Anambra College Lecturers Protest Six Years Of Unpaid Allowances
The lecturers of the Federal College of Education (Technical), Umunze, Anambra State, on Monday, protested over six years of unpaid allowances.
They alleged that the Provost and management of the institution were intimidating them not to protest. They, therefore, warned them to stop intimidating their members over the development.
The protest was led by the Chairman, FCET, Umunze chapter of the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union, Dr. Churchill Okonkwo.
Okonkwo accused the school management of neglecting the lecturers’ welfare packages and also using the divide and rule antics rather than addressing the fundamental issues.
It was gathered that the lecturers had, a week ago, declared a three-week warning strike against the management of the college, where they directed parents to withdraw their children and wards from the college in their own interests.
But the management of the college in a swift reaction denied knowledge of the strike, describing it as a fake news.
The college’s Provost, Dr Tessy Okoli, was said to have warned the students not to be deceived by the “fake” report of strike, which she said was intended to cause panic and incite students’ unrest.
Okoli also advised journalists to always verify their reports to avoid misleading the public, noting that any student that would absent themselves from school during the examination period would have themselves to blame.
But, on Monday, the members of COEASU insisted that lecturers of the college were on strike and warned the Provost and management to stop intimidating them and deceiving the public with falsehoods.
The COEASU Chairman said, “As a union, we are all aware of the sacrifices we have made as a body to carry on with our tasks in the College despite the neglect of our welfare packages by the management, who is currently so versed in the divide and rule antics instead of addressing the raised issues.
“We are also aware that if not for COEASU wielding in to source for N1 million to sponsor some members to Abuja to demand our welfare, the management didn’t care that we are owed the Tertiary Education Trust Fund intervention since 2016 neither were they sympathetic to the fact that Teaching Practice mobilisation hadn’t been paid since 2018 and same nonchalance has also attended our demands for degree honorarium.
“It means that our meagre salaries are taxed to pay for our transportation to supervise teaching practice exercise since 2016, whereas the management always collects their Duty Tour Allowance every time they travel or leave the college environment for official duties.
“They always think that justice can be pushed aside with injustice and this is quite unfair. At our congress of Tuesday, August 23, 2022, the Provost was given a fair chance to appeal to us and make promises so that we will postpone the strike, but rather than do it, she resorted to threat.
“Our College has been made a laughing stock before the other Colleges in terms of our staff welfare, environment and governance. We are the dirtiest and most unkempt College in Nigeria with overgrown grasses everywhere. No clean sanitary facilities resulting in lecturers and students mostly relieving themselves in the highly overgrown grass velts.
“Before this new management, lecturers were assigned biros, files and markers but now we will spend our money to buy these.
“In the past, the College generators power the entire school and departments but now every school and department must buy their generator and also fuel it to make outputs; before now, accreditation are fully sponsored by the College but last accreditation HODs and Deans were given paltry sums to run around for accreditation and most of them are still being owed what they spent.
“This is something that other sister colleges do with ease and we ask; is our College created differently from other Colleges in Nigeria?”
The lecturers insisted, “That any staff participating in any examination will be penalised the Union way.
“COEASU exco will intensify monitoring exercises to ensure total compliance. That any staff that was harassed or intimidated by any management staff should quickly report to the executives.
The lecturers warned the management against keeping the students in the college in the absence of academic activities.
They described such as punishment and disservice to the parents, adding, “They cannot continue to keep the students in the College with lies when such students are not kept busy with academic activities. Remember that idle mind is a devil’s workshop.”
JAMB Resumes 2023 Direct Entry Registration
Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has resumed the 2023 Direct Entry (DE) registration exercise.
JAMB had announced the suspension of its ongoing 2023 Direct Entry registrations on February 21 to enable the deployment of certain measures, designed to better serve prospective candidates.
The registrar of JAMB, Professor Is-haq Oloyede, who made this known at a press briefing yesterday in Abuja, said the DE registration would come to a close on 28th April, 2023.
He lamented the high level of the forgery of A-Level certificates used for the registration, saying that the Board has introduced new guidelines to checkmate such acts.
Oloyede said, “You will recall that the Board commenced the 2023 Direct Entry registration on Monday, 20th February, 2023, but had to immediately suspend it following the discovery of the plethora of devices and machinations to circumvent and compromise the standard of A ‘level qualifications required from DE candidates.
“Recall that recent joint operations of the Federal Ministry of Education and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on DE qualifications brought to light some of these unsavoury and nefarious activities.
“Bayero University, Kano (BUK) has also consistently brought to the fore the high rate of forgery of A’Level qualifications for DE.
For instance, it was discovered that, in previous years, some candidates used unacceptable and forged A’ level certificates/qualifications to register for Direct Entry and eventually got admitted. For example, of the 148 candidates verified by BUK, only six were found to be genuine. By implication 142 of the results were forged.
“The board, concerned stakeholders and institutions are working assiduously to detect such and the ones already found, are being dealt with according to the provisions of the law.
“In order to further checkmate the anomaly and to also prevent recurrence of such irregularity, the Board has decided that the 2023 DE registrations will not only be restricted to JAMB (Professional Test Centres (PTCs) but will also be done under strict supervision.
“The Board has provided additional guidelines to all DE registration outlets (JAMB-owned centres), Officers of the Board and candidates on the 2023 Direct Entry registration exercise.
“At the point of registration, all candidates must fill in the registration/matriculation number of the previous school attended where the qualification was obtained; Subject(s) of qualification and awarding institution actually attended.”
Oloyede said the Board would only accept 13 qualifications/certificates for the 2023 Direct Entry registration exercise, which include first degree, university diploma, Higher National Diploma (HND), Ordinary National Diploma /National Diploma (OND/ND) and Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE), amongst others.
He, however, said that the 127 candidates who had earlier registered for the 2023 DE before the exercise was suspended, would be requested to return to the registration centres and update their application.
The JAMB boss also revealed that the Data Bank put in place to address challenges associated with the A ’level qualifications has now been renamed Nigeria Post-secondary Education Data System (NIPEDS).
On the 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), Oloyede said JAMB has introduced new measures in the conduct of the exam and called for understanding.
He said, “The board has instituted some measures which are to be deployed during the 2023 UTME exercise. Despite the fact that the innovations have been tested and certified, it is not unlikely that some hiccups might spring up when the new technology is deployed live and nationwide. We therefore solicit your support and understanding as we promptly address any unforeseen circumstances.
JAMB Suspends 2023 Direct Entry Registration
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has announced suspension of its ongoing 2023 Direct Entry registrations.
The board in a statement by its Head, Public Affairs and Protocol, Fabian Benjamin, explained that the registration which commenced on Monday, February 20, was suspended with effect from Tuesday, February 21, 2023.
The suspension, according to a statement issued by JAMB on Tuesday, is to enable the deployment of certain measures, which are designed to better serve prospective candidates.
The statement said, “A new date and fresh registration procedure, which will include the upload of JAMB Admission Letter in the case of OND and NCE, admission letter issued by universities in the case of university diploma, and admission letter issued by A’ Level examination bodies (IJMBE, JUPEB, etc.), would be announced in due course so that candidates could proceed to JAMB offices nationwide to register.”
It was earlier reported that JAMB had commenced the DE registration on Monday, February 20, 2023, and had slated it to end on Thursday, April 20, 2023.
“Candidates are also to note that only JAMB offices are approved to register them for Direct Entry,” the statement added.
NECO Releases 2022 SSCE External Results
The National Examinations Council (NECO) has announced the release of results of the November/December 2022 Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE).
Its Registrar, Prof Dantani Wushishi, who made the announcement in Minna, Niger State said 59,124 candidates sat for the examination, with 31,316 males, representing 52.96 percent while 27,808, representing 47.03 percent were female.
Wushishi added that the number of candidates that sat for the English Language was 58,012 of which 44,162, representing 76.13 percent got Credit and above, while the number of candidates that sat for Mathematics was 57,700, of which 43,096, representing 74.69 percent got credit and above.
He further said that the number of candidates who got five Ccedits and above, including English Language and Mathematics was 33,914 representing 57.36 percent.
“Also 46,825 candidates, representing 79.20% got five (5) Credits and above irrespective of English Language and Mathematics,” he said.
On the issue of examination malpractice, he said 11,419 candidates were booked for various forms of malpractice as against 4,454 in 2021, which shows a sharp rise in the number of malpractice cases.
According to him, this is largely due to the improvement in the strategy and technique adopted by the monitoring officers.
“This led to the blacklisting of four (4) supervisors, one (1) each from Rivers and Plateau States and two (2) from Ogun State for aiding and abetting as well as poor supervision,” he said.
Recall that the 2022 Senior School Certificate Examination, SSCE, External was conducted by NECO from 21 November to 21 December 2022 and is being released 57 days today after.
Speaking further on the examination, Wushishi said, a total of 29 subjects were examined as was done in 2021.