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Graduate Sues Oxford University For Not Awarding Him A First Class Degree

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A student has sued Oxford University for “boring” teaching which allegedly resulted in him getting a second class degree and in turn led to a loss of earnings in his career as a lawyer.

Faiz Siddiqui, 38, studied modern history at Brasenose College at the university and accuses its staff of “negligent” teaching of his specialist subject course on Indian imperial history, which led to him getting a 2:1 back in 2000, the High Court in London heard this week.

The trained solicitor now suffers from depression and insomnia, which he has linked to exam results and which he claims has led to an inability to hold down a long term job.

He is bringing a loss of earning claim against his chancellor, masters, and scholars of Oxford University, which lawyers have valued at £1 million.

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Roger Mallalieu, who is representing Mr Siddiqui, said the issue came down to four of the seven staff who taught Asian history being on sabbatical leave in 1999-2000 – the claimant’s final year.

Mr Mallalieu told the judge that 13 of the 15 students who received the tutoring and sat the same exam got their “lowest or joint lowest mark” in the subject, which he says shows a “statistic anomaly” in the standard of the teaching.

The lawyer also mentioned the “boring” teaching of a David Washbrook – who has reportedly since retired – but said there was no personal issue with the history professor who he understood was under pressure at the time due to staff shortages.

Oxford University says allowances, such as extra time on exam papers due to hay fever, were made for Siddiqui, and argue the claim should be struck down given the length of time since the graduate left the college.

A judgment is expected later this month.

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NECO Postpones 2020 Exams Indefinitely

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NECO Postpones 2020 Exams Indefinitely
NECO Postpones 2020 Exams Indefinitely

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The National Examinations Council (NECO) on Sunday announced the suspension of the ongoing Senior Secondary Schools Certificate Examinations (SSCE) indefinitely.

This was made known in a statement by NECO’s Head, Information and Public Relations Division, Azeez Sani.

Also Read: #EndSARS: Enugu Govt Adjusts 24-Hour Curfew

The examination body explained that the action was taken due to the closure of schools and the curfew imposed by some state governors to safeguard lives occasioned by the #EndSARS protests.

“Arising from that meeting, the Governing Board resolved that the 2020 SSCE (Internal) be postponed indefinitely in view of the current security challenges, occasioned by the #ENDSARS protests, which disrupted the smooth conduct of the examinations in some parts of the country,” the statement partly read.

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#EndSARS Protest: Sanwo-Olu Orders Closure Of Schools In Lagos

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The Lagos State Government led by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has ordered the closure of public and private schools indefinitely in the state.

The closure of schools in Lagos was announced in a press statement on Monday by the state’s Head of Public Affairs, Ministry of Education, Kayode Abayomi.

Also Read: #EndSARS protesters break into Lagos International Airport (Videos)

The statement which was titled, ‘Lagos directs students to stay at home’, quoted Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, the Commissioner for Education, as saying that the schools were shut down over “tension generated by the anti-SARS protests.”

This is coming at a time #EndSARS protests against police brutality and bad governance by Nigerian youths grounded academic activities in some schools in the state on Monday.

“A new date of resumption for all classes will be announced as soon as possible.”

 

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NECO Shifts Exam Over #EndSARS Protest

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NECO Shifts Exam Over #EndSARS Protest

The National Examination Council, NECO, has announced the rescheduled of one of the practical examinations supposed to hold in October till the next month.

This was contained in a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday, October 18, by the Head, Information and Public Relations Division for the Nigerian exam body, Mr. Azeez Sani.

He announced that the Paper I Computer Studies Practicals examination which was supposed to be taken on Monday, October 19 is now delayed till November 16, 2020.

Also Read: Buhari Appoints Professor Godswill Obioma As New NECO Registrar

Sani revealed that the postponement is a result of the ongoing #EndSARS protests across the country, particularly the blockage of movement of transport at the entrance gate into Benin City, the Edo state capital.

He noted further that the truck conveying NECO examination materials had left its take-off point two days earlier to deliver to some states but has been held up in the ‘blockage.

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