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Nigeria Records 13m Out Of School Children, 60% From North – Osasah

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By Jessica John Bakari

The Executive Director of African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development, Mr Monday Osasah says currently Nigeria is being rated having about 13 million out of school children with 60% of them from the northern part of the country.

Osasah stated this during a one day subnational summit on girl child education and premier of the C-CAGE documentary organized by the African Centre for Leadership Strategy and Development with support from Malala Foundation with a theme “Girl Child Education, A Veritable Tool for Development” held at Nurses House in Jimeta – Yola.

He said the centre is a non profit, non governmental organization established under Nigerian laws to build strategic leadership for sustainable development in Africa.

Osasah explained that the vision of the centre is to work with forces of positive change to empower citizens to transform society.

He pointed out that the centre is also meant to address the growing menace of out of school children in Nigeria in which currently stands at 13 million, the world highest number.

He added that the centre focuses on girl child education because girls account for over 60% of children.

Osasah enumerated the successes recorded in Adamawa to include enrollment of 1451 out of school girls into secondary Schools in three local government areas of Numan, Song and Maiha.

Other success achieved was the establishment of 25 safe spaces across the three local government areas with 1072 in and out of school girls for learning of basic numeracy and vocational skills.

In his remark, the Deputy speaker in the state house of assembly, Mr  Pwamakaino Mackondo lauded the effort of the centre with the support from Malala foundation for supporting Adamawa State in the area of Girl child Education.

There were goodwill messages from the state commissioner of higher education and tertiary institution, Mr Dishon kwobe, representatives of village heads of Numan, Song and Maiha local government areas, as well as representatives of teachers, chairman of universal basic education board, parents among others.

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Fintiri Commended As Adamawa Records Rising Performance In 2022 WASSCE

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By Muhammad B Muhammad

78 percent of candidates that sat for 2022 west Africa examination council in adamawa state have scored 5 credits including core subjects; mathematics and English language.

Press secretary to the governor, Mr Humwashi Wonosikou revealed this while briefing newsmen on the success story of adamawa candidates in the just released WASSCE results.

He disclosed that 78 percent from 43,254 candidates in 418 senior secondary schools sat for the examination in the state.

He said the achievements recorded will not only put the students on the right track of their educational pursuit but has proved that the functional educational policy of Governor Fintiri is yielding positive result.

He maintained that in 2022 WASSCE alone, government has expended 780, 201,600 million naira to settle the payment for 43, 254 candidates in the state, a development that makes adamawa to be proud of its educational development.

Humwashi further said government will continue to priotise educational sector through its laudable policies and programmes such as free education, feeding and enrollment of out of school children with a view to sharpening the minds of the younger generation and make them productive members of the society.

The press secretary therefore urged parents and caregivers to continue to supporting government in its laudable and people oriented programmes for a prosfer society.

Wonosikou commended Governor Fintiri for the giant strides so far recorded by his administration especially in the education sector, describing it the right step in the right direction.

He noted that Governor Fintiri has written his name in gold by this policy of payment of final exams fees for students of secondary schools and awarding students of higher institutions of learning, scholarships.

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JUST IN: WAEC Releases 2022 May/June WASSCE Results

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The West African Examinations Council, WAEC has released the results of the recently concluded 2022 West African Senior School Certificate Examinations, (WASSCE).

Speaking on Monday at WAEC office, Yaba, the Head of Nigeria Office, WAEC, Mr Patrick Areghan, said, “The results are being uploaded on the results website. Candidates who sat the examination and who have fulfilled their financial obligations to the Council can access their results on the Council’s results website within the next twelve hour

“Copies of the Result Listing will be sent to schools shortly. I need not restate the fact that the results of candidates who are sponsored by states indebted to the Council will not be released now until they pay up. We appeal to them to do so to enable the affected schools/candidates access their results.”

He added that some schools failed to upload their students’ Continuous Assessment Scores Capturing System at the stipulated time and many failed to meet registration deadlines, to the extent that some schools ended up not presenting their students for the examination.

“Yet, some who registered their students off-line failed to upload their entries! This showed unacceptable level of nonchalance. Again, others failed to meet deadlines due to criminal ‘shopping’ for candidates. By the time they realised it, the window had closed,” he said.

According to him, the results were released 45 days after the last paper.

DAILY POST reports that the examination held for six weeks from May 16 to June 23, 2022.

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Buhari Appoints Dr Degereji As New Provost FCE Yola

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Dr. Mohammed Usman Degereji as the new Provost of the Federal College of Education (FCE), Yola.

The College officially announced the appointment in a press statement signed by its Principal Information Officer, Bashiru Abdullahi and made available today in Yola.

The Statement disclosed that the appointment of Dr. Degereji was for an initial period of 4-years and with effect from 20th June, 2022.

It noted that prior to his appointment, Dr. Degereji had diligently served the institution in key strategic leadership positions which include being: Acting Deputy Provost, Dean of School of Science Education, Director and Head of Department.

Dr. Muhammed Usman Degereji, a Chief Lecturer in the department physics of same institution, displayed his versatility as a leader by successfully serving as the pioneer Director of the College Centre of Excellence as well as the Science Research Centre of the institution.

Until his appointment, he served as the Coordinator of the World Bank/Adamawa State assisted programme for the provision of education for the Out of School Children under the auspices of Better Education Service Delivery for All.

He was awarded a Bachelor of Science (Physics) from the University of Maiduguri and Masters degree in Engineering on Electrical Power System from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi.

The new Provost holds a Doctorate degree from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom with specialization in Energy Physics. (BESDA).

Dr. Degereji is a member of several national and international professional bodies including NIM, WEC, IOP, NIO to mention a few.

The Provost is happily married with children, the statement said.

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