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WAEC announces release of 2022 WASSCE results

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The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has released the results of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), which took place between January and February this year for private candidates.

Only 1,886 of the 7,166 candidates who took the exam nationwide (representing 26.32 percent) received credit pass or higher in a minimum of five subjects, including English language and mathematics.

The last two editions of the same diet, in 2012 and 2022, respectively, obtained similar results for up to 30.11 percent and 32.23 percent of the total candidates who sat, indicating a decline in candidate performance of 3.79 percent over the previous year.

WAEC Nigeria’s Head of National Office, Patrick Areghan, made the announcement in a statement released on Monday in Lagos by the organization’s Acting Head of Public Affairs Department, Moyosola Adeyegbe.

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Only 6,949 candidates (representing 96.97 percent) have their results fully processed and released, according to Areghan, while 217 candidates (representing 3.03 percent) have a few of their subjects still being processed due to candidate errors, and that efforts are ongoing to correct the errors and release those results.

He also stated that the results of 347 candidates (or 4.84 percent) of those who took the exam were being withheld due to various reports of malpractice, adding that their cases were being investigated and the results would be communicated to those affected.

Aside from the fact that more females than males took the exam, with a total of 121 candidates with special needs, he also revealed that fewer people took the exam this year than last year, with a difference of 7,334 people (representing 4. 85 percent ).

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Areghan, on the other hand, explained that, despite the fact that candidate performance in the exam this year was lower than in the previous two years, the results should not be compared to those of the school-based exam, in which up to 80% of all candidates received similar results.

According to him, school-based WASSCE candidates are required to take between eight and nine subjects, whereas private candidates in the first and second series of the exam are free to take any number of subjects, including one, depending on their deficiency.

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“As a result, it will not be true or fair to say that performance in this examination has dwindled,” Areghan said, despite the fact that some Nigerian universities no longer accept a combination of ‘O’LEVEL’ results for undergraduate admissions.

Candidates who took the exam should check their results on the WAEC’s website, www.waecdirect.org, and apply for their certificates online through a portal, according to Areghan.

Even though the results of this diet were released five days earlier than the 45 days expected after the last paper, he stated that WAEC would continue to conduct credible examinations.

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ASUU holds crucial NEC meeting

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ASUU holds crucial NEC meeting

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has scheduled a crucial National Executive Council (NEC) meeting to discuss issues affecting members’ welfare.

The meeting, which would take place at ASUU Secretariat in Abuja, is expected to be attended by principal and national officers, zonal coordinators, and branch chairmen.

Also read : ASUU’s struggle beyond salaries, welfare only — Osodeke

Notifications have been sent out to those expected to attend.

According to the national officer, certain assignments given to the zonal coordinators and branch chairmen at the last meeting in Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State, would be tabled for discussion by the NEC members.

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Our source declined to state if the Federal Government had brought any new items to the negotiation table or taken decisions on outstanding issues that prompted the emergency NEC meeting.

“I am not aware of any new government positions on our demands. We have many outstanding demands that require the attention of the Federal Government. Several letters were written and no positive response.

“One thing that I can tell you is that our members are agitated over the withheld salaries, non-payment of the academic earned allowances, and other issues affecting public universities in the country, which the government has refused to address,” he stated.

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12-year-old wins $50,000 US spelling bee prize

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Mastering words such as “cricetine” and “indumentum”, 12-year-old Bruhat Soma clinched victory Thursday in the United States spelling bee.

The seventh-grade student from St. Petersburg, Florida, beamed as colorful confetti rained down after he won the tiebreaker.

“Bruhat Soma from Florida cemented his win by correctly spelling his final word, ‘abseil’,” organizer Scripps National Spelling Bee announced on X.

Soma, who also competed in the past two annual competitions, will take home a $50,000 prize and a championship trophy.

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“I never expected this,” he said at a news conference after his win, quoted by The Washington Post.

The boy told reporters that there was only one word he did not recognize — but luckily it wasn’t his turn.

Soma correctly spelled 29 words in 90 seconds during the competition’s second-ever “Spell-off” tiebreaker, US media reported.

Such success was enough to see him put 12-year-old Faizan Zaki from Dallas, Texas, in second place.

In earlier rounds, Soma correctly spelled 10 words right, including “coulisse” — defined as a backstage area — and the Dutch town Hoofddorp.

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In addition to spelling words correctly, Soma helped secure his victory with accurate definitions of a “troglodyte” — a primitive cave dweller — and “sine qua non” — something considered essential.

Children have participated in US classroom, school, and regional spelling bees in hopes of making it to the national contest since 1925, according to Scripps National Spelling Bee.

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FG opens student loan application portal May 24

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The Federal Government, through the Nigerian Education Loan Fund, on Thursday, announced May 24, 2024, as the official date for “the opening of the portal for student loan applications.”

The announcement was made in a statement by the media lead for the NELFund, Nasir Ayantogo.

Ayantogo, in the statement, said the opening of the application portal marked a significant milestone in the commitment of President Bola Tinubu to “fostering accessible and inclusive education for all Nigerian students.”

On June 12, 2023, Tinubu signed the Access to Higher Education Act, 2023 into law to enable indigent students to access interest-free loans for their educational pursuits in any Nigerian tertiary institution.

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The move was in “fulfillment of one of his campaign promises to liberalise funding of education,” a member of the then Presidential Strategy Team, Dele Alake, said.

The Act, popularly known as the Students Loan Law, also established the Nigerian Education Loan Fund to process all loan requests, grants, disbursement, and recovery.

Although the government initially announced that the scheme would be launched in September, it suffered several delays leading to an indefinite postponement in early March.

The Presidency had linked the delay to Tinubu’s directive to expand the scheme to include loans for vocational skills.

After receiving briefing from the NELFund team led by the Minister of State for Education, Dr Yusuf Sununu, on January 22, the President had directed the Fund to extend interest-free loans to Nigerian students interested in skill-development programmes.

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Tinubu based his decision on the need for the scheme to accommodate those who may not want to pursue a university education, noting that skill acquisition is as essential as obtaining undergraduate and graduate academic qualifications.

“This is not an exclusive programme. It is catering to all of our young people. Young Nigerians are gifted in different areas.

“This is not only for those who want to be doctors, lawyers, and accountants. It is also for those who aspire to use their skilled and trained hands to build our nation.

“In accordance with this, I have instructed NELFund to explore all opportunities to inculcate skill-development programmes because not everybody wants to go through a full university education,” he had said.

Through the portal, students can now access loans to pursue their academic aspirations without financial constraints.

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The portal, according to the statement, provides a user-friendly interface for students to submit their loan applications conveniently.

“We encourage all eligible students to take advantage of this opportunity to invest in their future and contribute to the growth and development of our nation.

“Students can access the portal on www.nelf.gov.ng to begin application,” the statement said.

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