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NECO releases 2020 external exam results, blacklists four supervisors

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The National Examinations Council (NECO) has released the results of the 2020 Senior School Certificate Examination for external candidates.

Registrar/Chief Executive, NECO, Prof. Godswill Obioma, announced the results in Minna, Niger State, on Thursday, adding that a total of 41,459 candidates registered for the examination, out of which 39,503 actually sat.

A total 6,465 malpractice cases were recorded in the exam, which was far below the 17,004 cases recorded in the 2019 exam.

The NECO boss explained further that a total of 26,277 candidates obtained five credits and above including, English Language and Mathematics, while 34,014 candidates also obtained five credits and above irrespective of English Language and Mathematics.

The registrar reiterated the council’s zero tolerance for examination malpractice, noting that appropriate standards and excellence were maintained right from the planning stage to the release of results.

He said, “We recorded 6,465 cases of examination malpractice in the 2020 SSCE External as against 17,004 cases in 2019,” he said.

He noted that the reduction in the level of malpractice was as a result of close monitoring of the examination by members of the governing board, management and senior staff of the council.

He said that in line with the council’s zero tolerance for examination malpractice, four supervisors who were found culpable of aiding and abetting malpractice had been blacklisted.

One examination centre in Ogun State has been de-recognised for intimidation and several attempts to induce NECO officials as well as aiding and abetting examination malpractice.

It was further disclosed that the results of 256,000 candidates who missed some papers during the 2020 SSCE (Internal) due to the #EndSARS protests in some states and who sat for those papers during the 2020 SSCE (External) were released alongside those of external candidates.

He said, “It is gratifying to note that the examination was at no extra cost to the affected candidates.”

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UTME: JAMB cancels registrations of 817 candidates

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JAMB registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has cancelled the registrations of 817 candidates in the 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The cancellation affected 178 Computer Based Test (CBT).

Registrar of JAMB, Prof Is-haq Oloyede made this known on Tuesday after separate meetings with stakeholders in Abuja.

Oloyede said the registrations were invalidated over identified infractions bordering on use of strange biometric fingerprints in the registration process.
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While saying some registration officers in the affected 178 CBT centres added one of their fingerprints to complete the registration process for the candidates, Oloyede, however, said the 817 students would be given another opportunity to re-register for the exam with the centres bearing the cost.

He said: “For the students who allowed other people to add their fingers to their registration procedure. We found that some of them were only naive, because you will hear them saying my finger was hot, and the man added his own. And you allowed him to add his own?

“Some of them did it deliberately for impersonation but we can’t identify those who are genuine from those who are not genuine. We will cancel all of them. All the registrations and we will ask them to re-register.

“The centres involved, we have just met with them, and they all confessed, nobody is disputing it, even students that were telling lies, they know we have the technology that won’t allow any lie to be accommodated.

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FEC approves N4bn for construction of Uniosun senate building, others

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Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved about N4 billion for the execution of three projects across the nation.

The projects according to the Minister of Education,Adamu Adamu include the construction of Senate Buildings in Osun State University, Osogbo and Federal University, Lokoja, as well as erection of radio antenna for the National Commission for Nomadic Education.

The Minister disclosed this when he briefed State House correspondents on the outcome of the Council meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Abuja.

He gave the breakdown of the approval for construction of the Senate Building in Osun State University, Osogbo, at a cost of N2,134,686,307.88 billion with the completion period of 76 weeks awarded to WAZLAF Engineering Limited.

The second one, according to him, is the contruction of another Senate Building at the Federal University, Lokoja, at the cost of N1,607,471,754.77 billion with a completion period of 50 weeks.

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He said N336,745, 631.70 was also approved for the erection of radio antenna for the National Commission for Nomadic Education –50 kilowatt AM radio, awarded to ECALPEMOS Technologies Limited, with a completion period of 14 weeks.

The last memo approved was for the takeover of David Umahi University of Medical Sciences, Ebonyi, by the Federal Government.

“What we brought in the memo is for Council to ratify the agreement that has been entered between the Ebonyi State government and the Federal Government.

“And then to approve the renaming of the university from David Umahi University of Medical Sciences to David Umahi Federal University of Health Sciences.

“And to approve a draft bill,which has been written,and then to approve the transmittal of this bill to the National Assembly for enactment into an Act.

“This brought the total approval for the four memoranda presented by the minister of education to the Council to N4,078,903,692 billion.”

Also,the council approved a memorandum presented by the Minister of Industry,Trade and Investment,Chief Niyi Adebayo, on behalf of the Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority, a parastatal under the ministry.

The minister disclosed that the council approved N1.8 billion for the construction of a Package Sewage System (PSS) for the authority’s head office within the Liberty Free Zone in Akwa Ibom,with the completion period of 10 months,without variation.

The minister said that as part of the responsibility of regulating and attracting Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) into the country, the ministry was supervising certain oil and gas free zones in the country.

According to him,one of the free zones is the Liberty Free Zone in Ikot Abasi,Akwa Ibom.

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Transportation challenges: UNILORIN okays virtual lectures for large classes

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The University of Ilorin has announced the commencement of virtual lectures for large classes as part of measures to address transportation challenges facing both students and lecturers.

Already, it said on Monday that the university had assigned 500 user accounts of 300-capacity zoom licences to various faculties and departments for the immediate commencement of virtual classes.

A statement issued on Monday by Unilorin spokesman, Kunle Akogun, stated that the virtual classes would run simultaneously with physical classes.

The statement read in part, “About 500 user accounts of 300 capacity zoom licences have been assigned to faculties and departments for effective virtual delivery of lectures.

“We have also developed virtual class schedule for courses with class sizes of about 1000, 3000, and 5000 students, using the large capacity zoom licences.

“Physical delivery of lectures/practical sessions in classrooms/laboratories is very important and should be consciously sustained.”

According to him, in the wake of the transportation challenges facing the students and staff of the university, the management rolled out several measures to mitigate the effect of the unfortunate situation on the students in particular.

“These included the directive to the Time-Table and Room Usages Committee to adjust lecture time-table to make it more flexible.

“The management also renewed the university’s zoom licences to activate the virtual lecture option,” he said.

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