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WAEC arrests candidates, supervisors for examination malpractice

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The West African Examinations Council [WAEC] says it arrested some supervisors and candidates, who tried to undermine the integrity of its ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examination [WASSCE].

The council’s Head, National Office, Mr Olu Adenipekun, who made the disclosure on Monday in Lagos, said the conduct of the examination, expected to be concluded this week, had been smooth.

The May/June WASSCE began on Monday, April 8 nationwide and in all the member countries.

“I just want to report that quite a number of candidates have been arrested, including some supervisors in different parts of the country, during the conduct of this examination.

“For the candidates, I may not be able to give you the number now but that of the supervisors, it is four or five,” the Adenipekun said.

He said that the apprehended candidates smuggled their telephones into the examination hall and attempted to use them to take photos of some of the pages of the question papers to share via Whatsapp platform.

“This was for their collaborators outside to provide answers to the questions and then return same to them via the same platform.

“We also had supervisors, about four or five of them, who also got involved in this kind of examination malpractice.

“They got to their various schools, opened the bag containing the question papers, and the first thing they did before distributing the papers to candidates was to use their telephones to snap pages of these question papers and equally post to their mercenaries outside,’’ he said.

According to him, if a paper is supposed to start by 9.30 a.m. for instance, and by that same time, someone has posted it on social media, the council will have no choice than to query the supervisors.

“Unfortunately for them all, we already have a tracking system that allows us to detect this malpractice very quickly.

“For instance, right here in Lagos, I can easily tell my officers on the field that a certain candidate in a certain school at a certain centre has just posted pages of the question papers on Whatsapp at a particular time. So, please go there and pick him or her up.

“This has yielded a lot of results because, as we all know, this is a technological fraud.

“The best way to fight it is also to deploy technology which has been of tremendous success in tracking and monitoring during the conduct of our examination,’’ he said.

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FG dissolves governing councils of UNIPORT, Maritime University

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The Federal Government on Thursday dissolved the Governing Councils of the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, and the Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko in Bayelsa State.

A statement by Mr. Ben Goong, a director in the Office of the Honourable Minister of Education, made this known in Abuja.

Goong quoted the Minister, Adamu Adamu as saying the dissolution of the Governing Councils was with immediate effect.

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Adamu thanked members of the Governing Councils for their service to the institutions and wished them success in their future endeavors.

According to reports, the University of Port Harcourt governing council was inaugurated by the minister of education on Jan. 18, 2017 while that of Maritime University, Okerenkoko was inaugurated on March 22, 2018.

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Govt can’t risk reopening schools now – education minister

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No date yet for schools resumption – Education minister

The Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba,  said that the Federal Ministry of Education would not risk reopening schools across the country, until all preventive measures had been put in place.

He noted that various dates of resumption being circulated in some quarters were false, adding that the government would consider introducing afternoon classes to ease rowdiness.

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Nwajiuba said,

“We want to say that the announcement that we are reopening all schools on June 8 did not emanate from us. That is not true; until we are sure that these children can go to school, return safely and not bring home with them this COVID-19 material.

“So we are not taking that risk yet. We are going to prepare as much as possible within the guidance that we are offered, working in conjunction with the World Health Organisation, before we reopen schools.”

 

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I’m thinking of suicide, OOU student delayed from graduating over a course cries out

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A student of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun state on Tuesday took to his social media platform to express bitterly his ordeal in the hands of the school authorities.

In his series of posts on Facebook, Adeyemi Oluwatosin, recounts how his academic journey was going smooth in school until his fourth year.

”Ever since I gained admission into Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), I made a conscious effort not to failed any course, in order to graduate at the appropriate time but however my hope of graduating at the appropriate time was dashed as I failed a course codenamed CRP 404 (Agricultural meteorology), it came as a surprise to me, considering my academic record of keeping a clean sheet.

”Things were further made complicated for me when the school management made a draconic policy of ‘no waiving of course’, even though if it is one unit course. Based on this policy, I wrote a letter on the 7th of November, 2018 to the school management to apply for pro-rata payment of school fees and request to register for the CRP 404 outstanding course, as the new school protocol implies and these separate letters were approved for me on the 19th march, 2019 and 21st march, 2019 respectively.”

Oluwatosin claimed that he was made to pay the sum of N54,078.00 as approved on his student portal as a part school fees for students with an added year.

”By the time I checked my portal 3 days after to register for the course, I observed that another N7,686.00 has been added, and as I attempted to pay the additional school fees, I realized that the portal for the payment of school fees has been closed.”

Moreover, Adeyemi said that despite having to meet unpaid extra fees on his student portal he quickly went ahead to pay them.

”Even after the second payment, the money doesn’t still reflect on my portal till the day I resat for the exam of the course but I discovered that the fees reflect after my examination. I felt a sigh of relief because I taught this would not give me a problem.”

”I was expecting my result, when other students started seeing theirs and this was giving me a lot of concern, I then made a verbal complaint to my HOD, whom we went to go and see the ICT director together. The ICT director then said what shock me; he said ‘I didn’t enrol for the session’. I then staged a lone protest to my campus in order to draw the attention of the campus management to my plights. In the light of this; I was advised to apply for late enrolment which I did on the 16th October 2019 but it was not approved and I was then advised by the management to retake the outstanding course at the next available opportunity, even though I did the exam and passed it.

”This dejected me, I was physically and psychologically down and depressed, I was deeply faced with psychological trauma; not because I was advised to retake the course but because of the thought of what I passed through during the registration process. It was better imagined than experienced. The thought of this makes me cry because, throughout the session, I was transiting between Ago-Iwoye (Main campus) and Ayetoro (Agric. Sci. campus) throughout the session, just to make sure the issue was rectified, even when the session was going on. If I was not at Ayetoro to attend the class, I would be at Ago-iwoye to monitor the progress of the issues. During this period, I fell sick more than four times, because of the physical and mental stress I was subjected to, as a result of the dysfunctional system. The thought of committing suicide was not far from my mind, if not because of the people that God used for me.”

Oluwatosin insisted that he passed the course in question.

”I once again accepted to retake the course because of their promise of using the 2018/2019 session school fees for 2019/2020 session and I wrote a letter to that effect, so as to provide me with a written document to back it up and also to effect the change on my portal but it is unfortunate that since I have written the letter on the 19th November, 2019; nothing has being done about it. I am back to square one; the situation is not in any way different from that of the last session.”

A video of his protest at Olabisi Onabanjo University, Aiyetoro Campus, Ogun state:

The student disclosed that in a few time a new semester will begin and thee school portal is closed.

”if this is delayed further, I’m afraid that my hope of mobilization for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) scheme may be at risk due to my age which is 29 years old. All my colleagues have finish service and here I am, with a 2 unit course still battling with my future. As a result of this dysfunctional system, I have lost a lot of opportunities such as opportunity of getting a job,” Adeyemi lamented.

”Right now, I don’t know if there is any hope for me. My future is at risk; my life is being jeopardized because of this issue. I am fed up. I’m appealing to the university management to either upload my CRP 404 result which I’m sure that I passed or make good their promise by effecting my school fees and my course registration on my portal so that I can focus on retaking the course because I can’t afford not to graduate this year again and I can’t afford to miss the service. My life depends on this.”

”The school made a stringent policy against any negligence on the part of the student and the student actually suffered for it but who would suffer for faulty system of the school? It’s still the students. This policy is anti-human. It’s killing me.”

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