By Francesca Iwambe
Worried over the lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has has threatened a mass protest if Federal Government to swiftly resolve the issue.
In a statement by the NANS’s factional President, Umar Faruk Lawal, in Abuja, on Thursday, the body lamented the negative effects of the industrial action on Nigerian students, stressing that their patience had been overstretched.
NANs threatened to occupy the Ministry of Education as it urged the Federal Government to set up visitation panels to address issues relating to the academics and welfare of the students.
The statement reads: “Academic Staff Union (ASUU) has been on strike for almost eight months, the academic calendar cannot be used as a parameter for years of studies anymore, as students keep suffering from the long-term effect of the strike. The Nigerian students’ patience has been stretched beyond its elastic limit and they have resolved to liberate themselves from the recurring effect of the industrial action by ASUU.
“Federal Government through Ministry of Education should within few working days resolve the lingering ASUU strike. As we shall mobilize our students towards occupying the Ministry of Education until our demands are met”.
ASUU had started it strike in February, and later embarked on a total, indefinite and comprehensive strike following the inability of the Federal Government to accede to its demands.
“The Nigerian Student’s patience has be stretched beyond its elastic limit and have resolved to liberate themselves from the recurring effect of the industrial action by ASUU”.
#IndependenceDay: Buhari Appeals To ASUU To Call Off Strike, Return To Class,
By Emma Onuwa
The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) has pleaded with the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities to return to the classrooms.
He also assured them that their demands would be met within the scarce resources of the state.
NaijaBlitzNews reports that the president said this while addressing the nation on Saturday to commemorate Nigeria’s 62nd Independence Day, the retired major general expressed sadness at the disruption in academic activities in tertiary institutions.
He said, “I must confess that I am very pained by the recurring disruption to our tertiary education system and I am using this Independence Day celebration to re-iterate my call for the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to return to the classroom while assuring them to deal with their contending issues within the limits of the scarce resources available.
“This administration has made appreciable progress in redressing these issues that have been lingering for over eleven years.”
Insecurity: About 2,295 teachers killed in North-east Nigeria between 2009 to 2022 – TRCN
*Seeks implementation of Safe Schools Declaration guidelines ratified in 2019
By Francesca Iwambe, Abuja
At least 2,295 teachers were killed in the North East between 2009 – 2022, 19,000 others displaced and 910 schools damaged or destroyed as a result of conflict.
This disclosure was made by the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, TRCN with a call for the full implementation of the Safe Schools Declarations guidelines endorsed by Nigeria in 2015 and ratified by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.
Speaking while delivering a paper at the 2022 National Delegates Conference of the Nigeria Union of Teacher, NUT, the TRCN Registrar Prof. Josiah Olusegun Ajiboye also lamented that over 1,500 schools were forced to close due to insurgency while more than 600,000 children have lost access to education.
The TRCN boss therefore called on the Federal Government to review its security architecture to address the deteriorating security situation because of terrorism and violent attacks on education.
He noted that as a way forward, federal, state and local education authorities should facilitate the immediate implementation of the National Policy on Safety, Security and Violence Free Schools, NPSSVFS, by making budgetary provisions.
He urged the Federal Government to increase domestic education expenditure of 50 per cent over the next two years as committed at the Global Partnership for Education, GPE, Education Summit.
Speaking on impact of attacks on schools, he noted that “attacks on education create a ripple effect and set in motion a range of negative impacts such as loss of education, early marriage, early pregnancy, and stigma associated with sexual violence and children born from rape, all of which can dramatically affect female students’ futures.”
He said schools used for various military purposes, including to hold and execute captives, and as barracks for insurgents, further contributed to parents’ and students’ fears about the safety of sending their children, and especially their daughters, back to school after the insurgents had departed.
On the effect of insurgency on the country’s economy, he said destruction of School buildings – Classrooms, students’ hostels, staff quarters, laboratories, and equipment will require billions of Naira to fix.
“The cost of security expenditure to manage violence and conflict as well as its economic impact, has increased since 2007, almost doubling from $69.3 billion to $132.6 billion in 2019, according to data from the 2021 Economic Value of Peace report by the Institute for Economics & Peace (IEP). Likewise, between June 2011 and March 2020, at least $18.3 million has been paid to kidnappers as ransom, according to a report by SBM Intelligence,” he said.
He added that attacks on schools and terrorism have reduced foreign investment in Nigeria, thereby putting much pressure on our local economy.
He said a school is considered to be safe if schools and learning centers are violence free environments; schools and learning centers mitigate the effects of natural hazards; schools and learning centers prevent or prepare to address conflict; schools and learning centers prevent or mitigate the effects of everyday hazards; and school infrastructure is safe.
On the role of teachers in safeguarding learners, he noted that teachers should keep a close watch on learners to ensure that abuse and violence against learners are prevented or promptly responded to if they occur, adding that they should observe learners closely for any signs and symptoms of safeguarding concerns.
He also urged teachers to report promptly suspected or actual cases of abuse or violence against a learner; protect learners from being abused or maltreated by peers or staff; popularize child safeguarding notions and practices in the school amongst others.
BREAKING: NECO releases 2022 SSCE result
*Says, 60.74 per cent made five credits and above
*Record a decrease of 10.9 per cent as compared to last year
By Francesca Iwambe
About 64 days after yhe National Examinations Council, NECO conducted the 2022 Senior School Certificate Examination, SSCE, the examination body on Thursday announced release of the results.
The Registrar of NECO, Prof Dantani Wushishi, who made the announcement in Minna, Niger State said, the 2022 exercise was adjudged credible by stakeholders.
Wushishi said, at least 1,209,703 candidates registered for the examination with 636,327 male, representing 52.60 per cent and 573,376 female, representing 47.39 per cent.
He however said that only 1,198,412 candidates actually sat for the examination with 630,180 male, representing 52.58 per cent and 568,232 female, representing 47.41 per cent.
He said the number of candidates who made five Credits and above including English Language and Mathematics is 727,864 representing 60.74 per cent.
According to him, when compared to 2021 SSCE, Internal, figures of 878,925 or 71.64 per cent, there is a decrease of 10.9 per cent.
“Number of candidates with Special Needs is 1,031, with the breakdown as follows: 98 with albinism, 177 with autism, 574 with hearing impairment, and 107 visually impaired.
“Number of candidates who made Credit and above in English Language is 889,188 representing 74.89%.
“Number of candidates who made Credit and above in Mathematics is 929,140 representing 78.23%, as shown in Table 2.
“Number of candidates who made five (5) Credits and above including English Language and Mathematics is 727,864 representing 60.74%. When compared to 2021 SSCE (Internal) figures of 878,925 (71.64%) there is a decrease of 10.9%.
“Number of candidates who made five (5) Credits and above irrespective of English Language and Mathematics is 1,011,457 representing 84.40%. When compared to 2021 SSCE (Internal) figures of 1,153,716 (94.04% ) there is a decrease of 9.64%.
“Number of candidates involved in various forms of malpractice in 2022 is 13,594 representing 0.13% as shown in Tables 4 and 4A. Whereas 20,003 representing 1.63% cases were recorded in 2021,” he said.
Wushishi disclosed that the council has a long-standing tradition for zero tolerance for malpractice and that informed the drop in cases of malpractice in 2022 compared to the figure of 2021.
He announced that four schools were recommended for de-recognition for two years due to their involvement in mass cheating/whole school cases.
“Also, twenty nine (29) Supervisors were blacklisted for various offences ranging from poor supervision, Insult, Aiding and Abetting, during the examinations,” he said.
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