Aptitute Test Information and New Dates

Dear,

Congratulations once again on being Pre-Selected and for enlisting for the Documents Verification and Aptitude Test.

As you are aware, the test was scheduled to take place from 1st to 5th of December, 2020.

However, we want to announce that there is a forward shift of the test date. The test will now take place from the 14th-18th of December 2020.

Consequently, the new test dates are as follow:

Day 1 = 14th December (Monday)
Day 2 = 15th December (Tuesday
Day 3 = 16th December (Wednesday)
Day 4 = 17th December (Thursday)
Day 5 = 18th December (Friday)

You can take the test anytime from 00.01am to 11:59pm on your selected date.

This rescheduling was made necessary due to the need to provide a smooth user experience for you during the test period and mitigate against foreseen network errors. We regret any inconvenience this may cause.

Note that you will be asked to answer 10 questions each from any 3 of 4 categories, which include General Knowledge, Current Affairs, Language Use and Quantitative Reasoning.
Total questions will be 30 to be answered in 15minutes.
The test is optimized for both laptops and mobile devices running the Chrome Browser.

See sample questions below:

CATEGORY: Current Affairs
Nigeria is divided into how many geopolitical zones?
A. 6          B. 5         C. 4           D. 3

CATEGORY: General Knowledge
Goods leaving Nigeria to other countries are called ____
A. export        B. imports         C. local         D. counterfeit

CATEGORY: Language Use
Which word  is the closest in meaning to ‘grateful’?
A. hopeful        B. thankful       C. sincere          D. loving

CATEGORY: Quantitative Reasoning
Look at this series: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, … What number should come next?
A. 11         B. 12        C. 13        D. 14

You will need to score 80% and pass the Document Verification to be eligible for Scholarship Disbursement for this first batch (disbursement starts 15th January 2021 as schools resume nationwide).
Those who have a lower score will be contacted to re-take the test for FREE in the second batch.

Please confirm that you see a Countdown Timer on your dashboard. If you still see a list of test dates, please contact 09029553933 via WhatsApp.

We wish you good luck as you plan towards the test.

Regards.

Dilemma! Pursuing Money Vs Education: Should I Drop Out Of School? – Please Advice.

Please I really need your advice, I asked last year whether to focus on my skill or continue with education where I got different responses to continue with education but now I’m thinking in a different way.

My skill is still there which I’m unable to use here in school, but I found out another source of income (which is LEGIT) but this source clashes with my time table in school.

I have to be online from 1:00pm-11:00pm (which is 7:00am-5:00pm over there but sometimes I might just be online for 3-4hrs and still make better stuffs and just log out ) to be able to a meet up with things.

I did this last month not up to two weeks and I’m able to make more than 100,000 which I’m very happy about.

So my main concern now is that is it advisable for me to leave school and focus more on this stuff I’m doing (I’m in 100l and we are in our second semester and lecture started last week which handicapped me from doing this work)?

Because it is very impossible for me to be in the lecture hall and be running this stuff because I’m already concluding that I shoud just leave this school and go rent a small apartment and continue this work I’m doing.

So please ADVICE is urgently needed for me to know the path to follow so as not to regret later.

Drop your comments below on how you will advice such a person.

Effects of Scholarships on Student Success

Scholarships that assist or cover costs of pursuing a higher education provide a number of benefits for recipients. From reducing the financial burden of the rising costs of a higher education, to allowing students more time and energy to focus on studies rather than part-time work, scholarships are one piece in the puzzle of what creates a strong foundation for supporting students in their success in pursuing a degree, and furthermore, completing that degree.

The most obvious benefit of scholarships is that they make higher education more affordable. From this larger, overarching benefit comes many more benefits. As higher education cost continue to rise, a major deterrent to pursuing, and finishing, a higher education degree is affordability. Scholarships can give students the financial bump needed to take a leap and enroll in a degree, as well as a boost to morale and a student’s confidence in their ability to work toward a better future. Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation (MDRC) is a non-partisan, non-profit dedicated to providing education and research that informs sound, evidence based policies and programs geared toward improving the lives of underserved and underprivileged populations. One of MDRC’s areas of focus is in Higher Education. Their publication “Piecing Together the College Affordability Puzzle” notes that given the drastic increase in costs for attending higher education, it’s not surprising that students from low-income backgrounds have lower enrollment and completion rates. According to a study from the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, even after applying financial aid, families in the lowest income quintile still needed to contribute, on average, over 60% of net family income to covering the costs of tuition and fees. Relative to the degree to which this income covers the basic cost of living, college affordability, or lack thereof, becomes a huge factor in low-income students not being able to finish their degrees. MDRC references a number of studies that showed correlations of higher dropout rates among students with unmet need versus students with no unmet need.

Scholarships also contribute to student success by allowing for more financial flexibility in terms of the need for a student to hold a job throughout higher education. This necessity can impede a student’s success because jobs require time and energy spent away from schoolwork and other academic responsibilities. In addition, the extra time spent working a part-time job reduces time that could be spent taking advantage of the vast amount of experiential learning opportunities that colleges and universities offer, such as RSO (registered student organization) involvement, volunteering, internships and student-leadership positions.

In this same vein, philanthropic scholarships can have a “pay-it-forward” effect in terms of encouraging students to either begin engaging in altruistic/philanthropic work in order to give them a stronger background for a scholarship application process, or continue their work in such initiatives in order to maintain eligibility for receiving scholarships. Merit-based scholarships often require that students enroll in a certain number of hours and maintain certain grade-point averages. These requirements make receiving financial aid an active, rather than passive process, that gives students an incentive to perform academically and work consistently toward completing their degree within four years. As a result, the faster a student finishes their degree, the lower the cost of that degree.

An important thing to note is that scholarships alone do not ensure success in college. Scholarships often do not cover the full cost of tuition and fees, even when a student is able to accrue multiple forms of public and private aid. Depending on a student’s financial and educational background, they may need other forms of support to succeed in college. These other forms of support may manifest themselves in programs geared toward supporting students from underserved schools, or first-generation college students with benefits such as offering smaller class sizes for certain general education courses that may otherwise have hundreds of students in one section, and therefore little individual support. Other forms of support include childcare provision or special tutoring services.

Overall, scholarships play an important role in making college more accessible and affordable, and paving the way for students to be successful in both their pursuit and completion of their degree. When students can successfully earn their degrees, and the process is not burdensome or postponed, our greater society and economy are benefited. When young adults are able to focus their energy and means on their careers and serving the greater good, rather than paying off loans or having to re-enroll in school after dropping out for financial reasons, we have a happier, healthier and more efficient working public.

College Relief Fund is very pleased to offer its semi-annual scholarship. We encourage all students to take advantage of this opportunity.

No More Free Education In Ogun Secondary Schools – Government

Pupils in Ogun State public secondary schools and technical colleges are to pay the sum of N3,700 per term, Gov Dapo Abiodun has said.

This indicates a total of N11,100 for the 2019/2020 academic session.

The Ogun State Ministry of Education, however, described the fee as a ‘donation’ requested by the Parents/Teachers Association (PTA).

In a circular with reference number EDU. 655/5 and dated 27th August, issued by the Ministry of Education, it was learnt that the ‘donation’ had the approval of the state governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun.

Gov. Abiodun, before and after his election was reported have promised to make education free in all public schools in Ogun State.

On assumption of office, he declared a state of emergency in the education sector, promising to revive what he called the dwindling fortune of education in the state.

But aside PTA levy, which is put at N600 on a termly basis, each parent will also pay N500 as computer levy on a termly basis, N500 as insurance, once per session, Sport/Jet/Literary will attract N300 on a termly basis.

Also, parents or guardians will also pay N1,500 for school materials (caps, badge, beret etc.) and N300 for file jacket both for new intakes only.

The circular signed by Director of Education (Secondary) Akonsolu M.I. on behalf of Permanent Secretary in the ministry also enjoined principals to “adhere strictly with the content of this circular as the state government has zero tolerance to collection of unapproved fees in all public secondary schools/technical colleges.”

Meanwhile, residents of Ogun State have been criticising the Governor for reneging on his campaign promises less than 100 days in office.

Some parents have also enjoined him to emulate his Oyo State counterpart, Seyi Makinde, who has aborted all forms of fees or levies in Oyo immediately he was inaugurated.

Open Knowledge

An interesting article appeared in the BBC Future section recently, detailing the increasing move of universities and other academic institutions to provide their curriculum online. The power of the Internet to collate and communicate information is no longer a novel idea, but when top universities like MIT, Stanford and Harvard offer online versions of their educational platforms it becomes a very interesting notion indeed.

But, is this the way of the future – virtual lectures, online tests, degrees without ‘real’ collaboration or interaction?  It will most likely be a hybrid, and one that will obviously benefit those in the lower income strata. This is potentially a great opportunity to educate huge amounts of people relying only on a broadband connection. It’s fantastic to think of, really. One digital expert, Clay Shirky, was quoted in the piece, “The possibility MOOCs  (massively open online courses) hold out isn’t replacement.” Rather, it’s that “education can be unbundled.” ‘Much like many other fields – from broadcasting and newspapers to games and shopping – technology promises not so much to replace older institutions as to break up the packages they once offered, providing particular parts of them at a scale and cost unmatchable by the old order.’

As for the ‘human cost’ of this tech advance, it really comes down to an individual’s or community’s ability to first have access to the information and this is where technology must be affordable and available. The ability to learn comes from the most essential ingredient, and that is desire. No machine can replace that impulse, but only facilitate the action of intellectual growth. Democratized media is still in its infancy, but there are amazing things ahead and they’re coming quickly.

Gov. Fintiri Declares Free Education In Adamawa

Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa State has declared education to be free in all the public schools across the state.

The governor made the remark while receiving the gubernatorial candidate of the African Democratic Congress, ADC, in the last election, Senator Abdulaziz Nyako who paid him a courtesy visit on Monday.

The governor stated that as from September this year, school fees would be abolished in all public schools to ensure free access to education.

He reiterated his commitment to making education affordable to all children in the state especially those from poor families.

Mr. Fintiri also disclosed that the state government had commenced school feeding programme in local areas, saying the initiative would soon extend to all schools to encourage educational pursuit.

“Our plan is to make sure that government schools can compete with private schools in the quality of education in the state”.

“We are also going to recover all school lands encroached on by some people,” Mr. Fintiri said.

Speaking earlier, Senator Nyako expressed his readiness to support the policies and programs of the administration for the progress of the state.

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