There Is Lot Of Rot In The Education System – FG

Professor Abubakar Rasheed, the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC)

 

The Federal Government has decried the level of examination malpractise, saying that there is a lot of rot in the nation’s education system.

Professor Abubakar Rasheed, the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), made this known in Abuja on Saturday.

While unveiling the re-modelled headquarters of the Joint Admissions and the Matriculation Board (JAMB), he commended “the demonstration of integrity and transparency exhibited by board.”

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“The outcome of the exercise (JAMB) has revealed that there is a lot of rot in the education system. Sadly, the youths that should be the hope of the future of the country are deeply involved in the cankerworm of examination malpractice.

“However I am happy that the JAMB has again led in the sanitation exercise of the registration process of public examination,” he stated.

He however maintained that that the rot in the education system must not be allowed to continue.

How To Check Your JAMB Results

Jamb Cautions CBT Centres Against Examination Malpractices

 

The Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) has released a guideline on how candidates who wrote the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examinations (UTME) between April 11 and 17, 2019, across the 36 states of the Federation and Abuja, can access their results.

According to the board, “candidates are to use the phone numbers they registered with, to text RESULT to 55019.”

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Candidates were advised against approaching any CBT Centre or cyber café to check results. “Those who were ABSENT, got their Registration CANCELLED or have their results WITHHELD will be told”.

The following are the responses to be expected by candidates:

1. If a candidate uses a phone number that was not used to register, a message will be sent to him thus: “This phone number was not used for registration.”
2. A candidate with a result will receive the message: “Dear Mr/Miss X, your result is as follows…(and the details will be provided)”.

3. If a result is withheld, a “Result Withheld” message will be sent to the candidate.

4. If a candidate belongs to the category being given the benefit of the doubt, the message to the person will be: “Result withheld pending the upload of clarifications/document required from you.”

5. If a candidate was absent, s/he would get “CANDIDATE ABSENT” as feedback
6. A candidate that was ABSENT WITH REGISTRATION NUMBER also CANCELLED will be so informed.

7. “Invalid Entrance into the Exam Hall” will be sent to a candidate who gained unauthorized access to the examination hall.

JAMB Releases 2019 UTME Results, Withholds 34,120 Results

 

The Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) has released the 2019 UTME results.

About 1,792,719 candidates sat for the exams, while 34,120 candidates had their results withheld for examination malpractice.

The Registrar of the board, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, who made the announcement in Abuja on Saturday also stated that 15,145 results were withheld for further clarification.

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He said, for the 2019 UTME, 1,886,508 candidates registered including those who registered at the foreign centres.

“Out of this number, which excludes the Direct Entry candidates, 59,667 were absent. A total of 1,826,839 sat the UTME. Today, we are releasing the results of 1,792,719 candidates.

“Some 34,120 results are being withheld including the results of 15,145 candidates being further clarified as identical twins and siblings” Professor Oloyede added.

He explained that the reasons for the delay were to ensure that the right things were put in place.

“It is hoped that every Nigerian will change accordingly in line with the current government mantra by also doing right things and doing things right at all times. At the level of JAMB, our resolve is to ensure that the admission process, right from the UTME registration is open, free, transparent and malpractice-free.

“We want to once again thank the Honorable Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, the Chairman and members of the Board, the security agencies, the management and staff of JAMB and indeed all Nigerians who contributed one way or the other to the success of the 2019 UTME. We can only hope that more commitment will be given by all stakeholders to ensure that the future exams will be better in all ramifications”, he further added.

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) conducted its Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examinations (UTME) between April 11 and 17, 2019 across the 36 states of the Federation and Abuja.

 

UTME: Over 50 ‘Professional Examination Writers’ Arrested – JAMB

UTME: Over 50 ‘Professional Examination Writers’ Arrested – JAMB

 

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it has arrested no fewer than 50 professional examination writers who sat for candidates in the ongoing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The spokesman for the board, Dr Fabian Benjamin, disclosed this in the agency’s weekly bulletin published on Monday.

According to him, the impostors were arrested nationwide as a result of the various intelligence gathering mechanisms of the board.

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Benjamin revealed that some of the suspects arrested were Master’s degree holders, postgraduate and undergraduate students of various tertiary institutions.

He added that they connived with owners and operators of some Computer Based Test Centres (CBT) to carry out the crime by engaging in multiple registrations, where the fingerprints of the main candidates were captured side by side with that of the impostors.

“The modus operandi of these UTME syndicates was confirmed when one of the kingpins was apprehended recently,” the bulletin said.

On interrogation, the JAMB’s spokesman said the culprit confessed to having done multiple registrations of his biometric along with several other candidates with the intention of sitting for them and collecting huge sums of money from the candidates.

The bulletin added, “This Development is the fundamental reason for the decision of the board to revalidate all biometrics of candidates that have taken the board’s examination in recent times.

“This timely action would enable the board to not only fish out and dismantle these registration cartels and racketeers but also bring them to book along with their collaborators.”

Fabian further said the board discovered that a substantial portion of UTME applications yearly comprised such registrations.

He noted that JAMB resolved to put measures in place to effect the arrest and prosecution of all those involved in activities capable of subverting the sanctity of the entire examination process and its credibility.

The board revealed that a total of 1, 236, 316 candidates out of the over 1.8 million registered has taken the examination so far.

‘Professor’ Arrested At UTME Centre In Abuja

‘Professor’ Arrested At UTME Centre In Abuja
A file photo of candidates at a UTME centre.

 

One man who claimed to be a professor, Mr Jide Jisus, has been arrested as the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) for 2019 commenced across the country.

The spokesman for the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Fabian Benjamin, confirmed this in a statement forwarded to Channels Television on Friday.

Jisus was apprehended over an allegation of examination malpractice by the monitoring team of the JAMB Registrar on Thursday at an institution in Jabi area of Abuja, the nation’s capital.

“His (the suspect) identity was shrouded in dubious tales. He claimed during interrogation that he was one of the professors selected by the Board to oversee the conduct of the 2019 UTME,” the statement said.

Benjamin disclosed further that Jisus claimed that he was awarded a professorial position by Christian University, Isolo, Lagos and that he had two professorial awards from “Becket” University England and Freedom University.

The suspect also claimed to be an employee of “Anchor Polytechnic, Kubwa, Abuja”, an institution JAMB said does not exist.

Similarly, he said he was the president of the United Nigeria Chaplin Institute of Peace Academy.

It was, however, discovered that the suspect had a daughter who was taking the 2019 UTME in the same centre where he was caught.

JAMB insisted that its operational guideline does not allow unauthorised persons into the examination hall.

It added that the said professor was not one of those it selected to monitor the conduct of the examination.

Only Candidates Who Undergo Biometric Verification Will Take UTME – JAMB

Jamb Registrar speaking in Abuja on Monday (March 18, 2019).

 

Ahead of the April 11, 2019, Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), the management of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says only candidates who undergo the mandatory biometric verification will be allowed to sit for the exams.

The JAMB registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, said this on Monday during a stakeholder meeting in Abuja.

“This year, we appeal to everybody, no discretion about it. Anybody who cannot be verified on the biometric cannot write our exam,” he said.

According to him, the new measure is aimed at checking cases of examination malpractices which he says had characterized the process in the past, leading to an increasing number of impersonators.

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Professor Oloyede also noted that the names of impersonators from 2009 to 2019 will soon be published by the board to serve as a deterrent to others.

Meanwhile, he announced the approval of 708 Computer Based Test (CBT) centres across the country ahead of the examinations.

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 Approves Reduction Of NECO Fees, Cost Of JAMB Forms

 

The Federal Government has approved a reduction of examination fees charged by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board and the National Examinations Council (NECO).

The fees will be reduced from 5,000 to 3,500 with effect from January 2019.

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, made the disclosure after the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday to journalists in Abuja.

The Senior Secondary Certificate exam conducted by NECO has also been slashed from N11,350 to N9,850 and fees for the Basic Education Certificate handled by NECO, has been reduced from N5,500 to N4,000.

The Head of Digital Communications for President Muhammadu Buhari made the confirmation through his twitter handle.

On the lingering strike by Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the minister said that the Federal Government would resume negotiations with the lecturers on Friday.

Workers Disrupt JAMB Mock Examination At OAU

Workers Disrupt JAMB Mock Examination At OAU
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Some non-teaching staff of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife, have disrupted the mock examination of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) in the school premises.

The mock examination was scheduled to hold on Monday within the OAU premises, being one of the centre approved for JAMB CBT by the examination body.

The Centre Coordinator, OAU ICT, Dr Sururah Bello, told reporters during an interview in Ile-Ife, Osun State, that the examination could not hold after the non-teaching staff stormed the centre.

She said the striking union members were aggrieved due to the fact that the Joint Action Committee, an umbrella body of the three unions, declared that the earned allowance earlier given to the management should be withdrawn.

But, the Vice Chairman of the National Association of Academics Technologist (NAAT), Adeyosoye Olusoji, who spoke on behalf of some union leaders, noted that fact that the strike was still ongoing.

He, however, accused the management of issued a press release and threatening the workers, despite being fully aware of the industrial action.

Olusoji also claimed that the management ordered that the OAU workers should go back to their offices to avoid being dismissed.

He said the Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, had threatened to invite the police into the campus to clear the roadblocks mounted by striking workers.

According to him, this brought about the reactions which caused the aggrieved workers to disrupt the JAMB mock examination.

In his reaction, Professor Ogunbodede denied the allegations, saying he was only appealing to the workers to allow the mock examination to hold as OAU was just part of the designated centres.

He, however, condemned the action of the unions which he said could have a negative impact on the university.

The Area “A” Commander of Police, Moore, Ile-Ife, Funsho Adegboye, who intervened in the matter, commended the maturity exhibited by the workers since the struggle began.

He also appealed to both parties to allow peace to reign and create room for dialogue for the benefit of the students and entire the community.

JAMB Sets Up Anti-Corruption Unit To Tackle Funds Mismanagement

 

The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Registration Board (JAMB) Professor Ishaq Oloyede, has set up an anti-corruption unit within the examination body.

The newly-formed unit called the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU), Oloyede, said is a product of his anti-corruption reforms aimed at accountability and transparency in the management of government finances.

He revealed this during the induction of members of the anti-Corruption unit (ACTU) which was conducted by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).

The JAMB boss in a statement by the ICPC said the unit was established based on the numerous corruption matters been handled, a situation he said was beginning to have adverse effect on his other responsibilities.

Professor Oloyede also assured the ACTU members of unfettered support promising that he would not hesitate to spend his personal money to facilitate their work if the need arises.

The statement which was signed by the spokesperson for ICPC, Rasheedat Okoduwa stated further that Oloyede explained the processes that led to returning of N7.8 billion to government coffers as revenue in 2017 by the examination body saying that government never expected such huge amount from the agency.

“A top government officer threatened JAMB to return nothing less than N500 million to the government. Even the officer that was with me in that meeting advised that I should say the agency will be able to return about N600 million. But at the end of the day, we returned N7.8 billion,” he said.

The acting Chairman of ICPC, Abdullahi Bako at the induction lauded the on-going anti-corruption reforms in JAMB.

Bako who was represented by Justin Kuatsea of the Corruption Monitoring and Evaluation Department (CMED) noted that the achievements of JAMB in the anti-corruption fight was worthy of emulation by other government agencies.

The Chairman of ACTU in JAMB, Munirat Lawal in her response said the unit would deliver on its mandate by helping to reduce the incidence of corruption in the agency.

She added that the unit had already begun work by sensitizing staff against corruption and helping to close down some illegal centers for conduct of the Computer Based Test (CBT).

JAMB Registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede

Trending: Hilarious Reactions Trail ‘Money-Swallowing’ Snake Report

 

 

Hilarious reactions have trailed the report of a ‘mysterious snake’ that allegedly sneaked into the accounts office of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) in Makurdi, the Benue State capital ‘carting away’ N36 million cash.

After the news broke on Saturday, February 10, the social media started buzzing as many Nigerians expressed shock at the news, making hilarious comments.

An account’s clerk in the office is currently answering audit queries concerning the missing money. She said her housemaid and a fellow employee had confessed to using a snake to ‘spiritually’ stealing the monies she kept in an office vault.

Before now, JAMB candidates purchased scratch cards from JAMB state offices and other designated centres, to gain access to the Board’s website for either registration or to check their admission status but reforms were introduced by JAMB registrar Ishaq Oloyede when he assumed office in 2016.

He ended the use of scratch cards, replacing it with more efficient and effective platforms.

The board has however reacted to the report. Oloyede, JAMB Boss on Monday said that the case was that of pure criminality and fraud on the part of one of its staff.

Nigerians on social media have, however, reacted to the news with many hilarious comments. Among the reactions is that of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The anti-corruption agency using its official Twitter handle @officialEFCC said, “The Eagle shows no mercy for money-swallowing snake(s).

A twitter account @Nigeriasnake has since been opened for the ‘mysterious snake’ with a hilarious bio which reads “I am the snake that ate N36 million from Jamb office. I will not vomit it.”

See the reactions below…

JAMB Proposes Date For 2018 UTME

JAMB Proposes Date For 2018 UTME
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The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has proposed March 9 – 17, 2018 as the date for examination for candidates seeking admission into tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

JAMB Registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, disclosed this on Wednesday in Abuja while briefing stakeholders on the board’s programmes for the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

Professor Oloyede said they have also pencilled down 620 computer based centres across the country for registration of candidates, adding that not all would be accrediting for the exam.

He further announced that the sales of forms would commence on November 27, 2017, and end on January 22, 2018.

Jamb has also proposed January 22 – 27, 2018 for interested candidates willing to take part in its mock examination, although it would be optional.

According to Oloyede, the mock examination would start the same date the sales of form ends.

He, however, warned against any form of malpractices, saying eyeglasses would be thoroughly examined before candidates are allowed into the examination hall.