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BREAKING: JAMB releases cut-off mark for 2020 admissions



The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, , on Tuesday, approved 160 and above as the 2020 national minimum cut-off mark for admission into public universities.

JAMB reached the decision at the 20th Policy Meeting on Admissions to Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria which held in Abuja

The board also approved 140 as the minimum UTME score for admission into private universities.

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Rivers State Government lists guidelines for reopening of schools



The Rivers State Ministry of Education says schools in the state must adhere to all COVID-19 health protocols to be able to operate, as schools resume October 5th, 2020.

The State Commissioner for Education, Professor Kaniye Ebeku, speaking during a meeting with Vice Chancellors of state-owned universities and Heads of polytechnics and colleges listed conditions for reopening.

Professor Ebeku briefing the school administrators said, “you know that schools are to reopen with effect from Monday the October 5th. However, there are conditions you must comply with to ensure that not only that we have reopened, but that we can remain opened.”

He said all schools billed to reopen on the 5th of October must ensure the installation and availability of handwashing facilities around the campus and all persons entering the school environment must be subjected to temperature checks.

The education commissioner emphasized that schools must ensure that there is only one entry point into the campus and must also enforce and adhere to physical and social distancing.

He noted that schools must provide a temporary holding centre for people who show symptoms of COVID-19, directing that where practicable schools should adopt blended learning approach in instructing students.

Speaking further Prof. Ebeku advocated for thorough sensitization of students and tutors on the need to adhere to all COVID-19 protocols.

He said, ‘you need to consider holding classes in two or more sessions to reduce crowd. You need to ban social and sporting activities on campus. Overall, avoid crowding and overcrowding on the campus.”

He also charged the schools heads with the duty to ensure that there are no cases of spike or infection in their various institutions of learning, urging them to enact a rule to sanction any staff or student who flouts the COVID-19 protocols.

In another meeting held same day, Monday 28th September, the Rivers State Ministry of Education revealed that that private schools which violate the COVID-19 protocols may lose their approval.

Addressing stakeholders in the education sector who attended the meeting, Professor Ebeku disclosed the adoption of two sessions, morning and afternoon, as a veritable measure to avoid over-crowding in schools with large populations.

He clarified that schools will reopen on 5th October for third term 2019/2020 academic session for six weeks, for students in JSS1 and JSS2 and SS1 and SS2 while first term 2020/2021 session will commence on the 16th of November 2020.

The commissioner further said: “schools must consider allowing on few students on campus at a time and all schools must ensure physical and social distancing at all times. Make-up classes can be scheduled on Saturday, although it is not compulsory.”

Furthermore, “if a school is capable, it should adopt blended learning approach. All staff and students must continually be educated on the need to comply with all COVID-19 Protocols.”

Continuing the Commissioner said “all students must come to school wearing their facemasks or NO ENTRY”. As part of measures to check over-crowding in schools, all schools should adopt two sessions, except where the population of the school is so small as to make possible for only morning session to hold”.

The stakeholders meeting of secondary schools was attended by members of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, NAPPS; All Confederation of Principals of Public Schools (ANCOPPS), State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Rivers State Senior Secondary Schools Board (RSSSB), Parents Teachers Association (PTA) and other critical stakeholders in the education sector.

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NDDC: Cairo Ojougboh leads scholarship verification team to UK



A team of the Niger Delta Development Commission led by Cairo Ojougboh in the UK to verify and pay all outstanding foreign scholarship claims.

The commission says it decided to verify the scholarship awards because of obvious discrepancies.

The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has promised to pay all outstanding fees due to its scholarship beneficiaries studying abroad.

The agency’s Executive Director, Projects, Cairo Ojougboh, told representatives of the scholars during a meeting on Tuesday, September 22, 2020 that all outstanding foreign scholarship claims will be verified and paid within the next few weeks.

Dozens of scholars had initially protested at the Nigerian High Commission in London early in August 2020 over the failure of the NDDC to pay their fees spanning months and years.

The protests prompted President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the agency, dogged by corruption probes, to pay the students.

197 scholarship beneficiaries of the 2019 batch were paid weeks later, according to the agency’s spokesperson, Charles Odili, who also said payment for 94 scholarship beneficiaries of the 2018 batch was ongoing.

However, over two weeks after his announcement, scholars of the 2018 batch returned to the High Commission in London on September 16 to accuse the agency of failing to pay their fees.

Odili, days before the protest, accused the scholars of being frauds hired by powerful individuals who are part of systemic corruption uncovered by the NDDC’s interim management committee.

He said the $900,000 paid by the NDDC as obligation to its scholars in 2018 has suspiciously risen to $5.99 million recently, with an additional demand for $3 million.

He said the agency was being blackmailed and intimidated to make payments without verification of scholars on its payroll.

In a statement released on Monday, Odili said a new verification exercise will involve the registration of all scholars on a new portal which is custom built for the agency, and the confirmation of scholars’ claims with their universities of study.

During Monday’s meeting with the scholars’ representatives, Ojougboh, according to Odili’s statement, said there are obvious discrepancies that must be eliminated.

The NDDC, for most of this year, has been dogged by controversies over the misappropriation of billions of naira.

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