Borno Govt. Enrolls 250 Displaced Students For 2017 WAEC Exams

Borno Govt. Enroll 250 Displaced Students For 2017 WAEC ExamsThe Borno State Government, has enrolled 250 internally displaced boys and girls to sit for the 2017 West African Examination Council’s (WAEC), graduation exams for secondary school students.

94 girls and 156 boys from different Local Governments in the state whose schools and communities were attacked ‎by Boko Haram, resulting in their displacement are the beneficiaries of the government’s benefits.

It was the first time Internally Displaced Persons (IDP’S) are writing the WAEC since they were forced out of their homes by Boko Haram insurgents at different times in 2014.

The students are mostly from Kukawa, Gwoza, Ngala, Bama, Monguno, Guzamala and Nganzai Local Government Areas.

The students wrote practicals on Wednesday at three WAEC centres; Government College, Government Girls College and ‎Mustapha Umar Elkanemi Arabic Teachers College all in Maiduguri.

The 250 IDPs were those who passed a special mock exam conducted for about 1,000 IDPs who were in final year at secondary schools before they were displaced.

The mock exams were meant to evaluate the IDPs that were able to catch up after undergoing classes and comprehensive tutorials organized for them in camps on the orders of the state governor, Kashim Shettima.

“Governor Kashim Shettima released funds to the Borno State Emergency Management Agency which was used to pay the WAEC fees of all the students.

“Mock exam was organized for over 1,000 IDPs but out of them, 250 did well and were believed to be emotionally and academically set for the 2017 WAEC”, the Government House statement said.

Governor Shettima had authorized the purchase of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) forms for the 250 students while some of the 1,000 IDPs who showed some good signs after the mock exams will receive further coaching.

“They will undergo more tutorials to prepare them for the next WAEC examinations in their communities, since the government doesn’t hope that they remain IDP’S by 2018”, the statement concluded.

JAMB Introduces New Rules, Guidelines For 2017 UTME

JAMB Warns Against Fake Application Forms In CirculationThe Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has introduced new rules and guidelines that may eliminate fraudulent practices in the system ahead of the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The JAMB Registrar, Professor Isiaq Oloyede, disclosed this in Kaduna state at a Strategic Planning Retreat on Monitoring and Supervision of the 2017 UTME organised for stakeholders that would be taking part in the examination.

He explained that unlike in the previous years, major players with requisite integrity, intelligence and appropriate knowledge of the assessment would be fully engaged in the supervision of the 2017 UTME examination to ensure a better outcome.

In attendance at the retreat were stakeholders from JAMB, tertiary institutions, civil society organisations, students union bodies, security agencies and the media.

The aim was to adopt an all-inclusive mode of supervision and evaluation that will guarantee transparent UTME in Nigeria.

The Registrar identified the new rules and guidelines to include, the adoption of CCTV cameras for all the Computer-based Training (CBT) centres, adoption of a single hall containing 250 functional desktop or laptop computer systems with extra 25 as backups, affirmative inclusiveness for blind candidates, adoption of PIN Vending System, inclusion of candidates with awaiting results.

Other guidelines were the adoption of cubicles with minimum length of 26 by 18 inches, adequate security with minimum of five technical personnel and a network engineer on site among others.

“In February, 2017 we held a retreat in Abeokuta, Ogun state capital where we were hosted by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who was Head of State in 1977 promulgated the enabling law of this Board and gave birth to the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board.

“At the retreat, we looked at the processes of registration and admission, we reviewed them and we adopted new strategies in tandem with new thinking and new challenges.

“It is therefore, in our stride and continuation at bringing all stakeholders on board, our inclusive train that we have organised this retreat to take another look at the Board’s supervision and evaluation of its conduct of the UTME”, Prof. Oloyede stated.

PIN VENDING SYSTEM

Emerging from the retreat at Abeokuta, the Board has innovated a contemporary sale of application method, which has led to the elimination of scratch cards.

The Board has also adopted a cost saving procedure PIN Vending System. It is a secured system which has redressed the sharp practices associated with the use of scratch cards.

Some of the participants including the President of Women Arise for Change, Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin and Senate President of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) commended JAMB for reviewing its guidelines as well as suggesting on some grey areas which they would want the board to look into before the election.

Some of them include the security of candidates and officials that would be posted to volatile areas , the number of examination hours and the collection of 10, 500 levy by JAMB which they note amounts to exploiting the candidates.

JAMB Withdraws 2016 Admission List

JAMBThe Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced the withdrawal of the 2016 admission list earlier sent to all tertiary institutions in the country.

In a statement signed by the Board’s Public Relations Officer, Dr Fabian Benjamin, the board said institutions are now to make their own list to JAMB in-line with Federal Government’s guideline on admissions.

“This is to ensure that the University Senate perform its statutory responsibility of conducting the selection of candidates and refer it to JAMB for confirmation in line with the admission criteria of merit, catchment and educationally disadvantaged states as directed by the Hon Minister of Education at the Policy Committee Meeting.

“The earlier list was sent to help fast track the process of admission so as to allow other tiers of institutions also conduct their admission.

“Candidates should not panic because this is part of the process of the 2016 admission exercise. JAMB regrets any inconvenience this decision would have caused the tertiary institutions

“The Board regrets any inconvenience it’s proactive step would have caused the tertiary institutions.

Candidates Performance Was Below Expectation- JAMB

The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Dibu Ojerinde has accused candidates that sat for the 2013 JAMB examinations of performing below the expected standard.

Prof. Ojerinde further said there was nothing unusual from the way JAMB had previously conducted the examination.

Ojerinde, who was speaking in response to claims of sharp practices by his agency during Channels Television’s morning flagship programme Sunrise Daily, also said the failure recorded is “a normal thing”.

In his words “I want to say that nothing unusual went wrong. Nothing happened other than that the performance of the children was not entirely good enough…Finish”.

“It (performance) is not unusual. It is a normal thing” he said.

He also brushed off claims by an education consultant who claimed he led a protest to the head office of the examination agency and threatened to sue the agency before some results were released.

He however said the public were informed of pending results that were under investigation due to the inability of some of the candidates to thumb print while some could “not even do the normal thing” while some were “suspected to be malpractice cases”.

He explained that those with such cases were forwarded to a committee that will “decide if they truly did the right thing or not or if they really committed any offence which will necessitate cancellation”.

 

 

Educationist Supports Scrapping Of JAMB, NECO

An education consultant, Ike Onyechere has said that the policy of scrapping JAMB and NECO is one of the best decisions that President Goodluck Jonathan should have taken a long time ago in the education sector.

While speaking on Channels Television’s Breakfast Show Sunrise Daily, Mr Onyechere said the education stakeholders have been calling for something drastic to be done in the education sector, “some people went as far as calling for declaration of state of emergency in the educational sector”.

He added that the decision is a good one and a lot of stakeholders are in support of it.

Mr Onyechere explained that a lot of candidates for this year’s JAMB are disenfranchised because  most of them are being posted to write the examination far from their locations.

He said most of them are confused and have said they will not be partaking from this year’s exams.

The educationist said one of the reasons why JAMB should be scrapped is that there is no institution abroad whose admission is being controlled by a government parastatals.

He said other countries come here to recruit our students directly but our institutions can’t go there to recruit their students, which is why we don’t have foreign students in Nigeria.

 

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. .

 

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.

 

NECO workers threaten to throw out registrar from office

The National Union of Non Academic Staff of Universities and Allied Institution (NASU), National Examinations Council (NECO) chapter on Thursday threatened to forcefully eject the Registrar of the council, Promise Okpala from his office next Monday if the ministry of education does not announce his re-appointment.

The Registrar of the National Examination Council (NECO)

In a statement made available to Channel Television in Minna, Niger state, the Chairman of the union in the Council, Lawal Rabana said since the expiration of the tenure of the Registrar on April 9, there had not been any official pronouncement from the ministry of education, a situation that is creating tension in the institution.

The statement added that since no pronouncement had been made regarding his re-appointment and the fact that the registrar had not added any value to the council in the last five years, he should please stay out of office because he had loss the confidence of the workers.

“Professor Promise Okpala has not added any value to NECO and Nigerian children need someone without credibility question to shape their future, we urge the honourable minister of education to get more involved in NECO’s affairs in order to re-channel it towards the aspirations of its founding fathers’’ the statement concluded.

There has been a lingering dispute between the staff at NECO and the Registrar over the rights of the workers to join a trade union. Mr Okpala has rejected the unionisation move of the NECO staff.

The disagreement had lingered since 2005 in the matter of trade dispute Number IAP/HB/3744 between Non-Academic Staff Union of Education and Associated Institutions (NASU) and three other examination bodies – Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), National Examinations Council (NECO) and National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB).

The dispute was referred to the Industrial Arbitration Panel (IAP) by Hassan Muhammed Lawal the then Minister of Labour and Productivity on 15 August, 2005.

In the ruling signed by three arbitrators – Rufus O. Orugho, Aureol D. Vianana and Lawal Yusuf – the panel said: “One of the main purposes of a trade union is to defend the rights of its members wherever it appears to it that the rights of such members are being transgressed upon.”

It then declared, “The tribunal, having carefully considered all the evidences before it and the applicable laws and having regard to the principles of equity, make the following awards: An order compelling NECO, JAMB and NABTEB to allow NASU unfettered right to unionize the workers of their establishments throughout the federation and an order of perpetual injunction restraining NECO, JAMB and NABTEB from intimidating, threatening or victimizing any of their workers in any manner whatsoever on the grounds that such workers(s) decide to participate or actually participated in trade union activities with NASU”.

While JAMB has actually unionized its staff, NECO is not only adamant but also said to be intimidating its staff on the matter.

Within the past three months when the case was reopened by the NECO staff, 24 members of staff, seen to be championing unionization in the body, have been transferred.

FG commend JAMB’s use of biometric system

The Minister of Education, Professor Ruqayat Rufai has expressed confidence that the continuous use of the biometric verification exercise introduced by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) will eradicate all forms of examination malpractices.

Speaking in Abuja while monitoring the conduct of the 2012 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), Professor Rufai said “the federal government will continue to work towards improving the nation’s standard of education at all levels.”

Also, JAMB registrar, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, has stated that 2012 UTME was “extremely successful in all the centres”, he said, noting the use of the biometric data capturing machine recorded an “extraordinary” success when compared to the performance of the machines in the same examinations in 2011.

“The machine has helped us a great deal to solve the challenge of impersonation, late coming and absenteeism. A major hurdle for the board was dealing with the problem of impersonation and with the use of this machine; there was no case of impersonation recorded at the 2012 UTME. So, I would say that the use of the biometric capturing system was a success since it was able to address the major issues of impersonation and exam malpractice” stated Professor Ojerinde.

The Registrar also noted that the initial fears of security in some parts of the country was not entertained while the exams lasted, as he stated that “everything went well.” Prof. Ojerinde had initially threatned that the UTME might not hold in some states in the north, where fundametalist sect, Boko Haram was staging attacks against academic institutions.

The UTME was organized across the country and a number foreign country with a record over 1.5million students sitting for the entrance exams into the nation’s ivory towers.

In Lagos, some of the biometrics data capturing machine malfunctioned.

Speaking with deputy director, JAMB’s zonal office Benin, who was in charge of Lagos Island West, Mrs Agatha Bosini, however stated that, less than 20 cases of exam malpractice was discovered while she also confirmed the success recorded with the use of biometric machines.

“We had serious problems when we introduced the biometric system last year, but this not the case this year.” “We have not been able to register up to 20 cases this year” she added.

Results of the UTME are expected out in a matter of days.

 

House summon JAMB’s registrar over exam in northern states


The House of Representatives has summoned the registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Dibu Ojerinde, to explain his statement that the body may not conduct examinations in some volatile states in northern Nigeria.

In a motion of urgent national importance, Representative Aminu Sulieman, said the decision taken by the examination body is not only selfish but also wrong.

The registrar is to explain where he derives the powers to take such a decision and has been told to reverse the decision.

The House approved the motion and has mandated its Committee on Education and Security to look into the matter and report.

Professor Ojerinde, had last week stated that the forthcoming Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) might not hold in the volatile states in northern Nigeria.

The Professor made the announcement 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 realized that some of the schools are being bombed, but our investigations showed that only primary schools are affected and not secondary schools” he said.

Fundamentalist sect Boko Haram which translates to “Western education is sacrilege” or “a sin”, has in recent weeks being staging attacks on schools in some states in Northern Nigeria, such as Borno.

About seven schools were razed in the last two weeks in the troubled state.

The forthcoming UTME is slated for Saturday March 24th.