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BREAKING: ASUU suspends 9 months old strike conditionally

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has on Monday conditionally suspended its 9 months old strike.

This is coming after varsity lecturers received their two month arrears.

This was made known to the public by ASUU National Chairman, Biodun Ogunyemi at a briefing of the union on Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020 in Abuja.

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Speaking further, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi thanked Nigerian students and parents for their cooperation during the 9 months old strike that started since March, 2020.

He also assured Nigerians that they are returning to classes and therefore appeal to parents to work with them for the revitalisation of universities.

In a press statement by the union, the union insisted that they did not lock the universities, as far as they are concerned.

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The union also noted that their members will resume classes from Thursday, December 24th, 2020.

Professor Biodun Ogunyemi added that the government will decide when universities are to resume in line with the COVID-19 complaiance guidelines.

Recall that Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19, PTF, directed school owners including universities not to reopen till January 18th, 2021 due to increase in coronavirus confirmed cases.

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JAMB stops use of email for UTME, direct entry registration

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has scrapped the use email for the processing of registration for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and Direct Entry (DE).

This was disclosed by JAMB registrar, Prof Is-haq Oloyede while speaking with journalists on Tuesday evening.

According to Oloyede, email would only be needed at the successful completion of the registration exercise by candidates to access information on the examination.

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He said, “As from Thursday, April 15, 2021, candidates will no longer be required to provide any email address during registration.”

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JAMB, institutions set June 15 deadline for 2020/21 admissions

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and heads of various tertiary institutions in the country have agreed to conclude all 2020/2021 admissions by June 15.

The board made the disclosure in a statement signed on Sunday by its Head of Media and Publicity, Dr Fabian Benjamin,  in Abuja.

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It said that public universities would conclude admissions a month  before private universities, polytechnics and colleges of education.

According to the JAMB,  heads of institutions and itself reached the agreement at a virtual meeting on Wednesday (Feb. 24) during which issues concerning admissions process were discussed.

”All admissions in the nation’s tertiary institutions for the 2020/2021 Academic Session would end by June 15.

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“The decision was collectively taken at a virtual meeting with heads of tertiary institutions in the country on 24th February, 2021,” it said.

The board said that the meeting was  aimed at knowing the level the institutions had reached on the 2020/21 Admissions scale.

JAMB added that the essence of the interactive session was to forestall an endless admission regime generated by disruptions to daily life occasioned especially by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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It said that  the meeting was also to enable the board to put necessary machineries in place for the 2021/2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination and Direct Entry Registration.

According to him, only 30% of institutions has  commenced admissions into the 2020/2021 Academic Session.

“Stakeholders collectively agreed that all public universities would be expected to finish  admissions on or before 15th May, while private universities would complete theirs at the agreed date of June 15.

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“This, also includes all IEIs, polytechnics and colleges of education.

“The decision on the chosen deadlines remains sacrosanct and binding on all institutions.

“The board will not tolerate breach of the collective decision reached,” it said.

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JAMB said that it would announce, in a week’s time, the commencement date for the sale of application documents for the 2021/2022 Academic Session.

JAMB also urged all institutions to adhere strictly to advisories issued to them on inter- university transfers, intra-university transfers, foreign inter-university transfers and fresh foreign candidates.

It also advised them to adhere to advisories on change of programmes and institutions and other essential processes relating to admission.

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According to the board, the adherence is to avoid  bickerings that could endanger the future of candidates and their subsequent mobilisation for the National Youth Service Corps.

It said that transfer of candidates within institutions locally or internationally was  acceptable but must  follow due process.

JAMB said that as a responsible organisation and gatekeeper, it would not allow the process to be circumvented to allow unqualified candidates to gain access to the country’s institutions.

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“JAMB would not be a party to any improper transfer or breach of set guidelines.

“Adequate measures or checks must be done to verify if such candidates meet minimum requirements or possess the prerequisite qualifications to be in the institution in the first instance.”

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JUST IN: Kwara govt sacks 2414 teachers, gives reason

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Kwara State Governor, AbdulRaham AbdulRazaq has sacked 2414 teachers who were employed during the adminstration of the former governor, Abdulfathai Ahmed.

AbdulRaham explained that the 2414 teachers employed by the State Universal Basic Education Board(KWSUBEB) are not qualified for the job as they don’t have the required certificate to teach.

In a press released by the press secretary of ministry of Education & Human Capital Development titled Kwara Govt takes stand on 2019 SUBEB workers, revealed that the state government has decided to start new employment process all over again in January 2021.

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The state government added that eligible 2414 person will be able to apply through the new application portal, noting that every applicant will go through rigorous screenings.

Also, Governor AbdulRaham AbdulRazaq ordered the salaries of 594 person withheld since June 2020 to be paid immediately.

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