2019 UTME: JAMB To Commence Sales Of Form January 10

Workers Disrupt JAMB Mock Examination At OAU
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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has set January 10 date for the commencement of the sales of the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) form.

The sales of form, according to the examination body, will take place within six weeks while the examination will hold in March after the general elections.

Speaking at a stakeholders’ forum yesterday at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, the JAMB Registrar, Prof. Isiaq Oloyede, thanked the leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for releasing its timetable on time, saying doing so has helped the examination body to plan the conduct of its examination in the new year.

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Oloyede, who read out the new rules guiding the 2019 examinations to the owners and operators of the Computer-Based Test Centres (CBT), confirmed that a total of 718 CBT centres have been registered to take part in the examination.

The forum, which had in attendance the Chairman of the Governing Board of the examination body, Dr. Emmanuel Ndukwe; Vice-Chancellor of Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun; Head of Nigeria Office of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), Mr. Isaac Adenipekun, among others, critically appraised the new rules guiding the conduct of the examination in 2019.

According to the Registrar, some of the new guidelines, especially in connection with the CBT operators include the abolition of the scanning of passport photographs of candidates and real-time picture capture in its place; biometric capturing of 10 fingers, entries review and correctness confirmation, printing of registration slip only by using biometric authentication to confirm valid finger-print, and collection of reading text and compact disc (CD).

Oloyede said; “We have reviewed all our activities in the past years and we must commend some of our partners who made us proud. There were the bad eggs and a total of 50 of these bad eggs among the CBT centres were sanctioned in 2018 with many of them currently facing prosecution.

“This year, to avoid infractions such as the illegal movement of routers and extension of registration points, there is no longer offline registration as all accredited CBT centres have been empowered for real-time online registration.”

FG Vows To Eliminate Quackery In Teaching Profession   

Teaching ProfessionThe federal government has reaffirmed its commitment to eliminate quackery in the teaching profession as steps are being taken to ensure that only qualified teachers are allowed to teach in the nation’s education sector.

The Minister of State for Education, Professor Anthony Anwukah, said this in Abuja shortly after monitoring the entrance examination into unity colleges, organized by the National Examination Council (NECO).

He said that the days of the teaching profession being an all comers’ affair is now over.

The Registrar of the National Examination Council, Mr Abdullahi Garba, who also monitored the conduct of the examination in Abuja announced plans by the council to embrace Computer Based Testing (CBT) starting with Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations (SSCE).

We Will Not Introduce Computer Based Test – WAEC

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Mr Charles Eguridu said WAEC will not introduce Computer Based Test for its examinations

The West Africa Examination Council (WEAC) says it will not introduce the Computer Based Test in its examinations.

Addressing reporters on Friday in Abuja, an official of the council, Mr Charles Eguridu, said the Computer Based Test could not be used to determine the knowledge of students in certain subjects, as the councils exams are based on theory not objectives.

“I am yet to see any educational expert who will tell you that you can measure the psychomotor domain using CBT [Computer Based Test].

“Any test that will use computer to evaluate who will be a good carpenter or evaluate who will be a good plumber cannot be valid.

“The exterminations we conduct in WAEC take into cognisance these three domains. The cognitive domain that measure your ability to recall, apply and other areas of knowledge you have acquired” he said, listing some aspects of what the examination body considers in its examination process.

Mr Eguridu explained that WAEC also used continuous assessments, which the teachers obtain by observing what the candidates do in the classroom to score students.

“It will be intellectually dishonest of me or anybody for that matter, no matter how highly placed, to announce to the Nigerian public that he or she is going to go full CBP in conducting a certificate examination in Nigeria. I beg to differ,” he stressed.

According to Mr Eguridu, the council has, however, introduced some technological gadgets to tackle the incessant issue of malpractices recorded in their examinations.

He warned that the results of students who are found to be involved in any malpractice will withheld.