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WAEC Fee Increased To N18,000 Due To Inflation, Covid-19

West African Body, WAEC Increases Examination Fees To N18,000, Blames Inflation, COVID-19

The fee was hiked from N13,950 to N18,000 starting from 2022.

The registration fees for school candidates of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), has been increased.

The fee was hiked from N13,950 to N18,000 starting from 2022.

This was disclosed on Monday by the Head of National Office (HNO) for West African Examination Council, Mr Patrick Areghan, while announcing the release of the results of the 2021 WASSCE in Lagos State.

Areghan ascribed the increment to unabating spiral inflation in the country, worsened devastating effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

“As can be seen, in the general cost of doing business and the multiplier effect of insecurity in the country which have consequential effects on the cost of our operations, it is no longer possible to continue to provide services with the current fee of N13,950 per candidate.

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“We have received approval from the appropriate quarters with effect from the WASSCE for School Candidates 2022 to charge N18,000 per candidate.

]“We are, therefore, asking all schools principals to collect N18,000 per candidate for registration.

“Any amount beyond this ceiling will not be to our consent or knowledge and will definitely not come to the purse of the West African Examinations Council,” Areghan warned.

The WAEC boss noted that a part of the new fees would go into remunerations enhancement for the various examination functionaries with effect from 2022 as approved by the council’s Governing Board.

WAEC Fee Increased To N18,000 Due To Inflation, Covid-19

Areghan who gave the breakdown of the 2021’s WASSCE, said a total of 1,573,849 candidates registered for the examination from the 19,425 recognized secondary schools in the country.

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He added that out of the registered candidates, 1,560,261 actually sat for the examination and results of 1,256,990 candidates were fully processed and released, while 303,271 others were still being processed due to some unresolved issues.

The WAEC boss further continued that efforts were being made to speedily complete the processing to enable all the affected candidates to get their results fully processed and released within the next week.

“The analysis of the statistics of the performance of candidates in the examination shows that out of the 1,560,261 candidates that sat for the examination, 1,398,370, representing 89.62 percent, obtained credit and above in a minimum of any five subjects, that is, with or without English Language and/ or Mathematics.

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“A total of 1,274,784 others, representing 81.7 percent obtained credits and above in a minimum of five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.

“Of this number, 630,138, that is, 49.43 per cent, are male candidates, while 644,646, that is, 50.57 percent, are female candidates,” he said.

According to WAEC, there is an appreciable 16.46 percent improvement in the performance of those who obtained credit and above in a minimum of five subjects, including English Language and Mathematics, which was 65.24 percent for 2020 WASSCE.

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Student Beats Teacher To Death For Flogging His Younger Sister In Delta (Photo)

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A teacher in a private school in Abraka, Delta state, Ezeugo Joseph, has died after he was allegedly beaten to death by one of his students on Thursday, 2nd December 2021, IgbereTV reports.

Confirming the incident, the spokesperson of the state police command, DSP Bright Edafe, said the suspect, Micahel Ogbeise, an SS3 student of the school, attacked the teacher for flogging his younger sister, Promise.

”The suspect confronted the teacher because he flogged his younger sister. He blew the teacher, beating him up and the teacher collapsed. The teacher was rushed to the hospital where he was confirmed dead”the PPRO said.

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DSP Edafe said the suspect and his parents are currently at large as they have all fled their apartment while the sister, Promise, is currently in protective custody.

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Gov Zulum Approves Scholarship For 500 Orphans

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Borno State governor, Babagana Umara Zulum has announced scholarship for 500 orphans of Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) members who died fighting Boko Haram terrorists.
In January 2022, an initiative titled, “Borno Heroes Support Programme” will be launched by Borno State government for the award of educational scholarship to 500 orphans and their widowed mothers left behind by members of the Civilian JTF, hunters and vigilantes who died during battles with Boko Haram and ISWAP terrorists.

Governor Zulum announced this during his 2022 budget address at the Borno State House of Assembly on Tuesday in Maiduguri.
“We plan to launch Borno Heroes’ Support Programme. This programme involves the setting up of a government team that will identify primary and secondary school-aged orphans of volunteers in the CJTF, hunters and volunteers who died during battles. Government will give these orphans scholarships to Federal Government Colleges and international schools.

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Gov Zulum Approves Scholarship For 500 Orphans

The programme is to be in phases with a pilot phase of 500 orphans,” Zulum disclosed.
“Many of these Civilian JTF fighters, hunters and vigilantes have lost their lives fighting for Borno’s peace. Insha’Allah, we plan to reward their priceless sacrifices by educating the children they left behind, and by supporting their widows through a programme we plan to launch in January, Insha’Allah,” the governor said.
Zulum explained that: “Another component of the Borno Heroes’ Support Programme is needs assessment of widows left behind by the deceased volunteers”. He said that government would allocate required support to these widows for sustainable livelihood.

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NUT gives conditions to back sacking of Kaduna State ‘fake’ teachers

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The Kaduna State chapter of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) on Thursday backed the state government’s decision to sack 233 teachers alleged to have been working with fake certificates.

The Chairman, Mr Ibrahim Dalhatu told journalists in Kaduna that the union would not defend any teacher with fake certificates.

“As far as NUT is concerned, we will not defend them if the allegation of tendering fake certificates is true.

“We have instructed the affected teachers that if any of them have a genuine certificate and his or her name is on the list, they should submit the certificate to us.

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“We will follow up with Kaduna State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to rectify the issue,’’ he said.

On the competency test for public primary school teachers, the NUT chairman said that the union’s decision not to participate in the test had not changed.

According to him, only the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria has the mandate to test and certify a professional teacher and not any state government agency.

“We will not go for any test. If the Kaduna SUBEB wants to assess the performance of our members, it should follow them to the class and assess them while they are teaching pupils,’’ he said.

The NUT National Executive Council had on Nov. 18 directed its members in Kaduna State not to participate in the competency test organised by the state government.

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NUT gives conditions to back sacking of Kaduna State ‘fake’ teachers

The Deputy National President of the union, Mr Kelvin Nwankwo, who gave the directive, insisted that teachers’ competence had been proved by various accredited universities and colleges of education.

He stressed that the teachers were also tested before they were hired.

According to him, the NUT affirms and relies on the provisions of Section 1(d) of the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN) Act 2004, which made provisions for the regulation and control of the teaching profession.

“As teachers who belong to a professional body, registered and licensed, we shall only subject ourselves to any professional recommendation issued by our Regulatory Council, and to no other body,’’ Nwankwo said.

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NAN reports that the list of the affected teachers provided by the Kaduna SUBEB shows that 210 out of the 233 affected teachers claimed to have obtained their certificates at the National Teachers Institute, Kaduna.

Kaduna SUBEB’s Executive Chairman, Mr Tijjani Abdullahi, had announced earlier on Thursday that the board would sack 233 primary school teachers for allegedly presenting fake certificates.

Abdullahi said the board would forward the files of affected teachers to the Ministry of Justice for prosecution.

The SUBEB boss also disclosed that the board would conduct competency tests for primary school teachers as part of the continued assessment of their capacity to ensure quality teaching.

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