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Osunpoly Denies Collection Of N20,000 Verification Fees From Students

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The Authorities of Osun State Polytechnic, Iree claims that it never prevented a Higher National Diploma (HND) holder from enlisting in the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) when the time was right.

This is because the college refused to accept N20,000 from each student for purposes of verification.

Recall that certain Osunpoly graduates with Higher National Diplomas (HNDs) complained that the institution’s administration withheld their results on purpose to prevent them from doing their national service

The students who pleaded anonymity also alleged that the school was collecting N20,000 verification fee from each of them for the verification of their National Diploma (ND) results.

They alleged that management told them the verification became necessary because they did not earn their ND from Osunpoly.

The Management in a release signed by the Media Relations Officer of the Institution, Tope Abiola said contrary to the claim by some Higher National Diploma (HND)graduates of the institution that it charges a sum of N20,000 for verification of National Diploma (ND) results of other institutions who had come for HND programmes in the Institution, only a sum N5,000 is charged by the institution as approved by the appropriate authorities of the Osun State Government.

According to him, “We don’t charge Twenty Thousand Naira for Verifications. The statutory amount of money charged by the Institution is a sum of Five Thousand Naira (N5 000) only. This is approved by the State Government and it is in the Budget of the Osun State Government approved by the State House of Assembly.”

Speaking on the alleged delay of Higher National Diplomates of the Polytechnic after graduation to go for the NYSC scheme, he maintained that “It is a normal thing to verify the authenticity of certificates and transcripts submitted to the polytechnic for the HND Admission.

This is done in all credible Institutions in the country, ours can not be an exemption. The majority of our students who graduated in December 2021 have gone for their NYSC programmes. Such graduands included those who did their National Diplomas in other Institutions but submitted their necessary data to our management and cleared by their respective schools in the course of the verification exercise. Others who have not been cleared should be patient as we are constantly in touch with the sister Institutions to get them cleared.”

Abiola who lamented that some of the students who claimed to have completed their National Diplomas from other polytechnics do not normally submit necessary data in the course of their registration to enable the management proceed for verification added that the token amount of the fee meant for the exercise is usually delayed by the students.

Most of the sister Institutions do not respond promptly to the request for the verifications. That is why we always urge the students to do the necessary things as early as possible in their first year of admission into the school,” Abiola claimed.

The Institution’s spokesperson maintained that it is a normal thing for management to verify the authenticity of the studentship and graduation from the former institutions.

“We asked them to pay for the verification so that we can go for the verification exercise, but some of them paid very late and there is no way we can confirm their studentship without going to the school where they finished their National Diploma.

“We have gone to the respective schools where they earned their National Diplomas.

“We have to wait for responses from the institutions. Some have not responded. Some have responded.

“We have started to take care of the students of those schools that have responded. We are still waiting for their responses and when they do within the next few days, we shall be through with it. They should be patient.

“Some of them brought fake National Diploma results and we cannot clear them with those fake results.

“Those who are sure they completed ND from their former schools should wait until we hear from their schools.

“It is possible to cook up anything in Nigeria, even with their academic transcripts,” he concluded.

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KWASU Releases Pre-Admission Process Schedule

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Kwara State University has released the Pre Admission process schedule for the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (M.B; B.S) Programme.

Fidel Info reports that the process is for Candidates whose first choice of institution is Kwara State University or Candidates who wish to choose Kwara State University (KWASU) as their first choice. They are, however, required to change their choice of institution to KWASU on JAMB Portal before the Pre-Admission Screening Registration.

To be eligible, all candidates must have Five (5) O’level credits passes at ONE sitting in the following subjects: English Language, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics and UTME subjects in English Language, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics.

Online registration starts on Tuesday 29th November 2022 and closes on Wednesday, 7th December 2022.

Candidates are required to pay a non-refundable fee of Two Thousand Naira (N2,000) only.

The procedure for the admission screening registration goes as thus:

1. Visit https://portal.kwasu.edu.ng and click on “Click here to apply”

2. Click the Undergraduate link under the Apply Now menu bar at the top

3. Enter your JAMB Registration Number correctly and complete the basic information page (Please note: Enter only valid phone number and email address and click next).

4. On the payment review page, click on “Make Payment” and this will take you to the payment page where you can provide your card details.

5. Enter your ATM card (Mastercard, Visa, or Verve) number and other details as appropriate and submit

6. Enter the “OTP code” sent to your phone and click Continue to complete your payment.

7. After a successful payment, click on “Main login” on the portal, enter your JAMB registration number and Surname as password

8. Click on “Login” and complete your registration.

9. Ensure you print the completed registration form and payment receipt for your record.

Failed payments attempt dues to bad network or debits without completing the payment can be re-queried. Enter the JAMB registration number and phone number, press the tab button to display a Re-query interface below the page, then Re-query the unsuccessful payment attempt. For support, contact helpdesk@kwasu.edu.ng

All candidates must know that final admission into the University is based on meeting the University’s and the Academic Programmes’ cut-off points in UTME and also on the availability of spaces within the NUC-approved admission quota for Kwara State University, Malete (KWASU).

Candidates are to note that, falsification of citizenship certificates, or any documents for that matter, will lead to disqualification and prosecution.

The closing date for online registration is Wednesday 7th December 2022.

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Like Adeleke, PDP’s Guber Candidate Yaman Abdullah To Sack Kwara Teachers If Elected

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Strong indications have emerged over plans by the gubernatorial candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to sack the civil servants if elected as a governor in the 2023 polls.

Fidel Info reports that In May 2021, Kwara State Government recruited 4,701  including 50 first class graduates for teaching jobs in both TESCOM and UBEC categories.

The exercise overseen by independent groups, experts, and NUT was adjudged thorough, the fairest and most transparent recruitment process in the state.

The development followed the layoff of 2,414 teachers in the employ of SUBEB over allegations bordering on incompetence, faulty recruitment process, and nepotism into service in December 2020.

The workers were engaged by the administration of ex-governor Abdulfatah Ahmed a few months before the end of his tenure.

Eventually dubbed the ‘sunset’ workers, findings revealed many of them were primarily engaged to settle the party members of the outgoing government in the state.

During the new exercise, some ‘sunset’ workers who had reapplied were caught and arrested by the police for examination malpractices, trying to game the system.

Along with the renovation of schools, prompt payment of teachers’ salaries, and introduction of KwaraLEARN, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has been praised at various times by stakeholders for the bold steps in revitalising the education sector in the state.

This may be reversed.

As directed, some of the sunset workers registered for, participated in the new recruitment, and were reappointed in May 2021.

Six months after, Kwara was announced the winner of the presidential debate competition defeating Kaduna, Kano, and Lagos state.

However, some of the sunset workers still stuck to the streets for months protesting their disengagementemnt from service.

It was gathered that some of them didn’t reapply due to a lack of required certificates, incompetence, and, or, couldn’t make it out of the recruitment process.

As weeks turned to months, they became a pressure group of blackmail against the government on radio and social media.

Stakeholders have severally expressed concerns that there public conducts were political and indecent for people seeking to raise children with sound values and morals in society.

Although quite early, these concerns might have come to pass.

The gubernatorial candidate of the PDP, Shuaibu Yaman Abdullah has thrown his weight behind the conduct of the sunset workers, promising to reinstate them once elected.

Speaking for the guber candidate over the weekend, Abdullah Kayode GreatKay, a member of the PDP reconciliation committee, disclosed that reinstatement of sunset workers was a priority to the party.

‘Education in peril’

Incidentally, people are concerned that Yaman’s decision panders to the base sentiments of politics, instead of prioritising education — the bedrock of sustainable social development.

“I thought Yaman would prioritise education. But with that statement, he is shown he is more interested in politics. So, he will reinstate people who were not competent to teach just because they were employed by Maigidia, one of his bosses now, two years after their sack. So, the feelings of 2,400 teachers, or ego of Abdulfatah Ahmed, come first over the future of Kwara children? Disappointing,” Hajia Rukayat Ahmed, a lecturer based in Ilorin, said.

“I don’t see any sense in reinstating the sunset workers who either didn’t reapply or failed the new exercise. We all saw the error-riddled placards they carried during their protests and the voice notes from their Whatsapp groups. Haba. Most of these people were not competent. How and why will a sane person employ them to teach our children? This is not a good idea,” Mrs Kehinde Iyabo, trader, lamented.

“I have read that article/statement all over again. I think what Yaman might be saying is that he will also sack the newly recruited, qualified teacher by this administration if Bukola or Ahmed asks him to sack them. Can govt afford salaries of 2000 teachers plus 4,701 at a go without affecting infrastructural projects? Will they be taken as workers or teachers? Will he conduct new exams for them to ascertain competence? Has he done needs assessment? Or he just wants to “reinstate” them for political purposes? Teaching jobs should be not like that. I fear that this man will put education in peril,” a don at the University of Ilorin who craved anonymity remarked.

In Osun, Governor Ademola Adeleke of PDP sacked 12,000 workers, reversed the appointment of 3 monarchs, and set aside the logo, anthem etc in his first day in office– a decision many described as ”draconian, vengeful, and narrow-minded.”

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ASUU Brace For Another Face-Off With FG

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The Federal Government and members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU may be bracing for another round of face-off, recent developments between the union and the government have indicated. 

Fidel Info reports that The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has insisted that the government will not pay full salaries to lecturers despite their ongoing nationwide protest.

Adamu, made this stance while speaking with State House correspondents in Abuja on Wednesday.

The minister insisted that the government resolution,  that the protesting lecturers would not be paid for work not done, was in line with the ‘No work no pay’ policy.

Recall that ASUU had on Monday begun protests across the country to press home their demand for full pay after the Federal Government refused to pay them for the eight-month period the lecturers were on strike.

ASUU, which had earlier, in February, embarked on strike, called off their strike in October, following an order by the Court of Appeal.

Following the development, the government paid the lecturers half salaries for the month of October while insisting that it would not pay for the eight months they were on strike.

But, ASUU began protests across the country over the half salaries paid by the government for the month of October.  

In reaction to the protest, the education minister declared on Wednesday that the lecturers “would not be paid for work not done.”

The minister also reacted to the allegation made by the President of ASUU, Professor Emmanuel Osodoke, that paying the lecturers on a pro-rata basis was a ploy to make them casual workers.

“Nobody can make university lecturers casual workers,” he said. 

Adamu said he was not aware that the lecturers were threatening a one-day action to protest the government’s action.

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