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WAEC Releases 2021 Results; Withholds 170,146 Results

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West African Examination Council (WAEC) on Monday announced it has released the 2021 West African Senior School Certificate Examination results, of which 81 percent of the students that sat for the exam obtained at least five credit passes including English language and Mathematics.

Mr. Patrick Areghan, the Head of National Office, WAEC disclosed on Monday.

Breaking down the numbers, Mr. Areghan said a total of 1,573,849 candidates registered for the examination from 19,425 recognised secondary schools in the country. Out of which 1,560,261 candidates sat for the examination.

He said: “The analysis of the statistics of the performance of candidates in the examination shows that out of the One Million, Five Hundred and Sixty Thousand, Two Hundred and Sixty One (1,560,261) candidates that sat the examination,

“One Million, Three Hundred and Ninety-Eight Thousand, Three Hundred and Seventy (1,398,370) candidates, representing 89.62%, obtained credit and above in a minimum of any five (5) subjects (i.e with or without English Language and/ or Mathematics;

“One Million, Two Hundred and Seventy Four Thousand, Seven Hundred and Eighty-Four (1,274,784) candidates, representing 81.7%, obtained credits and above in a minimum of five (5) subjects, including English Language and Mathematics.

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“Of this number, Six Hundred and Thirty Thousand, One Hundred and Thirty-Eight (630,138) i.e. 49.43% were male candidates, while Six Hundred and Forty-Four Thousand, Six Hundred and Forty-Six (644,646) i.e. 50.57% were female candidates.

“The percentage of candidates in this category in the WASSCE for School Candidates, 2020, that is, those who obtained credit and above in a minimum of five (5) subjects, including English Language and Mathematics, was 65.24%. Thus, there is an appreciable 16.46% improvement in performance in this regard.

“The results of One Hundred and Seventy Thousand, One Hundred and Forty-Six (170,146) candidates, representing 10.9% of the total number of candidates that sat the examination, are being withheld in connection with various reported cases of examination malpractice.

“Of great worry here is the activities of rogue-website operators and some other social media platforms, who post-examination questions online immediately after the commencement of the paper being administered.

“The increasing use of cell phones in the examination hall, in spite of the existing ban, and organized cheating in some schools, are other big concerns. All the cases are being investigated and reports of the investigations will be presented to the appropriate Committee of the Council for determination in due course. The Committee’s decisions will be communicated to the affected candidates through their various schools.” He said.

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ASUU STRIKE: Federal Government Announced 23.5 per cent Increment For University Lecturers

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The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, on Tuesday, said the government has approved a 23.5 per cent salary increase for lecturers, while a 3 per cent increment will be enjoyed by professors. He noted that this was what the federal government could afford at the moment. 

The minister also disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) warned against signing agreements that the government will not be able to meet.

It will be recalled that the Academic Staff Union Of Universities (ASUU) has been on strike for more than six months. Some of their demands include salary increments, the acceptance of UTAS for the University system as against IPPIS and revitalisation funds for Federal Universities. 

During a meeting with Vice Chancellors and other stakeholders in the University system, Adamu said, “The Federal Government can only afford a 23.5% salary increase for all categories of the workforce in Federal Universities, except for the professorial cadre which will enjoy a 35% upward review”. 

He also said that a sum of N150 billion will be provided for in the 2023 budget as funds for the revitalisation of federal universities which will be disbursed to theinstitutions in the first quarter of the year while a sum of N50 billion will be provided for in the 2023 budget for the payment of outstanding areas of earned academic allowances which will be paid in the first quarter of 2023.

Speaking at the end of the meeting, the pro-chancellor of the National Open University of Nigeria, Professor Peter Okebukola, noted that the government was ready to go all out to ensure that the university lecturers return to school.

Meanwhile, ASSU has rejected the offer describing it “as inadequate to meet their respective demands needed to tackle the challenges confronting the university system.”

The union however demanded a 100 per cent salary increment from the federal government. 

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ASUU Strike: University Union Rejects 35% Salary Increase For Professors, Demands 100%

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The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu on Tuesday outlined the Federal Government’s efforts to resolve the industrial action embarked upon by Academic Staff Union of Universities on February 14.

Speaking at a press conference in Abuja, Adamu said the government had offered the union a 23.5 percent salary increase “for all category of the workforce in Federal Universities, except for the professorial cadre which will enjoy a 35% upward review.”

Adamu said the government had also promised that a sum of N150 billion “shall be provided for in the 2023 Budget as funds for the revitalization of Federal Universities, to be disbursed to the Institutions in the First Quarter of the year.”

Also, the government pledged a sum of N50 billion that would be provided “for in the 2023 Budget for the payment of outstanding areas of earned academic allowances, to be paid in the First Quarter of the year.”

However, ASUU and three other university unions who had been on strike, rejected the offer, Minister Adamu said, describing it “as inadequate to meet their respective demands needed to tackle the challenges confronting the university system.”

According to an ASUU source, the union is seeking over a 100 percent increase in salaries.

While other unions – NASU, SSANU and NAAT – have subsequently suspended their industrial action after further negotiations with the government, ASUU has instead extended its strike indefinitely.

“We have done the best that we can in the circumstance,” the Minister said.

Meanwhile, the Minister said the issue of ‘no work, no pay’ remains a major obstacle in the negotiations.

“In the spirit of sincerity, Government made it clear that it would not break the law,” Minister Adamu said.

“And on this, I must, openly and once again, thank all the Unions which made the sacrifice of understanding the position of Government on the matter.”

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ASUU, FG Defy All Sense of Reasons, Extends Strike Indefinitely

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Monday extended its strike indefinitely after failing to reach an agreement with the federal government.

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Monday extended its strike indefinitely after failing to reach an agreement with the federal government.

The two met at a meeting held at the University of Abuja on Sunday and engaged in tough discussions that ended in ASUU announcing that the ongoing strike of 196 days has been extended indefinitely.

The Federal Ministry of Education, Ben Goong, said President Muhammadu Buhari had done everything possible to ensure an end to the strike, but ASUU had remained adamant despite the Federal Government meeting almost 80% of the union’s demands.

He said, “As regards the next steps, the government has already inaugurated a committee to harmonise the IPPIS, UTAS, and UP3. This will ensure that the government will pay with only one payment platform that will harmonise all the technical peculiarities.

“If you bring some demands and almost 80% have been attended to, there is no need to drag the strike anymore.

“It is unreasonable for the strike to be lingering seeing as the government has worked towards fulfilling most of the demands.”

Meanwhile, Ekiti State University (EKSU) has joined other state universities to declare open academic activities. The state university asked all its students to resume today, August 29, 2022.

On Monday, the Campaign for Equal Rights and Opportunities for all Nigerians (CERON) said ASUU has lost all sympathy of parents and students. CERON blamed the union for unreasonable demands and insensitivity given the months Nigerian students had spent at home in 2022 alone.

Mr. Francis Odiir, the organisation secretary, said “Most Nigerian homes are in somber mood since the news of the decision of ASUU to declare an indefinite strike, after keeping students at home for six months, broke.

“It is really unfortunate that after Nigerians appealed to the union to make concessions by considering the pains of the students and their parents and call off the action, they rather resolved to call an indefinite action.

“It is sad that they chose this path after the appeals from Nigerians considering the fact that other associations in public universities have all called off their action after similar appeals from Nigerians and the government.

“Their decision is outright insensitivity to the plight of the students and parents who are all devastated by this unpopular decision. Strangely ASUU failed to realize that those who are affected by their decision are poor parents whose wards populate the public universities.

“These are people who have over time sympathized with them but today they are worse hit by the decision; and the truth is that by this decision, ASUU has lost that sympathy it enjoyed among majority of Nigerians which is a huge minus for them.

“As a group, we had earnestly appealed to them to call off the action while they continue with the negotiations with the Federal Government but they would not have any of that. Unfortunately it is the poor masses who would be at the receiving end of this unpopular decision, it is sad and devastating.”

 

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