The immediate past vice-chancellor of Samuel Adegboyega University, Ogwa, Esan West Local Government Area of Edo State, Prof. Benard Eronmosele, has said that lecturers caught in ‘sex for marks’ act should be prosecuted and show the exit door, saying this will serve as a deterrent to others who are nursing the idea of indulging in it.
While disclosing this in his response to some questions from newsmen during his send-forth, the university Don said he has no sympathy for those lecturers undergoing punishment for indulging in sex for marks.
“I don’t have sympathy for those that are being persecuted. Whoever commit such offence should be reprimanded and be sentenced. He should be dismissed”, he said
On quacks among university lecturers, he said though it is a common phenomenon, it is not as prevalent as projected particularly in faith-based universities.
He said, “There are quacks in federal universities too. There are quacks in states universities. Even in my university, I do not want to castigate my university I went back to.
“So real faith-based universities and not private individuals or private consortium, private faith-based universities, non”, the Professor maintained.
Also speaking, the current Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Idowu Babatunde commended his predecessor for his numerous contributions to the growth of the institution, adding that there is need to appreciate those who have done well in the society.
He said in so doing, the university decided to honour the outgoing Vice-Chancellor who served the institution for seven good years unblemished.
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Chairman of the occasion, Dr. Bisi Ogunjobi, while thanking the outgoing VC for meritorious service, said Prof. Benard had contributed immensely to the successes recorded thus far in the school.
School Feeding Programme: Drama As Anambra Pupils Reject Promotion
Some pupils of public primary schools in Anambra State have reportedly rejected their earned promotion to senior classes, just to qualify for the school feeding programme of the federal government.
The Programme Manager of the National Homegrown School Feeding Scheme in Anambra State, Mrs Eriken Uzoamaka disclosed this in Awka on Thursday.
The feeding programme is mainly for pupils from primary one to primary three. Mrs Eriken said the finding was that some pupils reject promotion to primary four because they want to remain in classes where they can be fed.
Eriken who spoke during a two-day capacity-building workshop on Enhancing Social Protection Programme in Nigeria, a programme organised by the Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ), said the challenge would be resolved once the menu of the higher classes are improved.
“We serve rich food to pupils in classes 1 to 3 as captured in the national home-grown school feeding scheme. That is why even those that agree to be promoted, usually come to their junior class (primary 3) especially on Wednesdays to struggle for food with others. We serve beans and plantains (or sweet potatoes) that day.
“We are appealing to the Anambra State government to support the programme by feeding pupils from primary 4 to six, and probably include feeding of preprimary school pupils to curb the challenges and increase more numbers of pupils in public schools,” she added.
Eriken explained that the programme in Anambra State has been facing some challenges including a hike in prices of commodities, and the death of 10 cooks in the programme, since its inception in 2016.
“Since the inception of the programme in 2016, about 10 cooks have died and it is affecting the programme in some schools. It is only the nation that can recruit and replace them, we have no right to replace them but we have written to inform the national body but they are yet to be replaced.
“Another challenge is the high cost of food items in the country, it is affecting the programme and the quality of food given to the children. The cooks are really complaining and the high cost of food items is making it difficult for them to give us adequate meals per child.”
JAMB Decides Admission Benchmark, Others July 21
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board is set to hold the 2022 policy meeting for the 2022/2023 admission on July 21, 2022, The PUNCH reports.
The board’s spokesperson, Fabian Benjamin, disclosed in a text message sent to our correspondent in Abuja on Wednesday.
The PUNCH reports that the policy meeting will be chaired by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, with all heads of tertiary institutions in attendance.
The meeting will chart policy directions for the nation’s tertiary institutions, set admission guidelines and make a holistic review of application statistics, performance as well as evaluate admission exercise.
When asked if the board would be meeting on July 21 and the topics for discussion, Fabian said, “Yes, admissions and benchmarks will be discussed.”
No fewer than 1,761,338 candidates registered for the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination and Direct Entry Examination.
The board noted that only 1,671,203 results out of the 1,707,626 candidates who sat for the examinations were released.
The statistics indicated that 27,105 results would be subjected to further screening.
The board said 69 results were withheld while 1,783 candidates are to be rescheduled to write as a result of biometric challenges.
15 Students Score 01 In NECO Entrance Exam
No fewer than 15 students scored 01 as the National Examination Council released the 2022 National Common Entrance Examination.
The PUNCH reports that the NCEE conducted by NECO is for admission into the first year of the Junior Secondary School of Federal Unity Colleges.
The 2022 edition was held on May 7, 2022, in Nigeria, as well as in the Benin Republic and Togo.
While giving the statistics at the Federal Ministry of Education on Monday, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, said, “Anambra State came third with 5,335 registered candidates; out of which 5,070 candidates sat while 265 candidates were absent. Zamfara State was fourth with 4,500 registered candidates, out of which 3,745 candidates sat while 755 were absent.
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“The candidate that scored the highest mark is Ajidagba Akanke, an indigene of Sokoto State with registration number 542121DG. Her centre was Oshodi Junior Secondary School, Tolu Complex, Apapa, Lagos, and her score is 201. Obot Idara, an indigene of Akwa Ibom State, with registration number 550470BF came second by scoring 200. Her centre was State College Ete, Ikot Ekpene Centre.
“The lowest score was 01 mark, and this was scored by 15 candidates from various states. The state with the least number of registered candidates is Kebbi, with 74 candidates.”
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