Post-UTME Stoppage: JAMB Effects Change In Guideline

Is-haq-Oloyede JAMB-Register on Post UTMEThe Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) in Nigeria says it has effected only one change in its guidelines for admission into higher tertiary institutions.

It said that the change was in line with the stoppage of the conduct of post-UTME by higher institutions.

The new Registrar of JAMB, Professor Is-haq Oloyede, made the clarification on Friday while addressing reporters during a visit to the JAMB zonal headquarters in Benin City, the capital of Edo State.

“After due consultation with the Senate, House of Representatives and all the regulatory agencies, we have resolved the matter totally.

“There is no ambiguity about what will happen.

“As has been announced by the Minister for Education, there will be no written post-UTME examination by any institution.

“Apart from that every other steeps remains as it used to be,” he explained.

Professor Oloyede also said that the Federal Government and the board would continue to respect the autonomy of the academic boards, Senate and other decision making bodies of the higher institutions in Nigeria for them to be more effective.

JAMB Registrar Warns Staff Against Indiscipline

JAMB, NUCThe newly appointed Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Ishaq Oloyede, has warned all staff of the board that he will not tolerate any act of indiscipline.

Professor Oloyede sounded the warning on Monday after taking over from the immediate past JAMB Registrar, Professor Dibu Ojerinde, in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

He also held his first meeting with the board’s management staff and state coordinators, where he read the riot act to the officials and noted that indiscipline was a serious form of corruption.

Professor Ojerinde on his part appealed to the staff to cooperate with the new JAMB Registrar to sustain the legacies of the board.

Professor Oloyede’s appointment was approved by President Muhammadu Buhari in a statement signed by the Deputy Director in charge of press at the Ministry of Education, Mr Bem Goong.

Alongside his appointment, the President also approved the appointment of 20 other chief executives of parastatals and agencies under the Federal Ministry of Education.

JAMB, NUC, Others Get New Chief Executives

JAMB, NUCPresident Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of 21 chief executives of parastatals and agencies under the Federal Ministry of Education.

In a statement signed by the Deputy Director in charge of press at the Ministry of Education, Mr Bem Goong, the President appointed Professor Abubakar Rasheed as the new Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC).

Dr Hameed Bobboyi is the new Executive Secretary of the Universal Basic Education Board, Dr Abdullahi Baffa is the Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Tax Fund (Tetfund) and Professor Ishaq Oloyode is the new Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).

Their appointments take immediate effect.

Post UTME Should Be Optional – Professor Badejo

Professor Tola BadejoThe former Vice Chancellor of Wesley University, Professor Tola Badejo, has advised the Federal Government to make the post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) optional.

He gave the advice on Monday while voicing his opinion on the government’s announcement of the scrapping of the examination conducted by tertiary institutions in Nigeria for applicants seeking admission into various schools.

“Make It Optional”
Speaking on Sunrise Daily, he maintained that authorities of various institutions should be allowed to decide how to accept candidates.

“Why should you tell somebody not to organise a screening when before you leave any University, you have to be found competent in character and learning.

“If I have to do that, why should someone tell me not to interview every candidate?” the university don questioned.

Professor Badejo cited instances where he was able to discover students with potential criminal traits during interview, stressing that government should “make it optional”.

In his earlier address at the 2016 Policy Meeting of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), the Minister of Education, Mr Adamu Adamu, affirmed that universities could screen candidates admitted by JAMB, but warned against students being subjected to a second written examination.

“As far as I am concerned, the nation has confidence in what JAMB is doing. The universities should not be holding another examination and if the universities have any complain against JAMB, let them bring it and then we will address it,” he said.

Child Rights: Saraki Asks School Children To Familiarise With The Constitution

Bukola-Saraki-Senate-President-Nigeria-Children-DayThe Nigerian Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has advised school children to familiarise themselves with the Nigerian Constitution in other to fight for their rights.

Dr. Saraki gave the advice on Friday when some school children visited him as parts of activities to mark this year’s Children’s Day.

He promised that the government would continue to work to protect the rights of children.

The assurance by the Senate President is coming on a day some groups marking this year’s Children’s Day in Abuja appealed to the government to intensify campaigns that discourage violence against children and punish perpetrators.

The 27 day of May is set aside by the United Nations to celebrate Children’s Day.

The theme for this year’s celebration is “Protect the Rights of the Children in the Face of Violence and Insecurity and End Child Marriage”.

Away from the Senate President’s office, rights groups, march round Abuja, Nigeria’s capital to protest against violence against children.


They are asking the government to enforce existing laws and punish those who perpetrate violence against children.

Regarding the estimated 1.2 million displaced children in the northeast, the Director of Test Administration with the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Lawal Yusuf, said the rights of those children to education could be protected by providing education in the camps of the Internally Displaced Persons.

The theme for this year’s Children’s Day celebration sheds light on the level of violence children suffer around the globe.

It also calls on all to end such violence whatever forms they may take.

JAMB 2016: Students Protest Alleged Irregularities  

JAMBThe Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Dibu Ojerinde, has been called on to look into the numerous irregularities in the 2016 JAMB examination and results.

Students who sat for the March 2016 University Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) made the call on Friday during a protest to registers their displeasure.

The 2016 exam was the first time computers were used to write all the exams and students and parents have cried out in outrage that the computer-based exam was still in its trial state and had a lot of irregularities.

Complaints ranging from non-provision of calculator, irregular shutting down of computers and non-release of the results of the students have trailed the 2016 JAMB examination.

Disgruntled candidates have also urged JAMB to find a lasting solution to alleged irregularities and requested that the body should urgently release the results still outstanding.

A member of the Association of Private Coaching Centers, Olawuyi Olufemi, has also questioned the supposed allocation of 40 marks to some students; an act which he said was not clear, wondering how some candidates would benefit while others would be exempted.

Meanwhile, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has promised to compensate candidates who missed their examinations during the just concluded 2016 exercise with another test.

According to the Registrar, Professor Dibu Ojerinde, the board has records of candidates who genuinely missed their tests due to sudden relocation from their original centers.

 

Centre Relocation: JAMB To Compensate Candidates With Make-Up

JAMBThe Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has promised to compensate candidates who missed their examinations during the just concluded 2016 exercise with another test.

According to the Registrar, Professor Dibu Ojerinde, the board has records of candidates who genuinely missed their tests due to sudden relocation from their original centers.

The Registrar said that candidates were relocated from some centers in Lagos to Moro in Osun State and others from Uromi to Auchi in Edo State because mercenaries and thugs invaded those centers.

He also accused some independent centers of insincerity, leading to abrupt relocation of some candidates.

Asked what his position would be on the new directives from the House of Representatives to return to pencil and paper format or combine this with the computer-based system, the Registrar said that he would take instructions from the Minister of Education.

He said that those who organized protests did so out of frustrations because they were not allowed to carry out their plans in those centers.

Complaints ranging from non-provision of calculator, irregular shutting down of computers and non-release of the results of the students have trailed the 2016 JAMB examination.

A member of the Association of Private Coaching Centers, Olawuyi Olufemi, has also questioned the supposed allocation of 40 marks to some students; an act which he said was not clear, wondering how some candidates would benefit while others would be exempted.

Disgruntled candidates have also urged JAMB to find a lasting solution to alleged irregularities and requested that the body should urgently release the results still outstanding.

Association Seeks Reduction Of JAMB Cut Off Mark

JAMB-computer-examThe Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) has been advised to reduce the cut off for under-graduates seeking admission into tertiary institutions to address alleged irregularities noticed in this year’s examination.

Giving his opinion on the conduct and outcome of the extermination, a member of the Association of Private Coaching Centers, Olawuyi Olufemi, said complaints ranging from non-provision of calculator, irregular shutting down of computers and non-release of the results of the students were rampant.

He said that the additional allocation of 40 marks to some students was not clear, wondering how some would benefit while others would be exempted.

Mr Olufemi further urged JAMB to find a lasting solution to alleged irregularities and requested that the body should urgently release the results still outstanding.

Some students also explained their experience, ranging from non-release of results to irregular shutting down of computers during examinations.

More Applicants Protest Against JAMB Registration Closure

JAMBMore protests have erupted, as successful applicants countdown to write the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations conducted by the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB).

The candidates that were yet to register for the exam protested on Saturday against the closure of the exam’s registration portal by JAMB.

They urged the examination body to re-open its portal, lamenting that they could not afford to stay another year without securing an admission.

Some of the parents of the applicants in Lagos State, southwest Nigeria have also joined their wards to express their displeasure with the act.

They noted that they were upset with the closure of the registration portal, stressing that it has denied the applicants a chance to sit for the 2016 exams which will hold next weekend.

Responding to the applicants’ claims, the JAMB Registrar, Professor Dibu Ojerinde, said that the portal that was presently opened was for the candidates to print their examination slip.

According to Professor Ojerinde, “examination slip is to give you a date, a time and the venue of the examination,” maintaining that the submission of forms had closed since January.

Students Protest Closure Of JAMB Portal ‘Before Due Date’

Students-in-Benin-Protest-Closure-Of-JAMB-RegistrationSome secondary school students in Edo State due to enrol for the extermination of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) are protesting against an alleged sudden closure of the JAMB online registration portal before the due date

The students staged the protest in Benin City, the capital of the State on Friday.

In their numbers, they complained that the action of examination body would negatively affect their academic careers.

One of the students said: “This protest will not just stop here. We are going to continue until the day the JAMB will be conducted. We are going to disrupt until we are given extension for us to register.

“Some of us here, our forms are online in the CVT centres and these centres are very few in Benin City”.

Another student claimed that they were asked to go and learn a trade, condemning the comment.

She told Channels Television that since 15 of January, the examination board was already short of scratch cards.

But in a swift reaction to the protest the south-south zonal Coordinator of JAMB, Mrs Priscila Ogunsola, dismissed the claims by the students, insisting that JAMB gave enough time for the registration.

She said that JAMB had informed the students that the registration would close on February 5 and explained that some Cyber Cafe owners had thought that they could get access code to register candidates even after the deadline.

“They were hoping to still get that opportunity which never came this time around. That is just the problem,” she said.

LEDAP Seeks Court Order Abolishing Post-JAMB Test

JAMB-computer-examThe Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) has filed a suit at the Federal High Court, Abuja seeking an order that POST-UTME tests conducted by Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges before admitting students are illegal and should be abolished.

In a suit filed recently against Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB) and National Universities Commission (NUC), the group claims that there is no law authorising the Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges to subject candidates to a second screening or test after the UTME examination by JAMB.

The group also claims that the POST-UTME tests have become a source of boldface corruption in the universities, polytechnics and Colleges.

“Lecturers and admission officials charge candidates huge sums of money using the Post-UTME as smoke screen,” the suit read.

In the suit filed by Mr Chino Edmund Obiagwu, lead counsel for LEDAP, the group is also seeking the declaration that only the 1st Defendant (JAMB) has the statutory powers to conduct matriculation examinations for admission into all Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education in Nigeria.

It also wants a declaration that the imposition and conduct of Post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (Post-UTME) by Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education in Nigeria for candidates seeking admission into their institutions is illegal and unlawful.

Another relief the group is seeking is a declaration that the 2nd and 3rd Defendants (NUC and Federal Ministry of Education) have no powers howsoever to allow or direct Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education in Nigeria to further screen or conduct admission tests in violation of Joint Matriculation Board, Act.

It wants an order of perpetual injunction restraining all Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education in Nigeria from further imposition or conduct of Post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (Post-UTME) or any other form of admission screening test in Nigeria.

One of grounds upon which the reliefs are sought are that the 1st Defendant is the only statutory body with powers to exercise general control of the conduct of matriculation examinations leading to admissions into all Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education in Nigeria.

Another is that the Matriculation examination conducted by the 1st Defendant is the only test required by law under section 5(1) and (2) of the Joint Admission and Matriculations Board Act, for admission of candidates into all Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education in Nigeria.

The LEDAP further reiterated that there was no other enactment enabling universities, polytechnics and colleges of education in Nigeria to further screen or conduct post unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (Post-UTME) or any other admission test in addition to matriculation examination conducted by the first Defendant.

Commenting on the suit, Mr Obiagwu said that LEDAP was also currently pursuing a long line of cases in court to address the widespread corruption and declining standards in the education and health sectors and hopeful the court, as the last hope for the common man, would come to the rescue.

No date has been fixed for hearing.

Senate Asks JAMB To Increase Validity Of UTME

jambThe Senate has asked the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to increase the validity of its results from one year to three years.

This was one of the recommendations adopted by the Senate after debating a motion on the examination body’s new admission policy.

A federal lawmaker Senator Joshua Lidani at plenary drew the attention of the Senate to a recent policy formulated by JAMB which he warned runs contrary to the laws setting up JAMB.

The policy stipulates that candidates of universities with surplus applicants for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations, UTME, are reassigned to other universities with lower number of candidates than their capacities.