Two Suspects Arrested For Selling JAMB Forms Above Official Price


Two middle-aged men have been arrested by the Ogun State Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) for allegedly extorting Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) applicants by selling the forms above the N4,700 price approved by the examination body.

The NSCDC Commandant in Ogun State Command, Hammed Abodunrin while parading the suspects at the state headquarters of the corps in Abeokuta revealed that the suspects were arrested based on a tip-off and complains by applicants.

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He lamented that JAMB candidates and their parents are the ones suffering from the price inflation and the government has warned that anyone caught will be treated as someone frustrating government efforts.

“The candidates are forced to pay extra money. It is going to be treated as a criminal case of extortion. The price of JAMB form is fixed,” he added.

He, however, advised applicants to always patronise approved centres for their forms.

The suspects, according to him, would be arraigned in a competent court of jurisdiction after investigations are completed to serve as a deterrent to others.

JAMB Registrar Attributes Challenges To Underutilised Facilities

JAMB Registrar Attributes Challenges To Underutilised Facilities
Applicants queue for registration

The registrar of the Joint Admission And Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Oloyede, has attributed the current challenges being faced by applicants across registration centres to the uncooperative posture of some registration centres.

Professor Oloyede who has been monitoring the exercise in some centres in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital, said facilities put in place by the examination body are being underutilised.

The JAMB boss said about 40% of the expected applicants have been registered across the 650 registration centres across the country

Applicants in Edo state had complained of inadequate bank staff to issue registration pins, a situation which they said is going to delay many of them from registering before the deadline.

They therefore appealed to the management to make the process less cumbersome.

Mr Oloyede has however ruled out the possibility of any extension to the April 19 deadline for registration of applicants.

JAMB Warns Against Fake Application Forms In Circulation

JAMB Warns Against Fake Application Forms In CirculationThe Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB has warned members of the general public about the activities of fraudsters illegally selling fake JAMB forms to unsuspecting applicants.

The JAMB Registrar, Prof Isiaq Oloyede, represented by the Director of Special Duties, Mr Olujide Adisa, gave the warning in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital during the parade of two suspects by the Ogun state command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.

The JAMB boss said that the forms for the 2017 session were not out yet as the board was putting all machinery together to ensure a hitch-free admission process

The two middle-aged men were reportedly arrested in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital by the men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps at two locations.

They caught in the act of selling a form said to be fake to unsuspecting Joint Admission and Matriculation Board candidates.

Putting the records straight, the JAMB Director of Special Duties said that any form being sold currently by anybody is presumed to be   fake.

He asked prospective applicants to visit any of the state offices of the board across the country for any inquiry and save themselves from the antics of the fraudsters on the prow

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.

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.

Oshiomhole Urges Govt. To Provide Quality Tertiary Education

OshiomholeEdo State Governor has advised the Nigerian government to look inward and provide quality tertiary education for the increasing number of students seeking tertiary education.

Governor Adams Oshiomhole made the appeal on Wednesday in Abuja.

Speaking after receiving licence to establish the Edo State University, Governor Oshiomhole said that there was a need for more Nigerians to be given access to university education in order to reduce some of the social vices prevalent among the youths.

He advised government at all levels to provide quality secondary school education in order to improve the standard of education.

Every year, thousands of students sit for the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board examination in order to gain admission into tertiary institutions. Only a few thousand are offered admission into schools.

To address the situation, the Edo State Government established its second state university, Edo State University, which Governor Oshiomhole said would address the quality of human capital in Nigeria.

The Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Professor Julius Okojie, advised university authorities to positively impact on the community where they are based, as he gave recognition to Edo University.

With the recognition given to Edo University as the 41st state university in Nigeria, the dream of more young Nigerians to acquire university education, would soon be a reality.

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.

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.”