WAEC: Candidates Do Not Proceed To University Based On Performance -Eguridu

eguriduThe Head National Office of the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) says the assumption that those who proceed to the university based on their WAEC results are those that pass the exam is not true.

Speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, Mr Charles Eguridu, said that the assumption on those who obtain credit in Mathematics and English Language constitute those who pass WAEC and the  Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) is misleading.

Mr Eguridu said that the Nigerian National Policy on Education does not prescribe that everybody who writes WAEC examination must gain admission into the university.

He added that those “who have the aptitude would gain admission into any tertiary institution while those who do not have the ability, can enroll in teachers’ training colleges, polytechnics, colleges of education and  nursing schools.

“I don’t see basically what is necessary for a candidate to have credit in Mathematics to be a musician,yet we need Mathematics everyday”.

He, nonetheless said that statistically,we have about 58 per cent of candidates who obtained grade 1-6 in Mathematics and about the same percentage in English Language.

“The statistics before me shows that about 58.08 per cent of the candidates who wrote the examination in 2015, had credits in Mathematics and English Language respectively

“In English Language, we had a total of one million, five hundred and eighty five thousand, seven hundred and ninety six candidates who sat for the examination, and of this number, nine hundred and twenty one thousand, one hundred and thirty eight obtained grade 1-6.

“While in Mathematics, we had one million, five hundred and eighty three thousand, two hundred and fifty six candidates who wrote the examination and of this number, nine hundred and thirty four thousand, four hundred and eleven candidates passed the examination by obtaining grade 1-6

39 per cent of the candidates passed Mathematics, English Language and three other subjects”, he said.

Mr Eguridu, however, maintained that some candidates were not prepared for the examination which led to failure in subjects like economics, biology, physics and chemistry.

Speaking about some factors that militated the performance of the candidates, Mr Eguridu said that poor quality of teaching and learning in the schools, lack of teaching aids, laboratories  and library could militate the performance of the students.

He, nonetheless said that the perception of education, which according to candidates, is about passing examination and gaining admission, should be tackled with.

“Education is meant to equip the individual for a life time,” he stressed.

Speaking about the relationship between WAEC and state governments, Mr Eguridu said that “the policy to pay the entry fee of candidates, is what i must commend the state”.

The Head National Office of WAEC said that the debt owed by some states affected the operation of WAEC.

FG Quashes JAMB’s Admission Policy

FG Quashes JAMB's Admission PolicyThe Federal Government has quashed the new admission policy adopted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).

The examination body had implemented a policy with which students seeking admission into various Nigerian universities with excessive candidates for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) are redistributed to other universities with lower number of candidates.

The Presidency’s decision was disclosed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Mr MacJohn ‎Nwaobiala‎, after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on the ministry’s activities and challenges at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Prior to Nwaobiala’s meeting with the President, JAMB Registrar, Professor Dibu Ojerinde, on Monday, explained the rationale behind the examination body’s new admission policy, which had generated protests from candidates and parents.

Professor Ojerinde said that the new policy was to save the time and energy of the students and reduce the number of students who fail to get admission into tertiary institutions yearly.

He said that all schools, including the University of Lagos (UNILAG) had their standards depending on the number of candidates applying into their institutions.

JAMB Registrar further stressed that although, JAMB had set its procedures by setting the cut-off mark at 180, “it does not mean all 180 scorers would be called for the Post-UTME” also called post-JAMB examinations in the schools.

However, the President of the Association of Tutorial School Operators, Oludotun Sodunke, had accused JAMB of not carrying the stakeholders along in their decision-making, but Professor Ojerinde debunked the claim.

JAMB Admission Policy: We Are Not Forcing Candidates – Registrar

JAMBThe Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Dibu Ojerinde, has been explaining the rationale behind the examination body’s new admission policy which has generated protests from candidates and parents.

Speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Professor Ojerinde said that the new policy was to save the time and energy of the students and reduce the number of students who fail to get admission into tertiary institutions yearly.

He said that all schools, including the University of Lagos (UNILAG) had their standards depending on the number of candidates applying into their institutions, and that although JAMB had set its procedures by setting the cut-off mark at 180, “it does not mean all 180 scorers should be called for the Post-UTME” also called post-JAMB examinations in the schools.

He cited several instances when universities had gone ahead to admit the number of students based on their standards.

“In the University of Lagos, even in 2013, for Medicine, 6,719 (candidates) scored 200 and above and only 129 candidates were admitted.

“The same thing at the University of Ilorin, 10,526 scored above 180 to study Accountancy. The University of Ilorin admitted only 159. What of the remaining candidates over 10,000?

“All these things have been put into consideration over a period of time,” he explained.

The President of the Association of Tutorial School Operators, Oludotun Sodunke, had in an earlier interview accused JAMB of not carrying the stakeholders along in their decision making and this, Professor Ojerinde debunked.

“We consulted those who matter and those who know the problems,” he said, adding that Mr Sodunke should have visited JAMB to be shown the data and the degree of wastages going on in order to appreciate the board’s efforts.

JAMB had announced that it would redistribute candidates who score above 180 but who score less than the cut-off marks of their first choice university.

Candidates have complained that universities do not conduct their post-JAMB examinations at the same time and wondered why JAMB would not allow them to sit for the examination in their schools of choice first rather than deprive them of the opportunity and then send them to write post-UTME in another school they did not apply to.

Professor Ojerinde explained that rather than maintaining the situation whereby candidates, having failed to reach the cut-off, would have to write as many Post-JAMB examinations as possible in many universities in search of admission, JAMB has decided to redistribute them to schools within the same region as their schools of choice.

Protesting candidates have also said that the post-UTME scores were usually added to the original JAMB score for final selection and those who have scored below the institution’s cut-off mark could still make it but JAMB’s decision was denying them this second opportunity.

Professor Ojerinde insisted that he had statistics to prove that the claims were not true.

“I have candidates who scored 240 and above – about 101 of them, but they could not be taken because there are no spaces in those institutions.

“We are not imposing by telling them ‘you cannot get a place in UNILAG even if you scored 270, why don’t you consider another university nearby?’ If they don’t want to go, they don’t have to go,” he said.

He admitted that JAMB was indeed precluding the candidates from writing the post-UTME. “We will because we don’t want to waste the time of the children, their energy and their scores.

He argued that UNILAG had a carrying capacity of 9,000 and about 43,000 candidates scored above the cut-off mark with the remaining candidates unable to get a place while there are other institutions that have not gotten enough candidates.

“We are not saying pay for the redistribution,” he added.

JAMB Announces Cut Off Mark For 2015/16 Admission

JAMBThe Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB has announced 180 as cut off mark for candidates seeking admission into Nigerian universities in the 2015/16 academic session.

Registrar of the board, Professor Dibu Ojerinde, who made the announcement in Abuja at the end of the 2015 policy meeting of the board, also said that candidates seeking admission into polytechnics and colleges of education are expected to have a minimum score of 150 marks.

Professor Ojerinde, however, advised all universities, polytechnics and colleges of education to conclude the 2015/2016 admission exercise before October 31 with emphasis on 60% to 40% admission ratio in favour of the sciences and 70% to 30% admission ratio in favour of technical courses.

He further advised universities, polytechnics and colleges of education to adhere to the 2015 admission policy guidelines in order not to disenfranchise qualified students seeking tertiary education.

JAMB Adopts Computer Based Test For 2015

JAMBThe Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced that it will employ full-blown computer based test for candidates seeking admissions into Nigerian tertiary institutions during the 2015 Unified Tertiary Examination.

The Chief Executive and Registrar of JAMB, Professor Dibu Ojerinde, announced the transformation from the paper and pencil test to a full blown computer based test during a press conference in Abuja.

According to him, the new innovation would help to reduce examination malpractice and introduce more confidence in the system.

Over 1,475,000 candidates, including the visually impaired are expected to participate this years examination.

Freedom Of Information Bill Is Under-Utilised In Nigeria

A member of the House of Representatives, Abike Dabiri-Erewa has accused the Nigerian media of a disappointing lackadaisical attitude to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) passed two years.

Noting that despite the rigours undertaken to get the bill passed and signed into law, she claimed the law has being grossly under-utilized by Nigerians and the media amidst the widespread corruption in the country.

Mrs Dabiri-Erewa made this known at the 5th Wole Soyinka Centre media lecture series on Saturday in Lagos where she challenged the media and civil society organisations to further ask questions on some of the revelations uncovered by the various committees of the House of Representatives.

Where is the money?         

Highlighting the $16billion fuel subsidy scam unveiled by an adhoc committee set-up by the House to investigate the fraudulent payment of fuel subsidy, the lawmaker asked “where is the money?”

“We (House of Representatives) brought the fuel subsidy scam to fore by revealing that there was no subsidy, that all we are subsidising was corruption and nobody has asked the question on what has happened to the money.”

The lawmaker, who sponsored the FOIA in the House, described the bill as a gift from the National Assembly stating that “the 7th Assembly has given this bill as a gift to Nigeria’s democracy,” but “nothing has happened afterwards with using the law.”

She claimed that the House Committee on the Implementation of the FOI has also just discovered that a lot of Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) do not have a FOI Unit to address such request when they are made as mandated by the law and “nobody is asking the questions” she lamented.

“Right now, only 29 MDAs are submitting the annual expenditure and nobody is asking questions.”

She also cited an example of the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) which according to her earns about N26billion from the sale of forms to students seeking admission into the nation’s universities, “yet 86 per cent of these students are not given admission and nobody ask what JAMB does with the money.”

She however commended the Nigerian Army for the adequate implementation of the FOIA, saying that House Committee has discovered that the Army and a few agencies have set-up the FOI Unit and also have dedicated phone lines to address any FOI request.

“Let us use this law to know how the nation’s resources are used judiciously or not” she appealed.

Take Responsibility

In his comments, the chairman of National Human Rights Commission, Dr Chidi Odinkalu, noted that “the tyranny of rights cannot make progress with citizens who want to take responsibility.”

He linked the access to information with access to education as he enjoined Nigerians to demand explanations from government and public servants, who according to him “see access to information as a way to block how government is ran.”

Dr Odinkalu, however called for caution in the expectations of the FOIA, stating that Nigeria got the FOIA in 2011 after 100years of operating a secretive policy imposed by British colonial masters in 1911 and sustained onwards.

Delivering the keynote lecture Prof Biodun Jeyifo, had earlier in his lecture titled: The Freedom Of Information Act and the Dictatorship of Corruption and Mediocrity, decried Nigerians failure to use the FOIA despite some confessions of looting by politicians recently.

He recalled the duel between President Olusegun Obasanjo and Vice-President Atiku Abubakar in 2006, when the former President asked the National Assembly to commence impeachment proceedings against the latter over the blatant looting of the Petroleum Trust Development Fund (PTDF).

The academic stated that the Vice-President did not deny the charges but confessed that the President’s cronies and girlfriends were beneficiaries of the loot and this allegation was substantiated with series of newspaper publications of incriminating documents.

“No FOI action could bring out the information that was voluntarily divulged by Obasanjo and Atiku and till today, nothing has happened to the duo” said Prof Jeyifo.

He described the nation’s type of democracy as ‘dictatorship in democracy’ which is not paranoid or unembarrassed by any allegation of corrupt practices as corruption and mediocrity reigns supreme in this country.”

The Professor of African Studies and Comparative Literature from Harvard University, decried the media for being “remarkably reticent to compel our leaders to comply with the dictates of the FOI,” as he warned that “the nation’s democracy is averse to the rule of law and on the verge of a failed state.”

By Ayo Okulaja

Jamb Announces UTME Cut-off Marks

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has announced 180 points as cut-off marks for admission into Nigerian Universities for the 2013/2014 academic session.

The Minister of Education, Professor Ruqayattu Rufai who announced this at the end of a policy meeting with administrators of tertiary institutions in Abuja also announced 150 marks as cut-off point for students seeking admission into polytechnics and colleges of education.

Professor Rufai says the reduction in the cut-off marks for polytechnics and colleges of education is aimed at encouraging students to seek admission into those educational institutions.

Vice Chancellors, Registrars and Administrators of Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education as well as the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board attended the policy meeting to determine cut-off marks into tertiary institutions for the 2013/2014 academic session.

The Minister of Education stressed the need for students to be encouraged to seek admission into polytechnics and colleges of education.

On his part, the Minister of State for Education, Nyesom Wike, advocated the complete computerisation of JAMB examinations while the Senate committee chairman on Education, Senator Uche Chukwumerije, appealed for greater funding for the examination body.


Consultant Says JAMB Is Killing Nigeria’s Education

An education consultant, Mr Sodunke Oludotun today accused the Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Dibu Ojerinde of “trying to see that the education system in Nigeria is dead”.

Oludotun said “Dibu is trying to see that our education system is dead”. He however agreed that “Our education has gone down but is not dead”

He accused parents of wrongly beating and accusing their wards and children because of their ‘failure’ during the examinations.

Oludotun, who spoke as a guest during Channels Television’s breakfast flagship programme, said “The man (Prof. Ojerinde) seems to be more powerful than Nigeria itself”.

Oludptun further said the man needs to be curbed and also challenged the authenticity of the results recently released by the Pen and Pencil Test (PPT) unit of JAMB.

Arguing further, the education consult, furnished with an official magazine of JAMB, pointed to an advertorial which wrongly described one of the standard practice systems of the exam setting body as “Dibu Based Test”.

He said “All over the world DBT means Dual Based Tests or Data Based Test but Dibu in this paper referred to it as Dibu Based Test”.

“Is JAMB Dibu’s property? He quipped.

Oludotun further argued that most of the students only sat for one of the examinations due to the inability of most of them to accept change.

He said most of them sat for the Paper and Pencil Test (PPT) but ignored the Dual Based Test (DBT) and the Computer Based Test.

Oludotun claimed that a protest to the headquarters of JAMB prompted the agency to release the results of candidates who were not responsible for the inability of the agency to properly scan their data.

Continuing he said the result does not in a anyway reflect the intellectual ability of the candidates that sat for the examination.

He wondered why the remarking process takes place only in Abuja while the forms “was so common to the extent that you can buy it at paces where they sell recharge cards”.

Students Protest Mass UTME Failure In Kano

Hundreds of students, who sat for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) on Monday in Kano staged a peaceful demonstration against mass failure and withholding of their results.
Candidates writing the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations organised by JAMB
The students stormed the premises of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria in Kano on motorcycles around noon and carried placards and green leaves to show their anger.

Spokesman for the candidates, Haruna Maidabam, described the withholding of their results as a deliberate attempt to deny them the opportunity to further their studies.

According to him, more than 10, 000 students who sat for the examination in Kano metropolis have yet to access their results.

Mr Maidabam said when the results were released last week, they went to the zonal office of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board in Kano (JAMB) to complain but were directed to go and repeat the thumb printing for verification.

“There is no reason for any verification of thumb- print,” he said.

He called on the authorities concerned to do something urgently to address their predicament.

When contacted, the JAMB Zonal Coordinator, Hajiya Karimatu Abubakar, described the incident as unfortunate and attributed it to “some technical hitches”.

Mr Abubakar said as soon as the hitches were rectified, the issue would be resolved.

Over One Million 2013 UTME Candidates May Not Gain Admission

The Federal Government of Nigeria has said that over one million candidates sitting for the University Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) may not gain access into the tertiary institutions.

The Minister of Education, Ruqayyatu Rufai told a news conference in Abuja that current carrying capacity of tertiary institutions across the country is only about five hundred thousand which cannot cater for the 1.7million candidates sitting for the UTME.

Professor Rufai, who bemoaned the grossly inadequate number of universities in the country, appealed for more public private partnerships for the establishment of more institutions to increase access to university education in Nigeria.

Every year, the growing number of students who enrol for admission into tertiary institutions becomes alarming; the evidence is shown by the number of students siting for this year’s Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB)’s examination.

JAMB announced that over 1.7million candidates registered for the UTME, an increase of 13.35percent compared to last years. But the main worry here is that there is only space for one-third of this population, the remaining candidates who have passed may never get admitted.

It’s Beyond NECO/ JAMB, Panelists Wants Government To Focus On Quality Of Education

Former child star, Tosin Jegede and the Principal of Nigerian Premier College, Daniel Taiwo have urged the Federal Government to focus on improving the standard of education in the country rather scrapping institution as cost saving measures.

Speaking as guests on Rubbin’ Mind, a programme on Channels Television, the panelists both agreed that the current education system is not producing the right results and needs overhauling.

JAMB May Not Conduct Examination In Troubled Northern States – Registrar

The Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) may not hold in troubled Northern states on Saturday, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board said on Wednesday.

Addressing Journalists in Abuja, the Registrar/Chief Exec utive of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Dibu Ojerinde, said the board “may not hesitate to stop the examination” if there is any security problem”.

He said, “Yesterday it was a big discussion among some agents as well as JAMB. We believe that things will be alright. Faith, you see, we have the belief that we will surmount the problem.

“If however, there is any problem, we may not hesitate to stop the examination in those areas to the extent that we will now give the children a chance of doing the examination on CBT only.

“If you miss PPT in a challenging area that you cannot do the examination; then you will have to do the next one and that will have to be as from 18th of May.

“With God, we shall not experience any problem. We have put everything humanly possible in place and we have put this before almighty God and we believe He is not going to sleep on that day. But if there is a need for postponement in those places, we shall not hesitate”, he added.

Mr Ojerinde revealed that the Board had concluded arrangements for its first Computer Based Test in 70 centres across the nation from May 18 to June 1.

This is an alternative to the Dual Based Test and Paper Pencil Test scheduled for this Saturday.

He, however, added that the CBT candidates still have the option to take Dual Based Test or Paper Pencil Test on Saturday.

The Board advised CBT candidates to go online to reprint their e-slip form as “inevitable amendments had been made on the time-table for the CBT examination”.

Of the 1,735,720 registered for this year’s examination, 1,629,102 candidates applied for PPT; 15,008 for DBT and 91,610 for CBT. The total figure represents 13.35 percent increase from last year.

No fewer than 145 visually impaired candidates and 196 inmates from Kaduna and Lagos prisons also registered for the examination.

The examination will hold simultaneously in 3,168 centres in 378 towns in Nigeria and six foreign centres of Accra (Ghana), Buea in Cameroon, Cotonou in Republic of Benin, London, Jeddah in Saudi Arabia and Johannesburg in South Africa.

Mr Ojerinde disclosed that candidates have the opportunity to change their choices of institutions and courses once only within two weeks after releasing the results.

He also warned that the officials caught in examination malpractices will be prosecuted.

“I want to sound a note of warning once more that those trying to compromise our well organised arrangement shall be made to face the full wrath of the law.

“The Board is hereby appealing to all candidates to strictly adhere to all laid -down rules by conducting themselves properly during the examination.”