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2019 WASSCE: NUT to investigate alleged teachers’ involvement in malpractice

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A former President of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), Mr Michael Alogba-Olukoya, says the union will not hesitate to sanction teachers aiding and abetting examination malpractice.

Alogba-Olukoya said in Lagos that teachers’ involvement in examination malpracice in any form would make mockery of the teaching profession and should be severely punished.

He spoke in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in  Lagos.

He said that investigation of all alleged cases oc teachers’ involvement in examination malpractice would sanitize the teaching and redeem teachers’ image.

He spoke against the backdrop of  parade of three teachers allegedly involved in examination malpractice.

The teachers were paraded along with two other suspects, by the police at the Force Headquarters,  Abuja.

The teachers, said to be supervisors at the recently concluded 2019 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for School candidates, were alleged to have used the social media to perpetrate the act.

Alogba-Olukoya said that the union would carry out  a thorough investigation into the alleged involvement.

“I believe as teachers, our job is to impart knowledge and mold character.

“We must not be found doing anything that will bring this profession to disrepute.

“We should not do anything that is capable of compromising the integrity of any examination. As teachers, we have our ethics.

“Having said this, the union will carry out a thorough investigation to know their culpability.

“It is after this is done that we will take a position,” he told NAN.

Meanwhile, WAEC’s Head of National Office (HNO), Mr Olu Adenipekun, told NAN in an interview that council would continue to deploy cutting edge technology in fighting examination malpractice.

Accordimg to him, the council will ensure it stays ahead of the examination cheats  by deploying modern technology as well as partnering with security agencies, especially the police.

Acccording to him,  the paraded teachers were arrested while trying to use their handsets to snap question papers and forward to their collaborators through the social media platform (WhatsApp).

Adenipeku told NAN that WAEC would stop at nothing to protect the integrity of its examinations as well as ensure that all persons involved in any form of malpractice would be arrested and prosecuted.

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May/June 2020 WASSCE not cancelled, says WAEC

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The West African Examinations Council (WAEC)says the May/June 2020 West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination, 2020 (WASSCE), has not been cancelled.

In a statement by the Head of WAEC, Nigeria, Mr Patrick  Areghan, on Sunday, the body explained that a notice alleging the cancellation of 2020 WASSCE did not emanate from the council.

The council said it was the handwork of mischief makers and consequently, false and misleading.

“Our attention has been drawn to a fake publication circulating in the social media, to the effect that the WAEC has cancelled the conduct of the WASSCE for School Candidates, 2020, as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic and was therefore, set to refund N22,500 to candidates who had enrolled for the examination.

”The publication is patently false and deceitful.

” It is nothing but the handiwork of mischief makers who are out to defraud innocent and unsuspecting candidates and their parents/guardians.

”This piece of news is certainly not from the WAEC. It falls short of the council’s style, language and factual details. They got it all wrong.

“To begin with, the fee for the examination is N13,950 only and not N22,500.

”WAEC, as an examining body in the sub-region, has not announced the cancellation of the examination.

”It only announced a postponement until normalcy is restored. WAEC couldn’t have made a mistake in the full meaning of its acronym.

”We wish to use this opportunity to reassure all registered candidates, schools and other stakeholders that once the situation returns to normal, the council will come up with a new International Timetable for the conduct of the examination in the West African sub-region.

”This will take effect after due consultations with relevant stakeholders. Candidates are, therefore, advised to disregard the publication and concentrate on studying hard for the examination,” the WAEC boss said.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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Lagos to register 47,804 candidates for 2020 WASSCE

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The Lagos State government has commenced the May/June e-registration of senior secondary school candidates in public schools, ahead of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in the state.

Briefing newsmen on Wednesday in Lagos on the free registration of candidates for the examination, the state Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, said that the e-registration would take off from Jan. 9 and end on Jan. 31.

According to her, the exercise will cover all the 322 senior secondary schools in the state, with a total of 47,804 candidates benefitting.

Adefisayo said that the e-registration would require the full attendance of candidates and cooperation of all principals to ensure a hitch-free exercise.

She added that candidates must be regular and punctual in school so as to be captured in the exercise.

The commissioner said that ahead of the commencement of the exercise, her ministry had organised training for the data capturing officers, both from the ministry and the six education districts in the state, who would handle the e-registration.

Similarly, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mrs Abosede Adelaja, while welcoming the participants, implored them to imbibe all the technicalities the training would avail them.

She said that the ministry had purchased webcam cameras and other devices to be used for the data capturing.

Adelaja affirmed that the training was necessary to enable the officers know the applications and website to log on to while capturing candidates’ data.

All these, she said, were necessary steps towards having an error-free registration process.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that a total of 44,645 candidates were registered for WASSCE in the 2019 e-registration exercise by the state government.

Edited by: Dorcas Jonah and ‘Wale Sadeeq

 

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Nigerian, 18, emerges overall best in WASSCE

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An 18-year-old Nigerian, Peter Arotiba from Kogi State, has been awarded the National Distinction and Merit Award by the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) for emerging overall best student in the 2018 examinations.

Arotiba, who is currently studying Medicine and Surgery at the University of Ibadan, graduated from the Nigeria Air Force Secondary School, Ikeja, Lagos State.

He was recognised alongside two others at the opening of the 57th Annual Meeting of the Nigeria National Committee (NNC) of WAEC, in Abuja on Thursday.

The Nigeria News Agency , reports that Arotiba had obtained distinction in all the eight subjects offered in the 2018 West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

Speaking with journalists after the awards presentation, Arotiba said that achieving success was a function of so many factors, the chief of which was God’s grace and hard work.

“A lot of heroes, who have participated in building me up to whom I am today, instilled the spirit of excellence in me – my parents, my teachers and, personal hard work.

“I have natural passion for reading, so studying was not an issue to me. When you work hard and depend on God’s grace, one will never be disappointed.

“The sacrifice made to achieve this feat was high level of discipline during examinations as I let go of other programmes I enjoyed and concentrated fully.

“I study ahead by studying during the holidays. Lazying around during the holidays and playing around with friends during holidays were some of the things I refused doing,” he said.

Meanwhile, Olu Adenipekun, Head of National Office, WAEC, said the NNC was set up as the highest policy making organ of the council which ensured that policies were formulated in the best interest of the council.

Adenipekun said that the committee was also made to effect positive changes in the education sector of the country.

Also, Hajia Binta Abdulkadir, Chairman, NNC, said that the council had improved on its service delivery by taking advantage of the ICT to improve the service, including the online registration of candidates for WASSCE for school and private candidates.

Abdulkadir said that the development had enabled the country to handle its migration from paper to electronic enrollment for its examinations.

She added that the council had also perfected its electronic portal system, an online portal which provides an avenue for the verification of results.

She noted that the council would also be recognising the three best schools in the WASSCE, who would be subsequently presented with the WAEC endowment fund whose prize is worth 5,000 dollars.

“The council, over the years, has greatly improved on its service delivery to its numerous stakeholders. The Nigeria National Office, in particular, has taken advantage of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to improve its service delivery.

“These, among others, include the online registration of candidates for both the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for school candidates and private candidates.

“This development has enabled the council in Nigeria to achieve 100 per cent migration from paper-based to electronic enrolment of candidates for its examinations.

“There is also deployment of Quick Response Code (QR-Code) on its certificates, which makes it impossible to falsify certificates issued by the Council,” she said

Similarly, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Muhammad Bello, pledged the support of the ministry to the council for the advancement of education in the country.

He, therefore, commended WAEC for its role in stemming examination malpractices while providing enabling environment for education to thrive.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Miss Oluwabukunmi Adeagbo, who is currently studying Medicine at the University of Debrecen, Hungary came second while Prince Abiamamela Obi-Obuoha, now studying Mechatronic Engineering at the Afe Babalola University, came third.

WAEC also named the three overall best schools from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in the 2019 WASSCE to include Loyola Jesuit College, Louisville Girls’ Secondary School and Stella Maris College, Abuja.

Members of the council are drawn from the Federal Ministry of Education and stakeholders such as representatives of All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPPS), Polytechnics, Universities, Colleges of Education, National Union of Teachers and JAMB.

Edited by Olawunmi Ashafa (NAN)

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WAEC says investigating 9,457 as it releases 2019 Second Series WASSCE (Private) result

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The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) says the results of 9,457 candidates who sat for the Second Series of its West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for (private candidates) are to be investigated before they would be released.

The council’s Head of National Office, Mr Olu Adenipekun, said this at a news conference to announce the results of candidates who participated in the 2019 WASSCE (Private).

According to him, the number of these candidates, representing  9.74 per cent are  reported to have been involved in one form of examination malpractice or the other.

He said that their cases would be presented to the appropriate committee of the council and the decisions reached on the cases would be communicated to the affected candidates within the shortest possible time.

Adenipekun noted that a total of 97,080 candidates registered for the examination, while 94,884 candidates actually sat for the examination.

Giving a breakdown of the statistics of the candidates’ performance, he added that of the 94,884 that sat for the examination, a total of 91, 225 candidates had their results fully processed and released.

He also noted that 3, 659 others had a few of their subjects still being processed, saying that such results would, however, be speedily processed and released within the next one week.

According to him, 49,679 candidates, representing 52.36 per cent obtained credit and above in a minimum of any five subjects with or without English Language and/or Mathematics.

He said that of the total number of candidates that sat for the examination, 33, 304 others, representing 35.10 per cent obtained credits and above in a minimum of five subjects including English Language and Mathematics out of which was 16, 431.

According to him, out of these numbers, 16,431 were males and 16, 873 were females representing 49. 34 per cent and 50.66 per cent respectively.

“I also wish to announce that a total of 110 candidates with varying degrees of special needs registered for the examination.

“Out of this number, 38 are visually challenged, 15 have impaired hearing, 12 others with low vision and three are spastic cum mentally challenged.

“A total of eight others are physically challenged and all these candidates with special needs were adequately provided for in the administration of the examination.

“The results of these candidates have been fully processed and released along with those of other candidates,’’ Adenipekun said.

Meanwhile, the Head of National Office has said that the council in Nigeria had perfected its Electronic Certificate Management System, an online portal being deployed to enable private candidates’ request for their certificates online.

According to him, beginning with the 2019 Second Series WASSCE for Private Candidates, the collection of certificates will be based on requests by candidates online via the Electronic Certificate Management System platform.

He said that details of the simple procedures would be made available to the public shortly.

Adenipekun added that this year’s examination that took place in the five member countries of the council commenced from Aug. 29, to Oct. 2.

He added that the coordination of the examiners and marking of candidates’ scripts took place in 10 venues in the country.

According to him, in addition, two venues were used for the electronic marking of three essay papers which included Economics paper (2) Commerce paper (2) and Civic Education paper  (2).

He lauded stakeholders for their support and commitment toward the successful conduct of the examination and marking of the scripts.

“Our sincere thanks also go to the Federal and State Ministries of Education and to the Nigeria Police and other security agencies for their support and cooperation during the conduct of the examination.

“ We are equally grateful to schools that availed the council the use of their facilities for various activities of the council in spite of their other commitments,’’ he said.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that candidates who sat the examination had been advised to check the details of their performance on the council’s results website: www.waecdirect.org.

The result checker PIN and Serial Number needed by candidates to check their results online are contained on the candidate’s Smart Identity Card used during the conduct of the examination.

(Editing by Peter Ejiofor)

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WAEC releases May/June WASSCE results, withholds 180, 205

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Mr Olu Adenipekun, Head of National Office (HNO), West African Examinations Council (WAEC), gave the figure while announcing the release of the results at a news conference on Friday in Lagos.

He said that there was an improvement in candidates’ performances in 2019 when compared to that of 2018 in the same examination.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that 1,596161 candidates registered for the examination from 18,639 recognised secondary schools in Nigeria.

The HNO said that, of the number of candidates who registered for the examination, 1,590,173 sat for the examination which was also administered to some candidates from some schools in Benin Republic, Cote d’Ivoire and Equatirial Guinea, where Nigerian curriculum for the Senior Secondary School was used.

According to him, a total of 1,309,570 candidates also obtained credits and above in a minimum of any five subjects, with or without English Language and or mathematics.

Adenipekun said that results of 180, 205 candidates who sat for the examination was withheld in connection with reported cases of examination malpractice.

He told journalists that the cases were being investigated, adding that reports of the investigation would be presented to the appropriate committee of the council in due course.

“The committee’s decision will be communicated to the affected candidates through their various schools,” he said.

The HNO said that 1,468,071  candidates who sat for the examination had their results fully processed and released while 122,102 others had a few of their subjects still being processed.

Adenipekun gave the assurance that efforts were being made to speedily complete the processing so that all the affected candidates would get their results fully processed and released subsequently.

According to him, 299 of the candidates who sat for the examination are visually impaired, 842 have impaired hearing, 158 have low vision, 75 are spastic cum mentally challenged and 85, physically challenged.

“All these candidates with special needs were adequately provided for in the administration of the examination.

“The results of these candidates have been processed and released along with other candidates,” he said.

He said that the details of the results were already available online.

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Clash of timetable with WASSCE: JAMB allays candidates’, parents’ fears

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Lagos, April 9, 2019 The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Tuesday assured candidates sitting for this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) that they would not be denied the opportunity of sitting for the examination.

Dr Fabian Benjamin, Head of Public Relations, JAMB, gave the assurance in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos following fears concerning a clash in the timetable of West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) and UTME.

According to the timetable, WAEC students who are expected to write Animal Husbandry on April 11 by 9:00 a.m. are also expected to sit for the UTME on the same day.

Bemjamin explained that WAEC starts with practicals and it has so many sessions for its practicals.

“People have been talking about clashes between WAEC and JAMB timetable.

“We (JAMB) have met with the WAEC management and WAEC has just given us an assurance that there is no clash; that people don’t just understand the modus operandi of the timetable especially as it affects the practicals.

“The WAEC Practicals are in sections. There is no clash at all and that allegation of a clash in timetable is unfounded and baseless.

“WAEC has given us an assurance that it has accommodated all the fears of candidates. That the practical subjects are scheduled in sections in such a way that there would not be any clash at all.

“We want Nigerians to know that WAEC has actually accommodated the fears of candidates.

“ This is as a result of the meeting between the Head of the National Office of WAEC, Mr Isaac Adenipekun and JAMB Registrar, Ishaq Oloyede.

“JAMB examination takes just about two hours but what WAEC is saying is that candidates should go and be preparing for their examinations,’’ he said.

Banjamin said JAMB is ready for the examination and “everything is in motion’’ to make it a success.

 

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12,000 register for WASSCE 2019 first series (private)

The council’s Head of Public Affairs, Mr Damianus Ojijeogu, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) on Monday in Lagos.

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Lagos, Jan. 28, 2019 (NNN) The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) says 12,133 candidates registered for its ongoing  2019 West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) First Series for private candidates.

The council’s Head of Public Affairs, Mr Damianus Ojijeogu, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) on Monday in Lagos.

According to him, the figure shows  3. 51 per cent increase over the 11,721 which registered for the maiden edition in 2018.

He said that the council had made  efforts to ensure a smooth conduct of the examination across the country.

Ojijeogu told NNN that the  examination, which began on Jan. 21, would be concluded on Feb. 4, adding that candidates were being tested in 19 subjects.

He said that the release of results would be expected  in March.

“It is the belief of the council that the examination officials will go the extra mile to enforce rules and regulations governing the conduct of the examination.

‘’The council also expects  candidates to abide by the rules and regulations.

“It is only when they abide by the rules that examination malpractice can be nipped in the board,” he said. (NNN)
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Nigerian children want end to COVID-19, pay welfare attention

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Some children on Wednesday urged government at all levels to give increased attention to their well-being especially in the areas of welfare, health and education.

The children, who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos, stated that if supported and encouraged, they would make their families and the nation proud.

They said that though they might not understand all the intricacies of COVID-19, they hoped the situation would be addressed to enable them go back to school and also live their normal regular lives.

Mckayla A’bube, a nine-year-old Primary 4 pupil of the Handmaids Intl Catholic School, Aguda, Surulere said: “Today is Children’s Day and we are supposed to be celebrated.

The COVID-19 has affected our going out for sightseeing or visiting our friends. I will want the government to do all it can to address the situation and re-open schools.

“This year’s Children’s Day has not been interesting; also, I wish government can reach out to children on the streets, orphanages, people under the bridges and show them that they care.

“If these children, and all of us are given adequate encouragement and good training, we will make everyone proud,’’ she said.

Ogomide Ayanlade, an SS3 student of CMS Grammar School, Bariga, said that  the COVID-19 pandemic had brought a great set back especially to students, who are supposed to pass out of secondary school in 2020.

“We are full of so much anxiety, no specific date for writing our West Africa Senior Secondary Examination (WASSCE), which we ought to be finishing by now.

“We have studied so much and we are getting tired and full of anxiety.

“We ask God to come to our aid and let this pandemic leave our world, so that life can return to normal,’’ he said.

Also, Michael Ulanmo, a JSS 3 student of the  Igbobi College, Yaba, said that governments should  place more emphasises on education.

According to him, the learning environment is not conducive and students learn under crowded, harsh and distracting environment.

“When you have not eaten well, slept well, sick or thinking of how your parents are struggling, it affects our young minds.

“Ìf you groom us well, we will attain our potentials; even those on the streets, if monitored well, I believe they can become responsible; it is about nurturing, grooming, opportunities, system and also God,’’ he said.

Ulanmo, however, noted that the COVID-19 pandemic had also been a setback to education with parents spending more money buying data for online lessons.

Chikum Peter-Ihechu, a Primary 4 Pupil of Marie Louise School, Surulere, said that though she had learnt a lot about COVID-19 through the numerous advertorials, her academics had , however, been slowed.

According to her, sending assignments to be done online is not the same as being in a classroom setting with a teacher who will teach, monitor, supervise and immediately correct.

She also told NAN that most of what she had heard about support during the COVID-19 was greatly exclusive of children.

She advised Nigerians to show more love and empathy to children and also urged governments to endeavo to find solution to COVID-19 pandemic.

Emmanuella Chimezie , a JSS 1 student  of  Our Lady’s of Apostles Secondary school, Yaba, said: “This  Children’s Day should ginger our leaders to think about the future of children.

“Everybody is harsh on us. Many of us don’t  eat well or dress well or are not  healthy. Many students go to school in tattered uniforms and sandals, looking unkempt and carefree.

On COVID-19, Chimezie said: “The pandemic has really made me to lose contact with my friends in school.

“Staying at home is really boring, no friends to play with and interact with except my siblings,’’ she said.

Another Nigerian child, Idong Okon, who is in Primary Six, said that he hoped the COVID-19 would  not affect his entrance to the Secondary School in 2020 , as he looked forward to being in boarding house.

Edited By: JaneFrances Oraka/Ifeyinwa Omowole (NAN)

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COVID-19: Borno Govt begins ‘Learn at Home Programme’ for students

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The Borno Ministry of Education has begun ‘Learn at Home Programme’ for students preparing for West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

A statement by the Commissioner for Education, Alhaji Bello Ayuba said the programme is through the media involving radio and television stations in the state as well as social media.

Ayuba explained that the programme involved selected teachers, who would teach for 45 minutes per lesson.

He said subjects to be taught from Monday to Friday include Mathematics, English, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Religion, Economics and civil Education.

The commissioner added that the subjects would be taught via broadcast stations like NTA Maiduguri, Borno Radio/Television, Dandal Kura Radio and Peace FM.

In another development, the restriction of movement in and out of Borno was being enforced.

NAN reports that the restriction was part of precautionary measures by the state against the spread of COVID-19.

The State Deputy Governor, who is also the Chairman, High Powered Response Team on COVID-19, Alhaji Umar Kadafur, made this known in a statement.

He said only those on essential duties and vehicles carrying food items, petrol, drugs, and other essential commodities would be allowed into the state.

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