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Insecurity May Affect Apc’s Chances In 2023 –matthew Emiohe

The raging crisis in the Edo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has become worrisome to many party faithful. In this interview with TONY OSAUZO in Benin, one of the party chieftains and member, Ambrose Alli University Governing Council, Elder Matthew Emiohe, bared his mind on the issue. He also warned that insecurity may affect APC’s chances in 2023.

Edo State chapter of the APC, is presently enmeshed in crisis. As a party leader, what are your thoughts?

If I tell you that I am not disturbed about this crisis I am telling a lie. What is happening in the state is a very big distraction, the problem is that the principal actors, Obaseki and Oshiomhole have not really declared that they have problem with each other. What I see is that supporters of the two leaders are either coming out to defend or promote either of them or highlighting this crisis. I know that a lot of lies are told on both sides. Yes, we know that there are problems because things are not the way they should be. The major problem is the lies and people are benefiting hugely from it.

They will go to Oshiomhole and lie to him to get money and then they go to Obaseki and tell him what he wants to hear. These two individuals must sit down and put the interest of the party first above any other interest. The party must move on, otherwise we stand the chances of losing.

If you want to believe those saying Oshiomhole is unhappy or angry with the governor, I want to ask is it not the same Oshiomhole that brought Obaseki to power? He has not come out to tell us why he is angry with Obaseki. Today, you cannot say that Obaseki is not performing, if not I will be the first to go against him. If there are personal issues we expect Oshiomhole to come out and tell us because we all know how he helped Obaseki to become governor. If it is because of performance, the governor has done well because in my constituency he is delivering on his promises.

In my local government through the council chairman, a lot is going on there. Not too long ago we had a senatorial meeting where we addressed a lot of issues and of course, one of the major problems we discussed was his relationship with Oshiomhiole. I suggested that if there is a problem the governor should look for a mutual friend and I did mentioned Aliko Dangote. In fact, a week after, I understand that a meeting was held with Oshiomhole, Obaseki and Dangote but few days after we heard that their meeting didn’t yield the expected outcome. I don’t really know what is going on.

Leaders are the ones causing this problem; they are the ones who go to Abuja to complain that Obaseki is not taking care of them. Maybe they want the governor to share money with them. But I know that from my local government most leaders have been empowered whether from local government or state. In my ward, we have two major markets where construction is going on. For example, work is on-going in Eguare and Egbodi market, maternity hospital is being upgraded, reconstruction of Ewuare primary school and roads construction are handled by party leaders. The contracts in my ward are shared among five leaders and that is empowerment to me, not necessarily sharing money. It is the leaders now that will now reach out to other people.

Are you not worried that the lingering crisis is creating a fertile ground for the opposition to take over the state and the tendency that some people will move to other party?

I am very worried. For the sake of our national chairman, I don’t think he wants this kind of problem in his own state. I think Oshiomhole is concerned about that. Today, people are talking about how we lost some APC states, it will be disastrous for us to lose Edo and that is why I said whatever the problem, we need to know now so that we can begin to address the issue. We all know that Oshiomhole brought Obaseki and he must have known that he will perform and continue with his legacies. I am sure Obaseki must have done something that convinced Oshiomhiole that he will perform as governor and he supported him.

We all know that Obaseki too must have helped Oshiomhole as well through his contacts to raise money. I also expect Obaseki to be loyal to Oshiomhole too.

What is your advice to Obaseki and Oshiomhole on how to end the political crisis in Edo State?

My advice to them is for Obaseki and Oshiomhole to sit down and put their personal interest aside to resolve the issue. Oshiomhole needs to resolve the matter because of his national integrity. For Obaseki, he wants the state to move forward and I don’t think he wants anything to derail that. He must make some concrete and genuine steps to reach out to Oshiomhole too. For the meeting they have held not yielding results there must be a reason not known to any of us. All we are interested in is peace and stability in the party.

Looking at the state of the APC generally, what is your suggestion on how to resolve pockets of problems in the states’ chapters of the party?

You see I am very concerned about Edo State. The national chairman of our party Adams Oshiomhole needs all our support for him to be focussed. He must come home to first of all put his house in order. When you have problem in your home state you can’t go to other states and say you want to solve their problem, they will always point to your home. That is why we are praying that Obaseki and Oshiomhole must come to terms and reason together for the sake of APC.

The new federal executive council will be inaugurated soon. As a member of the APC, what should they do differently to move the country forward?

I think President Buhari should give them a clear guideline on what they need to do. I was not too impressed with many of the ministers, look at the road in Ekpoma, my domain, it’s a write off and we had to travel through Delta State to get to my village in Edo. There has to be a clear guideline and direction that they have to work on so that Nigerians can begin to see some real positive change.

One of the greatest talking points today is the insecurity in the country. Do you think your party can still maintain power if this trend continues in 2023?

This question worries me. I am disturbed about killings in the land. Just like I said earlier, the President must set the tone, the bulk stops on his table; he must be firm and take bold steps that will send strong messages to these people behind the insecurity. But if he is silent, it means consent. People need to know what he intends to do. In the United States, people are reacting to the President’s body language and statement. People want to see that what he is saying is matched with actions. Buhari must come out and be decisive if not it will impact negatively on our party. But I hope we are able to find a solution.‎

What is your take on the call for revolution?

Yes, people may not be happy with the state of affairs in the country but that doesn’t warrant a call for revolution. If there are problems we must all sit down and tackle them, revolution is a serious thing to toy with. If anybody wants a change of government there are constitutional ways to go about it and we must come together to dialogue to achieve what we want.


How to score high in JAMB 2020

Preparing for the next JAMB exam? Discover JAMB secret to help you score high in the next JAMB UTME exam.


Discover how to score 300 and above in the JAMB exam. This guideline is a must-read for any JAMB candidate who wishes to know how to prepare for JAMB the right way and perform really well in the next UTME exam.

There is no magic to a high JAMB score but just a simple JAMB secret. Believe me, there are candidates like you who scored above 350 in JAMB.

Even in this coming JAMB CBT exam, some candidates will come out with scores of up to 350. So, if you are one of those who have been made to believe that JAMB is hard or that you can’t go beyond 220, stop believing those lies!


In this post, I will share with you some secrets that will help you to score high not only in JAMB but in your subsequent exams.

Remember, after JAMB and post UTME, you will gain admission and depending on the school, you may begin to face “bigger” exams.

As a “Super Lion” (a UNN graduate), I can tell you that JAMB is not where the big work is. Therefore, if you really are the kind of person who looks beyond JAMB and tries to plan for the feature, the tips I’ll share here will benefit you a lot.

Why am I in a position to give this guide?

Sat for O’Level in 2010, JAMB in 2011, UNN Post UTME in 2011, five years course (Mechanical Engineering) with many examinations, and graduated in 2016. Also, being a blogger makes me follow the trends both in JAMB and other examinations.

Hence, I believe a have a lot to share about examinations.

JAMB Exam Secret #1: Start preparing early!

Start early! We all know the tradition for many JAMB students. “Guy, what’s up about this JAMB?” “O boy JAMB still far na!” Lies! JAMB is closer than you think.

The number one mistake most JAMBites make is not starting to prepare for JAMB on time.

Many candidates tend to relax and wait for two months to JAMB before they start getting ready.

Some have concluded that 2 months JAMB lesson is all they need to prepare for JAMB.

But, can this really work for you even if it works for the next person?

JAMB CBT Secret #2: Study with JAMB past questions!

This is among the most important secret to JAMB’s success! JAMB past questions give you the idea of the type of questions to expect in your UTME exam. No serious JAMB student will neglect the importance of JAMB past questions.

Interestingly, we have thousands of JAMB past questions and answers in all the subjects and you can study them offline with EduNgr JAMB App: Download JAMB CBT app

JAMB CBT Secret #3: Have your own study timetable

A study timetable will help you organize your studies the way it will suit you best. In your timetable you indicate all the topics you need to cover (according to JAMB syllabuses) and allocate different times per week or days for each subject.

A personal timetable will also help you track your progress along the way: you know how far you have gone in each subject and what is left to be covered.

Also, having a timetable of your own will help you distribute your study time to each subject according to how challenging you find them. That is, there may be one subject you find challenging than other subjects; what you want to do is allocate some extra time for that particular subject.

Finally, a study timetable can serve as a good reminder of what you need to do. Whenever you look at your timetable you know you have a very important task to accomplish.

JAMB Secret #4: Minimize cramming, focus on understanding

“La crammer la pour” is how we describe those students who only cram and go into exam hall to “pour” the things they have crammed into their books. But, is cramming the best way to go? No!

Cramming takes a lot of repetitive efforts. In fact, cramming is more difficult than trying to understand something so you can easily remember it later. At the beginning cramming may seem easier as you can quickly pack a couple of things into your memory.

But, the problem is that as quickly it enters the head is as quickly it also disappears. In order words, many (usually not all) of the things you crammed will disappear within a short period of time.

Hence, you need to repeat the cramming over and over again! What a waste of time.

On the other hand, when you learn to understand, the things you learn will stay so much longer in your memory.

Also, even when you forget you can easily remember because you understood the topic thoroughly when you studied it.

Have you ever been in an exam hall where you are trying to remember a particular solution but couldn’t; all of a sudden a little thing popped into your brain and you were like “aha! that is it!”

When you know it, it is easier to remember every other detail with just a little clue. But, for a student who crams and pours, if one word is missing, he is totally lost!

The bottom line here is this: put much more effort into trying to understand what you study. A few cramming may be necessary of course, but, always lay emphasis on understanding because that is the best way to learn.

JAMB UTME Secret #5: Study with other JAMBites

You are a bright student, that’s okay. But, you need to study with other students. Why? You can learn more or master what you already know simply by teaching others.

Also, you will surely learn a couple of things from other students. Nobody knows it all.

Even a question another student will ask you on a topic you think you have mastered can throw you off-balance.

There are many benefits of studying with other students apart from the ones mentioned above. Also, you’ll have opportunities to connect with other JAMBites, stay up to date with information about JAMB, post UTME screening, schools, etc.

JAMB CBT Secret #6: Enter JAMB exam hall in your best possible conditions

Some people are “dying minute” students. Their JAMB exam will hold the next morning and you see them “jack” all night: no sleep, no night rest. Some will be so busy that in addition to the sleepless night, they won’t put something into their stomach and run to the exam venue.

Personally, I think this is wrong, dangerous and counterproductive! Part of my preparation before any exam is a good night’s sleep – it is something I never like to miss.

Do to stress yourself before your exam; be in your best condition. Sleep well the night before your exam; eat the kind of food that makes you feel comfortable and “awake”; simply be okay, calm and collected. This will help you stay “together” and focused on your exam.

Additional JAMB UTME Secrets: accuracy and speed

They often say speed and accuracy but, I prefer to say accuracy before speed. Exams are usually an attempt to test your knowledge of the subjects and, you are always subjected to a limited amount of time for every exam – JAMB is no different. Hence, for you to pass the JAMB CBT exam, you need to be fast enough in answering all the questions you can answer.

However, of more importance than speed is accuracy: of what benefit is it if you answer all the questions wrongly and submit 30 mins before time? Therefore, try to maintain both speed and accuracy in every exam you sit for.

Finally, never leave any JAMB CBT question unanswered: It is not encouraging when some JAMBites come out of the exam hall and say they didn’t answer a number of questions; are you kidding me? JAMB CBT is an objective questions exam.

If you see that you are almost running out of time, what you have to do is select any option for the questioned you don’t know the answer and questions you have not even read.

With random picking of answers like that you may get one or two correct answers correctly. Remember, 1 point/mark can make someone miss admission!

University of Minnesota #YouAreWelcomeHere funding for International Students 2020-2021

If you are waiting for an opportunity to study in the US, then must take a look at the #YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship which is a valuable study program to start education journey in the United States.

The bursary is available for freshman international candidates of all academic majors and field of study in order to pursue an undergraduate degree program at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.


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Very good opportunity for those international candidates who want to study in the US

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The University of Minnesota is one of America’s public lvy universities, which refers to top public universities in the US. It is a public research university which has the sixth-largest main campus student body in the United States.

Why at the University of Minnesota? At this university, the students will have World-renowned professors, so that they will learn from the best as they carve out a path of their future along with many research opportunities and 140+ majors to pick from.

Brief Description
University or Organization: University of Minnesota
Department: NA
Course Level: Undergraduate degree
Award: $16,000
Access Mode: Email
Number of Awards: Two grants are available
Nationality: International
The program can be taken in the United States
Application Deadline: November 15, 2019
Language: English
Eligible Countries: Applicants from outside the US are eligible to join
Acceptable Course or Subjects: The grant is for undertaking an undergraduate degree program in any field offered by the university
Admissible Criteria: An interested candidate must maintain F-1 immigration status while enrolled at the University of Minnesota.
Demonstrate interest and initiative in leadership and intercultural learning.
How to Apply
How to Apply: The university would like to inform candidates that they need to take admission in an undergraduate degree program at the university by November 1.
After that, they can complete the fund application form and return it to With completing a 500-1000-word essay or a two-to-five-minute video*?answering the following prompt,

“Tell us about your leadership skills in your school or community, and how you plan to continue applying your leadership skills at the school you are applying to?”
Information Regarding Admission
Admission Requirements: An applicant must be a high school candidate while applying to a bachelor degree program at the university.
Language Requirement: Foreign candidates are required to satisfy the English language requirements of the university for studying in the US.
The university will award two annual, renewable financial aids covering $16,000 per year for four years which is applied to the cost of tuition fees.

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University of Minnesota #YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship for International Students 2020-2021

University of Bridgeport General academic programs for International Students in the USA

The University of Bridgeport is providing the General academic programs for International Students to help them pay for their studies in the United States.

The awards are available to first-year incoming international undergraduate applicants and transfer students seeking an associate or a bachelor degree achieve an educational goal at UB.


A valuable option to get an academic education in the USA with study funding.

Founded in 1927, the University of Bridgeport offers career-oriented undergraduate, graduate, professional degrees and learning environment to prepare students for personal and professional growth.

Why at the University of Bridgeport? The University of Bridgeport offers multiple students services, study opportunities, and also prepare students for the modern workplace and a global working environment.

Application Deadline: Spring: 1 December and Fall: 15 July

Brief Description

University or Organization: University of Bridgeport

Department: NA

Course Level: Undergraduate

Award: $11,000 to $17,000 per academic year

Access Mode: Online

Number of Awards: Varies

Nationality: International

The award can be taken in the USA

Eligible Countries: Application form all nationalities are accepted
Acceptable Course or Subjects: The program is available for undergraduate study in any subject offered by the university

Admissible Criteria: To be eligible, the candidate must be an incoming undergraduate international students

How to Apply
How to Apply: No separate application required for the award. Applicants will automatically consider when they will apply for admission at the university.

Supporting Documents: To be considered for admission, an applicant must submit: Official copy of all high school transcripts, standardized test scores, either SAT or ACT, a TOEFL / IELTS score and a GRE or GMAT score, a personal statement, letter of recommendation, and a resume.

Admission Requirements: Applicants are required to check all the entry requirements before entering the university program.

Language Requirement: Applicants must check the SUB’s English language requirements before applying for the degree program.

The university will provide academic awards range from $11,000 to $17,000 per academic year, and are based on academic excellence and English proficiency.
All awards are renewable yearly based on satisfactory academic achievement and good standing at the University of Bridgeport.

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September 18 Express Entry draw issues 3,600 invitations to apply for Canadian permanent residence

A new Express Entry draw held Wednesday, September 18, has invited 3,600 candidates to apply for Canadian permanent residence.

The minimum required Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score in today’s draw was 462. This is one point lower than the previous draw, which was held September 4 and had a cut-off score of 463.

The Express Entry system manages the pool of candidates for Canada’s three Federal High Skilled economic immigration categories — the  Federal Skilled Worker ClassFederal Skilled Trades Class, and Canadian Experience Class.

Eligible candidates are ranked in the pool according to their CRS score, which is based on factors such as age, education, skilled work experience and proficiency in English or French, among other factors.

A set number of the highest-ranked candidates are invited to apply through regular draws from the pool, which are typically held every two weeks.

Find out if you are eligible for the Express Entry pool

The September 18 invitation round brings the total number of invitations to apply (ITAs) issued this year to 63,400.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) had issued 58,600 ITAs by this same point in 2018 and finished that year with the current ITA record of 89,800.

Canada’s admissions targets for the three Federal High Skilled categories are 81,400 for 2019 and 85,800 for 2020 through the three Federal High Skilled economic immigration categories.

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The tie-break used in the September 18 draw was August 29, 2019, at 07:57:13 UTC. This means that all candidates with a score above 462 received an ITA, as did those with a score of 462 whose Express Entry profiles were created before the tie-break date and time.

The fact the minimum score dropped one point may be due to IRCC maintaining a two-week interval between today’s draw and the previous invitation round on September 4.

The time between draws can influence the cut-off CRS score, as this graph shows:

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Candidates with scores below today’s cut-off who want to improve their ranking have a number of potential options, the most valuable being a provincial nomination through an enhanced nomination stream.

A provincial nomination through one of these Express Entry-aligned streams results in an additional 600 CRS points and effectively guarantees an ITA in a subsequent Express Entry draw.

Several of these nomination streams do not require a minimum CRS score in order to be eligible, while others have CRS requirements that are well below today’s cut-off score.

The Alberta Express Entry Stream is a leading example of this latter type. In its most recent selection round held August 28, it invited Express Entry candidates with scores as low as 400.

The province of Saskatchewan also has an Express Entry-aligned sub-category that requires work experience in an occupation that’s deemed in-demand, among other criteria, but does not require a job offer in the province or a minimum CRS score.

In a new development Wednesday, the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program dramatically expanded the list of eligible in-demand occupations, from 19 to hundreds.

Here are two hypothetical examples of Express Entry candidates who would have received an ITA in today’s draw:

Jasmine is 32, hold a master’s degree and has been working as a financial analyst for four years. She wrote her IELTS and scored an 8 in each category. While Jasmine has never worked or studied in Canada, her CRS score of 462 would have been high enough to obtain an ITA during the September 18 Express Entry draw.

Ihsan and Lina are married and are 29 and 32 years old, respectively. They have each been working as advertising consultants for three years. They each wrote the IELTS and scored an 8 in listening and 7 in each of the other three abilities. Ihsan holds two Bachelor’s degrees and Lina holds one. Neither has ever worked or studied in Canada. They entered the Express Entry pool with Ihsan as the principal applicant. Ihsan’s CRS score of 463 would have been high enough to obtain an ITA during the September 18 draw.

“It’s good to see IRCC maintaining a steady interval of two weeks between draws, which is helping bring the cut-off score down little by little,” said David Cohen, senior partner with the Campbell Cohen Canadian immigration law firm in Montreal.

“It’s also great to see ongoing innovation in Canada’s Express Entry-aligned provincial nominee programs like the complete overhaul of Saskatchewan’s in-demand occupations list, which has expanded the number of eligible occupations dramatically.”

UK post-study work visa: What we know so far

The biggest news for international students last week was the UK government’s announcement that it will be bringing back the two-year post-study student work visa.

Reversing Theresa May’s abolition of the visa seven years ago, the new immigration route will be open to “international students who have successfully completed a course in any subject at undergraduate level or higher at a higher education provider with a track record of compliance, and have Tier 4 [student visa] leave at the point the route is introduced”. It’s a significant extension from the current four-month limit for bachelor or master’s graduates to look for work.

Here’s what we know of the new “graduate route” so far:

1. It’s limited to certain levels of study
A new graduate immigration route will allow international students to stay in the UK for two years after they graduate to work, or look for work, ensuring the UK continues to attract the best and brightest.
The announcement on September 10 by the Department of Education said the new work visa would apply to those who “start courses in 2020-21 at undergraduate level or above”.

2. It’ll likely be launched in 2021
According to The PIE News, the Home Office expects the new rule to take effect in the first half of 2021. Due to the wide-ranging immigration changes that will take place during Brexit, Home Office Head of Student Migration Policy, Paul Jeffrey said during a Universities UK conference last week that they are “not able to say categorically when this route will be introduced”.

3. It’s unclear who will be eligible
The initial announcement said the new work visa will be available to those who start courses in 2020/21 and after. This confused many students in various stages of their studies. Sanam Arora, Chair of the National Indian Students and Alumni Union UK, told Times Higher Education that three groups of students are “very concerned at present”: those starting courses this month, those in the UK with valid student visas when the change is in place and students “who are currently graduating”.

The PIE News reported that Home Office Head of Student Migration Policy, Paul Jeffrey, said during the Universities UK conference last week that the government can say “with absolute certainty” that any student enrolling in 2020/21 will benefit. As for those graduating from the summer of 2021 onwards, Jeffrey said: “I think we can very very confidently say that anyone who graduates from the summer of 2021 onwards will also benefit, that includes those who are currently in the UK now starting their [undergraduate] degrees.”

However, according to a THE article published yesterday, a spokesman from the Home Office said students “graduating in the summer of 2020-21 and after will be eligible”.

4. No restrictions on the type of jobs
The new work visa will apply to any level of job in any sector, according to Jeffrey, who called the rights “unrestricted”.

In a news story published on the UK government website, the new work visa is aimed not just at retaining the “best and brightest” in the UK, but to facilitate “future breakthroughs in science, technology and research and other world-leading work that international talent brings to the UK”. This includes the £200 million genetics project, a whole genome sequencing volunteer project in the UK Biobank which launched last week.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that crucial scientific breakthroughs “wouldn’t be possible without being open to the brightest and the best from across the globe to study and work in the UK.” He continued, “That’s why we’re unveiling a new route for international students to unlock their potential and start their careers in the UK.”

5. No need for sponsorship
International students require their higher education provider to sponsor their study visas, but the new work visa would offer an “unsponsored route” where universities would not need to maintain responsibility for their graduates while they try to access the jobs market.

6. No cap
Like the recent removal of a cap on the number of PhD students moving on to the skilled work visa route, there will be no cap on how many students can switch to the new work visa under this graduate route. As The Guardian explained, “Under the new policy, the visas would have no cap on numbers and would allow graduates to apply for jobs regardless of their skills or the subject they studied. The government said part of the aim was to recruit talented graduates in disciplines such as maths, engineering and technology.”

7. A work period longer than two years is possible
After the two years, the Department of Education states that international students “on the [graduate] route will be able to switch on to the skilled work route if they find a job which meets the skill requirement of the route.”


Work visa changes: the devil is in the detail

By June Ranson*

Opinion – Changes to the work visa system announced by the Minister of Immigration are not all positive for employers or migrants.

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By 2021 all employers wanting to sponsor the recruitment of migrants – even if it is only one – must become accredited. Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

The existing six different temporary work visa pathways are being replaced with one. The industry is reserving comment on the effectiveness of this and awaits the policy details.

The devil is in the detail in this announcement; while there are some benefits, there are also negatives.

Employers who are currently known as Accredited Employers should know that from next month all job offers made to immigrants who wish to transition to residence through their Work to Residence (Talent visas), a salary of $79,560 or greater must be offered for a 40 hour week – an increase from $55,000 per annum.

Anyone holding the Work to Residence visa or have applied for this visa before 7 October 2019 based on a salary of $55,000 will not be affected and can still apply for residence after holding this visa for 24 months with an accredited employer.

It is a tragedy that they are curbing the Work to Residence pathway in 2021.

After 2020, Immigration NZ will assess job offers based on pay rates. Jobs paying less than $52,000 per annum for a 40 hour week will be regarded as low skilled work.

The new high skill rate of $104,000 will be based on paying 200 percent above the new median wage.

This is central to the government’s plan of reducing residence numbers while increasing temporary visas.

They will have to reach the 160-point threshold in the skilled migrant category for a residence visa.

How many will give up and go home?

This is too difficult to determine. One can only speculate that residence numbers will reduce through the inability of migrants to qualify for residence.

By 2021 all employers wanting to sponsor the recruitment of migrants – even if it is only one – must become accredited.

The government has been reviewing how it can reduce exploitation of migrants, through the payment of low rates of pay and not the genuine rate for the job; to ensure migrants are only recruited for genuine jobs; employers being encouraged to employ and train New Zealanders.

Work that New Zealanders do not wish to do

The issue overlooked is that a number of employers need their migrant staff now and to train in all instances is not possible. The employer needs the skilled people to train the New Zealanders.

Low skilled workers – classed as jobs earning less than $52,000 for a 40-hour week – will receive 12-month work visas and would still need to renew them up to a maximum of three years. High skilled – jobs above the median wage – could receive up to a three-year visa.

This will impact on rest homes, restaurants, hospitality and all trades people. This work that New Zealanders do not wish to undertake is a growing requirement with our ageing population.

Employers will train immigrants up to the point that they are well-skilled and experienced, but have to let them go after three years. The government has decided not to reverse the previous government’s decision to limit certain visas to three years with a one-year stand down period abroad.

But it is good that Anzsco – the classification of jobs on which visa decisions were made – is being removed from criteria for judging whether a job is skilled. This has been far too complex with many inconsistencies in the interpretation by both employers and Immigration case officers.

While a lower skilled worker earning below the medium threshold of $52,000 will now be permitted to bring their partner and children to New Zealand, the partner will only be issued a visitor visa, which will make that financially impossible for some.

The partner would be able to apply for a work visa providing they meet the criteria for such a work visa based on skills, experience relative to the job offer.

A Labour Market Test already exists for most work visas to ensure there are no New Zealanders available to do a job, before it is offered to an immigrant.

That test will be tightened under the changes outlined this week, for example employers except those advertising highly skilled jobs in the regions will have to state the wage or salary in a job advert. That can have adverse consequences for the employer eg employers revealing their pay rates to competitors.

What has not been made public at this stage is that for the positions requiring Labour Market Testing, employers will be expected to accept the people the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) puts forward unless the candidate fails to attend an interview or drug testing.

While we have been informed that training and equipping MSD staff will take approximately 18 months to come into force, it is very hard on New Zealand employers who may be forced to employ staff they do not believe will fit their organisation.

Every company is different, and what we are being told is an indication that the government is trying to run private businesses by forcing them to take on staff who do not fit the organisation.

The latest changes may make administration easier for Immigration New Zealand, but it will not do so for the employers.

Meanwhile, Immigration New Zealand could really benefit from a large investment of money to sort out its visa processing delays and to fight fraud.

Instead of spending $25m on the Maritime Mass Arrival Prevention initiative which was outlined in the Budget, the government needs to urgently sort out the service issues at Immigration New Zealand.

I believe the government has offered this sum to appease Australia over border security funding. However, our government knows full well they may not need to use it. Where is the solid action plan on how these funds will be used?

I suggest giving extra funding to Navy and Fishery Inspectors who are on patrol at sea. They are at the coal face and they can identify people smugglers and stop them.

The idea of having people dotted around Asia is a waste of money. While we definitely want to protect our borders surely a percentage of the sum could be put to better use to sort out Immigration New Zealand issues.

It is too early to say if the changes outlined this week on work visas will benefit New Zealand. But if migrants cannot get the opportunity to gain residence here it is a big ask to expect them to stay on temporary work visas, with an outlook of no permanent future.

*June Ranson is an immigration consultant and chairwoman of the NZ Association for Migration and Investment (NZAMI), which represents immigration advisers and lawyers.



DAAD Postgraduate Studies in the Field of Music for International Students in Germany

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is offering scholarship opportunities for international graduates to continue their education in Germany.

The program is designed to promote the exchange of experience and networking amongst colleagues. With the program, foreign students have the chance to pursue a postgraduate or continuing course of study.


An admirable opportunity to get higher education in the field of music with some financial support in Germany.

In the field of international academic co-operation, DAAD is the most prominent German funding organisation. It provides a range of graduate and research scholarships to support German and international students to study in Germany.

Application Deadline: 15 October 2019

Brief Description

  • University or Organization: DAAD
  • Department: NA
  • Course Level: Master’s or postgraduate degree programme
  • Award: A monthly payment of 850 euros, insurance, study allowance, and travel allowance
  • Access Mode: Online
  • Number of Awards: Varies
  • Nationality: International
  • The award can be taken in Germany


  • Eligible Countries: Applicant from all nationalities are eligible to apply
  • Acceptable Course or Subjects: The award will be awarded for a postgraduate or continuing course of study in the field of music
  • Admissible Criteria: To be eligible, the applicants must meet all the following:
  • Foreign applicants who have gained a first university degree in the field of music at the latest by the time they commence their scholarship-supported study programme; if this is not possible, they should have at least exhausted all the training options available for their instrument in their country of origin.
  • Applicants who have been resident in Germany for longer than 15 months at the application deadline cannot be considered.
  • Applicants in the field of music should have knowledge of the language of instruction that corresponds to the requirements of the chosen university at the latest by the time they start their scholarship.
  • In this study program, candidates can complete a Master’s degree/postgraduate degree leading to a final qualification, or a complementary course that does not lead to a final qualification (not an undergraduate course)

How to Apply

  • How to Apply: The application procedure occurs online through the DAAD portal. Note: portal will open about 6 weeks before the application deadline
  • Supporting Documents: Applicants are required to submit the following documents by post to the specified application address (some documents need to upload with the online application):
  1. Documents to Upload: A curriculum vitae, letter of motivation, degree certificate, proof of knowledge of the language of instruction (German or English), an overview of recorded pieces:, and letter of acceptance from the host university (If available).
  2. Documents to Post: Send work samples together with the printed “Cover sheet to application” of the “Application summary” generated online and the reference.
  • Admission Requirements: Applicants should have taken their final examinations no longer than six years before the application deadline.
  • Language Requirement: Applicants must have proficiency in English and German language.


DAAD will provide all the following:

  • Monthly payment of 850 euros
  • Travel allowance
  • One-off study allowance
  • Payments towards health, accident and personal liability insurance cover
  • Under certain circumstances, scholarship holders may receive the following additional benefits:
  • Monthly rent subsidy
  • Monthly allowance for accompanying members of the family

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Senator petitions JAMB over withheld result

Senator Uche Ekwunife has raised a petition on behalf of a member of her constituency, Anambra Central District, on the refusal of Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) to release his result based on his excellent result which is alleged to be suspicious.

The senator made the petition on the floor, on Tuesday, seeking an intervention from the senate.

JAMB registered about 1.8 million candidates for the Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examination (UTME). 76.2 per cent of the 1,792,719 candidates who sat for 2019 examination scored below 200 out of 400.

JAMB registrar Professor Ishaq Oloyede said in May, “34,120 candidates had their result withheld for examination malpractice also 15,145 results were withheld for further clarification.”

He mentioned that some of the irregularities that marred the 2019 UTME include; multiple registrations, manipulation of biometrics, impersonation and deliberate destruction of power sources during the examination.

Ekwunife, who made a vow to fight for the right of all the people of Anambra during her campaign, issued the petition based on protecting every citizen’s right.

In 2018, JAMB recorded 280 cases of examination malpractice across the country, while in 2017, it recorded 2,508 cases.

The senator, Uche Ekwufeni awaits the senate decision to intervene in the candidate result.

51% of young Americans support tuition-free public college

Graduating students attend New York University’s commencement ceremony at Yankee Stadium.
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College graduates consistently outearn workers with a high school diploma. According to the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, 65% of all jobs in the U.S. economy will require education beyond high school by 2020.

But college is also more expensive than ever. According to the College Board’s 2018 Trends in College Pricing Report, prices at public two-year and private non-profit four-year schools doubled from 1988 to 2018, and in-state tuition and fees at public four-year schools tripled.

It makes sense, then, that more than half of young Americans today are in favor of free public college.

A survey from the Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics found that 51% of Americans between the ages of 18 and 29 support eliminating tuition and fees at public colleges and universities for students from families that make up to $125,000, and making community college tuition-free for all income levels for an estimated cost of $47 billion.

That’s a slight decrease from when Harvard conducted the biannual poll in the fall of 2018, when 56% supported free college. But support for such a policy is higher among likely Democratic primary voters (69%) and among likely 2020 general election voters (56%).

With significant support among young voters, many believe it is time to start making free college a reality. Here’s how it might work:

Candidate proposals

The issue of free college has become a common talking point among Democratic presidential candidates.

In April, Sen. Elizabeth Warren released an ambitious $1.25 trillion education proposal that would eliminate tuition and fees at all two-year and four-year public universities using funds from her proposed Ultra-Millionaire Wealth Tax, which would tax the estimated 0.1% of Americans with over $50 million in assets.

But the idea of low-cost college predates the 2020 election. In fact in some states it’s already available.

In 2015, President Barack Obama proposed making two-year community college free for qualifying students, which former Vice President Joe Biden says he supports. Free college was central to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign platform. In 2017, he introduced the College for All Act with Rep. Pramila Jayapal.

Senator Kamala Harris supported Sanders’ bill in 2017 and also co-sponsored the Debt-Free College Act of 2018, which proposed creating a federal-state partnership to incentivize states to reduce or eliminate tuition at public colleges and universities.

Not all Democratic candidates have embraced the idea of free college. Mayor Pete Buttigieg says he opposes free college and instead prefers dramatically expanding Pell Grants. Sen. Amy Klobuchar has maintained a similar stance, saying, “If I was a magic genie and could give that to everyone and we could afford it, I would.” Klobuchar also supports expanding Pell Grants.

Free and low-cost college is already available in some places

Eleven states — Oregon, Nevada, Arkansas, New Jersey, Maryland, Tennessee, New York, Rhode Island, Delaware, Kentucky and Indiana — have programs that offer select college students two years of free tuition at participating state community colleges or other associate-degree programs and vocational schools. Several other states are working on similar legislation.

These programs are typically “last dollar” scholarships, meaning the program pays for whatever tuition is owed after financial aid and grants.

In 2017, San Francisco became the city first in the U.S. to make free community college available to all residents, regardless of income. The city approved a transfer tax on properties selling for more than $5 million to fund an education program that allows all city residents to attend the City College of San Francisco tuition-free. In order to take advantage of the initiative, students need to have lived in the city of San Francisco for at least one year.

In the same year, New York announced the Excelsior Scholarship Program and was recognized as the first state in the country to offer free four-year public college. “Today, college is what high school was,” said Gov. Andrew Cuomo in a statement. “It should always be an option, even if you can’t afford it.”

As of the 2019-2020 school year, students from families that make up to $125,000 will be eligible to attend the State University of New York and City University of New York colleges free of charge, as long as they are enrolled full-time, maintain a passing grade point average and work in the state of New York for the amount of time that they attended college.

The true meaning of “free”

When the Excelsior Scholarship was announced, New York’s state government estimated that some 940,000 middle-class families in the state qualify for the program, but a significantly fewer number students have taken advantage of it so far.

One frequent critique of programs like Excelsior is that the word “free” is misleading. Programs don’t always cover living expenses and they’re not always open to students from wealthy families. Also, some programs are tax-funded.

In states like New York and Michigan, explicitly labeling academic programs “free” has been found to increase applications and matriculation among low-income students. “We all understand that you pay taxes in order to have free tuition for K-12,” Sara Goldrick-Rab, professor at Temple University, tells CNBC Make It. “We all understand that you still have to buy school supplies and feed our children. Free does not have to mean all free in order for the word to be truthful and effective.”