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WAEC Launches Statistics Platform to Provide Student-Level Data on Academic Performance

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West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has launched an educational statistics platform known as “EDUSTAT” to provide student-level data on performance.

EDUSTAT is reported to be borne out of the desire to provide stakeholders such as funding agencies, government institutions, researchers, administrators, and parents with a user-friendly reliable platform that provides educational insights.

The platform will provide researchers with a comprehensive and intuitive way to analyze and keep track of students’ performance which will be accessible to educators at all levels from teachers to school administrators, and policymakers.

Head of National Office (HNO), Patrick Areghan disclosed that the platform is designed for the public to leverage WAEC’s comprehensive and reliable database of over 50 million candidates who have been tested over the years. He added that the educational insights were collected from multiple sources and delivered in simplified graphs, summaries, and dashboards that would assist in enhancing decision-making.

While speaking at the unveiling of the platform in Lagos, Nigeria, he said, “The core benefit of the EDUSTAT by WAEC platform is to provide access to a comprehensive Interactive Web Report. Also, the platform offers detailed and smart statistical insights into the education and assessment dynamics, using historical and current data to provide detailed intelligence for stakeholders across the globe in a smart and easily accessible manner.

“One of the key features of this platform is its ability to analyze data in real-time. This means that educators can get immediate feedback on how their students are performing, enabling them to adjust their teaching strategies as needed. Additionally, the platform is designed to be user-friendly and customizable, allowing educators to tailor it to their specific needs and preferences.”

He further disclosed that EDUSTAT would be beneficial to institutions such as Universities, Polytechnics, and colleges of Education by accessing data on enrollment and academic performance of their students, as it would be helpful to spot areas where resources are needed to support students thereby improving their academic performance.

Investors King understands that this recent rollout of the educational statistics platform by WAEC will enable educators’ ease of work and access to student data by taking the edge off the manual access to data which will enhance quick decision-making and quality service delivery. Also, with analysis of real-time data, it will save time and cost, enabling educators to get immediate feedback on certain information needed.

Users of WAEC EDUSTAT can log on to the website to sign up, select parameters, select their preferred method of report generation (Summaries, Charts, Maps, Trends), make payments, download, and use the content for personal/official purposes.

WAEC is no doubt moving ahead with technological trends following its recent advancements in its operations as it seeks to deploy technology in all facets of its operations. Recall that last year October, as part of its efforts to meet the demands of the fast-changing world, the West African Examinations Council launched a digital certificate platform.

The platform involves mobile and web-based applications, designed, specifically, for candidates, individuals, institutions, and organizations, which be used to recover candidates’ forgotten/lost examination numbers. The rollout of the platform has also solved the problem of delay, doubt, and faking, as candidates can access and share their results at any time, and to any location around the globe.

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JAMB Releases 36,540 Withheld UTME Results, Dismisses Cyber Breach Claims

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The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has quelled concerns over the integrity of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) results by releasing an additional 36,540 previously withheld scores.

This move follows earlier revelations of withheld results and assertions of a cyber security breach.

Fabian Benjamin, the spokesperson for JAMB, confirmed the release of these results in a statement issued late Tuesday in Abuja.

This latest batch of released scores, when combined with the 531 previously unveiled, brings the total number of results made public to 1,879,437.

Benjamin took the opportunity to address circulating rumors regarding the security of the UTME results.

He categorically dismissed claims of a cyber security breach, saying that the examination outcomes remain intact and securely stored.

He stressed that the results are not stored in any cloud system and thus cannot be compromised by external entities.

At the time of the UTME release, JAMB had disclosed that certain results were withheld pending further investigation.

Subsequently, 531 of these results were recently unveiled with the remainder still under scrutiny.

Benjamin explained that any candidates implicated in examination malpractice are undergoing thorough investigation.

The examination board intends to meticulously review footage from CCTV cameras installed across all accredited centers to ascertain each candidate’s involvement.

Benjamin urged the public to remain vigilant against misinformation originating from sources not affiliated with JAMB.

He attributed the discrepancies in minimum admissible scores to variations among tertiary institutions. Some institutions, he noted, proposed lower minimum scores than others, resulting in varying benchmarks.

Benjamin clarified that these benchmarks are determined collectively by all Heads of Institutions during the annual Policy Meeting on Admissions, ensuring uniformity across the country.

Also, Benjamin cautioned religious organizations against overstepping their designated roles.

He warned against the dissemination of false information to governmental bodies for personal gain.

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International Students in Germany Get Pre-Study Work Rights Under New Law

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Germany has implemented a new segment of its revamped skilled worker law, granting international students significant pre-study work rights.

This move aims to attract skilled workers from various sectors while fostering integration and easing financial burdens for students.

Under these fresh regulations, non-EU citizens applying for study visas can now arrive in Germany up to nine months before their studies commence.

During this period, which was previously not permitted for work, students are allowed to work part-time for up to 20 hours per week.

This change particularly benefits prospective students from developing countries, offering them the opportunity to support themselves financially while preparing for their academic pursuits.

The revised skilled worker law also extends its support to individuals interested in apprenticeships in Germany.

Third-country nationals seeking apprenticeships can now reside in the country for nine months, provided they demonstrate a B1-level proficiency in German and are below the age of 35.

During this preparatory period, they are permitted to engage in part-time work, laying the groundwork for their transition into full-time training once they secure an apprenticeship position.

Moreover, the new regulations enhance work opportunities for international students already enrolled in German institutions.

The permitted work duration for students has been extended from 120 to 140 full days in any calendar year, equivalent to 20 hours per week, or 280 half days per calendar year.

This adjustment acknowledges the financial challenges students may face and provides them with greater flexibility to manage their expenses.

In addition to pre-study work rights, graduates of German universities now benefit from an extended post-graduation stay of 18 months for job hunting.

This extended period offers graduates ample time to seek employment opportunities within Germany, with the option to apply for permanent residence after two years of continuous employment.

Overall, these amendments to Germany’s skilled worker law underscore the country’s commitment to attracting and retaining international talent.

By providing enhanced work opportunities and support mechanisms for students and graduates, Germany aims to strengthen its position as a hub for global education and professional development.

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New Student Loans Act Passed by Nigerian Senate

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The Nigerian Senate has approved the Student Loans Access to Higher Education Act (Repeal and Re-Enactment) Bill of 2024.

This legislative milestone follows meticulous deliberation of the report presented by Senator Mohammed Muntari, Chairman of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND).

The bill garnered support after successfully passing its second reading last week, prompted by a directive from President Bola Tinubu to repeal the existing Student Loan (Access to Higher Education) Bill and introduce a new one.

The newly endorsed act aims to revamp the implementation of the Higher Education Student Loan Scheme, addressing various shortcomings such as the management structure of the Nigerian Education Loan Fund (NELF), eligibility criteria for applicants, loan purposes, funding sources, and procedures for disbursement and repayment.

This legislative reform is a response to the temporary suspension of the student loan system, which was intended to provide Nigerian students in tertiary institutions with access to low-interest loans.

The overhaul seeks to streamline the loan scheme, making it more efficient and accessible to deserving students across the country.

In parallel, the Senate debated a motion spearheaded by Senator Adebule Oluranti, advocating for urgent measures to tackle the issue of out-of-school children in Nigeria, estimated at a staggering 20 million by UNESCO.

Lawmakers stressed the need for proactive strategies to reduce this alarming figure, including the establishment of mobile courts to enforce education laws and the implementation of the Universal Basic Education (UBE) Act.

The Senate’s commitment to educational reform underscores its dedication to ensuring equitable access to quality education for all Nigerian children, paving the way for a brighter future for the nation.

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