The conduct of 2021 West African Senior School Certificate Examination, WASSCE, for school candidates has been postponed indefinitely due to the effects of Covid-19 pandemic.
Briefing journalists on Tuesday in Lagos over the release of results of WASSCE for private candidates 2021- first series, head of the body, Mr. Patrick Areghan explained that the pandemic distorted academic calendar, hence it was not possible to hold the examination in May/June.
His words: “Let me also use this opportunity to dispel remours being peddled about by some people regarding the conduct of the WASSCE for School Candidates, 2021. The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are still very much felt in the education sector.
“The academic calendar has been distorted. It will, therefore, not be possible to have the examination in May/June this year. A convenient International Timetable for the conduct of the examination will soon be released.
All stakeholders are requested to keep their fingers crossed until they hear from WAEC. ” Areghan stated.
The WAEC boss also pleaded with school principals and proprietors to keep to time in the enrollment of their candidates.
According to him: “May we also use this medium to appeal to all school principals and proprietors to keep to the stipulated timelines for the enrolment of candidates for the examination.
” It is important to re-emphasize the role of Continuous Assessment Scores (CASS) in the computation of candidates’ results. All schools are advised to get this aspect of the registration process right in order to make the entry processes seamless.” He said.
Auchi polytechnic dean of students’ affairs found dead in office
Dean, Students’ Affairs, Auchi Polytechnic, Edo State, Dr. Shola Eshiobo, has been found dead in his office.
A family source said the lifeless body of Eshiobo was discovered in his office on Sunday morning, after the wife raised the alarm that the lecturer did not return home from work on Saturday.
“He went to office Saturday afternoon that he was going to attend to some official matter. He normally goes to the office when he has so much to do. At about 9pm when he was not back, the wife started calling his line, but the call was not returned. She tried until late, still no response.
“Early Sunday morning, she raised the alarm and told people around that the husband went to the office on Saturday but did not return. They went to the school, saw his vehicle at the car park, but when they got to his office, they found him dead. The corpse has been deposited at the mortuary,” the source said.
He said though no foul play was suspected, an autopsy would still be carried out by the family to ascertain the cause of his death.
Meanwhile, Public Relations Officer of the polytechnic, Mr. Mustapha Oshiobugie, has described the incident as unfortunate.
“We heard about the unfortunate incident this morning (Sunday). The body has been taken to the morgue. An official statement will be made available on Monday,” he said.
Governor Makinde Sacks LAUTECH VC, Professor Ologunde
Oyo State Governor, Makinde Sacks LAUTECH VC, Professor Ologunde
According to the document below, Professor Michael Ologunde has been asked to step aside till further notice by the Visitor to the institution, Governor of Oyo State.
Bala Mohammed Approves Payment Of 2021 UTME, NECO Fees For Bauchi Students
The Governor of Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed, has approved the payment of UTME registration fees for 3,810 students who got grades A and B in the recently concluded SSCE Aptitude Test in the State.
The Commissioner for Education, Bauchi State, Aliyu U. Tilde, disclosed this in a statement issued on Monday.
The statement said the governor has also approved payment of NABTEB exams fees for all the 1,751 SS3 students of Government Technical Colleges along with the 499 students sitting for NBAIS exams from Government Arabic Colleges.
“Next year, these categories will also be subjected to passing the Aptitude Test.
“As usual, NECO registration fees for 11,580 successful candidates who scored A, B and C in the Aptitude Test will also be paid.
“The total cost of these sponsorships is N185,580,550.00.
“The state government does not owe any of the three national examination bodies a kobo.
“He has approved the clearing of the new amount by August ending, In Shaa Allah,” the statement noted.
According to the commissioner, for students to be eligible, they must obtain their National Identity Number, NIN.
“Arrangements are underway to see the immediate registration of students in their nearest local government headquarters,” Mr Tilde added.
“The Ministry is ready to pay for any eligible student who has a NIN.
“The list of A and B grade students eligible for the UTME sponsorship will be released to schools through their emails.
“At the same time it will also be published on Principals’ WhatsApp platform.”
Mr Tilde revealed that the sponsorship is only a means of providing ease to students, saying that it would not be mandatory on the government each year.
“The payment of UTME registration fees I must hasten to say will not be a mandatory policy on government.
“Rather, it will be enjoyed by meritorious students any year the government is pleased to do so within the confines of its revenue.
“In other words, it is a palliative, or say incentive that will be given whenever feasible,” he concluded.
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