Kaduna receives 9,409 bursary applications

Kaduna state Scholarship and Loans Board said it has received a total of 9, 409 students applications for the 2019/2020 bursary, indicating a 13.35% increase over last academic year.

A statement signed by the Executive Secretary of the Board, Hassan Rilwan, on Thursday announced that the 2019/2020 bursary application results showed that 8,301 applicants had applied for the 2018/2019 bursary. Giving a breakdown of this academic year’s  applications, he said  9,219 students applied for general bursary, while 58 students applied for bursary for Arabic students.

According to him, “27 students applied for bursary for French bursary, while 84 students applied for disability bursary and 21 students applied for sports based bursary. Students showed increase interest and the number of applicants would have been more but for the advent of the Coronavirus pandemic”.

He stated further that ‘’4,358 students passed this essay assessment which is a 7.8% increase over the 3,198 students who passed the 2018/2019 bursary application. Though the number of students that passed the essay writing assessment is not close to the available 10,000 slots, progress is  nonetheless being made.”

The statement which  decried the high rate of plagiarism, advised students to “stop relying on business centre operators to write essays for them. A review of the results revealed that more students have the capacity to pass. Some business centre operators submit one essay for over 100 students in some cases. Students must learn to write essays themselves to improve their chances of getting bursaries.’’

According to Hassan, the Board has decided to accredit business centers in schools having more than 100 applicants, promising that it will release the names of the accredited business centres in due course.

‘’One of the objectives of the Board is to improve the ability of our students to write good personal statements for the numerous international scholarship opportunities available worldwide. It is noteworthy that interest in essay writing is increasing with the Kaduna State Students Union organizing essay writing tutorials and competitions. This will always be encouraged by the Board,’’ he said.

The Executive Secretary advised successful applicants  to ensure that their dates of birth and other details on the BVN platform are exactly the same as the ones they supplied on the Board’s platform. 
He further asked them to upgrade their bank accounts to receive more than ₦100,000.00, and to supply the up to date name at the bank.

Hassan said that an Electronic Document Management System has been launched, so ‘’awardees and applicants who may have some problems should henceforth avoid writing printed or handwritten letters to the Board. Students can now complain through their profiles by clicking ‘Contact Scholarship Board’ and they will get prompt attention. No physical visit to complain will be entertained going forward.”

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