Osun APC Tells Aregbesola’s Critics To Rethink

Osun APC Tells Aregbesola's Critics To RethinkThe All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun state has called on citizens who are loudly opposed to Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s reforms in the education sector to think again.

In a statement on Monday in Osogbo, from the party’s Directorate of Publicity, Research and Strategy, signed by its Director, Kunle Oyatomi, the party insisted that “no amount of reckless criticism of the state education policy can diminish its impact on educational development in the state”.

According to the party, “if critics and political opponents act blind and ignorant, intelligent and responsible people in the country and abroad have continued to acknowledge and appreciate Aregbesola’s achievements in that regard”.

One of such acknowledgements, the party said, came at the weekend, from the head of the Nigeria National Office of West African Examination Council (WAEC), Mr Isaac Adenipekun.

Speaking during a visit to the Governor in Osogbo, Mr Adenipekun described the Mega Schools Project of Osun as “second to none in Nigeria”.

He also described as remarkable and revolutionary, the development in education infrastructure innovation and content that the Aregbesola-led APC government has effected in Osun in the last six years.

WAEC Endorses Aregbesola's 'Opon Imo'
Head of the Nigeria National Office of the WAEC, Mr Olutise Adenipekun with Governor Aregbesola

He also described the knowledge tablet (Opon Imo) as a great development which has enabled students that are writing Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) to overcome most of their difficulties.

“These achievements have resonated throughout the country and beyond,” the APC claimed, adding that, “it has even won awards internationally”.

“The people of Osun should therefore stand tall over these achievements. They should not allow selfish politicians, and misdirected interest groups to diminish their pride through false claims, designed by the opposition to scandalise the Governor

“History will vindicate Aregbesola and generations of beneficiaries of his educational revolution in Osun, will in future, curse those who today are trying to destroy the governor’s good work.

“Already, WAEC, through its head of a National Office, Mr Adenipekun has endorsed the project as the best in Nigeria.

“Many more people will do so in the months and years ahead to the shame and discredit of the opposition,” the party concluded.

WAEC Declares 14.3% Increase In 2016 Performance

WAECThe West African Examination Council (WAEC) says there has been a 14.3% improvement in candidates’ performance in the May/June 2016 Senior School Certificate Examinations.

The Head of WAEC in Nigeria, Mr Olu Adenipekun, said this while announcing the release of the results at the Council’s national office in Lagos, southwest Nigeria.

Mr Adenipekun disclosed that more than 800,000 out of the over 1.5 million candidates that sat the examination this year had credits in 5 subjects including English and Mathematics which allows them to process university admissions.

He acknowledged that the performance was better than that of 2014 and 2015 where the percentage passes were 31.28% and 38.68% respectively.

“WAEC will not compromise, WAEC will just come out and give you the assessment as they were, without changing the standard” he said.

The WAEC official lauded the candidates for their improved preparation for the exams in 2016 which he said had reflected in the results, compared to the previous years.

He also extended the credit to the teachers, the government and various stakeholders in the education sector that have contributed one way or the other to the success recorded.

Mr Adenipekun further appealed to the stakeholders to ensure that the trend of improvement was sustained and expressed hope that a greater feat would be made in 2017.

FG Vows To Eliminate Quackery In Teaching Profession   

Teaching ProfessionThe federal government has reaffirmed its commitment to eliminate quackery in the teaching profession as steps are being taken to ensure that only qualified teachers are allowed to teach in the nation’s education sector.

The Minister of State for Education, Professor Anthony Anwukah, said this in Abuja shortly after monitoring the entrance examination into unity colleges, organized by the National Examination Council (NECO).

He said that the days of the teaching profession being an all comers’ affair is now over.

The Registrar of the National Examination Council, Mr Abdullahi Garba, who also monitored the conduct of the examination in Abuja announced plans by the council to embrace Computer Based Testing (CBT) starting with Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations (SSCE).

Ekiti Govt. Begins 2015/2016 Free JAMB Programme

JambThe Ekiti State Government says it has concluded arrangements to procure free Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) forms for indigenes of the state seeking admission into University, Polytechnic and College of Education.

The State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Jide Egunjobi, said in a statement issued in Ado Ekiti on Thursday that over 10 million naira would be spent on the programme.

He said that 1,300 students would benefit in the free JAMB programme, which would also include a 1-week e-training.

The Commissioner said, “Interested and qualified candidates are expected to have a minimum of six (6) credits in Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE), including Mathematics and English Language at one sitting.

“All interested and qualified candidates are to visit the Area Mass Literacy Officers in the Area Education Offices located in all the 16 Local Government Areas of Ekiti State for registration.

“Interested and qualified candidates should contact the Agency for Adult and Non-Formal Education, Phase 4, State Secretariat, Ado-Ekiti for more information.”

Egunjobi, who said that the Governor Ayodele Fayose led government was determined to reclaim the state’s lost glories in education, added that no effort would be spared by the government to revive the sector.

18 Lecturers Nabbed By SSS For Admission Racketeering

Officials of the State Security Service, Niger State command, has apprehended 18 lecturers of the Niger State College of Education for alleged admission racketeering.

The provost of the institution, Professor Faruk Lawal who declined to speak on camera, told Channels Television that the syndicate was discovered when the school authority on suspicion of a foul play in the admission process decided to change the institution’s admission process.

He maintained that the lecturers who had been involved in the practice for more than 10 years were collecting money, ranging from fifty thousand to hundred thousand naira to admit students who did not have the Senior Secondary Certificate (S.S.C.E).

Professor Lawal disclosed that over 1000 students were affected, adding that investigation into the racket was on-going with a view to unmasking other members of the syndicate.

NECO records improvement in SSCE examinations

For the first time in six years, a remarkable improvement has been recorded in the results of the Senior School Certificate Examinations (SSCE) released by the National Examinations Council (NECO).

The results as released by the NECO’s Registrar, Professor Promise Okpala, revealed that over 50 per cent of the over 1 million candidates that sat for the core subjects of English language, mathematics, economics and biology got credit passes and above.

This is against the persistent and dismal 20 per cent recorded in the last five years.

According to Professor Okpala, there was a marked improvement in other core subjects of Chemistry, Physics, Government and Commerce as over 45 per cent of the candidates scored credit passes and above as against 15 per cent last year.

However, a massive failure was recorded in most Nigerian languages as only about 10 per cent scored credit passes and above in the minority languages of Edo, Ibibio and Efik.

Professor Okpala further revealed that the council has banned 13 schools across Imo, Anambra, Kano, Cross-rivers, Nassarawa, Rivers and Benue states for a period of two years for their involvement in mass examinations malpractice.

Court dismisses certificate forgery case against Suswam

The Federal High Court in Makurdi, Benue State on Wednesday dismissed a certificate forgery case against the Benue State governor, Gabriel Suswam, by a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Terver Kakih.

The Benue State Governor, Gabriel Suswam

Mr Kakih, who filed the suit in 2011, had asked the court to disqualify the election of the governor on the grounds that he forged his Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) certificate.

Mr Kakih had alleged that the governor did not submit to Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) his SSCE certificate.

He further alleged that the certificate was forged, claiming that the governor also marred the 2011 PDP primaries to influence his win as flag bearer of the party in the state.

Mr Suswam had defeated Mr Kakih to win the PDP ticket to run for governor of Benue State in the April 2011 primaries of the party in the State.
Delivering his judgment which lasted for over three hours, Justice Marcel Awokulehin held that though Mr Kakih had the right to complain of non-level playing ground and non-conduct of ward congresses in the party primaries, it was noteworthy that the issue of non-compliance of election regularities and who the party determined to be the desired candidate in an election was an exclusive party affair.

The judge further held that the court lacked the jurisdiction to entertain the matter.

According to Justice Awokulehin, though Mr Kakih had alleged that Suswam forged SSCE certificate and that he had testified before the court that he visited the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) where he met the officer that influenced the forgery, the plaintiff did not remember the name of the officer and also denied that he was not at any point where the forgery was done.

Justice Awokunlehin said that the evidence of the plaintiff was mere hearsay, which he observed, lacked quotative value and could not sway the court to agree with him.

The judge said the plaintiff’s case is like that of a boxer who was given a technical knockout on round zero, describing Mr Khaki’s claims as frivolous, unmeritorious, misconceived and malicious.