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Katsina state govt launches platform to encourage distance learning in schools

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The Katsina State government has launched the Nigeria Learning Passport as part of its efforts to fastrack learning among pupils and students of primary and junior secondary schools across the state.

Nigeria Learning Passport (NLP) is an electronic distance learning platform/app fortified with audio-visual materials and books to aid self-based learning.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) National Monitoring and Evaluation Consultant, Babagana Aminu, said the platform could be accessed offline and online.

He said tablets would be provided to schools for the implementation of the programme. He said the programme would use the local languages of the pupils for effective communication.

“Due to the impact of the COVID-19 crisis and the security situation in the state especially, this application is an opportunity to narrow digital inequalities and provide opportunities to empower boys, girls and young women in the state.

“100 schools would receive internet connection while 45 schools would benefit from offline learning passport in the state,” he added.

Aside from the global COVID-19 pandemic, Katsina State has been witnessing renewed bandits’ attacks which have led to the abduction of students and closure of schools across the state.

Terrorists have sacked several rural communities in the state, thus schools in the areas have been deserted.

Speaking to reporters after the official launching of the educational platform, Husamtu Gona, the State Coordinator of the NLP, said it would help increase students’ access to learning materials.

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How to check 2022 WAEC result on your phone via SMS and internet

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The West African Examination Council (WAEC) has announced the results for candidates who sat for the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination this year 2022.

The acting head, Public Affairs of the examination body, Moyosola Adesina revealed this in a statement on Sunday.

According to Adesina, a total of 600 7,

For the students who will be checking results, here are steps to follow

Step 1: Type WAECExaminationnumberPIN*Examyear through your phone (there should not be a space in between).

Step 2: Send to 32327.

Step 3: You will receive a message instantly containing your WAEC statement of result.

It should be noted that only MTN, Glo and Airtel subscribers can actually check their WAEC results using this SMS method.

Students can repeat the step if they do not receive your WAEC result via SMS, kindly repeat this step again.

SMS charges will be applied when checking your WASSCE result using text messages.

You will need to have purchased the WAEC Direct Scratch card in order to check your result via text message. The scratch card pin is what is needed in the PIN section of the SMS you will send to 32327.

Candidates who registered for the May/June examination can do also access their results through the portal of WAEC.

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WAEC withholds 365,564 results; 1.22m obtain five credits including English, Maths

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The results of 365,564 candidates who wrote this year’s West African Senior School Certificate Examination, WASSCE, conducted by the West African Examinations Council, WAEC, have been withheld over allegations of examination malpractices.

The withheld results account for 22.83 percent of the total number 1,601,047 candidates that sat for the examination.

This was disclosed, Monday, by the Head of the Nigerian National Office of WAEC, Mr. Patrick Areghan, while giving a breakdown on the performance of candidates in Lagos.

“The analysis of the statistics of the performance of candidates in the examination shows that out of the 1,601,047 candidates that sat for the examination, 1,409,529 candidates, representing 88.04%, obtained credit and above in a minimum of any five (5) subjects (i.e with or without English Language and/ or Mathematics;

“Also, 1,222,505) candidates, representing 76.36%, obtained credits and above in a minimum of five (5) subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.

“Of this number, 597,811 i.e. 37.34% were male candidates, while 624,694 i.e. 39.02% were female candidates.

“The percentage of candidates in this category in the WASSCE for School Candidates, 2021, that is, those who obtained credit and above in a minimum of five (5) subjects, including English Language and Mathematics, was 81.70%. Thus, there is 5.34% decrease in performance in this regard,” Areghan explained.

The WAEC boss noted that 1.713) special needs candidates sat for 2022 WASSCE.

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JAMB seeks ICPC’s intervention over alleged smear campaign

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has called on the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to investigate alleged smear campaigns against it and its staffers.

A statement by JAMB’s Head of Public Affairs and Protocol, Fabian Benjamin, also called on Nigerians to be wary of such campaigns.

Mr Benjamin alleged that the campaigns are being sponsored by individuals affected by the board’s reforms, “which has blocked the source of their illicit wealth.”

He also assured of the board’s commitment to continue doing its job with transparency and best practices across the world.

Part of his statement reads: “This is to alert the general public to a well-orchestrated smear campaign against JAMB and its management.

“This sinister campaign is being sponsored by some disgruntled individuals whose unwholesome interests are being affected by the spate of current reforms in JAMB which have successfully blocked their sources of illicit wealth.”

JAMB alleged that “an unstable shadowy character” is being used to attack the agency through some publications in some media outlets. But the examination body described as fake, unsubstantiated and ridiculous.

The statement by the spokesperson further added; “Already, they have concocted some false and totally baseless allegations for which they have contracted an unregistered and faceless NGO to be circulating to various agencies, especially the ICPC, media outlets and bloggers across the country.

“While we urge the ICPC to investigate the malicious allegations and make its findings public, we also advise the media and members of the public to beware of the shenanigans of these merchants of falsehoods who are hell-bent on tarnishing the hard-earned and positive image of the Board and its leadership.”

“The management of the Board will continue to manage the affairs of the organisation with utmost transparency and in line with international best practices regardless of the array of dark and powerful forces working round the clock to pull it down.”

A media organisation, Sahara Reporters, had recently published a report over an allegation of about N11 billion fraud against the JAMB management.

According to the petition, the appointment of the current Director of Finance and Administration, Mufutao Bello, did not follow due process, even as it alleged of the agency’s violation of the government’s policy on the Treasury Single Account (TSA) use.

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