The National Universities Commission (NUC) and the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) have decided to embark on a monitoring visit to state-owned universities to ensure compliance with admission regulations.
The Executive Secretary of the commission, Prof. Julius Okojie, who disclosed this at a meeting of stakeholders in Abuja, said the monitoring would begin soon.
The visit, he explained is to “assess the level of compliance with NUC’s approved admission quota and qualification of new entrants into the universities, among other tasks”, adding that the visit would address the issue of enrolment, which had led to overstretching of facilities.
According to him “in spite of the guidelines, many universities still exceed the approved quota, thereby impeding the delivery of quality education in the Nigeria university system.’’
He also alleged that some students were admitted without meeting the requirements, while some state universities violate the operational guidelines and procedures on the system.
He however noted that the NUC and JAMB have a very rigorous task to perform and would not relent in their efforts at stemming anomalies in the system, as he urged the officials to exhibit a high sense of responsibility in the course of the assignment.
Prof Okojie also stated that the university commission has introduced an admission quota appropriate for each university based on its carrying capacity.
The Acting Director, Inspection and Monitoring in NUC, Mrs. Hansatu Abechi, said one of the objectives of the visit was to ascertain that all students were admitted through JAMB.
“The visit is also to determine the number of students admitted and how many matriculated as well as determine other channels, like from foundation, preliminary and remedial, for admitting students” she said.
The Minister of Education, Ruqayyatu Rufai on Monday warned the Joint Admission and Matriculations Board (JAMB) against admitting candidates without prerequisite qualification and certificates.
Mrs Rufai gave this warning at the 2012 Combined Policy Meeting on Admission to Degree-Awarding institutions, National Diploma (ND), Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) and National Innovation Diploma (NID) awarding institutions.
The Minister said admission should not be given to candidates who applied for the National Certificate of Education (NCE), National Diploma (ND) or the Interim Joint Matriculation Board Examination (IJMBE) without the prerequisite Advance Level (A/L) certificate.
She said it is illegal for some institutions, especially the universities to equate their foundation programmes with the ‘A’ level certificate. “The programme is for a period of one academic year, and thereafter, the students are admitted into 200 levels through direct entry, this is illegal.
“All `A’ Level equivalents should pass through the National Council on Education for approval. We have got to do the right thing.
“The Tertiary Education Department is hereby directed to collect the names of erring institutions for appropriate disciplinary action.”
Mrs Rufa’i announced the cut-off mark for admission into colleges of education and polytechnics for the 2012/2013 academic session in the country as 160 and 180 for all federal universities.
The Registrar and Chief Executive of JAMB, Adedibu Ojerinda, insisted that all institutions must adhere strictly to the entry requirements as documented in the board’s brochure and comply with the admission schedules.
“Institutions should ensure compliance with approved admission guidelines, bearing in mind such criteria as catchment, educationally-less developed states, quota, carrying-capacity and national cut-off marks.’’
The registrar said that available statistics indicated a disturbing trend regarding attendance and compliance at the two Technical Committee meetings in 2011 held in Owerri and llorin.
He said only few institutions used JAMB list in 2011 admissions. “The board frowns at this and hopes that the 2012 admission will be an improvement upon last year’s,’’ he said
He added that all foreign-based and physically-challenged candidates, who sat for the 2012 UTME and made the national minimum cut-off mark should be given due consideration.
The Chairman of the Committee of Provosts in Nigeria, Isa Abubakar, who spoke on behalf of the federal universities, said that the agreed cut off point for admission into universities is 180 while the Chairman, Council of Heads of Polytechnics and Colleges of Technology in Nigeria (COHEADS), Mohammed Nabade said that the cut-off mark for admission into colleges and polytechnics is 160.
The Registrar and Chief Executive of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, (JAMB), Dibu Ojerinde, on Wednesday, requested for assistance from the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in fighting malpractices plaguing the conduct of public examination in Nigeria.
The Registrar made this request in Abuja during a visit to the EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Lamorde in his office.
Mr Ojerinde said that the most challenging issue confronting JAMB was the issue of examination malpractices.
He said that though the mandate of JAMB was to conduct credible and valid examinations free of malpractices, the rising spate of sharp practices among students sitting for its examinations has become a cause for concern.
The JAMB boss disclosed that, in the last Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, two individuals who designed bathroom sleepers that accommodated handsets to receive answers from outside were arrested. The sleepers, he said, were designed specially to cheat during the examinations.
“There is this particular case of a woman in Ikirun, Osun State . During the examination, a search was conducted on her and the scanner gave indication that there were foreign metal object in her body. All entreaties to her to bring out what was on her failed until a woman supervisor had to take her to a closet and undress her only to discover that a handset was prepared just like a pad in her private part. It was that bad. If we had not used the scanner, we couldn’t have detected it. Even at that, I am sure there were people that still went away with it,” Mr Ojerinde said.
In justifying the collaboration and assistance he sought from EFCC, the Registrar said that, “We realized that we in JAMB don’t have this special Eagle Eye to detect some of these things. We have come to solicit for your assistance on how we can work together to exterminate this problem.”
Mr Ojerinde also spoke of plan to introduce e-testing to replace the manual examination conducted by the Board. The idea, he said, will be introduced gradually as candidates will be allowed the option of paper/pencil examinations or e-testing.
“In that way, children will write their examination electronically and at the end, the candidate will submit and the scores will appear immediately and the candidate will go home with his/her scores; but the national standardization will still take place”, he proposed.
EFCC promises to help
The EFCC Chairman assured JAMB Board of EFCC’s collaboration. He said the Commission will always be available to handle any issue referred to it, promising that, “we would always intervene not only during examinations, we would also like to beam searchlight on personnel of JAMB to know how the questions get to the candidates”, he said.
Mr Lamorde also suggested that efforts should be made to de-emphasize paper qualification in Nigeria. “Even in the western world, there are people who have done wonderfully well without having a University or a Polytechnic degree. These people have contributed meaningfully to the society,” he said.
The result of the 2012 UTME has been released by the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board, with only 3 candidates of the 1,503,931 registered candidates scoring above 300 while the results of 27,266 candidates across eight states were withheld.
The JAMB Registrar/Chief Executive, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, who stated this at a news conference in Abuja, listed Abia, Benue, Cross River, Delta, Imo, Lagos, Nasarawa and Rivers as the affected states, due to malpractice such as extortion of money by some examination officials.
“In 2012 UTME, we had some disturbing news of extortion of money from innocent candidates by greedy proprietors and supervisors all these persons will be brought to book,” he said, adding that the outcome of investigation would determine if more results would be released.
According to Professor Ojerinde, 72, 243 scored 250 and above while 336,330 scored below 170.
“For the 2012 UTME, Imo had the highest number of applicants with 123,865 candidates; Delta came second with 88,876 candidates while Anambra placed third with 84,204 candidates and FCT recorded the lowest number with 3,380 candidates…the University of Lagos recorded the highest applicants with 83,865 candidates; Nnamdi Azikiwe University came second with 82,148 candidates and the University of Benin came third with 80,048 candidates.”he said.
He also said arrangements have been made for candidates to check their results online using JAMB web site, www.myjambonline.com.
The Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) said that it will go ahead with the conduct of the 2012 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations in all states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory despite the insecurity in some parts of the country.
At a media briefing in Abuja on Tuesday, the Registrar of the board, Dibu Ojerinde debunked rumours that the examinations would not be conducted in some northern states owing to incessant bombings in the area.
He also announced the deployment of over ten thousand security personnel for this weekend’s nationwide examination exercise.
Mr Ojerinde also said that a total of 1, 503, 931 candidates have registered to take part in the examination.
According to the Registrar, this is the highest number of registered candidates the board has recorded since inception.
He said this year’s figure was a marginal increase of 10,338 candidates over the 2011 figure, as against an increase of 117,961 candidates recorded in 2011 over the 2010 figure.
He said that the examination would hold simultaneously in 375 towns in the country and in Ghana, Cameroun, Republic of Benin, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia, and South Africa.
“It is worthy to note that there is a remarkable increase in the number of registered candidates in all our foreign centres . “No doubt this underscores the acceptability of our tertiary educational system around the world. Many Nigerians are wishing to come back home for tertiary education,” Mr Ojerinde said.
The JAMB boss said that examination body have engaged the services of independent examination watch groups to monitor this weekend examination. He warned supervisors and invigilators to adhere strictly to instructions during the exercise.
Mr Ojerinde said that he is confident that Saturday’s examination would be hitch free across all states in Nigeria.
The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Dibu Ojerinde, has said there will be no Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in the volatile states in northern Nigeria.
Prof Ojerinde said this on Friday in Abuja while speaking with reporters at the 58th National Council on Education (NEC) meeting.
According to him, JAMB will be forced to cancel the examination if the Boko Haram attacks on primary and secondary schools in Borno State continue.
“When we reviewed the situation in volatile states, for instance Borno, we realised that some of the schools are being bombed, but our investigations showed that only primary schools are affected and not secondary schools.
“The board will be left with no option than to tell the candidates to go elsewhere to write the exams if schools which serve as centres are attacked.’’ The registrar regretted that the development could be quite unfortunate for the students.
Agency reports had it that the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram had last month attacked six primary schools in Maiduguri, setting the Gomari Costain Primary School and a section of the Maiduguri Experimental School, Kawanar on fire.
JAMB have fixed Saturday March 24th as the date for the examination.
The registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB), Professor Dibu Ojerinde has declared that the board will invoke the punishment of a seven-year jail threat for any student caught for examination malpractices.
This is coming weeks to the annual exams into Nigeria’s tertiary institutions.
Addressing heads of tertiary institutions from thirteen African countries at the International Association on Education Assessment training on Item Response Theory, Prof Ojerinde warned officials and candidates that the jail term without option of fine is to serve as deterrent to anyone caught for examination malpractices.
Affirming JAMB’s commitment to zero-tolerance for exam malpractices, Prof Ojerinde stated that “the board will continue to champion innovations that will underscore the board’s zero tolerance for non-adherence or impersonators.” He also noted that another difference will be implemented in the assessment procedure of this year’s JAMB exam.
Decree 20 of 1984 stipulated that anyone convicted for examination mal-practice should serve a 21-year jail term. However, the Examination Malpractice Act 33 of 1999 has replaced the decree with a law which stipulates that any offender is liable to a fine of between N50, 000 and N100, 000 and a three-four-year jail term with or without option of fine.
Delegates from thirteen African countries are attending the training on item response theory in Abuja. “After two weeks of training in Abuja, on an emerging assessment theory called the Item Response theory, JAMB looks to make tangible implementations. Jamb is also capitalizing on these various innovations to ensure objective assessments in examinations” said Professor Ojerinde
The Professor also stated that JAMB is moving to the era of e-Testing in designing questions for the examination. “We are moving towards what is called e-testing. This is the first time that African countries are coming to experience this type of training and it will definitely help us in the type of questions we give to the students and the type of assessment we give and our professional competence as examination” he said.