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Terrorist Attacks: FG Appropriates N144 Billion for Schools’ Protection

A total sum of N144.8 billion will be invested to protect schools across the country between 2023-2026

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The Federal Government has appropriated a sum of N144 billion in the 2023 budget to protect schools from vandals and terrorism, this was disclosed by the Minister of finance, budget and National Planning Zainab Ahmed. 

According to the Minister who spoke in Abuja at the launch of the National Plan on Financing Safe Schools-2023-2026, a total sum of N144.8 billion will be invested to protect schools across the country between 2023-2026.

Investors King understands that a number of schools have been targeted by terrorists in the Northeast and Northwest parts of Nigeria, leading to the adoption of hundreds of school children, especially girls. 

In most cases, the kidnapped students spent months or years as was the case with the Chibok girls. 

Similarly, in July 2022, several schools in Abuja and Nasarawa states shut down and sent students home due to the fear of terrorist attacks on the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). 

The Federal Capital Territory Authority (FCTA) also directed the closure of all private schools in Abuja  Thereby, leading to the disruption of their academic calendar. 

Furthermore, the Federal Ministry of Education also ordered the immediate closure of one of its Unity Colleges, the Federal Government College Kwali, located in Kwali Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

Meanwhile, Zainab noted that out of the total funds required for the project, the FG has made a provision of N15 billion in the 2023 budget, leaving a funding gap of N13.6 billion in 2023, expected to be filled by state governments, agencies, the private sector, and development partners interested in supporting Nigeria.

Speaking at the event, the Director-general of the Department of State Service Yusuf Magaji Bichi said, in collaboration with sister agencies, the service will use all tactical and human assets to protect the schools from vandals and terrorists. 

The DG of DSS further pledged that the service will ensure that all schools are safe for teaching and learning.

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Teaching Jobs in UK: Eligibility Criteria Amended as Application Begins February 1

Most teachers from Nigeria, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Singapore, South Africa and Zimbabwe had expressed happiness as they meet the criteria.

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The chances of potential applicants for the teaching jobs announced by the United Kingdom have reduced as the country has amended the requirements for the recruitment exercise.

Following the initial eligibility criteria released for applicants for the job, Investors King had gathered that most teachers from Nigeria, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Singapore, South Africa and Zimbabwe had expressed happiness as they meet the criteria and we’re set to apply for the once it starts in February 1, 2023.

But, most interested persons from the highlighted countries, it was gathered, may not be able to meet up as UK Department for Education has added fresh criteria for the job.

The United Kingdom government had also factored its citizens among those qualified to go for the teacher status.

The Department for Education had in its Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which will enable non-UK indigenes find teaching jobs across the country, had only stated that applicants who major in subjects such as Mathematics, Sciences and some Language Subjects are eligible to apply.

According to the statement earlier published on its website for the job, interested applicants were asked to apply for the QTS through the Teaching Regulation Agency (TRA).

The information had stated that teachers from all eligible countries will have to show they meet a consistent set of criteria for the award of the QTS.

As interested persons were waiting for February 1 for them to apply, the UK Education Department announced some changes to the eligibility criteria.

In the amended eligibility criteria, some subjects were removed while other qualifications were added.

As seen on the UK government website, the corrected notice disclosed that there will be a subject eligibility restriction in some countries including Nigeria, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Singapore, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

According to the UK government, the move was to ensure it offers efficient and consistent service to all applicants for the job.

Among the reasons it gave for the amendment was for UK to prioritise the subject specialisms that are majorly needed by schools in England.

While disclosing that the restriction of the subject eligibility is temporary, the government said the change would allow it handle applications timely as they are being received.

It noted that the countries affected would be continued to be updated on further steps and that other subject of some areas of specialisations would be opened by May 2023.

Other qualifications added for applicants from Ghana, India, Jamaica, Nigeria, Singapore, South Africa or Zimbabwe included that they must also have one of the qualifications it newly released.

The qualifications are: a teaching qualification that meets the standard of a level 6 qualification qualifying you to teach children aged 11 to 16 in mathematics, languages or science; a teaching qualification that meets the standard of a level 6 qualification qualifying you to teach children aged 11 to 16, and a bachelor’s degree made up of at least 50% mathematics, science or a language (excluding English) taught in English state schools, for example: French, German. Italian, Japanese, Latin, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish.

The change may drop the number of qualified in Nigeria and other countries listed.

 

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2023 UTME, Direct Entry: JAMB Begins Sales of Forms on Saturday, Announces Deadlines

The sale of forms for the 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) for prospective applicants today (Saturday).

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Barring any change in plans, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said it would start the sale of forms for the 2023 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE) for prospective applicants today (Saturday).

Investors King gathers that the UTME is an assessment examination conducted annually by JAMB for candidates who want to secure admission into tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

Prospective candidates are expected to purchase their forms and commence registration from today, Saturday, January 14, 2023.

JAMB also disclosed that it would close the sale of forms and registration of candidates on Tuesday, February 14.

Also, the board started the sale of Direct Entry (DE) application documents in Nigeria and foreign centres, adding that direct entry applicants from Polytechnics and Colleges of Education can obtain their forms from centres close to them.

It further stated that candidates applying for the entrance examination into the various tertiary institutions in Nigeria are advised to keep in mind that PIN vending for the UTME examination would also end on Tuesday, February 14, while the registration portal will be shut down on Friday, February 17.

This process is also applicable to foreign students at the accredited JAMB registration centre.

Moreover, candidates have been admonished to open a new email or have a valid existing email account before starting the process as part of the requirements to sit for the examination.

For the general entry candidates seeking admission into the Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education, are required to have at least five (5) credit grades in their O’level with English and Mathematics compulsory to qualify them to sit for the examination.

However, the direct entry candidates are to obtain a minimum of five (5) credit grades in their O’level with English and Mathematics compulsory as well as a distinction or upper credit in their polytechnic or college of education.

The general and direct entry candidates are allowed to use not more than two sittings of their Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) certificate to qualify them for the examination ahead of the 2023 academic session across all tertiary institutions in the country.

For admission into first degree, National Diploma (ND), National innovation Diploma (NID) and Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) programmes, five (5) O level credit passes including English Language are required while credit in Mathematics is required for law and science-based and social science programmes.

A statement by JAMB had disclosed that the Direct Entry (DE) registration would commence from Monday, 20th February and run till Thursday, 20th April, 2023.

JAMB spokesman, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, in the statement, confirmed that the decision was taken at the end of JAMB’s management meeting.

It further said that Saturday, 29th April, 2023, had been fixed for the conduct of the 2023 UTME, and the examination was expected to run till Monday, 12th May, 2023.

JAMB added that it had also fixed Thursday, 16th March, 2023, for the conduct of its optional mock-UTME.

It noted that interested candidates would be required to pay the sum of N1000 service charge for Computer Based Test (CBT) centres for the conduct of mock examination at the point of registration so as to prevent a situation where candidates would indicate interest to sit for the mock-UTME leading the various centres to commit human and material resources only to stay away on the day of the examination.

 

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JAMB Moves To Block Leakages, Introduces eNaira as Payment Mode for UTME Applicants

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With a view to blocking leakages in its transactions and ensuring elimination of extortion of candidates, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has made eNaira as mode of payment for those who want to register for Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in this year.
The board is partnering with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to adopt e-naira as the preferred payment mode chosen for the 2023 UTME registration.
Aside that the new payment pattern would checkmate financial leakages within the JAMB system, the apex bank in Nigeria revealed that eNaira would prevent candidates from being extorted by registration centres.
Disclosing the development during a meeting with JAMB and its financial partners, the Director of Information, Technology, Architecture, and Strategy at CBN, Rakiya Mohammed, said the newly introduced payment mode would also reduce cost of cash transactions.
Mohammed, who was represented by an official of the bank, Abdul Shedrack, while maintaining that the new payment mode would block leakages in JAMB’s transactions, also stated that e-Naira was needed to reduce the overall indirect cost of cash transactions on the broader community.
Aside that the mode would accelerate the digitization of cash and facilitate the development of e-commerce as well as support, the CBN Director added that it would enhance the implementation of government policies.
On the seamless implementation and usage of e-naira seamless, Muhammed explained that the e-naira is the digital version of the naira currency as it has the same value and is backed by law.
Following this revelation, the director said that the mode would function as a safe and efficient alternative means of payment which is seamless and fortified against any form of abuse.
The CBN, therefore, urged JAMB applicants to download and install the eWallet from its website or via Google Play Store or Apple’s IOS Store.
It could be recalled that in 2021, Nigeria became the first African country to introduce a central bank digital currency (CBDC) by launching the eNaira.
However, over a year after, the adoption of digital currency is still very slow, even though the Central Bank of Nigeria believes it has recorded significant success with the currency.
The CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, had disclosed that eNaira has recorded 700,000 transactions valued at N8 billion since its inauguration on October 25, 2021.
Emefiele’s assertion goes to mean that more Nigerians are gradually embracing the digital version of the nation’s currency.
Investors King findings revealed that adopting eNaira as payment mode for UTME will likely be accepted by young Nigerians who are majority of people applying for JAMB forms.
Sampling opinions of admission seekers who are potential applicants of JAMB, they said the development is welcomed, adding that it was expected since the nation is fastly embracing cashless policy.

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