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Benue Varsity Shut As Students Protest Over Graded Point

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From Chris Gaga, Makurdi

Management of Benue State University has directed the shutting down of the University with immediate effect.

This  followed Monday’s closure of the University’s entry gates by protesting students who were expressing concerns over their grading point.

In seperate Press Statements signed by the  Registrar of the University, Dr(Mrs) Mfaga Modom said all attempts to stop the students from blocking the gates failed.

It directed the students to vacate the campus  immediately.

DAILY ASSET reports that students of the University on Monday barricaded all entry gates of the school protesting a revert to 5 – Point Grading System as recommended by the National universities Commission(NUC).

 

The students who were in their large numbers carried placards with varying inscriptions like; “No 5 points no school”,
“We want peace not war”, “Aluta Bomb, no 5 points no school fees”, “We want to meet with NUC”.

The Spoke person of the students,  Comrade Kingsley Obora said they were demanding immediate implementation of the 5 – point grading system as directed by the NUC. 

“The protest today is simple. Students are tired of dialoguing with management concerning the issue of 5 Grading Point System, because we have used almost a year to dialogue with management on this issue. And we felt this is the only avenue for management to hear us, that is why we are here today, to call on management to hear our cry. If we don’t do this, then most of the students will be withdrawn for no just cause.
So we are saying management should revert to the five point grading system that other Universities are grading on already,” Kingsley said. 

The students expressed fear that if they were graded on 4 point system, majority of the students will be withdrawn because of poor CGPA. 

” Four point grading system only have advantage for first class. In 4 point grading there is no pass degree. As it stands, so many people have been withdrawn. If you go to Economics Department, over 100 students have been withdrawn, Sociology have already sent their children home. If you go go to Sociology, the least person has 0.37 CGPA on 4 point grading system, where as when you convert it to 5 Point, that person will be on 1 point which is pass degree. All we are asking for is go back to 5 Point grading point,” One of the Department leaders,  Moses expressed. 

But in a swift reaction the Benue State University Vice Chancellor, Prof. Msugh Kembe  through a statement signed by the Registrar said management was aware of students grievances and has already complied with NUC directive by reverting to 5 Point grading System with effect from 2018/2019 academic session.

It noted that the closure of the University gates by students on account of the issue was unwarranted.

“Management of Benue State University is aware of the grievances of students, especially as it relates to the Five (5) Point Grading System. It is in recognition of this that the Benue State University Senate constituted a Committee to consider the appeal by the students for the recalculation of their previous results from Four (4) Point Grading System to Five (5) Point Grading System and submit its recommendations. 

“The Committee requested and received memoranda from the Universuty community including the Students; met severally and its report is to be considered at the forthcoming meeting of Senate scheduled for Thursday, 5th September, 2019. 

“Students must acknowledge the fact that the University had already complied with the directive by the National Universities Commission (NUC) by reverting to the 5 Point Grading System with effect from the 2018/2019 academic session. 

“In the interim, the University Management met the students and informed them of the efforts of Senate and appealed for their patience to enable the Committee to complete the assignment. Management also, through the Dean of Students issued a circular informing the students of its efforts. 

“Management wishes to reiterate that it can only consider their appeal when the report of the Senate Committee is received. 

“Management wishes every student to note that it cares for their academic success and will never deliberately distort their academic performance and results,” the statement reads. 

The University Management  appealed to students to be law abiding and respect constituted authority, policies and properties of the University and allow due process to prevail. 

In 2013, the NUC directed all Universities to adopt a 4 point grading system. NUC however, instructed four years after that 5 point grading point be reverted to. 

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ASUU Holds Peaceful Protest over Non Implementation of Agreement

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Members of the University of Jos Chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has organised a peaceful protest over the non implementation of agreement it reached with the Federal Government.

Prof. Jurbe Molwus, Chairperson of the union in the University led the protest on Tuesday in Jos.

Reports says that members of the union took the protest to the office of the Vice Chancellor of the university, Prof.

Tanko Ishaya.

Presenting the union’s demands to the vice chancellor, Molwus, represented by his vice, Prof. Kiri Jaryum, said that the protest was in line with the directive of its National Executive Council (NEC).

”This peaceful protest is in line the 14-day ultimatum issued by our NEC, calling on the Federal Government to honour the agreement reached with it a long time ago.

”We are  particularly calling on the federal goverment to pay the balance of the earned academic allowance, unpaid and withheld salaries arrears of our members, which are all captured in the 2023 budget.

”Government should also check the proliferation of universities in the country and remove universities from the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS), among others.

”As we speak, university lecturers have been on the same salary structure for 15 years and that’s very bad for the university system,”he said.

Molwus called on the vice chancellor to transmit the demands to the federal government for immediate action.

Responding, the vice chancellor commended members of the union for conducting themselves peacefully during the protest.

He particularly thanked them for not disrupting the ongoing examination and other academic activities in the university.

Tanko, who described the demands by the union as genuine, promised to transmit them to the government.

Reports says that a cross section of students of the university, led by the President of the Student Union Government, Sambo Peter, joined the lecturers for the protest.(NAN)

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NBTE Begins Accreditation of New Courses in Federal Polytechnic Wannue

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The National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), has commenced accreditation exrceise for six new courses at the Federal Polytechnic, Wannue, Tarka Local Government Area of Benue.

Mr Ogah Ngbede, NBTE’s Director of Polytechnics Programmes, disclosed this on Thursday during the ongoing exrceise in the institution.

According to Ngbede,  all the courses would be inspected before making a pronouncement.

He said that the exercise would last for two days,  after which its decision would be made known.

He added that the institution secured full accreditation for two out of the five courses it presented to NBTE in 2023.

“We are here to look at the claims made by the institution because they have requested to commence some new programmes.

”We are here to ensure that the right thing is done and ensure that this polytechnic is not regarded or treated as a second grade institution,”he said.

The director, who decried poor funding of polytechnic education in Nigeria, called on goverment at all levels to ensure adequate funds were allocated to the education sector.

“The major problem affecting polytechnic education in this country is finance.

”Let me  use this opportunity to call on the government at all levels to inject more funds into the polytechnic system.

“Technical education is a low hanging fruit from which this country can use to escape poverty; technical education all over the world has become a major currency with which nations are using to escape poverty.

“When we pay adequate attention to our polytechnics, students that graduate from these institutions can hit the ground running because they have the necessary tools to be job providers and not job seekers”, he said

Earlier, the Rector of the institution, Dr Tyover Ashinya, listed the courses presented for accreditation to include, Business Management, Public Administration, Agricultural Technology, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering and Computer Science

He said that the institution has the adequate manpower and infrastructures to effectively run the six new courses.

”We are willing to improve on all necessary areas that need improvement to enable these new courses secure full accreditation,”the Rector said.

Reports says that the institution was established by the Federal Government in December 2020. (NAN)

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FG Set to Revolutionise Educational Infrastructure with N98.2 bn – Edun

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By Tony Obiechina,  Abuja 

The Federal Government has announced the ground-breaking ceremony for the building of a 1,600-capacity student hostel in Akwa Ibom State.

This project is part of a N98.2 billion nationwide initiative to enhance educational infrastructure.

The Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Wale Edun who disclosed this said the Federal Government, in partnership with states and the private sector, will construct 24 housing facilities across 24 institutions, each with 1,600 bed spaces.

 

According to a statement by Mohammed Manga, Director of Information & Public Relations, the initiative is aimed at addressing a significant student accommodation deficit, enhancing student performance and well-being.

It is also a testament to the sophistication and depth of our local capital markets

Represented by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Special Duties Mr Okokon Ekanem Udo, the Minister added that

“this initiative invests in our youth and educational infrastructure, ensuring that tomorrow’s leaders have the resources and environment they need to thrive.

“It also demonstrates the private sector’s willingness and capacity to partner with government to deliver critical infrastructure projects across all geopolitical zones, to reduce the housing deficit*, Wale Edun said.

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