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Abducted Katsina students: Buhari’s aide says significant number rescued

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Personal Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, has said a good number of the abducted students of Government Science School, Kankara, in Katsina State, have been rescued.

He gave this indication on Twitter Sunday night but failed to release the specific figure of the freed students.

“A significant number of the students have been rescued. Praying for the immediate safe return of the rest,” @BashirAhmaad wrote.

The President’s aide also said, “I am sure the Katsina State Government will issue a statement in that regard.”

Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina had told a Federal Government delegation on a visit on Sunday that the whereabouts of 333 schoolboys could not be determined.

 

“The school has a population of 839 and so far, we are yet to account for 333 students. We are still counting because more are still coming out of the forest,” the governor said.

“Up till this moment, no one can give a precise figure of the children abducted,” he stated, adding that students who escaped confirmed some of their peers were taken.

Bandits had invaded the school on Friday night and abducted the students after a gun duel with the police.

Global rights group, Amnesty International, has also condemned the abduction of the schoolboys while calling on the Buhari regime to ensure their speedy release.

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Why we’ll continue to approve more universities – NUC

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Why we’ll continue to approve more universities – NUC

The National Universities Commission (NUC) has announced its commitment to addressing the significant gap between the demand and supply of university education in Nigeria by continuously approving the establishment of new universities.

Chris Maiyaki, the Acting Executive Secretary of NUC, revealed this during an interactive session with journalists in Abuja on Thursday evening.

Maiyaki disclosed that the Commission has finalized approval for two additional universities, bringing the total number of universities in the country to 272, with an official announcement expected next week.

He emphasized the necessity of expanding university access, citing the substantial disparity between the number of candidates seeking admission and the limited available slots.

Maiyaki highlighted the challenges faced by families and prospective students due to the intense competition for university admission, underscoring the imperative for ongoing approval of new universities.

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He reiterated Nigeria’s commitment to enhancing access to quality education by approving more universities, drawing parallels with countries like Brazil and Indonesia, which boast over 1000 universities despite having smaller populations.

Furthermore, Maiyaki discussed efforts to revitalize the university system through transnational education initiatives, including the facilitation of foreign universities operating in Nigeria.

The Executive Secretary also mentioned the commission’s current processing of applications for distance learning centers, aimed at providing monitored quality education.

Addressing concerns raised by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) regarding tuition fees charged in dollars by some private universities, Maiyaki clarified that Nigerian universities are prohibited from such practices. He reassured the public that the NUC thoroughly investigated the allegations and confirmed that the mentioned university only charges dollars to foreign students, not for tuition fees. He urged the media to disseminate this information to clarify misconceptions surrounding tuition fee policies in Nigerian universities.

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Updated: Police confirm release of abducted Ekiti schoolchildren, driver killed

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Updated: Police confirm release of abducted Ekiti schoolchildren, driver killed

 

The police have confirmed the release of five pupils of Apostolic Faith School, Emure-Ekiti, Ekiti State, abducted from their school bus last Tuesday.

Three abducted female teachers of the school were also set free.

They however killed the school bus driver, according to information from the police command.

The Police Public Relations Officer Sunday Abutu, said, “All victims were rescued today at about 1.30am, but unfortunately, we lost the driver who was suspected to have been killed by the abductors.”

The children and their teachers had been with the kidnappers since they were kidnapped last Tuesday.

The police did not say if any ransom was paid or not.

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8,285 candidates register for maiden CB-WASSCE despite initial resistance

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8,285 candidates register for maiden CB-WASSCE despite initial resistance

The Head of National Office, West African Examinations Council, WAEC, Nigeria, Dr. Amos Josiah, said yesterday that despite initial resistance, 8285 candidates have registered for the first maiden computer-based West African Senior School Certificate Examination, CB-WASSCE, first series examination.

The examination slated for Wednesday, January 31 to Saturday, February 17, will see candidates get their results released after 45 days of the examination.

In a statement, Dr. Josiah explained that the body has put in place measures to have a successful examination.
He said: “The conduct of the Computer Based West African Senior School Certificate Examination, CB-WASSCE, for private candidates, 2024 – first series – will take place from Wednesday, January 31 and end on Saturday, February 17, 2024, in Nigeria, spanning two (weeks and four days.

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”Plans have, therefore, been concluded for this first-ever computer-based examination, which will be delivered in hybrid mode.

“The hybrid mode entails that the objective or multiple choice questions will be rendered on-screen and candidates are required to give their responses on the screen. The essay and practical questions will be rendered on-screen, likewise, but candidates will be required to give their responses using the answer booklets provided.

“WAEC Nigeria, in keeping with its vision of being a world-class examining body and its core value of innovation, has taken this bold step to offer candidates a viable alternative to the pen and paper model of examinations, while giving its stakeholders and public a view of the great potentials that exist in computer-based approach to assessments.

“The council is aware that the news of this innovation was initially greeted with some level of resistance. This only served as fuel for the council to forge ahead on its course to conduct the CB-WASSCE. “

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