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Parents will bring children to public schools when we are done — Benue Quality Assurance DG boasts

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By Titus Atondu, Makurdi

The Director General of Benue State Education Quality Assurance Agency, Dr Terna Francis has boasted that the Agency, under his watch and in line with the vision of the Governor of Benue State Rev. Fr. Dr. Hyacinth Iormem Alia for the state education system to work, would embark on total overhauling of the basic education system of the state to the required standard obtainable anywhere in the country.

Dr. Terna also stated that by changing the narrative of the state basic education system, parents would volunteer to withdraw their children and wards from private schools to public schools haven seen the revived status of public schools under Governor Alias administration.

He also explained that a lot of abnormalities have been discovered in the basic state education system and decided to abolish some of the tendencies that portrayed the state education system in bad light such as the collection of goats and yams from school Principals by inspection officers of the Agency to avoid standard compromise.

The Director General made the disclosure on Thursday while fielding questions from journalists at the Agency’s headquarters in Makurdi .

Dr Terna explained that the mandatory N100,000 inspection fee to be paid by any visiting school covers the transportation and other logistics for the inspection officers on duty.

“What I met on assumption of duty is that, after a school paid the mandatory N100,000 fee, school heads donate goats, 100 tubers of yams and certain monies for visiting inspection officers,” the Director General revealed.

He explained that once such incentives are provided to inspection officers, they turn to compromise in the course of duty.

He said, “I recall that, in the past out of 683 schools, 438 were sanctioned by the West African Examination Council (WAEC) in Benue State, in which case it is the reverse now.”

Dr Terna also explained that the Common Entrance Examination in the state was also a corrupt policy for extorting money from candidates with no record of proceeds or results released to them and has been abolished.

He further revealed that about 900 schools he has visited in the state within his short time in office, he discovered ghost schools and teachers, while some teachers who are supposed to be at their duty post in Vandeikya or Gbajimba are in Makurdi and elsewhere in Abuja, collecting salaries at the State’s expense without justification.

The Director General also announced the proposed Teacher’s Loan Scheme to be launched soon by the Governor with very minimal interest for five years repayment as the case may be,  with the aim of assisting teachers in training their children in schools within and abroad.

“Gone are those days when teachers said they didn’t have money to train their children abroad. The Governor of Benue state Hyacinth Alia will make it practically possible for teachers in the state,” he maintained.

He applauded Governor Hyacinth Alia for the  payment of WAEC, NECO and NBTE for students in the state government schools and sued for more support from all and sundry to enable him to salvage the state in all sectors.

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NECO releases 2024 internal exam timetable

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The 2024 National Examinations Council (NECO) Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) Internal Examinations timetable has been released, the release marked the commencement of a crucial period for secondary school students across Nigeria.

With the release of the schedule, candidates and educators alike are gearing up for the rigorous assessments ahead.

This is disclosed in a Monday post on its X platform, @Neconigeria.

The indigenous examination body disclosed that the exam begins Wednesday, June 19, 2024, and ends Friday, July 26, 2024.

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FUBK scores big in NUC accreditation exercise, gets 12 programmes accredited

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The Federal University Birnin Kebbi (FUBK) has achieved a significant milestone in its academic journey, as the National Universities Commission (NUC) has accredited 12 of its undergraduate programmes.

According to the results of the accreditation exercise conducted between November and December 2023, 11 programmes received full accreditation, while one programme was granted interim accreditation.

The accredited programmes span across the Faculties of Arts, Social and Management Sciences, and the Faculty of Science, demonstrating the university’s commitment to academic excellence across various disciplines. The full accreditation status is valid for five years, while the programme with interim accreditation will be revisited in two years.q

The accreditation exercise was conducted by the NUC, and the results were signed by Ag. Director of Accreditation, Engr. Abraham Chundusu, on behalf of the Executive Secretary.

The university community and the public have been informed of this achievement, which is expected to boost the university’s reputation and attract more students to its accredited programmes.

The programmes that secured full accreditation include: Business Administration, History and International Studies, Demogragraphy and Social Statistics, Economics, Political Science and Sociology. The rest are Applied Geophysics, Biochemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics. On the other hand, the programme with interim accreditation would be fully accredited in the next two years.

While speaking on the development, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Muhammad Zaiyan Umar, “expressed delight over the results. He was optimistic that the other programme with interim accreditation would achieve full accreditation in the next two years.”

The Vice Chancellor “expressed gratitude to all stakeholders who participated in the exercise. He thanked the Management of FUBK, Deans, Directors and Heads of Department. He also appreciated staff and students of the University for their support and cooperation which contributed to the success of the exercise.”

The NUC report revealed that “Section 10 (1) of the education (national minimum standard and establishment of Institutions) Act CAP 3LE3, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, empowers the NUC to lay down Minimum Academic Standards for all academic programmes taught in Nigerian Universities and also to accredite such programmes.”

“The implementation of the Core Curriculum Minimum Academic Standards (CCMAS) commenced in 2023/2024 academic session. The University is expected to ensure compliance in the utilisation of the CCMAS for all programmes.”

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KWASU gets news VC

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The Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, has a new substantive Vice Chancellor in the person of Prof. Shaykh-Lukman Alade Jimoh.

The appointment was made by Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, following the outcome of the screening exercise conducted by the university’s governing council, in which Prof. Shaykh-Lukman emerged as the top candidate.

Prof. Shaykh-Lukman, 60, has been serving as the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the university and was previously the Deputy Vice Chancellor between 2020 and 2022.

He brings to the position decades of experience as an administrator and university scholar, with a stellar academic record that includes several honours and awards.

Some of his notable academic achievements include being the Best Graduating Student of the Department of Religions at the University of Ilorin in 1988, as well as receiving the University Undergraduate Scholarship Award and University Scholar awards in 1987/1988.

The appointment has been widely welcomed by the university community, with many expressing confidence in Prof. Shaykh-Lukman’s ability to lead the institution to greater heights.

He is a Fellow and member of many professional bodies such as Chartered Institute of Public Advocacy and Management and Council of Experts for International Centre on Contemporary Research in Islamic Sciences (United Kingdom).

Shaykh-Lukman hails from Igbaja in Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State.

The Governor also approved for the Kwara State College of Education Ilorin to transmute into the University of Education for ease of take off and other logistic advantages.

“The government will continue ongoing efforts to transform the two other colleges of education and make them more viable in line with current realities in the sector,” according to a statement from the Government House.

Recall that the decision on the location of the university comes a few days after the governor assented to the Kwara State University Teaching Hospital (Establishment) and Kwara State University of Education (Establishment) Bills, effectively birthing a teaching hospital and the university of education.

The signing took place in Government House in Ilorin in the presence of House of Assembly Speaker Engr. Yakubu Danladi Salihu; Majority Leader Hon. Oba AbdulKadir Magaji; and the Clerk of the House AbdulKareem Ahmed; and a member of the Committee on the Establishment of Kwara State University of Education/Special Adviser (Special Duties) Abdulrazaq Jiddah.

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