The Government of Imo has approved an operating license for GetBundi, an educational technology platform.
Getbundi conducts science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) studies online and also operates a digital skills acquisition center.
The approval was contained in a letter from the Commissioner of Education dated October 31, 2022 and signed. I. Okereke, Deputy Director, STTE.
It was titled: “Approval to Operate a Private Digital Skills Acquisition Center.”
He referred to the team's application letter dated August 22, 2022 and endorsed their quest to operate an online study team and skills acquisition center leading to exam taking.
The approval is effective as of December 1, 2022.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that GetBundi is designed to facilitate access to high-quality education for young Africans.
According to its founder, Mr. Osita Oparaugo, GetBundi will be dedicated to STEM learning with a special focus on the six years of post-primary school.
The team will also offer Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Skills Acquisition programs aimed at everyone.
“We focus on STEM and English language educational courses for junior high school 1-3 and senior high school 1-3.
“Our digital skills program under STI is aimed at young people and entrepreneurs across Africa,” he said.
Oparaugo said that the exclusive product aims to revolutionize secondary education and skills acquisition through technology.
He explained that the GetBundi programs were designed to help young Africans overcome challenges with STEM subjects.
“We have already created 1,008 hours of audiovisual content covering six years of high school work using the West African curriculum.
“It can be used as an aid for teachers, to support students in school as continuous learning, and as a study guide for students outside of school.
“It can also be used to prepare those sitting for competitive exams such as WAEC, NECO or University and College Matriculation Examinations organized by JAMB,” he said.
Oparaugo said he was already talking to the African Union and ECOWAS.
“I want the two intergovernmental organizations to take advantage of this initiative to promote science and technology courses on the African continent.
“It is the best way to move towards creating a generation that will take Africa to the next level through technology.
“This is a very good initiative; I want African governments to recognize it and push for it,” Oparaugo said.
Commenting on the approval, Oparaugo, the edtech expert, reaffirmed GetBundi's commitment to its vision of upskilling, through STEM and the digital skills hub, more than 10 million Africans.
“Our main vision is to create an inclusive sustainable development driven by technology.
“We have a vision to upskill 10 million Africans in 10 years, 2023-2032. We have labeled this plan as 'The GetBundi VISION 2032,' Oparaugo said.
He said the center would start with six years of roughly 1,008-hour high school STEM courses and 312 hours of digital skills courses that can make incumbents instantly employable in the 21st century and beyond.
The founder of GetBundi said that the digital skills would cover courses such as Coding, Graphics, Cinematography, Video Editing, Digital Marketing, Cyber Security, among others.
He revealed that GetBundi had some of the digital skills courses delivered in Pidgin English, which would be "a game changer."
“One of our goals with GetBundi is to enable our students to gain knowledge, skills and behaviors that will help them transform their lives and improve job prospects and productivity in employment.
“Jobs will disappear, new jobs will be created, and most will be in the digital space. Our goal is to upskill and re-skill Nigerians/Africans with 21st century skills that will make them immediately employable,” she said.
On the STEM courses, Oparaugo said they were based on the West African school curriculum for secondary schools and could be used as an aid to teachers, to support continuous learning for students in school, and as a guide to study for students outside of school. .
GetBundi launched in Lagos, the commercial capital of Nigeria, in June 2022 and has since continued to gain acceptance across the country and beyond.
Dedicated versions of the web and mobile app will open on December 1, 2022. PR/ETS=======
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Hon. Sabur Akanbi Oluwa, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Ajeromi-Ifelodun Constituency ll, Lagos State House of Assembly has procured WAEC/NECO forms for 200 students and provision of a six-month free lectures.Oluwa who spoke at a ceremony where the beneficiaries of the education support were presented to the public, said the initiative was to give the beneficiaries the opportunity they would have missed to secure a better future with their peers as the leaders of tomorrow.He said it was also part of efforts to ensure they secure admission to tertiary institutions.Speaking further the candidate reiterated his continuous support for education to the youths when voted in to represent Ajeromi-Ifelodun Constituency II in the states.The Vice Chairman of Ajeromi-Ifelodun Local Government Hon. Luck UduIkhue who was the special guest at the event said the initiative was a laudable one. Uduikhue said it will give hope to the youths and inspire them to aspire for greatness.On his part, the Director of Media, for the candidate, Mr David Babalolá enjoined the beneficiaries to emulate the can-do-spirit of Bukola Zoffun, who emerged as a One-Day Governor of Lagos state in 2017 as a result of her sterling performance at the grand finale of that year’s Spelling Bee competition.Students from both public and private schools in Ajegunle made the list of beneficiaries includes, Ojoku Senior high school, Mokoya Senior High School, Alakoto High school, Oshodi Senior High school, Ojora Memorial Senior High school and Adeolu Senior High school.
The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) says no amount of blackmail or fraud will stop its latest innovation, in checking the activities of fraudsters, using its recently launched digital certificate platform.
The council’s Head, National Office (HNO), Mr Patrick Areghan, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday, in Lagos.
Areghan was reacting to scepticism in some quarters on the ability of the platform to deliver on its stated objectives, with some others discrediting it.
He also clarified on some checks that had been put in place on the platform to prevent misuse and unauthorised access to results of others.
According to him, contrary to the wrong perception of the platform in such quarters, it has been largely successful for persons who have provided the right information.
NAN reports that the digital certificate platform, launched on Oct. 20 by the council, is to check activities of fraudsters, make retrieval of lost or destroyed certificates possible and make access, sharing and confirmation easy, among other benefits.
It is also a response to modern trends, lifestyles of the teeming youth and the technological age in general.
The platform is compliant with global best practices, by ensuring that the data of candidates are protected securely and can not be accessed by third parties without the consent of certificate owners.
Areghan said it was disappointing that some people were trying to discredit such bold and globally acclaimed initiative of the council.
“Well, it has come to us too as a surprise that some unscrupulous elements are trying to access other people’s certificates for commercial and political purposes.
“Definitely, the system will reject such applications, once the supplied information does not tally with the true owner of the said certificate.
In other words, you must get all the correct data of the owner of any certificate to be able to access same.
“For the system to allow you access, you must be properly identified, using your NIN, Driver’s Licence and other such critical personal data, to be sure that you are the authentic owner,” he said.
Areghan said that the council had also discovered that some people were trying to access CANCELLED CERTIFICATES as a result of examination malpractice.
“Again, some persons are trying to turn themselves into ‘Certificate Merchants’ by constituting themselves into Certificate Retrieval Syndicate.
They are only wasting their time,” he said.
The council boss said that feedbacks indicated thst owners of some private schools were also not happy with the innovation, believing it would shut an area in which they got extra income.
He stressed that the regional test body would continue to adhere to global best practice on data protection as well as ensure that candidates’ data are not compromised.
According to him, there is the need to validate the identity of persons using the platform and the information provided, before granting access to a certificate.
The council boss, however, explained that there were isolated cases, whose information could not be validated successfully, because no corresponding records were found on the database, or the information provided did not match the certificate being queried.
He said that for data protection reasons, these categories of persons would not be granted access.
The WAEC chief said any such person was advised to raise a ticket via the platform and the issues would be investigated.
“At the end of our investigation, genuine owners of certificate are granted access, while those who have provided wrong or false information are denied access.
“This, no doubt, is a laudable innovation and WAEC must be supported and encouraged to do more,” Areghan said.
Recall that during the launch of the digital certificate platform, Areghan had told newsmen that the initiative was also to meet up with the demands of a changing world.
He said that the digital certificate platform would also give certificate holders the power to prevent unauthorised users from accessing their data.
According to him, the system, developed in conjunction with one of the world‘s foremost security technology providers, was being implemented to streamline the issuance and verification of certificates from all over the world.
Areghan had also stated that the initiative was not all about making money, but giving back to the society.
He said that it was a total package, a one- stop shop for access and validation of certificates.
Amb. Isaac Kigbu, the President, Eggon Youth Movement (EYM) Worldwide, has donated 50 bags of cement and N200,000 cash to Wakama Youth Movement for the building of its national secretariat.
Kigbu made the donation in Wakama on Sunday during Wakama Youth Day and N50 million fundraising for the building of its national secretariat.
He however advised the youths to embrace peaceful coexistence, economic self reliance and community development efforts to uplift their lives.
The EYM president assured of his continuous readiness to support the youths to succeed at all times.
“I have built mosque and church, community halls as well paid WAEC, NECO and school fees for many students.
“I have also donated wrappers, food items, assisted widows, orphans and other less privileged ones in order to improve on their standard of living.
“By God’s grace, I will continue to do more towards improving on the lives of Eggon youths, Eggon people and other Nigerians,” he said.
Besides, Kigbu pledged his readiness to continue to key into good policies and programmes that would have direct bearing on the lives of Nigerians.
On their part, Mr Labaran Maku, a former Minister of Information; Mr Daniel Anyuabaga, former EYM President; Mr Sam Anzaku, Grand Patron of Wakama Youth Movement; and Chief Adams Nangba, the District Head of Wakama, lauded the youths for organising the programme.
They urged members of the association and other youths to be law abiding, embrace peace and tolerate one another irrespective of their affiliations.
Earlier, Mr Bala Ewuga, the President, Wakama Youth Movement, said that the event was organised in order to promote peace and unity among members of the association and other neighbours.
He appealed to the people to donate generously to enable them build the association’s secretariat, considering its importance to service delivery.
The president prayed and wished dignataries and other well wishers safe journey to their respective destinations.
The News Agency of Nigeria( NAN) reports that the event had in attendance politicians,traditional and religious leaders,youth and women groups among other well wishers.
The Bayelsa government has reiterated its commitment to adequately funding the education sector in the interest of future generations.
Mr Gentle Emelah, the Commissioner for Education, made the statement at the closing ceremony of the 2022 Summer Class, Coding and Robotics Holiday Camping for select senior secondary students.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Mr Christopher Ewhrudjakpo, the commissioner described the programme as well-intended.
He said that the Gov. Duoye Diri-led governnment would do everything possible to evolve policies that would provide quality education for the people.
Emelah urged the students, participating in the camp classes, to take advantage of the lessons to gain broader knowledge of coding and robotics.
The commissioner praised the Bayelsa Education Development Trust Fund (BEDTF) for organising the holiday camping programme.
He further urged the students to use the programme to prepare for WAEC, NECO and JAMB examinations.
Also speaking, the Executive Secretary, BEDTF, Dr Alice Atuwo, said the objective of the programme was to groom a new generation of intellectuals at the secondary school level.
“Our aim is to help in the overall and sustainable development of education in the state,” he said.
In a goodwill message, Mr Adolphus Forcados, Special Adviser to the Governor on Secondary Education, commended BEDTF for organising the event.
Miss Sunday Blessing of the Ijaw National Academy, who emerged overall winner at the camping, urged her fellow students to devote more time to their studies.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the BEDTF was established in 2017 to improve the quality of education in Bayelsa.
An NGO, Prince Nureni Hammed Adekanmi Foundation (PANH) has awarded N1 million scholarships to 20 public secondary school students in Osun. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the foundation also promised to pay the Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examination (UTME) fees for the students.
Director of the foundation, Dr Adeoye Olasoji, made this known at the 2023 (WAEC) sponsorship and scholarship awards, held on Wednesday at Oba Okunade Sijuwade Memorial Hall, Enuwa, Ile-Ife. Olasoji said that the founder of the foundation, whom he described as an old secondary school mate, decided to give the scholarships to the brilliant but indigent students of public schools in the state to assist their parents.
“During our own period, we had parents who could not afford our WASC fee.
So we did lots of casual work to take care of ourselves up till the time we pass out of secondary School.
“So this made prince (Adekanmi) to decide that no matter how little, he would be assisting the less privileged in the society,” he said.
The Guest Lecturer at the occasion, Dr Akinjide Akintola, congratulated the beneficiaries, even as he commended the founder of the foundation for his kind gesture.
NAN reports that Akintola, of History Department, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, spoke on the topic: “Education and Role Model in Contemporary Yoruba Society.
” According to him, education is the best legacy which parents can give to their children for brighter future.
He urged the students to seize the opportunity of the scholarship awards to work harder, prove themselves worthy and encourage the donor.
Akintola enjoined the students to cooperate with their teachers by harkening to their instructions, as they had vital roles to play in their lives.
Also, the Principal, Ife Anglican Grammar School, Ile-Ife, Prince Ademola Adefisan, lauded Adekanmi for his generousity, stressing that he had bought uniforms and drums for the school and also awarded scholarships to the students.
Adefisan called on the beneficiaries to be hard working and ensure that they came out in flying colours as a way of motivating the founder of the foundation.
One of the parents of the students, Mrs Idayat Tajudeen, appreciated the foundation for giving their children the scholarships, pledging that the beneficiaries would not disappoint him.
Adewumi Ayomide, who spoke on behalf of other beneficiaries, expressed appreciation to the founder of the foundation for diming it fit to assist them in their academic pursuit.
Ayomide, of Ansar-u-deen Grammar School, Ifedapo Area, Ile-Ife, pledged that they would work hard and come out of their examinations in flying colour.
NAN reports that the beneficiaries of the scholarships were drawn from Ife Anglican Grammar School, AUD Grammar School and St. Philip Grammar School, all in Ile-Ife.
The Head, National Office (HNO), West African Examinations Council (WAEC), Mr Patrick Areghan, says only the second and third floors of the organisation’s Yaba office had minimal damage during Wednesday’s morning fire.
Areghan spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Lagos.
He also explained how got a call alerting him on the incident and rushed to the scene.
Areghan said it was just like any other day when most of the staff were preparing to set out for the day’s work.
“This morning I got a call that a part of WAEC office Yaba building was on fire .
I quickly dashed down to the office and by the time I got there, the fire service people were there.
“Both the State and Federal levels and even the emergency safety people were all there.
And I must say kudos to them.
“For WAEC too, we have sophisticated state-of-the-art firefighting equipment and they were able to deploy all that was needed to put out the fire in record time.
“To the glory of God, nobody was injured, no life affected and no substantial damage done to the building.
“You know it is a building of 12 floors and the fire started from the second floor, and it is only second and third floors that recorded some minimal damage,” he said.
Areghan said that with a building of that magnitude, it would be difficult to just have a clearance within a twinkle of an eye, because of the smoke that was billowing.
“That was why you saw smoke spreading to other parts of the building.
The entire WAEC building was not on fire,’’ he said.
The HNO said that the cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained, but he was awaiting a technical report from the fire service team.
He reassured that certificates and other documents in its custody were not affected by the fire.
Areghan said that there was nothing to worry about, as the council had what it took to protect essential documents, capable of creating panic among key stakeholders and the public in general.
According to him, the fire did not reach the floor where the documents are kept, adding that even if it happened there, nothing would have gone wrong because of the council’s ability to respond swiftly.
“Nothing has gone wrong in any way.
It is not easy to destroy WAEC documents under our custody.
“I am assuring the general public and my entire staff that all is well.
“There is actually nothing to worry about.
There are other ways to protect our documents.
So, everything is intact.
“We have put out a statement out there before now, assuring the general public of the safety of all our essential documents.
They are intact and that remains the truth of the matter,” he said.
Areghan said that if anyone was still in doubt concerning the availability and safety of their certificates, they could ask for it tomorrow and see if the council would be able to present it or not.
He said everything was now calm and under control at the premises.
“ If not that we just want to clear the smoke and the water used in putting out the fire, we would have been in our offices working now.
“We just need a little time to clear that so that people can settle down and get back to work,” he told NAN.
Chief Chibueze Agbo, the LP’s candidate for House of Representatives, said he would sponsor a bill to establish old people’s homes in all states of the federation, if elected.Agbo said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abakaliki on Saturday.He promised to pursue enhanced welfare for the elderly, adding that the homes shall have adequate security and better living condition.He further promised to sponsor a bill for psychiatric homes to be established across the country.“I will also push for a law to compel local, state and federal governments to take the mentally sick people out of the streets.“Such category of persons could be seen on the streets only when they are certified healthy,” Agbo said.The former Commissioner for Education also promised to sponsor a bill to have WAEC and NECO fees properly regulated by the government.He also pledged to sponsor a bill for the uniformity of fees payable in universities as may be approved by the Ministry of Education.Agbo promised to offer university scholarships to 140 students at five persons per ward in the 28 wards in the constituency.He gave assurance that he would produce 280 millionaires in the constituency at 10 millionaires per ward through massive wealth creation initiatives and empowerment.“I will provide direct empowerment to 4,200 farmers at 150 per ward in the constituency.“I will ensure regular trainings for farmers and businessmen,” Agbo, a former SDP Governorship Candidate, said.He further promised to collaborate with the government and other development agencies to transform the constituency.He hoped that candidates in the 2023 General Elections would be voted for according to their past records.“That is why I am urging my people to vote for me as my past work in government and private practice speaks for me,” he said.NewsSourceCredit: NAN
The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) on Thursday launched its Digital Certificate platform in Lagos.
The Head, National Office (HNO), Mr Patrick Areghan, in his welcome address at the unveiling of the platform, said that the development was to meet up with the constant demands of a changing world.
According to him, with the advent of technology, there is the need to integrate technology with students’ lifestyles.
The HNO said that the council’s new digital platform was developed in conjunction with one of the world‘s foremost security technology providers.
He said it was being implemented to streamline the issuance and verification of certificates from all over the world.
Areghan said that the platform involved mobile and web-based application, designed specifically for candidates, individuals, institutions and organisations.
According to him, it holds powerful features that enable users to access, share, request and confirm certificates.
He said that it could also be used to recover candidates’ examination numbers.
“The development of the new digital certificate platform is in line with WAEC’s continuous record of meeting global needs, by using cutting-edge technology to improve candidates’ experiences as they seek to continue their education.
“We are evolving to meet the demands of a changing world.
We have migrated from physical registration of candidates to online registration; online verification of results and online result printouts and more.
“Their mobility is of utmost importance to the West African Examinations Council.
“Today, we live in a digital world, where instant satisfaction and accessibility are the ultimate.
The process of receiving, retrieving, sharing, verifying or confirming academic certificates is rather cumbersome and moribund.
“The whole process is costly and could be frustrating, and the only answer can be found in Digital Certificates,.
Today, we are here to witness a revolution in the assessment and certification industry,” he said.
He noted that council would continue to be committed to its mission of encouraging academic and moral excellence.
The HON said it would also continue to promote sustainable human resource development and international cooperation.
According to him, the council is also committed to prompt service delivery.
He said with the development of the digital certificate platform, an important step had further been taken.
The council boss noted that since the commencement of assessment by the examination body, certificates had been issued to represent students’ performance in examinations.
He said that such certificates helped them to advance their educational development or get involved in the world of work.
“So, for centuries, academic certificates have been issued as physical paper certificates.
This is the traditional certificate,” Areghan noted.
Listing some of the benefits of the digital certificate platform, the HNO said that candidates would no longer share photocopies of their certificates with institutions and organisations.
He stated that they would rather access and share copies of their original certificates, delivered straight from WAEC data base, noting that these records would instantly be confirmed and validated.
According to him, candidates or other certificate owners would however have to pay a ‘token for the various services they apply for on the platform.
“For instance, with the new platform, if a candidate wants to do just confirmation of result, he would just have to pay N5,000 as against the N60,000 that was charged for the same service before now.
“If it is for attestation of results, it will attract just N7,500 and if it is just sharing of the result, it is N3,500,” Areghan said.
According to him, the entire process is not about making money, but rather, a sort of council’s Corporate Social Responsibly (CSR).
He said that it was about giving back to the society, adding that it was a total package, a one-stop shop for access and validation of certificates.
Speaking further on the gains of the technology, Areghan noted that with the development, issues of result alteration would cease to exist.
According to him, it has also solved the problem of delay, doubt and faking, adding that candidates can access and share their result at anytime and to any location around the globe.
“Individuals can now share their digital certificates from a WAEC source instantly, regardless of the person’s location.
“This eliminates institutional administration delays and backlog of requests.
it provides instant verification and credibility,” he said.
Areghan said that the digital certificate platform would give certificate holders the power to prevent unauthorised users from accessing their data.
He said that the platform was compliant with global best practices by ensuring that the data of candidates were protected securely and could not be accessed by third parties without the consent of certificate owners.
“ Thus, it provides security for certificates.
“Another benefit is that universities, institutions and organisations can now enjoy a seamless, secure and fast confirmation process with the digital platform.
“The platform also allows for bulk confirmation of certificates at once.
This saves valuable administration costs and time.
“The limitations experienced with the paper certificates is that it cannot be replaced as original certificates are only issued once.
“Going digital, your original certificate is now available on demand.
And the risk of loss or damage is now eliminated.
“Certificate owners can print their digital certificates in high quality to have a physical copy, if they so desire, among others,” he stated.
He assured that result of candidates from 1999 to date could now be accessed through the just-launched and long-awaited platform.
According to him, those taken from 1970 to 1978 will be accessed by February 2023. Areghan noted that the council would embark on persistent and mass sensitisation on the innovation and how to apply it.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that a digital certificate is the electronic version of academic or physical paper certificate.
It is hosted on a dedicated credential page with options to share and embed.
It presents the same information with paper certificates, but has numerous advantages over and paper certificates, with special focus on the elimination of fraud and easy accessibility.
Mrs Rose Ezewu, Delta Commissioner for Secondary Education, says the state government is committed to improving the quality of teaching in public schools.
Ezewu spoke at the opening of a meeting of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and the State Examination Committee on Wednesday in Asaba.
She said the Ifeanyi Okowa-led government would continue to take steps toward improving the teaching and learning environment in the interest of the students.
The commissioner stated that the state government was open to ideas on how to make the education sector more productive.
Ezewu said the meeting was to review the conduct of the last West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) in the state.
”We need to appraise the performance of candidates from the state.
We also need to recommend ways to conduct more credible examinations in the future,” she said.
She said that the ministry had inaugurated an examination ethics and disciplinary committee to ensure sanity during examinations.
”Their mandate is to examine reported cases of involvement in malpractices against any principal, supervisor and teacher,” she said.
Ezewu commended WAEC for a successful conduct of the 2022 examination and the prompt release of the results.
Also speaking, Mr Sunday Egomagwuna, Director, Examination and Standard, described the meeting as a good opportunity to correct the wrongs of the past.
”It is important to make meaningful inputs as we progress.
We owe the society a duty to conduct credible examinations,” he said.