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Buhari okays N320.3bn intervention fund for tertiary institutions

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the disbursement of N320.3bn  as intervention funds for public tertiary institutions in the country.

Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Sonny Echono, said this at a workshop with heads of beneficiary institutions in Abuja on Wednesday.

Echono said the 2023 intervention cycle would see each university receive the sum of N1,154,732,133.00 while each polytechnic and college of education would get N699,344,867.00 and N800,862,602 respectively.

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“I am pleased to inform you that Mr. President has approved the 2023 disbursement guidelines in the total sum of N320,345,040, 835 (three hundred and twenty billion, three hundred and forty-five million, forty thousand, eight hundred and thirty five naira only). On the basis of this, each university shall get, for the Year 2023 intervention cycle, the total sum of N1,154,732,133.00,” he said.

This comprises N954,732,123.00 as annual direct disbursement and N200million as zonal intervention. Similarly, each polytechnic shall get N699,344,867.00 comprising of N569,344,807.00 as annual direct disbursement and N130million as zonal intervention, while each college of education shall get N800,862,602 comprising of N670,862,602.00 as annual direct disbursement and N130million as zonal intervention.”

Echono said the figure “represents the highest disbursement to each beneficiary institution since the inception of TETFund”.

The TETFund executive secretary said allocation to the tertiary education sector increased significantly under Buhari.

He said between 2015 and now, a total of N1.702 trillion has been disbursed to public universities, polytechnics and colleges of education compared to N1.249 trillion disbursed from the inception of the fund in 1993 up to 2014.

“This remarkable success is due to sustained efforts at expanding and increasing efficiency of collection of the education tax and added impetus is the gracious approval of Mr. President for an increase in education tax from 2.0% to 2.5% in the year 2021,” he added.

Buhari okays N320.3bn intervention fund for tertiary institutions

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The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) says plans to introduce the Computer Based Test (CBT) mode in the administration of its examinations are at advanced stage.
The Head of National Office (HNO), Mr Patrick Areghan, gave the hint in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Lagos.
Areghan was speaking against the backdrop of notable achievements and advancements of the council under his watch, as he prepared to bow out of office on Oct. 1.
He would be bowing out after completing his three-year tenure.
Areghan said that introducing the CBT mode of administrating some of the council’s examination had been part of his vision for the body in the near future.
”We have already started something in terms of CBT examination. We have gone far with our planning and all of that, even in the sub region, the registrar to council is also doing something.
“But this is not as easy as some people will think. This is because we ask ourselves, how do we conduct CBT for practicals and essay papers?
“We can only readily do that in the case of objective questions. But so many people will not see it from that angle. They argue that some others are doing it, why can’t WAEC do same.
“Now, no one even talks about energy;  how many schools are exposed to computer literacy? How many have computer facilities and how many have electricity to run these things?
“Even where you have all these things on ground, how do you handle the issue of theory and practical papers? So, these are the issues, but that is what I want the council to do in the very near future.
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“We should be able to conduct CBT examinations, even if it means starting with the objective questions,” he said.
The outgoing WAEC boss noted that already, the council had concluded on introducing the administration of its examination using the CBT platform under his watch, in no distant time, starting with the objective questions  and later theory and practicals.
 “But you can still be sure that not all schools will be ready. Maybe we can have a segregated market. Those who cannot afford the CBT will go for the pencil and paper mode.
“So, I will like to see WAEC in that light,” he said.
Areghan said asides the introduction of the  CBT,  he would also like to see all  the operations of the council fully digitalised in the near future.
He noted that almost every section of the council had been digitalised under his watch.
“I have almost digitalised everywhere now. Talk of certificate, checking of results and verification of results and more.
“I will live to see more massive deployment of technology so that the vision of council can change from just being a world class examination body to a technology-driven examination body.
“I also want WAEC to be more visible in the international stage. I want to see, through the cooperation of the sub region, how we can take WAEC overseas,  that is, how Nigerian children in the diaspora can sit for WASSCE overseas.
“That, again, is what I want WAEC to do in the very near future. That is one thing I wanted to do under my watch, but, again like I said, it needs the cooperation of the sub region, not just Nigeria, to take WASSCE overseas.
“I also want to see its digital certificate that we have successfully launched in Nigeria replicated in the entire sub region, so that any candidate that has taken WASSCE,  can be in any part of the world to access the  digital certificate; that is a legacy.
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“For instance, if your certificate gets missing, soaked, destroyed by fire and so on, with one touch on the bottom, it appears.
“For me, this is a great legacy,” the WAEC boss stated.
He also stated that the council’s Digital Security Printing Press is another milestone achievement under his watch.
According to him, after 71 years of council’s existence  the introduction of the digital security printing press is a worthy legacy.
This is alongside other internal ones, such as the Staff Bus scheme, meant to cushion the effect of high transportation fare, occasioned by the fuel subsidy removal, he said.
“We are going to do more to motivate staff. I am counting on my successor to follow suit, being a very committed and intelligent person. It is my prayer that he achieves more than me,” he stated.
Speaking on his greatest achievement, Areghan highlighted the successful conduct of examinations, release of results within stipulated time and printing and release of certificates to deserving candidates as key.
“That is my greatest achievement. That is because when you work in the council and you fail to conduct any examination, no matter the other levels of achievements, you have failed.
“So, I give God all the glory that I have been able to conduct all the examinations, even in the COVID-19 years, from 2020 to 2023,” the outgoing council boss told NAN.

WAEC to Introduce CBT for WASSCE — HNO

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UNILAG releases cut-off marks for 2023/2024 admission. See details…

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UNILAG releases cut-off marks for 2023/2024 admission. See details…

THE management of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka on Friday September 15, released the admission cut-off marks for the 2023/2024 academic session.

A breakdown revealed that Medicine and Surgery has the highest cut-off mark of 84, followed by Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science 81 and Law 76.

Aside from the merit cut-off marks, UNILAG also came out with catchment cut-off marks for six states; Lagos, Oyo, Osun, Ekiti, Ondo and Ogun.

Cut-off for the Faculty of Education showed that Creative Art 67, English Language 70, History and Strategic Studies 71, Philosophy 68, and Chinese 68.

The university cut-off marks for College of Medicine are Physiotherapy 75, Radiography 76, Medical Lab Science 77, Physiology 76, Dentistry 80, Nursing 78 and Pharmacy 77.

For the Faculty of Education, the marks are Education Business 67, Education English 68, Education History 65, Education CS 66, Health Education 61, Adult Education 62 and Education Technology 65.

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Under the Faculty of Engineering, the cut-off marks are Chemical Engineering 77, Civil Engineering 77, Elect and Elect Engineering 79, Met and Geo Engineering 71 and Systems Engineering 79.

The cut-off marks for Faculty of Environment Sciences include Architecture 78, Building 69, Urban and Regional Planning 64 and Estate Management 64.

The Faculty of Management Sciences cut-off marks are Accounting 76, Banking and Finance 70, Business Administration 70, Taxation 71, IRPM 67 and Insurance 69.

For the Faculty of Science, the released cut-off marks are Industrial Mathematics 74, Microbiology 72, Geology 71, Cell Biology 72, Chemistry 68, Geophysics 69 and Statistics 69.

The released cut-off marks for the Faculty of Social Sciences include Economics 72, Mass Communication 73, Psychology 72, Social Work 68, Sociology 68 and Economics and Development Studies 69.

The university management also allocated different cut-off marks for the six catchment states while Sustainable Procurement and Social Standards Center of Excellence 69.

UNILAG releases cut-off marks for 2023/2024 admission. See details…

(The Sun)

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Sexual scandal: Nigerian university to mount CCTV in classrooms, offices

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Sexual scandal: Nigerian university to mount CCTV in classrooms, offices

Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Awka, Anambra State, is installing Close Circuit Television (CCTV) in offices and classrooms to reduce sexual harassment of students by lecturers.

The institution’s officials also intend to create Operation Speak Out, which will allow victims to reveal the perpetrators.

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The vice chancellor of the university, Prof. Charles Esimone, said the initiatives were meant to checkmate the unruly activities in the university.

On the ‘operation speak out’, which would soon be launched, Esimone said it was necessary because most students were afraid that the lecturers might victimize them more if they talked.

(Daily Trust)

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