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FG Approves A-Level Certificates Data Bank – JAMB

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The Federal Government has approved the establishment of an Advanced Level (A Level) certificate data bank in the country.

The FidelinfoNews gathered this was disclosed by the Registrar of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Ishaq Oloyede, on Tuesday in Abuja at the opening session of a 3-day workshop for the Public Relations staff of the Board.

Speaking at the workshop, Oloyede, represented by JAMB’s Director, Legal Services, Dr Abdul Wahab Oyedokun, said the Board has taken several measures to ensure total sanity in its examination processes.

While listing some of the measures including the deployment of sophisticated biometric technology to curb multiple registrations in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), Oloyede said the Board has taken another major step to put an end to the use of fake A-Level certificates to secure admission.

“In the last year and in the second coming of Professor Oloyede as registrar of JAMB, one of the major assignments we did here was to focus on some of the things that are happening in these JUPEB and IJMB.

“And during the last exam, we called a stakeholders meeting and invited managers of these organs and we asked some questions. We also collaborated with other security services to spread our net across the country to see what is happening and lo and behold more than 47 proprietors of these and some of their lecturers and teachers, and people conniving with them in perpetrating malpractices were arrested all over the country.

“Arising from that, the Honourable Minister of Education has graciously approved the establishment of A-Level data bank. So for example, in a particular university, 90 percent of those who presented their A level results for admission were found to be fake,” the JAMB boss said.

According to Oloyede, the data bank will ensure all A-Level results are registered under one platform to bring about the standardisation and integrity of the certificates.

In a presentation, Oloyede also revealed that from 2017 to 2022, a total of N27.2 billion was remitted to the Federal Government’s coffers by the Board while N9.7 billion was used for capital projects in the same period.

He gave the breakdown of the remittances as 2017-N7.8 billion, 2018-N5.2 billion, 2019-3.76 billion, 2020 – N4 billion, 2021 – N3.5 billion and 2022 – N3 billion.

The workshop, which attracted JAMB’s Public Relations staff from across the country as well as several resource persons, is expected to end on Thursday.

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BREAKING: Drama As ASUU President Rejects N50m Intervention To End Strike

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) rejected Berekete Family radio’s intervention to end the ongoing strike, causing some minor drama.

Since February, ASUU has been on strike, and all attempts to get lecturers back in the classroom have failed.

On Saturday morning, the host of the radio show, Ahmad Isah, also known as Ordinary President, invited ASUU president Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke and his team to explain to Nigerians why the union is still on strike.
Isah also stated that he had established a special intervention bank account with TAJ Bank to raise funds for the union in order to end the strike.

Isah publicly displayed the N50 million cash donation from Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State, ostensibly to persuade ASUU to support the intervention.

The ASUU President frowned at the development as soon as the money was displayed, saying they should not be associated with it.

Isah threatened to end the intervention at that point, and many Nigerians who called in during the show described ASUU as “insensitive.”

The striking lecturers’ demands include, funding of the revitalisation of public universities, Earned Academic Allowances, University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) and promotion arrears.

Others are the renegotiation of 2009 ASUU-FG Agreement and the inconsistency in Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System.

In an interview last month, Osedeke told NAN that none of these demands had been met by the Federal Government.

“All the issues that made us to go on strike are still there; that is the revitalisation fund, that is putting more money into universities and revitalising the infrastructure in the universities. There is also the issue of our mode of payments in the universities. There is no university in the world where lecturers are paid salaries from the Accountant General’s Office.

“We have challenged them to provide one, if universities are a universal body, why are they doing things differently. We talk of negotiation of the agreement, the proliferation of universities, among others, so there are lots of issues that they have not resolved,” he said.

The ASUU president also said that the government had also refused to accept UTAS that he said had been tested and passed with a scored 99.3 per cent.

Osedeke urged the Federal Government to do the needful in order for students to return to school.

 

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KWASU Library To Introduce Artificial Intelligence, Robotics

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Dr Abdulsalam Salman, the Librarian, Kwara State University (KWASU) Malete, says the library will introduce Artificial Intelligence and Robotics to address the challenges of staff shortage in the Dept.

Salman told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday that introduction of robots was one of the ways of digitalising the services in the library.

”One of my missions is to see how we can fully digitalise the services in the library.

”We are trying to introduce Artificial Intelligence and Robotics where we can use robots in providing library services.

”Instead of you interfacing with humans, robots will take over, so, the issue of under staffing that we have as a challenge will be taken care of,” the librarian said.

Dr Salman said he was working assiduously to ensure that no other University would beat KWASU to being the second university to use robots in the library after University of Lagos.

”In Africa, University of Pretoria, South Africa, is already practising the use of robots to manage the library services and they are doing well.

”In Nigeria, University of Lagos has also experimented it and it is a success story; so, I am working hard to ensure no other University beats us to it.

”In trying to put in place a formidable internet services, we are already working with NITDA, NCC and some other ICT organisations.

”We also want to increase the bandwidth in such a way that documents can be downloaded in seconds.

”Also, the issue of power supply has to be sorted out; we have been running on diesel, we put on the generator by 10 a.m and put it off by 5 p.m.

”But if you want to go artificial intelligence, it has to be 24 hours. So, all those basic things must be put in place which we are working seriously on,” he said.

The librarian, however, allayed the fear that the introduction of robots would increase unemployment, but would rather make people sharpen their skills.

”It won’t increase unemployment because the use of machine is Garbage in, Garbage out, human effort is needed before a machine will work.

”It is left for people to learn how to acquire such skills. In fact, more people will be needed to work on the machine, in terms of programming to make it work.

”Then in terms of maintenance and sustainability, one can’t just fold hands, people are still needed.

”So, the only people such ideas will affect are the lazy professionals who are not ready to upgrade their skills.

”We should learn to accept change because the world is moving at a jet speed.

”So, if you fold your hands and continue to be an analogue person, one will be left behind,” Dr Salman said. (NAN)

 

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2022 WASSCE: After Paying N12.61M, 701 Kaduna Students Denied Sitting For Exam

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After paying a total of N12.61 million in WAEC fees, about 701 students in Kaduna State were denied the opportunity to sit for the ongoing 2022 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WAEC).

Journalists learnt that students from nine secondary schools in the state, five government and four private schools, were barred from taking the exams because their Continuous Assessment (CASS) was not uploaded to the WAEC portal before the deadline, and the portal was shut down by the examination body.

Despite the fact that WAEC notified some of the affected schools about the failed uploading on April 1, 2022, giving them plenty of time to fix the problem, all requests to the WAEC Zonal Coordinator for the North West, Mr Audu Paiku, to reopen the portal for them to upload the CASS were turned down.

Government Secondary School, Kuse (all 290 final year students), Government Secondary School, Independence Way, Kaduna (all 150 final year students), Government Secondary School, Kagarko (110 students), and Government Senior Secondary School, Iddah are among the schools that have been affected (100 students).

Others are Al-Bahmeen Academy, Kaduna (all 8 final year students), Kalhyatu AbdulRahman Bin Auf Academy, Jere (15 students), Great Panaf Schools, Kaduna (13 out of 62 students), ECWA Secondary School, Kubacha (10 students) and Government Secondary School, Mato (5 students).

When journalists met the North West WAEC Zonal Coordinator, Mr. Audu Paiku to know if he was aware of the challenge, if he did refused to reopen the WAEC portal to allow the 701 students rectify the failed uploading and why he did so, he referred them to the Kaduna state Ministry of Education, noting that all the required information were with the ministry.

Kaduna state Ministry of Education had in a letter written to WAEC National Office through WAEC Zonal office in Kaduna on the issue. The letter dated April 12th, 2022, a copy of which was obtained by journalists, was signed by the Overseer of the Kaduna State Schools Quality Assurance Authority, Aliyu Idris requesting WAEC to reopen it’s portal to allow the 701 students upload their CASS, but the examination body refused.

Government Girls Secondary School Independence Way, Kaduna, Great Panaf Schools, Kaduna and Al-Bahmeen Academy, Kaduna, while confirming the incident said they did everything possible to enable their students join their colleagues in writing their final exams but WAEC Zonal Coordinator did not yield

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