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.”

JAMB Is A Clearing House For Universities – VC

The Vice Chancellor, Wesley University of Science and Technology, Professor Tola Badejo on Tuesday insisted that the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB) which the Federal Government intends to scrap must be left to stay.  

Speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Prof Badejo said he was upset about the government’s intention to scrap two examination bodies, JAMB and the National Examinations Council (NECO).

He further stated that JAMB is a clearing house which is needed in other to avoid a scenario where applicants are forced to procure as many forms as possible in a bid to secure one admission.

He stated that it is unfortunate that JAMB exists because in advanced countries, there is no need for such a body but the case in Nigeria is different as there are not enough facilities, infrastructures to accommodate available and qualified applicants.

Talking about the proposal to streamline the functions of the examination body, he stated that it already exists.

“I really don’t know what JAMB will be doing if they are not organising exams.” He said


Leave JAMB And NECO Alone, Educationist Warns FG

An educationist,  Salmon Salami, has described the proposal to reorganise JAMB and NECO as a ‘very bad one’ hence he has sounded a note of warning to all stakeholders to hands off the plan to scrap the Unified Joint Admissions Board and the National Examinations Council.

Speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, Mr Salami agreed that there is a need to reduce the cost of governance which is the government’s reason for the proposed change.

However, he said “education is one thing you cannot afford to toil with.”

He added that UTME and NECO should be spared as there are other drain pipes in the education sector; where the government can focus its attention.

He said JAMB is so sensitive and is such an institution that allows the children of common men access to university education.

He also raised a few potential problems which could arise should the two examination bodies be scrapped amongst which are; students would make extra expenses in purchasing forms of different schools which would be empowered to conduct the examination and admission of students.

NANS, Others Condemn Planned Scrapping Of JAMB, NECO

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists and the Coalition of Civil Society Groups have criticised the planned scrapping of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and the National Examination Council (NECO).

In a communique signed by the national president of the student body, Yinka Gbadebo, the association says scrapping the examination body will compound the sufferings of ordinary Nigerians who may not be able to secure admission into tertiary institutions.

Also in a press statement signed by the national vice president of the National Association of Women Journalists, missus Ifeyinwa Omowale, the association appealed to the Federal Government not to scrap the unified tertiary matriculation examination saying it will have serious adverse effect on the masses.

The president of the coalition of civil society group for transparency and good governance in another press statement said the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board has put smiles on the faces of many families by allowing merit to prevail in the admission of students into tertiary institutions.

JAMB Became Irrelevant When Universities Started Conducting Post UME Exams – Prof. Awosika

The Rector of Olawoye Awosika School of Innovative Studies, Prof Abiola Awosika has welcomed the scrapping of the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB), saying that it became irrelevant ever since universities started conducting their examinations after UME exams.

Speaking on Channels Television’s breakfast Show Sunrise Daily, the Professor decried the need for students to sit for series of examinations to get admission into university saying that “we have so many stumbling blocks placed in front of the students instead of making access to university education broader we are limiting it by having them take different examinations before they can get admission”.

Prof Awosika however disagreed with calls that the nation’s admission system to be overhauled from what obtains presently whereby only 40 per cent of admission is based on merit while the others are on catchment and applicants from educationally less  developed states. She notes that such system is also in existence in the United States and that the right structure to aptly implement such policy is what Nigeria needs and not a total overhaul.

She advised Nigeria’s leading universities to take their programmes online to target people who are professionals and have WAEC but have not been able to get into a university. This set of people won’t have need to sit for entrance exams into the university because the online programmes will adequately address their needs. .


JAMB’s Registrar Supports Establishment Of More Universities

The Registrar of the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Dibu Ojerinde, has expressed his support for the establishment of more universities in the country.

Candidates writing the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations organised by JAMBThis he claimed will cater for the yearly shortfall experienced during admission processes.

The JAMB boss at the matriculation ceremony of the University of Ilorin noted that with the establishment of more universities by the federal government and well-meaning Nigerians, thousands of eligible students would have the opportunity of obtaining tertiary education in disciplines of their choice.

The Federal Executive Council (FEC), last week approved the establishment of three new universities to be established in the northern part of the country.

The older universities he added could not accommodate the yearly huge number of applicants seeking admission and praised the efforts of the federal government in that regard.

The Vice-Chancellor of University of Ilorin, Professor Abdulganiyy Ambali had earlier  during the matriculation for the newly admitted students for 2012/2013 academic session painted a gloomy picture of how 43,000 students obtained the 200 marks score of the institution whereas only 7,000 could be offered admission due to lack of space.

He challenged the lucky few admitted for the new academic session to be serious with their studies and avoid acts that could make them to be expelled.

JAMB to introduce computer-based exams in 2013

The Registrar and Chief Executive of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Dibu Ojerinde, has said that “the board will introduce Computer-Based-Testing for candidates in its matriculation examination in 2013.”

According to him,  the innovation would commence on a transitional scale, accommodating between 150,000 and 250,000 candidates in the first experiment in 2013.

He disclosed this during the inauguration of the board’s new zonal office in Ilorin, Kwara State, Tuesday.

Mr Ojerinde said the board was hopeful of converting the Computer-Based Testing for all candidates in 2015.

“We have identified some testing centres for the 2013 transitional experiment all over the federation, including Kwara State. But these are inadequate for the envisaged full blown exercise in 2015.

“Therefore, we urge the Kwara State Government, other state governments, private investors and stakeholders alike to buy into the building of computer-based centres.

“I assure all those who embrace this of patronage not only by JAMB but also of other examination bodies who would sooner than later join the board in conducting public examinations using the CBT,”  the JAMB boss said.

He said the CBT was the future  trend, adding that Nigeria could not be left behind in ensuring that global best practices are achieved.

2013 UTME: JAMB to releases ‘3-Option Implementation Guide’

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has released its ‘3 Option’ implementation guide’ ahead of the 2013 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The board stated this in a statement by its Public Relations Officer, Mr Tim Oyedeji, in Lagos on Thursday.

It noted that the development was in line with its proposed Computer Based Testing (CBT) regime.

The board said that the ‘3-Option’ guide which would address the fears of its candidates was “carefully conceived”.

It said that the guide would run side by side with the CBT.

“In this case DBT referred to as “Dibu Based Testing”, questions will be presented on computer and the answers printed on the Optical Mark Reader (OMR) sheets.

“Candidates can then move over from one question to another or back to previous questions, the system also allows them to skip a question and then return to it later on.

“The two former options would naturally precede the full blown Computer Based Testing (CBT), which is the third”, the statement said.

It said that the 3-option guide would be fully integrated into UTME in two years time.

On Post-UTME tertiary institutions, the board explained that the management was handling it with caution.

“We are just a part of the whole but with continued positive steps in the direction of making UTME more credible, the agitators of Post-UTME will soon come to terms with reality,” the statement said.

NUC and JAMB to monitor admission process of state universities

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.


Minister warns JAMB over illegal admissions

The Minister of Education, Ruqayyatu Rufai on Monday warned the Joint Admission and Matriculations Board (JAMB) against admitting candidates without prerequisite qualification and certificates.

The Minister of Education, Ruqayyatu Rufai

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.

JAMB seeks EFCC’s help to curb exam malpractice

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.

Ibrahim Lamorde, Executive Chairman, EFCC presenting a souvenir of the EFCC to the Registrar/CEO, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Dibu Oyerinde.

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.

JAMB releases 2012 UTME results, 3 score above 300

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.