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335 Visually Impaired Write UTME, Get Stipend, Tools

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, under its JAMB Equal Opportunity Group, JEOG, on Wednesday, conducted the 2021 unified tertiary matriculation examination, UTME, for 335 visually-impaired persons across 11 centres in Nigeria.

Chairman, JEOG, Professor Peter Okebukola and Coordinator, Lagos and Ogun states centres, explained that since the inception of the programme in 2017, over 1,680 candidates have been processed for the UTME with over a third admitted to courses of their choice in higher institutions in the country.

According to the former secretary, National Universities Commission, NUC, “This JAMB initiative has been cited in the several countries as a good model for Africa.

“So far, a respectable number of blind candidates processed through the JAMB Equal Opportunity Group, JEOG, have secured admission to federal, state, and private universities;

“While in 2019, of the 390 candidates, a total of 175(44.8%) gained admission; this was unprecedented in the history of admission of such category of students into Nigerian higher education system, and in 2020, 89 of the 351 blind candidates (25%) also gained admission into various instituons.

“The encouraging development, since 2020, is that more degree-awarding institutions are showing keen interest in admitting suitable qualified blind students.

“The exercise taking place across 11 centres nationwide: Abuja, Ado-Ekiti, Bauchi, Benin, Enugu, Jos, Kano, Kebbi, Lagos, Oyo and Yola.

“We are also grateful to Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, the JAMB Registrar for approving the presentation of a set of slate and stylus to each candidate at the end of the examination to serve as Braille note taking tools, when they finally get admitted to higher institutions,” Prof. Okebukola explained.

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Buhari Vows To Increase Education Budget By 50% In Next 2 Years

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President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged to increase the budget for the education sector by as much as 50 percent over the next two years.

In a document titled, Heads Of State Call To Action On Education Financing Ahead Of The Global Education Summit, signed as a form of commitment at the on-going Summit in London, United Kingdom, the President stated:

“We commit to progressively increase our annual domestic education expenditure by 50% over the next two years and up to 100% by 2025 beyond the 20% global benchmark.”

The Summit which is being co-hosted by the Prime Minister of UK Boris Johnson and the President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta seeks to give opportunity for leaders to make 5-year pledges to support GPE’s work to help transform education systems in up to 90 countries and territories.

The full text of the declaration is reproduced below:

​“I join my brother, His Excellency, Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya to affirm our commitment to improve learning outcomes in our respective countries by ensuring equitable access to quality and inclusive education for all our citizens, with particular emphasis on the girl child.

“We fully endorse the call for more efficient use of resources and to significantly increase investment in education by strengthening institutions, promoting greater adoption of technology, building the capacities of our teachers and mobilizing additional financial resources through legal frameworks and deliberate intervention on a sustainable basis.

“In this regard, we commit to progressively increase our annual domestic education expenditure by 50% over the next two years and up to 100% by 2025 beyond the 20% global benchmark.

“Let us therefore raise our hands in solidarity to build a more secure and prosperous future for our children.”

President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR

Federal Republic of Nigeria

28th July, 2021

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President Buhari Jets To London For Global Educational Summit

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President Muhammadu Buhari will today Monday July 26, 2021, travel to the United Kingdom to participate in the Global Education Summit on Financing Global Partnership for Education (GPE) 2021-2025.

The Summit, which will be co-hosted by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, and the President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, will bring together Heads of State and Government as well as stakeholders and youth leaders, and provide a platform for partners to chart a way forward towards transforming education systems in partner countries, through exchange of best practices.

It will also offer the opportunity for leaders to make 5-year pledges to support GPE’s work to help transform education systems in up to 90 countries and territories.

Deliberations at the Summit will focus on: The Power of Education –A Conversation between Global Champions; Transforming Education for Girls; Financing for Impact and Recovery and; What Now? Priorities for Transforming Education in the Coming Five Years, among others.

President Buhari will also hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

After the Summit, the President will spend a few days for an earlier scheduled medical check-up. He is due back by second week of August, 2021.

The President will be accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of State Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (rtd) and Director General of National Intelligence Agency, Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar.

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Ufuoma To Rewrite All Exams After UNIBEN Management Concludes Probe

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Peace Ufuoma, the final year student of the University of Benin who was ordered to appear before a disciplinary committee by the school authority, for wearing a shirt that inferred she cheated during exams, has been ordered to rewrite all exams from 200 level.

Peace became a person of interest after she shared a video online celebrating the end of her final exams while wearing a shirt with the inscription ”aggressive malpractice brought me this far”.

Last week, the university management had ordered that all the results of the student be investigated. It has now been decided that Peace rewrites all her exams from 200 level to final year.

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