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Just in: UNN suspends lecturer for impregnating student.

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He stated that the lecturer’s suspension did not emanate from his arrest, but that the school was already investigating allegations against him after it was brought to its knowledge by the affected student.

The University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) has suspended its lecturer recently arrested over allegations of impregnating one of his students.

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The accused, a senior lecturer in the Archeology Department, was arrested by the police for allegedly impregnating a student and threaten her life.

The lecturer, Dr. Chigozie Odum, was alleged to have impregnated the female student after coercing her into sexual intercourse.

Following a petition from the family lawyer of the female student, men of the Crack Squad, Enugu State Police Command have arrested the lecturer in Nsukka from where he was moved to Enugu.

The lecturer has now been suspended indefinitely.

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A letter obtained to that effect, dated February 15, was signed by Mrs. Achiuwa F.C., Deputy Registrar of the University.

“Following the accusation of sexual harassment made against you by a female student in the Department of Archeology and Tourism, the Vice-Chancellor has directed that you be suspended from duty immediately,” Achiuwa, said in the suspension letter. “You are hereby so suspended from duty with immediate effect.

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“You should stay away from your duty post until the final determination of the allegation against you. You should handover any University property in your custody to the Head of Department of Archaeology and Tourism.

“The Bursar is by a copy of this letter advised to place you on half salary pending final disposal action on your case.”

The UNN’s Public Relations Officer, Dr Okun Omeaku confirmed the suspension of the lecturer by the school management.

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“Yes the suspension letter emanated from the management of the school,” Omeaku said.

He stated that the lecturer’s suspension did not emanate from his arrest, but that the school was already investigating allegations against him after it was brought to its knowledge by the affected student.

“The school had earlier set up a committee even before the matter was made public. It is not true that the University refused to act on the petition. A case has been established against him and the only way to instill discipline is to suspend him and continue with further investigations,” Omeaku said.

He added that further sanctions may be made against the lecturer after investigations.

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On allegations that the said lecturer had impregnated three other students before now, he stated that “if they come up and say so, we will deal with it. But at the moment, we are battling with the case at hand.

“The other claims are not to my knowledge. If other people can come with evidence, riding on the fact of the first victim that was named that led to the suspension, the school will not keep quiet. If other people will come with other evidence, it will determine the gravity of punishment or whatever decision that management will make. It is also going to follow due process,” Omeaku said.

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Jan 04: Akwa Ibom, Nasarawa & Rivers schools begins academic session

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This update is to notify both Nursery, Primary, and Secondary schools concerning school resumption.

Some states have chosen their resumption date against the federal government approved date while others are still waiting to resume on 18th of January in line with the federal government decision.

However, Today Academic activities begins for some schools as well as some state of the federation in Akwa Ibom, Nasarawa & Rivers State.

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UNILAG crisis: Recuse yourselves from official duties – FG orders Babalakin and Ogundipe.

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– 09:55 PM –

The Federal Government on Friday directed the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council of the University of Lagos, Wale Babalakin, and Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe to recuse themselves from official duties, pending the outcome of the Special Visitation Panel set up by the President.

The information was announced in a press statement signed by the Federal Ministry of Education spokesman, Ben Goong.

More details to follow . . .

– 10:00 PM – Don't engage in further official duties - FG to UNILAG's Babalakin and Ogundipe

Babalakin’s Governing Council had, on August 12, sacked Ogundipe as Vice-Chancellor over alleged financial misappropriation and misconduct.

Ogundipe, however, rejected the Council’s decision, saying the University’s due process had not been followed.

The University’s Senate, alumni, and labour unions also put out statements saying the due process had not been followed.

But Babalakin, in several media reactions, insisted that due process had been complied with in terminating Ogundipe’s appointment.

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As school resumes: Kaduna govt to reopen schools for exit students come August 10

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The Kaduna State Government has fixed August 10 for the reopening of schools for Senior Secondary School 3 students.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai gave the approval to enable them to write their West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) slated for August 17, 2020.

This is in compliance with the announcement of the Federal Ministry of Education, which advised students to resume from August 4, 2020.

In a statement issued on Monday, the Kaduna State Commissioner of Education, Shehu Mohammed directed all secondary school principals to make arrangements to receive SS3 boarding students on August 9 day students on August 10 respectively.

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“The guidelines include reduced hours of work/revision to 4 hours per shift, strict social distancing both in the classes, laboratories, libraries and hostels, consistency of temperature monitoring and handling any suspected case of COVID 19 case to the health authorities,” he said.

He also advised all administrators of public and private schools in the state to use the one week period to make adequate preparation and put all COVID-19 guidelines in place.

The Commissioner, however, warned schools against resuming before August 10.


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As school resumes: Over 100 schools ready to reopen for exit classes – FG

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All the 104 Unity Colleges across the country are ready to open their gates to students in exit classes, the Federal Government has said.

The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, said this in a statement on Monday by the Director of Press and Public Relations at the ministry, Ben Goong.

Ahead of the reopening scheduled to begin on Tuesday, the minister announced the preparedness of the unity colleges at a meeting with Commissioners of Education of the 36 states of the Federation via the Zoom platform.

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He commended the principals of the schools for the comprehensive preparation put in place for the reopening of the schools.

According to the statement, the commissioners across states reported varying degrees of preparation and readiness for reopening of schools between August 4 and 10 for virtually all schools within their jurisdictions.

“From today (Monday), the Honourable Minister of State for Education, Permanent Secretary, and Directors will embark on an assessment tour of all Unity Colleges to ascertain and confirm the reports they have received from the Principals of Unity Colleges,” it said.

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The statement added, “Federal Education Quality Assurance Directors deployed to the States have been directed to monitor compliance in their respective states.

File photo of student wearing fask mask. (Noble Reporters Media / Olamide Noble, Google)

“Honourable Commissioners from the States were enjoined to embark on assessment tours in their jurisdictions to ascertain the level of preparations for reopening.”

While most schools would reopen on Tuesday, Nwajiuba noted that others would continue to fine-tune their preparations in the coming days for reopening.

He asked all school authorities to communicate their specific reopening dates to their parents and students in order to avoid chaos in the system.

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The minister also advised that all returning students should undergo temperature checks among other protocols before being admitted into their schools.

He met with the commissioners a week after he announced the dates of the examinations for students in various graduating classes in the country.

File photo of student in school. (Noble Reporters Media / Olamide Noble, Google)

They include the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations (SSCE) organised by the National Examination Council (NECO) for students in SSS 3, and the National Business and Technical Examination Board (NABTEB) examinations.

Others are the Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE) for JSS 3 students and the National Common Entrance Examination (NCEE) for intending primary school applicants into Unity Colleges.


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As school resumes: Lagos govt put safety measures in place

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The Lagos State government has put in place some safety measures for transitional students who have been allowed to write their West African Senior School Certificate Examination.

At Vetland Senior Grammar school, Oko Oba, Agege, hand basins, running water, santisers, digital thermometer for temperature check have been put in place in other to keep the students safe from COVID-19.

Social distancing is being observed including wearing face masks.
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The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education, Mrs. Abosede Adelaja in an interview with Channels Television said an emergency room has been set aside for students or teachers who have symptoms of COVID-19.

She further noted that the teachers have also been trained on how to handle such cases when the emergency sets in.

Lagos Graduating Students To Resume On August 3
The Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, had announced August 3 as the new date for the partial resumption of schools in the state.

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Announcing the date at a media briefing, the governor said the resumption is for those in SSS 3.

According to the governor, the decision was taken after a meeting with stakeholders in the education sector.

Students seen observing social distancing and wearing of facemasks. Noble Reporters Media/ Olamide Noble

He, however, clarified that though schools would be reopened for the transitional classes on August 3, students in Senior Secondary School three and Technical School three would resume first.

He added that pupils in primary schools and Junior Secondary School three students would resume school a week or two weeks after the SSS3 students’ resumption.


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As school resumes: Parents to pay N25,000 for COVID-19 test

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Few days to the announced school resumption date for graduating pupils, parents of pupils in private secondary schools in Ogun State on Sunday kicked against the request of N25,000 COVID-19 test fee by the government.

Many of the parents, who took their demonstrations to the streets, faulted the decision of the government to ask them to pay N25,000 on each pupil before they could be allowed to resume.

The state government had said no boarding school pupil would be allowed to resume without a valid negative COVID-19 test certificate.

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The government also asked the parents to take their wards to designated places for the test between Friday and Monday.

The dissatisfied parents on Sunday thronged the MTR 250 bed specialist hospital, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, the designated place for the pupils in Abeokuta.

It was gathered that attempts by the parents to get their children tested for free failed as they were asked to pay N25,000 on each child.When punch correspondent visited the venue, it was observed that many parents were locked out of the facility.

Some of the parents, who spoke with Media (known to Noble Reporters Media) did not want their names in print because of attendant consequences but they lamented that the payment of N25,000 for COVID-19 test shows the government cared less about its citizens.

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They complained that the economic reality in the country has made it difficult to pay such an amount of money.

Attempts to get the Special Adviser to Governor Dapo Abiodun on Primary and Secondary Education, Ronke Soyombo, failed as she did not pick calls to her line and did not reply to the messages sent to her mobile.

It would be recalled that towards the end of second term (March 2020, schools in Nigeria was shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.)


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Ogun SS3 students must take malaria, COVID-19 test – Ronke Soyombo

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The Ogun State government has said that all SS3 boarding students in the state must take the tests for COVID-19 and malaria before they will be admitted into their various hostels.

This was announced in a statement on Saturday by the S.A. to the governor on Primary and Secondary Education, Mrs Ronke Soyombo.

She revealed that the State Ministry of Health has already made provisions for the students to take the tests, as part of the conditions for the re-opening of schools in Ogun.

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Soyombo explained that the exercise which began on July 31 and would end on August 3, was ongoing at three public health care facilities in the state.

They include ‘The 250 MTR’ – a white edifice opposite the State Secretariat in the Okemosan area of Abeokuta, the state capital.

The other two facilities are the Ogun State General Hospital in Ado-Odo Ota and the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital in Sagamu.

The governor’s aide stated that tests of the students were part of the frantic efforts of the state government to ensure a safe learning academic atmosphere for both learners and teachers in all public and private schools.

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She noted that all principals of private and public schools have been asked to enforce the directive of the government which was in line with the guidelines of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

“All the returning boarding students are to stay in the school hostels only. Parents are hereby advised that private hostels are exempted from accommodating students during this period to ensure strict compliance with NCDC directives,” the statement read.

Soyombo said part of the “strong condition of admittance” to school was that returning boarding students must present a COVID-19 certificate showing negative.

“To this end, all principals are, therefore, directed to immediately disseminate the above important information to all SS3 learners in the state and to ensure that the above instructions are strictly adhered to as sanctions will be meted out to any defaulting school,” the government warned.


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Storyline: Teachers in Ogun state set to resume on August 3

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The Ogun State Government has ordered all secondary school teachers to return to their duty post on August 3.

In a statement issued on Friday by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Primary and Secondary Education, Ronke Soyombo, the teachers are expected to resume with their principals on Monday in preparation for students’ resumption on Tuesday, August 4.

According to the statement, the resumption would enable teachers to assist in the distribution of materials provided by the state government for the West African Senior School Certificate Examinations scheduled to commence on August 17.

The governor’s aide also appealed to all stakeholders to cooperate with the state government towards ensuring a safe return to schools.

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All Secondary School Teachers in Ogun State are expected to be at their duty posts on Monday, 3rd August to work with their Principals in preparing for students resumption on Tuesday, 4th August 2020.

Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, briefing journalists about the recent development of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state where 28 persons have been identified and quarantined.

In a statement released and signed by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Primary & Secondary Education, Mrs. Ronke Soyombo explained that resumption of Teachers ahead of students would enable them to assist in the distribution of materials provided by the State Government for the WASSCE Examinations scheduled to commence on August 17th, 2020.

According to the release, all the guidelines stipulated by the government for the resumption of students are to be followed strictly by all school administrators.

The release also enjoined all stakeholders to cooperate with the government towards ensuring a safe return to schools.


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Aug. 4: Taraba govt orders reopening of schools for SSS 3 students

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The Taraba State government has asked graduating students across the over 300 secondary schools in the state to resume on August 4.

It explained that this was to enable the students revise for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), conducted by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC).

The decision to allow the students return to school formed part of the resolutions reached at a meeting of education stakeholders held on Thursday in Jalingo to discuss ways to meet the set standard by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

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At the meeting, the stakeholders agreed on August 3 for fumigation of all classes and hostels in the state, with the setting up of a monitoring team to ensure compliance with set standards.

This followed a broadcast by Governor Darius Ishaku on March 24 in which he ordered the shutdown of all schools with a view to curtailing the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

Four months later, the government convened a meeting of stakeholders to discuss the best ways on how schools would reopen for graduating students to write their examinations.

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In an exclusive interview with Channels Television, the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Johannes Jigim, revealed the government has granted express approval for the procurement of personal protective equipment in all schools.

According to him, the meeting had representatives from the primary board, secondary school board, National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT), as well as directors and permanent secretaries in the State Ministry of Education.

“As much as we love our students, we must equally protect their lives and that of their staff,” Jigim said.

He noted that the governor has directed the Chairman on COVID-19 Technical Committee, Innocent Vakkai, to supply all the needed materials.

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The commissioner added that Governor Ishaku also gave approval that all health teachers be trained on the use of thermometers to detect those showing symptoms of COVID-19.

He explained that a monitoring team has been set up to go round the 305 public and private secondary schools to monitor strict compliance with the guidelines.

Speaking about the state’s inability to provide ambulances at all the schools, the commissioner disclosed that general hospitals, primary healthcare clinics, and referral hospitals have been placed on red alert to attend to emergencies.

On the possibility of aiding private school proprietors pay its workers, he stated that they were not part of the state government’s budget.


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FG reveal dates for commencement of BECE, NECO, NABTEB, NBAIS, NCEE

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The Federal Government has announced the dates of the examinations for students in various graduating classes in the country.

These include the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations (SSCE) organised by the National Examination Council (NECO) for students in SSS 3, and the National Business and Technical Examination Board (NABTEB) examinations.

Others are the Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE) for JSS 3 students, and the National Common Entrance Examination (NCEE) for intending primary school applicants into Unity Colleges.

The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, announced the dates in a statement on Wednesday by the Director of Press and Public Relations at the ministry, Ben Goong.

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He noted the government has released a comprehensive schedule for various examinations for the graduating classes.

Nwajiuba, who said the examinations would be conducted between August 17 and November 18, confirmed that the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), conducted by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) would commence in three weeks’ time.

He added that this would be followed by NABTEB examinations scheduled to start on September 21, as well as the NECO exams on October 5, while the NCEE would take place on October 17.

The National Examination Council is one of the main secondary school examination bodies in the country.

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The government also fixed September 23 for the commencement of the National Board for Arabic and Islamic Studies (NBAIS) examination.

According to the minister, the registration for NECO is ongoing and is expected to end on September 10 and there will be no extension.

He explained that the dates were selected following a series of meetings with the heads of various examination bodies in the country.

Nwajiuba, therefore, directed all examination bodies to release details of their examination timetables in the next seven days.


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Aug. 4: Secondary schools to reopen, WAEC to commence on Aug. 17

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The Federal Ministry of Education has announced the reopening of secondary schools for JSS3 and SS3 (only exit classes) from August 4, 2020.

Students will have two weeks to prepare for the West African Examinations (WAEC) which will commence on August 17, 2020.

These were the unanimous decisions reached today at a virtual consultative meeting between the Federal Ministry of Education, Honourable Commissioners of Education of the 36 states, the Nigerian Union of Teachers, (NUT), the proprietors of private schools, and Chief Executives of examination bodies.

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In a statement by the Director, Press and Public Relations, Ben Bem Goong, “It was agreed that the exit classes should resume immediately after the Sallah break, from August 4, 2020, to enable them to prepare for the WAEC examinations scheduled to commence from the 17th of August, 2020”.

The meeting also resolved that a passionate appeal be made to the Federal Government through the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 and public-spirited Nigerians for assistance to schools across the country to enable them fast track the preparations safe reopening, as agreed.

The ministry further stated that another meeting will be held tomorrow (July 28, 2020) between the Federal Ministry of Education and Chief Executives of examination bodies namely, NECO, NABTEB and NBAIS to harmonise their examination dates, which will be conveyed to stakeholders expeditiously by the Federal Ministry of Education.


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COVID-19: South African schools set to shut down again

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South Africa’s public schools will close again for a month from Monday to limit the spread of coronavirus as the country grapples with surging infections, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Thursday.

The country has now recorded 408,052 coronavirus cases, the fifth-highest in the world. More than 6,000 people have died from the virus.

Rising infections have caused concern among teaching staff, with unions calling on the government to revoke its decision to reopen schools for certain grades in June.

In this file photo taken on March 22, 2020 South African President Cyril Ramaphosa (C) conducts a media briefing at the end of a meeting with various business leaders and political party leaders on matters relating to the COVID-19 outbreak at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. Phill Magakoe / AFP

“Cabinet has decided today that all public schools should take a break for the next four weeks,” Ramaphosa said during an address to the nation, adding that the academic year that is due to end in December would be extended.

Schools will be closed from 27 July and scheduled to reopen on August 24.

File photo: Doctors Without Borders (MSF) nurse Bhelekazi Mdlalose (L), 51, performs a swab test for COVID-19 coronavirus on a health worker at the Vlakfontein Clinic in Lenasia, Johannesburg, on May 13, 2020. Michele Spatari / AFP
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“We have taken a deliberately cautious approach to keep schools closed during a period when the country is expected to experience its greatest increase in infections,” Ramaphosa said.

File photo: A pupil at the Winnie Mandela Secondary School raises her hand during roll call as classes resume in the Tembisa township, Ekurhuleni, on June 8, 2020. (Photo by Michele Spatari / AFP)

The president also announced a “historic” R500 billion ($30 billion) social relief and economic support package to fund the health response and assist “those in greatest need”.

Africa’s most industrialised economy is expected to contract by between 6.3 and 7.5 percent due to the pandemic, according to the African Development Bank.


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Oyo Govt dismiss 3rd term in schools – releases 2020/21 academic calendar

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Oyo State Government says it has cancelled Third Term for the 2019/2020 school session as promotion of students for all affected classes will now be determined by First and Second Term Continuous Assessments.

Mr Olasunkanmi Olaleye, the state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, announced the decision after the State Executive Council meeting in Ibafan on Tuesday.

He said the state government has also approved the academic calendar to guide resumption of schools and other associated educational activities for the 2020/2021 session in the state.

According to the commissioner, Pry-6, JSS-3 and SSS-3 students will proceed on holiday from July 30 and resume for their examination as would be announced.

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He said Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) would hold between August 10 to 18.

The commissioner added that: “Competitive Entrance Examination into the Schools of Science- 19th August.

“Placement/Screening Test to JSS one- 20th August.

“Placement Test into Technical Colleges- 28th August.

“The SSS-3 will resume for their Examination as soon as WAEC announce the date.”

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He said the 2020/21 academic session, as approved by the State Council, is: “First Term- 21th September to 18th December.

“Second Term- 11th January to 9th April 2021.

“Third Term- 3rd May to 30th July 2021.”

The commissioner enjoined all stakeholders and members of the public to take note of the details of the academic calendar.


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Aug. 21: Institutions in Nigeria to begin first, second choice admission – JAMB

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has directed all tertiary institutions to begin the conduct of the first and second choice admissions from August 21.

The board gave the directive in the 2020 admission guidelines released in Abuja by the board Spokesperson, Dr Benjamin Fabian.

Dr Fabian, in the guidelines, warned institutions against duplication of forms, adding that they should desist from selling forms for admissions into some listed programmes.

He urged institutions to advise candidates to apply for the programmes through its office, saying that all admission exercise must be conducted on the Central Admission Processing System.

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“All applications for admissions to First Degree, National Diploma, National Innovation Diploma and the Nigeria Certificate in Education into full-time, distance learning, part-time, outreach, sandwich, etc, must be processed only through JAMB.

”Institutions that desire to place advertisement can do so by advising candidates who applied for the current Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination to change to their institution as first choice rather than requesting the candidates to purchase another application form or apply.

”This is to prevent the issue of double registration which is a violation of the JAMB mandate,” he said.


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Resumption of schools not possible anytime soon – FG says

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The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu has cancelled the reopening of schools, stating that its unsafe for Nigerian students.

Addressing State House correspondents after the virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) in Abuja on Wednesday, Adamu stated that the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) cannot determine the resumption date of schools for Nigeria.

Adamu said the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, was misquoted when he spoke on the matter during a Presidential Task Force Briefing on COVID-19 in Abuja on Monday.

Nwajiuba was reported to have announced that school facilities would be made available for revision classes ahead of the examination which commences from Aug. 4 through Sept. 5, and called on parents to take note of the date.

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Adamu, however, said that Nigerian schools will not reopen any time soon until it is safe to do so because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He has therefore said that final year students preparing for the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) will not be allowed to return to school contrary to what had earlier been believed.

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu

He said he would prefer that Nigerian students lose an academic year than to expose them to dangers.

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Adamu appealed to States that have announced the resumption of school in their states to reconsider their position so as not to jeopardize the lives of the students, adding, “It is not safe to reopen schools now.”

“Schools under the supervision of the Federal Ministry of Education will not reopen on Aug. 4 or any time soon.

“Our schools will only open when we believe it is safe for our children and that is when the situation is right, not when the number of COVID-19 infection is going up in the nation.

“So, I just want to make that clear.

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“We will not reopen schools now for examinations or any other reason unless it is safe for our students; even WAEC because WAEC cannot determine for us what we do. So schools will remain closed.

The minister frowned at the way and manner WAEC was handling the issue of the examination timetable, saying the ministry of education was consulted before the announcement of the new date for the exams.

“Yesterday we called a meeting of stakeholders to tell us their situation and what needs to be done in order to reopen schools but while the meeting was going on, WAEC announced that they will start exams.

“So let’s see who they are going to start with,” he said.

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“I feel responsible for the whole children in Nigeria not just those in Federal government-controlled schools. Please let’s save our children from this.

“You can look at this scenario; just one infected child going into a class, can infect everyone in the class and after classes, they go back to the hostel; because children cannot observe social distancing as expected.

“If one child in the hostel is infected, the next morning everybody will be infected so this is not the right time to open schools,’’ he said.

He, therefore, maintained that final year students preparing for the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) would not be allowed to return to school contrary to the earlier announcement.


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No Schools will participate in WAEC Exams under my ministry – Adamu

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The Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu has just announced that no Unity Schools will participate in the scheduled WAEC exams.

Mr Adamu stated this after the Federal Executive Council on Wednesday.

He said that none of the schools under his ministry will resume until schools are considered safe.

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu.

The Minister urged the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and the state governments to reconsider their decision to open for exams.


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COVID-19: Edo govt warns against school reopening

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The Edo State Commissioner for Education, Jimoh Ijegbai, said on Friday the state government had not authorised the reopening of schools in the state.

Ijegbai, who made the clarification in a statement in Benin, said the government would sanction any school that flouted its directive on the matter.

The Federal Government had on Monday directed the reopening of schools across the country.

However, the federal government said schools would be reopened for only students in transitional classes to enable them to prepare for their examinations.

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The Edo commissioner said: “It has come to the attention of the Edo State Government that some schools in the state have reopened and some are planning to reopen for the third term.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the state government has not authorised schools whether public or private, even the certificate classes to reopen under the present circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki

“A date of resumption will be communicated to all stakeholders after modalities have been put in place to ensure the safety of our children and wards.”

Ijegbai urged school proprietors in the state to be guided by the state government’s directive on the matter.


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Nigerian govt ask students in Pry 6, Jss 3, Sss 3 to resume

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The Federal Government on Monday announced that students in graduating classes in primary and secondary schools are allowed to resume classes in preparation for the various examinations.

The students expected to resume are in Primary 6 who are to write the Common Entrance Examination; Junior Secondary School 3 students and Senior Secondary School 3 students.

The Presidential Task Force (PTF) announced this in its daily briefing in Abuja, adding that though it asked those categories of students to resume, students in other classes are not allowed to resume.

Chairman of the PTF and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, while disclosing this, also said the students will be made to put on face masks compulsorily and observe all other protocols.

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COVID-19: Majority of Nigerian parents unhappy with School reopening

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While private school owners are raring to go and re-open schools, most parents are not ready yet to release their children into the Covid-19 uncertainties out there.

The federal government has revealed that 80 per cent of parents have kicked against the reopening of schools.

According to State Minister of State for Education Emeka Nwajiuba, a survey by the ministry showed that most parents are opposed to schools reopening at the moment because they don’t want their children to be used as experiment.

“We are keeping the children at home because you can’t see coronavirus with your naked eyes and can’t know if a child is asymptomatic or carrying the virus. If he does, and he goes back and infects another person, there is no way for us to know,” the minister said of the survey.

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“If there are parents willing to experiment – to check whether it can work or not, we can invite them to a test,” the parents were quoted as saying.

South Africa, the most infected country in Africa, diced wih the idea of re-opening schools. The result was a massive protest by parents following the spread of the virus among the pupils.

Nigeria, ranking second after South Africa, currently has 22,614 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

No fewer t 7,822 patients have been discharged, while 549 have died.


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COVID-19: Nigerian Govt reveal guidelines for School reopening

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The Federal Government on Wednesday proposed that schools must create isolation spaces before reopening the learning facilities.

The Ministry of Education disclosed this in a document titled: “Guidelines for schools and learning facilities reopening after COVID-19 pandemic closure,” submitted to the National Assembly on Tuesday.

Each school, according to the federal government, is required to create temporary isolation spaces and fully-equipped clinics before reopening.

The government mandated the school managements to establish a referral system, including protocols and procedures to take if learners, teachers, administrators, and other education personnel become unwell while in schools.

The government also charged any state wishing to reopen schools to “hold adequate consultations with the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and the parents on the matter.


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FG tag Makinde’s decision to reopen schools ‘insensitive’ – tell parents to nay

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The Federal Government on Monday kicked aguainst the reopening of schools in Oyo State amidst COVID-19 pandemic, describing such as insensitive to the health of the people.

Mr Emeka Uwajiuba, Minister of State for Education, said this at the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 daily news conference in Abuja.

NRM reports that Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State had earlier ordered the reopening of schools across the state.

According to the minister, it is expedient to recognise the fact that Oyo State is a government operating under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as a Federating unit.

He noted that though the governor had the right to reopen school as he deemed fit, but added that the primary purpose of governance remained the security of its people.

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Uwajiuba said the Federal Government had over 138,000 schools across the country and for the governor to open the schools was in the very least insensitive.

He, however, urged parents to, as a matter of urgency, keep their children and wards under lock and key, to forestall contacting the COVID-19 pandemic.

The minister appealed to parents and guardians, whose children and wards would be writing the West African Examinations Council to bear with the government, pending when the necessary arrangements would be made.

He noted that if there was anything the government could do to help in the present circumstances, it would not fail to act.

Uwajiuba stated that the ministry had fixed a meeting with WAEC on how it would arrange the examination time for the exit year children, for revisions in their subjects, to be able to prepare well for their exams.


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Schools to Resume? – You’d be happy after reading this.

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The Federal Government has revealed when schools will reopen, amid the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

Dr Osagie Ehanire, Minister for Health said schools will reopen when government is able to ensure balance in safety and preventing of COVID-19 explosion across the country.

Schools, religious and public gatherings were banned about two months ago by the federal government due to the coronavirus outbreak.

After months of closure, government, however, relaxed the ban on religious gatherings for four weeks while schools will remain closed.

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However, Ehanire, while addressing reporters during the 100th day briefing of the presidential task force on COVID-19 in Abuja, over the weekend said no date has been fixed for reopening of schools.

The Minister said government would continue to monitor and study the situations with a view to deciding when to reopen schools.

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According to Ehanire: “There is no fixed date on schools’ resumption. The presidential task force on COVID-19 is studying the situation, carrying out reviews every two and four weeks to assess the situation and judge when it is safe.

“The Federal Government is taking very seriously the balance between safety and preventing of disease explosion, and the opening of schools.

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“We are encouraging schools to embrace online training and education as much as possible.

“As soon as the details are established and the risk of transmission is measured and established, then, schools will reopen.”


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