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​Lagos State to add scrabble to schools’ curriculum

Lagos State to add scrabble to schools’ curriculum
Adetona Odukomaiya , Technical Director of the Lagos State Scrabble Association, on Friday said plans were underway to add scrabble to schools ’ curriculum in the state .

Odukomaiya told the News Agency of Nigeria that the association had been working closely with the State Ministry of Education to ensure its implementation .

“ We have introduced scrabble as a game in all schools in Lagos state . We are now adding scrabble to the schools ’ curriculum in the state .

“ We have coaches who go into the schools to train the students every day . Scrabble is all about English Language and introducing it will increase the vocabulary of the students .

“ It will also make them much more aware of English words and help them in their final result in English language in WAEC examinations and others.

“ It is also going to open up the students to the advantage of playing scrabble , such as getting scholarships , ’’ he said .

Odukomaiya described the state as the hub of scrabble in Nigeria , adding that the state was working hard to produce the next world champion .

He expressed hope that the Lagos Classic would be held later this year or in 2018 .

NAN reports that the state won the 2017 Asaph Zadok National Scrabble Championship .

NAN

Students left stranded as Principals embezzle NECO exams fees

Two school principals embezzle NECO fees in Nasarawa

From Linus Oota, Lafia

Nasarawa State Commandant of the Nigerian Securities and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Alhaji Lawan Bashir has revealed that principals of two secondary schools in the state diverted NECO registration fees paid by students.

The commandant told newsmen in lafia that students of the affected schools are Shekkina International School in Agyaragu area of Obi LGA and GSS Wakama in Nasarawa eggon LGA.

He said the students did not realise that their fees had been diverted until the commencement of the examination.

According to the NSCDC boss, “it was after the examinations started that the candidates realised that they had not been registered, their parents promptly reported the matter to the area inspectorate office of education in the affected locations, which brought the matter to us”

He said that the affected principals were then invited to our office “we employed alternative conflict resolution mechanism and it yielded results, all the parties have agreed to the terms for the repayment of the fees to the affected candidates

“The principal of Shekkina International School has refunded more than N400,000 to 67 candidates while his GSS Wakama counterpart has agreed to pay the money before the end of June. We involved the candidates and their parents in the negotiations so as to resolve the matter without any violence that appeared imminent before we came in” he said Bashir advised members of the public to take advantage of the alternative conflict resolution mechanism of the command to report cases instead of taking laws into their hands.

He also explained that the command would deployed over 300 of their men across the state to ensure that the threats issued by Arewa youths over Igbo quits did not affect the state, adding that the command had been in touch with the various tribal associations in the state to ensure the security of all the south easterners in the state.

The NSCDC boss in the state explained that the political discourse in the state was tailored towards unity and warned the youths not to take the threats as advantage to cause trouble in the state, noting that the command is monitoring all the activities to ensure law and order is maintained.

On the incessant vandalism of streets lights and transformers in the state, the commandant explained that the command was on top of the situation as a number of youths have being arrested and would soon be charged to court.
Source: The Sun

Full List of 72 CBT centres blacklisted by JAMB, and their offences

Full List of 72 CBT centres blacklisted by JAMB, and their offences

Musikilu Mojeed

​The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Wednesday announced the blacklisting of 72 of the 600 Computer Based Test (CBT) centres used for the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) across the country.

JAMB’s registrar, Is-haq Oloyede, said the blacklisting of some of the centres was due to their alleged involvement in extortion and “organised examination malpractice” during the UTME.

A few others are technically deficient, the examination body said.

Mr. Oloyede said the decision was taken at the end of an enlarged meeting with external examiners and other stakeholders in the conduct of the examination.

On Thursday, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) commended JAMB for the action.

The President of the union, Biodun Ogunyemi, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that the owners of the blacklisted centres should also be prosecuted.

The ASUU boss said the development was a step in the right direction, describing it as “ the way to go.’’

“What JAMB has done in that respect is a welcome development and a good decision,” Mr. Ogunyemi said. “I will not expect it to stop at just blacklisting of such centres.

“The leadership of the board should go a step forward by prosecuting owners of the affected centre in order to serve as a deterrent to others.This measure will further ensure that the integrity of the examination cannot be undermined.”

He added that JAMB should also strive to do thorough checks on centres and their owners before engaging them for the conduct of the UTME to avoid a re-occurrence.

PREMIUM TIMES has now obtained a full list of the affected centres in 18 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

A review of the list shows that while 38 of them were outrightly delisted for misconducts and gross technical deficiencies, 24 of them were suspended for one year for technical deficiencies.

Further analysis shows that 13 centres were blacklisted in Abia State, 10 in Rivers, nine in Anambra, six in Akwa Ibom, six in Delta, and six in Imo.

Other affected states have between one and three centres blacklisted.

LIST OF CBT CENTRES SANCTIONED BY JAMB AFTER 2017 UTME

S/N CENTRE NAME CENTRE CODE STATUS

ABIA STATE

1 Temple Gate Polytechnic, Aba 001

Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies

2 Giant Immaculate School, ICT Centre, Aba 002

Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies

3 JP Flinct International School, Aba 007

Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies

4

Mchief Communications Limited, ICT Centre, Aba

010

Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies

5 Golden Foundation International, Aba 011

Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies

6

Unique Unibright International School, Aba

013

Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies

7

Citizen International College, ICT Centre, Aba

014

Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies

8

Akasi Computer Institute and Information Services, Aba

015

Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies

9

Ascension Computer Center, Ascension Seminary School,Umuebulungwa, Ukwa-West

021

Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies

10 Academic Insight Model School 022

Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies

11

Adventist Secondary Technical College, Owerintta

024

Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies

12

Benjyn International Academy, Amoji Ukwu, Obingwa 025

Delisted for Gross Technical deficiencies

13

Pius Comprehensive Secondary School, Umuigwe-Amakama, Umuahia South L.G.A., Abia State

029

Suspended for one year for technical deficiency

AKWA IBOM STATE

14 College of Education, Afaha Nsit 045

Suspended for one year for technical deficiency

15

Agnos Consult 12 Barracks Road, Eket Divisional Library Eket.

046

Delisted for gross technical deficiencies

16

Rolins King Technology and Management Institute, Ikot-Ekpene, No. 15, Library Avenue, Ikot-Ekpene

049

Suspended for one year for technical deficiency

17

Jimiel Computer and Management Institute, Ikot Ekpene

051

Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies

18

Gestric Infortech & Management Institute, No. 2 Umo Obotroad, Ikot Ekpene

052

Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies

19 Gateway S. Academy, Ikot Akpa, Ukanafun 054

Delisted for gross technical deficiencies

ANAMBRA STATE

20

SEIA ICT Nigeria (Christ the King College)

059

Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies

21

Versity Comprehensive Sec. School, 119/120A Obodoukwu Rd., Okpoko

061

Delisted for gross technical deficiencies

22

St. Rita Innovative Institute, Housing Estate Fegge, Onitsha

063

Suspended for one year for technical deficiency

23 Eastern Academy, Upper Iweka, Onitsha 064

Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies

24

Deacons Digital Solution Ltd, Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity, Onitsha

066

Suspended for one year for technical deficiency

25 Planet Technologies Limited 068

Delisted for gross technical deficiencies

26

Newage Computer Services Ltd., Otolo, Nnewi

069

Delisted for gross technical deficiencies

27

Kings Computer College, Along St. Silas Cathedral Church, Mbarakpaka, Ihiala

071

Suspended for one year for technical deficiency

28

Community Education Resource Centre, Adjacent To Community School, Okpuno

075

Delisted for gross technical deficiencies

BAUCHI STATE

29 Oxford Science Academy, Bauchi 096

Suspended for one year for technical deficiency

30

Presentation Brothers Secondary School, Bauchi

098

Delisted for gross technical deficiencies

BAYELSA STATE

31 Mater Dei CBT and ICT Centre, Imiringi 103

Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies

32

Fipere Logistics Global Network Limited, Yenagoa

107

Suspended for one year for technical deficiency

BENUE STATE

33 Gboko College of Education, Gboko 112

Delisted for gross technical deficiencies

34 Universal CyberNet Limited, Otukpo 119

Suspended for one year for technical deficiency

35 Global ICT Connect Limited, Makurdi 628

Suspended for one year for technical deficiency

CROSS RIVER STATE

36 Unibright Computer Centre 136

Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies

DELTA STATE

37 ICON Training and Consultancy, Umunede 143

Suspended for one year for technical deficiency

38 Classical International School, Warri 149

Delisted for gross technical deficiencies

39 Prime Vocational Institute, Kwale 153

Suspended for one year for technical deficiency

40 James Welch Grammar Schools, Emevor 154

Suspended for one year for technical deficiency

41

Glomaikom CBT Cooperative Youth Resources Centre, Sapele

156

Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies

42 Obule Integrated School, Sapele 157

Suspended for one year for technical deficiency

EDO STATE

43

Success Comprehensive College, 8, Ekhei Girls School Road, Auchi

182

Suspended for one year for technical deficiency

ENUGU STATE

44 Federal College of Education, Eha-Amufu 200

Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies

45

St. Augustine Computer, Ndiumo, Uwani-Akpugo Centre 2

213

Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies

46

St. Augustine Computer, Ndiumo, Uwani-Akpugo Centre 1

214

Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies

FEDERAL CAPITAL TERRITORY

47

Federal Science and Technical College, Electronic Library and ICT/CBT Centre, Orozo

224

Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies

48

Victory International Institute of Technology and Education, Kwali

233

Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies

GOMBE STATE

49

Government Comprehensive Day Secondary School, Bajoga

242

Suspended for one year for technical deficiency

50

Government Science Secondary School, Billiri

247

Suspended for one year for technical deficiency

IMO STATE

51

Prestige World Computer Institute, Urualla

260

Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies

52

School of Health Technology, Okporo, Orlu

261

Delisted for gross technical deficiencies

53 Benchmark Education Centre, Orlu 263

Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies

54 St. Joseph Catholic Church School, Nempi 264

Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies

55 Imo State Polytechnic, Umuagwo 281

Suspended for one year for technical deficiency

56

Integrated Business School, Akabo, High School, Akabo

635

Suspended for one year for technical deficiency

KADUNA STATE

57

A247 Modern CBT Centre (NOUN Kaduna Study Centre), Kaduna

636

Delisted for gross technical deficiencies

KOGI STATE

58

Getrid International Resources Limited, Government Secondary School, Lokoja

364

Suspended for one year for technical deficiency

LAGOS STATE

59

Winsford Comprehensive College, Igbogbo/Ikorodu

407

Delisted for gross technical deficiencies

60

Richytorch Computer Inst.& Training Center, Beside Mobil Okoko, Ojo

434

Delisted for gross technical deficiencies

NIGER STATE

61

Jummai Aliyu Babangida Development Centre (JABDC), Stadium Road, Minna

471

Delisted for gross technical deficiencies

OGUN STATE

62

Dof CBT Centre, Opposite Rock City Radio, Goshen Estate, Asero, Abeokuta, Ogun State

501

Delisted for gross technical deficiencies

RIVERS STATE

63

Emarid College (Igwuruta Campus: KM 24 Eneka/Igwuruta Road, Igwuruta

578

Delisted for gross technical deficiencies

64 Fast Five Computers, Palace Road, Oyigbo 581

Suspended for one year for technical deficiency

65

Immaculate High School, ICT Centre, Obeama, Oyigbo

582

Delisted for gross technical deficiencies

66

Edtrix Frontier Technology. Plot 16 Amoagwu Street by Dust Bin Umuogodo Igbo-Etche

584

Delisted for gross technical deficiencies

67

Blessed child international school, No.13 St. Stephen Street, off location Road, Etuche-Oyigbo

585

Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies

68

A-PAGE Success Educational Centre, model Primary School

587

Suspended for one year for technical deficiency

69

Destiny ICT Centre ,116 Ada George Road opp, Carpenter

590

Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies

70

Tessy International Schools, Chukwu Agholu Avenue, Rumuagholu Road, Port Harcourt

593

Suspended for one year for technical deficiency

71

GreenField CBT Centre, Railway Compound

Port Harcourt

594

Delisted for misconduct and gross technical deficiencies

72

Redemption Montessori International School, No 3 Foundation Avenue, Port Harcourt

660

Suspended for one year for technical deficiency

LIST OF CENTRES SANCTIONED — (SUMMARY TABLE)

S/N STATE NUMBER OF CENTRES SANCTIONED

1 Abia 13

2 Akwa Ibom 6

3 Anambra 9

4 Bauchi 2

5 Bayelsa 2

6 Benue 3

7 Cross River 1

8 Delta 6

9 Edo 1

10 Enugu 3

11 Gombe 2

12 FCT 2

13 Imo 6

14 Kaduna 1

15 Kogi 1

16 Lagos 2

17 Niger 1

18 Ogun 1

19 Rivers 10

TOTAL 72
Culled from Premium Times

UTME: ​JAMB cancels 59,698 results, 62,140 candidates to retake exam 

JAMB cancels 59,698 results, 62,140 candidates to retake UTME

Olaleye Aluko , Abuja

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has said 62 , 140 candidates will rewrite the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination after their centres were found to have engaged in malpractices .

JAMB Registrar , Prof Ishaq Oloyede , who disclosed this on Wednesday at a briefing , noted that a total of 59 , 698 UTME results were also cancelled by the board based on examination malpractices .

A breakdown of the cancelled results showed that 57 , 646 candidates wrote in centres , which were fraudulent ; 1 , 386 candidates were caught cheating , while 666 candidates did multiple registrations .

It was learnt that only the first group of 57 , 646 would be allowed to rewrite the UTME . This group would be joined by 3 , 811 candidates , who did late registration and 683 who had biometric – related issues , to make a total of 62 , 140 candidates .

Oloyede said the board had slated Saturday, July 1 , for the examination.

He said , “ The board had a meeting with the 37 chief external examiners for the 2017 UTME and other major stakeholders, and arrived at the following decisions . One , we approved the cancellation ( of the results ) of 1 , 386 candidates found culpable of examination malpractices , and the results of 666 who did multiple registrations .

“ We also cancelled the results of 57 , 646 candidates who were involved in malpractices across centres . Hence , we have rescheduled the UTME for those candidates and others who have biometric and other technical issues . We also approved Saturday, July 1 , for the rescheduled examination. The board has , moreover , suspended 24 Computer – Based Test centres for one year due to technical issues . These centres would not participate in the 2018 UTME . ”

The registrar noted that 48 centres had also been delisted from participating in the board ’ s examination in the future due to their engaging in organised examination malpractices .

“ The meeting approved the commendation of JAMB staff and other agencies involved in the UTME for their integrity , particularly where monetary inducement was given to them by some CBT centres , ” Oloyede added .
Source: The Punch

How pressure drives principals to aid exam malpractice 

WAEC indicts principals over examination malpractice

Folashade Adebayo

The West African Examinations Council has said that there is an upsurge in examination malpractice because some principals are under pressure to increase the performance of their pupils in external examinations .

The examination body , therefore , called on the All Nigerian Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools , to “ act as a whistleblower to the council by reporting acts of examination malpractice during the WASSCE . ’’

It also said that examination centres caught engaging in examination malpractice would be delisted, while candidates would be barred from sitting for WASSCE for an unspecified number of years .

This was contained in a communiqué issued by the Nigeria Examination ’ s Committee of the council at the end of its 63 rd meeting recently .

The NEC is the highest decision -making organ of WAEC on examination- related matters in Nigeria . The communiqué was signed by the Head of Public Affairs , WAEC, Mr . Demianus Ojijeogu .

It read in part, “ The committee approved that the entire results of candidates involved in proven cases of exam malpractice, which attracted the cancellation of the entire results be cancelled while the subject results of those involved in proven cases, which attracted cancellation of subject results , be similarly cancelled . In addition , some candidates will also suffer other sanctions , such as barring them from sitting for the council ’ s examination for a certain number of years , while some examination centres will be delisted . ”

The NEC also commended the Benue State Government for issuing queries to principals indicted for aiding and abetting examination malpractice , adding that other state governments , “ should set up machinery to sanction erring supervisors and invigilators to serve as deterrent to others. ”

The committee called on government and all stakeholders to intensify the fight against exam malpractice by sanctioning reported erring supervisors and invigilators . ”
Source: The Punch 

Law school final exam: 30 per cent failure recorded as results are released 

30 percent fail law school final exam

Only 1,393 of the 2,125 candidates who sat for the last final examination of the Nigerian Law School are successful, according to the result released yesterday.

One hundred and ninety six others had conditional pass while 596 failed outright, the institution’s Director-General, Mr Olarewaju Onadeko, (SAN), said in a statement in Abuja.

A further breakdown of the results showed that candidates with pass accounted for 65.6 per cent, those with conditional Pass represented 6. 4 per cent, and those who failed were 28 per cent.

The final examination was conducted from April 22 to 28.

The August/September 2016 Law School examination recorded 17.8 per cent failure rate.

A similar examination conducted in April 2016 recorded 23.6 per cent failure rate, as 709 candidates out of 3, 056 of those who sat for that batch of the final examination, did not make the pass mark.

Potential candidates to the Bar must sit and pass the final examination by the school, while complying with other provisions of the Legal Practitioners Act to be qualified for the call to the Bar.

Onadeko said that the ‘Call to the Bar’ ceremony for the successful candidates will take place on July 13 in Abuja.
Source : The Nation

From grass to grace! ​Former pepper hawker earns PhD in Biomedical Engineering

Former pepper hawker earns PhD in Biomedical Engineering


A young Nigerian lady , Adeola Olubamiji , whose story is that of the proverbial grass – to – grace has not only done herself proud by earning a PhD in Biomedical Engineering , her story is an encouragement that where there is a will, there is a way .

Read her moving tribute on her graduation day :

“ As the fifth child of five, I always had to wait for my turn. I was the last , a girl child and raised by a mother who is a farmer and a father who has little .

“ I hawked pepper on the streets of Ibadan as early as age 10 to help my mum. Went to public primary and secondary schools in Ibadan . Attended OOU and studied Physics .

“ Because I had a 2 . 1 , it opened the door for me to proceed to Finland for a Master ’ s Degree in Biomedical Engineering . During this Master ’ s degree, I worked part- time as a cleaner and did this after my Master ’ s as well .

“ Out of determination , I applied to over 100 schools for my PhD and finally got a full three- year scholarship (later extended to four years ) at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada , to pursue a PhD in Biomedical Engineering .

“ While in that PhD programme , I worked part- time as a makeup artist , teaching assistant , braided hair and fixed weaves to make extra money.

“ Today , I walked the stage as the first black person to bag a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada !

“ I walked this stage for you Mama Africa and for my Motherland Nigeria ! I walked the stage for all of you Black women disrespected and looked down on !

“ I walked for all of you from my ghetto hood , Mokola , Ibadan . I walked for all OSU students and ex – students that got that look from people who think we are not brilliant !

“ I walked for all of you Africans in Finland wondering what is next for you !!

“ Specially , I walked for you my parents , siblings and extended family in fulfilment of your dreams !

“ Specially , I walked the stage for you my late sister Omoleye Olubamiji ; and my late mentor Ayodele Olatunbosun.

“ Today , I walked for my future husband and my unborn children who patiently waited for me to fulfil my dreams so that he can have a wife he will be proud of and they can have a role model to look up to .

“ I walked for all immigrants and all young adults who strived everyday chasing their dreams !

“ I walked in celebration of the unfailing love of my first and one truly true love , Jesus Christ , ( in you I walk , in you I live , and in you I have had and will continue to have my being )!

“ Be bold, be innovative , be different, be you , be everything you want to be ; but remember to put God first !

“ Let no man , upbringing , money , circumstance , colourism , past mistakes, institution , company , partner , background, let nothing tell you ‘ you can’ t do it. ’

“ Go smart ! Go hard !! Go for Gold !!! Go with God !!! Just Get Going!!!!! # Grad 2017 # PhDConvocation # UofS ”

Editor ’s Note : This post has been edited .

Adeola Olubamiji is the first black to obtain a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan , Canada .
Culled from The Punch