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Update:Our Protest Went In A Civil Manner: TSU Students’ Leader- Waziri

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Students of the Taraba State University Jalingo, say the protest they carried out on Monday involved other things besides solidarity with the plight of their lecturers for not being paid their salaries.

The university students’ leader, Comrade Salisu Waziri made this known while reacting to comments made by some people who described the protest as violent.

He told our reporter through a telephone conversation that the students especially those that are around the ages of 28-29 years are also concerned and afraid to be exempted from attending the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) once they attained the age of thirty years, which he said is one of their major priority.

According to him, another thing that is also bothering the majority of students in the institution is the issue of payment for house rent which he said a lot of them have paid for one year (2022) which had been spent on strike.

Waziri noted that those that are living in the university’s hostels are very few considering the number of rooms that are at the hostels, pointing out that such students have nothing to lose in the case of house rent because they pay for the hostel per session.

The leader who believed that the students demonstrated their rights in a very civil manner, also described the protest as peaceful as no life was lost, and no government or institution’s property was destroyed.

Comrade Salisu Waziri, however, called on the Taraba State government to as a matter of urgency settle the backlog of the lecturer’s salaries so that the examinations that were billed for Monday 9th January 2023 will commence as soon as possible, to enable the students to finish on time.

Meanwhile, all efforts to speak with officials of both the staff union of the university and the management of the institution under the leadership of Prof. Sunday Bako, as well as the government to comment on the matter proved abortive.

Also, when contacted by our reporter, the Police Public Relations Officer, Taraba State Command, SP Usman Abdullahi did not pick up two calls put to his phone.

Recalled that teargas was shot in the air by the anti-riot police deployed by the Taraba state police command to disperse the protesters at the junction of the Government House Jalingo.

In a related development, the management of the university on Tuesday evening released a letter informing all staff, and students that the 2021/2022 first semester examination have been shifted to 30th of January 2023.

An internal source from the institution told SAHEL REPORTERS that the postponement of the examination followed a series of meetings held between the management and staff unions of the university.

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JAMB 2024: How 115 Students Of Solid Foundation Tutors Scored Above 300 In Taraba 

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By Sani Yarima 

Over 115 students from various schools who enrolled with the Solid Foundation Tutors in Taraba State have achieved scores of 250 and above in the 2024 JAMB examination.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation, Mr. William Moses Iro, shared this information with journalists in Jalingo, the capital city.

He said nine (9) out of the over one hundred and fifteen (115) students scored 300 and above while others scored 250 and above in their 2024 JAMB.

The organization was established in October 2015, initially operating at Success Nursery and Primary School in Magami with 48 students. 

Over the years, the student population has rapidly grown, and currently, they have over 1000 students.

In 2018, they requested a more suitable location, and the Taraba State Ministry of Education relocated them to Low-cost Nursery and Primary School, where they currently conduct their lessons.

Mr. William Moses Iro mentioned that the center has over twenty teachers, including specialized teachers for subjects such as Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics. 

They offer a wide range of courses, including English, Mathematics, Financial Accounting, Literature, Government, and Religious Studies. 

For younger children, they focus on developing their reading and numeric skills and also provide additional support for struggling students. 

Mr. Iro emphasized the need for serious commitment from their students and encouraged them to overcome the mentality that certain subjects are difficult.

He said they aim to contribute positively to the education system and empower young people in the community in line with Governor Agbu Kefas’s free education agenda.

Mr. Moses expressed pride in the success stories achieved by the foundation. 

He noted that many students who previously struggled with professional courses and university placements are now excelling in their chosen fields thanks to the foundation. 

Additionally, Iro pointed out that before the establishment of the foundation, many of them were not studying in universities beyond Yola, Taraba, or Maiduguri, but now they are studying in prestigious institutions such as OAU, Unilag, Nsukka, and other universities, pursuing their dream courses.

Mr. Iro shared that he was previously employed at a multimedia company in Ile-Ife, Osun State but was inspired to start the tutorial center in Jalingo to positively impact students and help them achieve their goals.

The classes run from 4 pm to 6 pm on weekdays and from 9 am to 12 pm or 1 pm on weekends and during vacations, they have full-day sessions to cover the syllabus and teach study skills.

According to him, their main challenge is the lack of suitable venues for classes, especially for general subjects like English and Mathematics. 

Mr. William Moses Iro urged Governor Kefas for assistance in providing a dedicated hall for teaching. 

Additionally, they face challenges with the stuffy environment during hot weather and expressed hope for support from the government to address these challenges to enable them to contribute to their vision of providing quality education.

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2024 JAMB: How 115 Students Of Solid Foundation Tutor Scored 300, 250 In Taraba 

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Over 115 students from various schools who enrolled with the Solid Foundation Tutor in Taraba State have achieved scores of 250 and above in the 2024 JAMB examination.

The Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation, Mr. William Moses, shared this information with journalists in Jalingo, the capital city.

He said nine (9) out of the over one hundred and fifteen (115) students scored 300 and above in their 2024 JAMB.

The organization was established in October 2015, initially operating at Success Nursery and Primary School in Magami with 48 students. 

Over the years, the student population has rapidly grown, and currently, they have over 1000 students.

In 2018, they requested a more suitable location, and the Taraba State Ministry of Education relocated them to Low Past Nursery and Primary School, where they currently conduct their lessons.

Mr. William Moses mentioned that the center has over twenty teachers, including specialized teachers for subjects such as Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics. 

They offer a wide range of courses, including English, Mathematics, Financial Accounting, Literature, Government, and Religious Studies. 

For younger children, they focus on developing their reading and numeric skills and also provide additional support for struggling students. 

Mr. Moses emphasized the need for serious commitment from their students and encouraged them to overcome the mentality that certain subjects are difficult.

He said they aim to contribute positively to the education system and empower young people in the community in line with Governor Agbu Kefas’s free education agenda.

Mr. Moses expressed pride in the success stories achieved by the foundation. 

He noted that many students who previously struggled with professional courses and university placements are now excelling in their chosen fields thanks to the foundation. 

Additionally, Moses pointed out that before the establishment of the foundation, many of them were not studying in universities beyond Yola, Taraba, or Maiduguri, but now they are studying in prestigious institutions such as OAU, Unilag, Nsukka, and other universities, pursuing their dream courses.

Mr. Moses shared that he was previously employed at a multimedia company in Ile Ife, but was inspired to start the tutorial center in Jalingo to positively impact students and help them achieve their goals.

The classes run from 4 pm to 6 pm on weekdays and from 9 am to 12 pm or 1 pm on weekends. During vacations, they have full-day sessions to cover the syllabus and teach study skills.

According to him, their main challenge is the lack of suitable venues for classes, especially for general subjects like English and Mathematics. 

Mr. William Moses urged Governor Kefas for assistance in providing a dedicated hall for teaching. 

Additionally, they face challenges with the stuffy environment during hot weather and expressed hope for support from the government to address these challenges to enable them to contribute to their vision of providing quality education.

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Shettima Launches NEDC’s School Enrollment Drive Programme

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Vice President Kashim Shettima has launched the Accelerated Senior Secondary School Education Programme (ASSEP) initiated by the North-East Development Commission (NEDC) in collaboration with the office of the VP to enhance child enrollment drive in schools within the North-East sub-region.

Speaking during the launching of the programme in Bauchi on Saturday, the VP said that consequences of the nation’s action and inaction were evident in all indices used to assess development.

He said while primary education provides a foundation, secondary education is a bridge, adding that the Northeast sub-region has been the victim of inability to enforce a uniform policy to drive school and the persistent cultural perversion to formal education in the country.

“We in the Northeast occupy a quantum of position in ranking of essential services. Education being a key sector of this country, this is especially pronounced in the post primary education, while the Northeast secondary school enrollment drive stands at 19 percent, far below the nation’s 39 percent,” he said.

Earlier, the Managing Director of NEDC, Mohammed Alkali, said that the primary education completion level of 85 per cent in the Northeast is among the best in Nigeria, but secondary school enrolment is a mere 15 per cent, the second worst nationally.

According to him, due to the challenges in the post-primary education segment, JAMB UTME applications and admissions into tertiary institutions in 2019 were the lowest for the Northeast compared to other regions.

He added that, nationally, the Northeast has the lowest number of teachers and the highest percentage 55 per cent of those available are without literacy skills.

The MD also revealed that the challenges in the post-primary education segment include weak quality indices and a wide demand-supply gap driven by economic and cultural factors.

“The Accelerated Senior Secondary Education Programme seeks to boost the post primary education rating across the North East region through improved enrolment into tertiary institutions.

“It’s also to improve skills development as well as the elevation of teacher quality. It would pay special focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and communication.

“These would foster creativity and critical thinking; motivates and inspires young people to generate new technologies and ideas to learn from inquiry-based tasks,” he said.

Alkali also explained that the programme would also raise awareness about after-school possibilities and the potential for diligent students to become successful and prominent contributors to the North East region and Nigeria at large.

He expressed gratitude to the Federal Government especially, the Vice President for the deep interest and commitment to human development in the North-East.

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