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Nigeria’s ClassNG Launches As Open Marketplace For Education

Nigeria’s ClassNG launches as open marketplace for education. 2 other things and a trivia

1. Nigeria’s ClassesNG launches as open marketplace for education


Nigerian startup Classes.ng has, on Thursday, announced launching its free and open marketplace for classes.

The platform allows tutorial centres, freelance tutors, schools, universities, training institutions and online institutions to list courses and programmes that are instantly available for registrations and enquiries.

ClassesNG was founded in September 2020 as a platform to provide a listing facility for “classes” of all kinds.

Speaking on the digital facility, co-founder Daniel Osi, stated that the platform drives organic traffic, and students, to the institutions and tutors listed on it.

He said: “Unlike conventional on-demand tutoring platforms like Tuteria and PrepClass, we do not provide the training and we do not take commissions on bookings.

“It’s a totally free and open marketplace and we generate revenue mostly from traffic with only a select number of institutions benefitting from the commission model.”

Tech Trivia: Registered on March 15, 1985, which of these was the first domain name on the Internet?

A. Symbolics.com
B. Think.com
C. Xerox.com
D. Northrop.com
Answer: See end of post.

2. GoGettaz opens application for $50k Agripreneur Prize

GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize has opened application for African agri-tech startups.

The prize, which aims to find Africa’s brightest young agri-food entrepreneurs, will award US$50,000 in cash to each of two winners.

Last year, the prize was won by startups from Tanzania and Rwanda.

This year, the organisation is in search of agribusinesses that bring technology, innovation and passion to the agriculture and food industries.

According to the board, Successful applicants will win one of two US$50,000 cash prizes to help scale their innovations.

Building on the success of the previous years, the organisers are looking for businesses that show originality and innovation, market potential and traction, social and commercial impact, environmental sustainability, and an inspiring and investible team.

3. Tunisia’s GoMyCode expands into more African markets

As it expands in the wake of a funding round secured last year, Tunisian ed-tech startup, GoMyCode, has launched operations in Algeria, Morocco, Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Egypt, as well as Bahrain and France.

The four year old startup started life as a coding school but now offers different types of training programmes for technology and digital jobs.

According to media reports, the startup uses a blended model comprising offline and online learning to offer training in web and app development, artificial intelligence, data science, user experience, video game development, and business intelligence.

Speaking on its growth traction, the startup noted that after opening its doors for the first time in a co-working space, it opened its first hackerspace in Tunis before expanding to Sousse, Sfax, Nabeul, El Menzah V, Beja, Gafsa and Gabes.

Today, it has trained more than 10,000 students and set up associations with 100 partners among private and public organisations, colleges and non-administrative associations.

In 2020, it raised a US$850,000 pre-Series A round from Wamda Capital, Meninx Holding, Anava Seed Fund, and Jasminum Capital.

Tech Trivia Answer: Symbolics.com

The first domain name was Symbolics.com, registered by Cambridge, Massachusetts computer company Symbolics Inc. In addition to being the oldest domain name, it’s also the longest running and you can still visit it today, though it’s no longer under operation by its original owners, who sold the domain in 2009 after 25 years of ownership.

Today Symbolics.com is owned by private digital investment firm XF.com, which bought the domain for an undisclosed amount, presumably as a means of marketing its services, though there is certainly a cool factor in owning the Web’s first domain name.

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NECO says no extension of 2024 SSCE internal registration

The National Examinations Council, NECO, has clarified that it has not extended the registration deadline for its 2024 Senior School Certificate Examination, SSCE, Internal Registration.

Azeez Sani, the acting Director of the Directorate of Information and Digital Communication at NECO, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday.

He noted, “The Registration, which started on Monday, December 18th 2023, will close on Monday, June 3rd 2024”.

He said late registration, which attracts the late registration fee, is between Tuesday, June 4th, 2024, and Monday, June 10th, 2024.

“The Council enjoins Candidates, School Principals, Commandants, State Ministries of Education, and other Stakeholders to disregard Social Media posts purporting that the registration period has been extended to Monday, June 20th, 2024.

“The 2024 SSCE Internal will commence on June 19th, 2024 and end on July 26th 2024.

“Candidates will be assessed in 76 subjects during the examination”, the statement read.

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Abducted Confluence University students rescued- Kogi govt

The students of the Confluence University of Science and Technology, Osara, Kogi State, who were abducted by unknown gunmen on Thursday, have been rescued by the security agents, including gallant vigilant men.

The students were kidnapped while on campus preparing for their first semester exams, scheduled to start on Monday.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Kingsley Fanwo, in a statement made available to newsmen in Lokoja, on Sunday, confirmed that the students were rescued hours after Governor Ododo visited the campus and promised to rescue the students unhurt.

He commended the gallantry efforts of all the security agents who went all out to rescue the students from their abductors, saying the unknown gunmen were confronted with superior power that made them abandon their victims.

He also disclosed that the rescued students and many other kidnapped victims have been taken to a medical facility for proper attention.

Fanwo said that security agents are currently combing the forests to ensure all the students still in captivity are found and brought home safely.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner stated that in the sporadic gun battle to rescue the students, a local hunter and a DSS operative sustained injuries but they are currently receiving medical attention.

“We commend our local hunters and all the conventional security agents for their bravery and gallantry. Of special commendation is the DSS for acting on credible intelligence to coordinate a fearless confrontation on the outlaws.

“The security agencies have once again demonstrated why Kogi State will remain an uncomfortable place for bandits, kidnappers and other criminal elements.

“The success recorded so far is a clear testament of the readiness of Governor Ahmed Usman Ododo to ensure adequate and uncompromising security for the people of Kogi State.

“We urge residents to report anyone with gun wounds found in their communities to law enforcement agents,” the statement read in part

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Ekiti ‘Varsity students caught on camera bullying classmate expelled

The management of Bamidele Olumilua University of Education, Science and Technology, Ikere-Ekiti (BOUESTI) has expelled two of its students filmed assaulting a female colleague.

A video that made the rounds on social media today May 7, showed one Miss Opemiposi Precious Bolaji, an 18-year-old 100L Mass Communication student beating her colleague identified as Miss Gloria Ajayi, a 100L Mass Communication student, in a private hostel outside the University campus.

Reacting to the incident, the Public Relations Officer of the institution, Temitope Akinbisoye, said the students caught in the video were summoned on Monday, May 6 and were meted the appropriate punishment for their actions.

”In accordance with our institution’s policies and extant regulations, the students who were captured in the viral video appeared before the Students’ Disciplinary Committee at its emergency meeting held on Monday, May 6, 2024, for interrogations and appropriate recommendations, the report of which has been submitted to the University authorities.

The University authorities condemn in strong terms, any form of violence or misconduct in our University or by any of our constituents. Such behaviour is entirely inconsistent with the values we uphold and the standards of respect and dignity that we expect from all members of our University.

Miss Opemiposi Precious BOLAJI with Matriculation No. 10232, a 100L Mass Communication student who was beating her colleague with a stick and threatening to inflict bodily harm on her for allegedly destroying her 3-year old love affair with her boyfriend was found guilty of misconduct and flagrant breach of her matriculation oath and consequently EXPELLED with immediate effect.

Miss Genesis OSARO, a 100L Mass Communication student with Matriculation No. 10257, who provided the stick with which Gloria AJAYI was beaten, was found guilty of misconduct (as an accomplice) and flagrant breach of her Matriculation oath and consequently EXPELLED with immediate effect.

Miss Gloria AJAYI, a 100L Mass Communication student with Matriculation No. 10295, who was seen being beaten in the viral video but did not retaliate or engage in fisticuffs with her tormentors, was EXONERATED.

The duo of Miss Mistura Eniola ADEJUWON with Matriculation No. 10435 and Miss Precious Oluwapelumi OLANREWAJU with Matriculation No. 11126, who gleefully recorded the video and posted on social media were WARNED and advised to always report such incident to the Directorate of Students’ Affairs and the Security Unit of the University rather than escalating it on social media.

Mr. Olawale AJEWOLE, a 200L Mass Communication student with Matriculation No. 6021 was EXONERATED for making efforts to lock Miss Gloria AJAYI inside a room to prevent further beating.”

The University authorities also said it would want to” encourage anyone who witnesses or experiences any form of harassment, abuse or violence against any student to report it immediately to the appropriate authorities.”

”Moving forward, we will continue to prioritize the well-being and safety of our University community. We will also reinforce our efforts to educate and promote respectful and responsible behaviour among our students.” the statement read in part

Meanwhile the Ekiti state police command has commenced a discreet investigation into the incident. A statement by the Ekiti State Command Police Public Relations Office, DSP Abutu Sunday, Anipr said the state Commissioner, CP Akinwale Adeniran, has already directed the Ikere Area Commander to liaise with the Management of the Institution and ensure the perpetrator is identified, investigated and made to face the legal consequence(s) of her barbaric action

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