policy of the state, if given the opportunity to repeat, he or she could repeat; if not, such a person should go and attempt the examination again as a private candidate.

“Government has stated it clearly that we should not enroll external candidates to sit for school examination.”

Areghan said in order to make the system more effective, schools must insist on carrying out continuous assessments progressively for students from SS1 to SS3.

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He explained that there is a collaboration that emphasises capturing and upload of students’ details from SS1, in a bid to avoid registration of external candidates.

According to him, this has been the case in some schools.

He said, however, that there had been sabotage especially by private-owned schools.

“They do not want to comply. Should they comply with the process and directive, the issue of registering external candidates will never arise.

The HNO said that the alleged saboteurs would come up with excuses ranging from mistake in subject registration to misspelling of names.

“Right now, whatever you submit as your continuous assessment score record, name of candidates and other details is what we transfer to our registration portal.

“No change is effected; but unfortunately, upon doing all these, some schools still go ahead to enroll fictitious named so that when they go shopping for external candidates, they come back to demand for a change of information on candidates’ profiles,” he said.

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“Our message now is that it will no longer be business as usual. We have started to checkmate all these unwholesome activities and we are putting down our feet.

“On our part, we will ensure we carry out adequate sensitisation on the issue through our media partners and even on social media.

“Once we close registration, that will be it,” the HNO said.

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Uzodinma begs ASUU to end strike

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Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodimma has pleaded with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), to allow students return back to school. He said all hands must be on deck, so as to achieve this laudable objective.

The governor made this appeal during an audience with members of the Governing Council of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) at Government House, Owerri.

Governor Uzodinma pleaded specifically with the FUTO branch of ASUU to allow students studying in the university to go back to school and urged all parties in the ASUU/Federal Government saga to sheathe their swords and allow normalcy return to the institutions.

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He said, “Education is the key ingredient for national development, so it is the responsibility of leaders in the country to resolve issues and controversies that tend to impede the academic progress of her youths.

“What the leaders of Nigeria owe our future generation is to ensure that they are given the opportunity to acquire knowledge and be better citizens in future.”

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The governor who acknowledged that education is an expensive project to acquire said that “when the foundation is laid and infrastructure like that of FUTO is put on ground as a platform, it is the civic responsibility of the leaders to support the institution to maximize their potentials.”

On the controversies surrounding land allocation in FUTO, the governor noted that the administration has gone extra miles to investigate the problems and related matters, noting that the problems could be resolved amicably.

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FG begs ASUU to accept IPPIS

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The federal government has begged the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to accept the Integrated Payroll and Personnel information system (IPPIS) with the promise of improving the payment platform to fit the needs of the lecturers.

The Accountant General of the Federation, Sylvia Okolieaboh, made the plea on Thursday during the meeting between the union and the federal government at the House of Representatives.

Recall that the Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila had last week called for an extended meeting of all stakeholders in the education sector to resolve the over seven months strike.

The Accountant General said the government will accommodate the union on the issue of salaries in a bid to end the strike.

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He insisted that the government is concerned over the ripple effect of allowing ASUU to have a separate payment platform from others.

“If there are peculiarities in the university salaries system, what we need to do is to sit down with ASUU and identify them and address them in IPPIS. We are willing to accept.”

This is the third meeting brokered by the House of Representatives, like many others, the meeting did not yield any agreement.

Others at the meeting included the head of service, Folashade Esan, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, the President of ASUU, Emmanuel Osodeke.

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In his closing remarks, Mr Gbajabiamila said will compile all recommendations and submit them to President Muhammadu Buhari as a single report.

He stated that “We are appealing to you, the Judiciary has spoken, the Executive has spoken, the Legislature is about to speak together with the Executive; everybody cannot be wrong and only one person is right. For me I’m happy with the solution on UTAS, no victor, no vanquished, everybody is being carried along.

“For the sake of emphasis, the House is pleading with you, let’s put all interest aside and look at the interest of our children.”

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TRCN reveals number of teachers that have been killed since North East insurgency

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The Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) has announced that due to the poor state of basic education in the North East, approximately 1,500 schools have been forced to close.

Professor Olusegun Ajiboye, TRCN’s Registrar and Chief Executive Officer, made these revelation while delivering a speech in Ibadan, Oyo State.

He stated that terrorism-related insecurity forced the schools to close.
He spoke during the NUT National Delegates Conference in Ibadan.

Ajiboye also disclosed that over 910 schools have either been damaged or destroyed while about 2, 295 teachers have been killed in the insurgency between 2009 and 2022.

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Ajiboye asked the Federal Government to review its security architecture, insisting there is a need to address the security situation in the region.

He said, “Over 1,500 schools have been forced to close in North eastern Nigeria due to terrorism and insurgency.

“Over 910 schools have either been damaged or destroyed while 2, 295 teachers have been killed in the northeast between 2009 and 2022.

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“Federal Government should review its security architecture to address the “deteriorating security situation because of its effect on education

“Government should implement fully the safe schools’ declaration guidelines endorsed by Nigeria in 2015 and ratified by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.

“The presence of armed forces in and near schools can make it a target of retaliatory attacks increasing the risk to children and teachers as well as the likelihood that education will be disrupted”.

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