UTME Candidates Protest In Kaduna

Prospective candidates of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in Kaduna state on Friday protested over their inability to locate examination centres, six days after the exam commenced across the country.

The candidates who took to the streets of the state capital and blocked the gate of the JAMB office along Tafawa Balewa road in the state capital, complained that they were unable to process their registration at the Computer Based Test centres, due to insufficient facilities.

They also lamented that all efforts to reach the authorities concerning the problem were not successful.

Some of them who came all the way from Zaria and Zamfara State for the exam also lamented over the fact that they had spent so much money in an attempt to rectify the problem without any success.

Channels Television was unable to get the reaction of JAMB as a security personnel told the correspondent that the officer in charge was unavailable.

JAMB Extends Registration Deadline For 2017 UTME

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has announced an extension of the registration for the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The JAMB registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, made this known while addressing a news conference in Abuja. He also spoke on the mock examination earlier scheduled to hold on Saturday and the need for the extension.

“The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), wishes to apologise to candidates and other stakeholders on the fact that we could not go on as planned with the mock examination.

“We are hereby announcing the extension of the registration exercise of the 2017 UTME. Instead of the earlier announced April 19, the deadline for the sale of forms and registrations will now extend to Friday May 5 2017.

“Consequently, the 2017 UTME, the examination proper, has also been postponed to start from Saturday 13th to 20th of May 2017. Meanwhile, the mock examinations earlier slated for April 8, 2017 has been put on hold and the new date will be announced soon.”

The development follows a call by the House of Representatives for a one-month extension to the deadline given to candidates.

The call was made in view of the difficulties being faced by some prospective candidates of the UTME in the process of registration, who had complained of inadequate bank staff to issue registration pins.

Professor Oloyede, had on the other hand, attributed the current challenges being faced by applicants across registration centres to the uncooperative posture of some centres.

The board had innovated a contemporary sale of application method, which led to the elimination of scratch cards.

It also adopted a cost saving procedure, the ‘PIN Vending System’, which is said to be a secured system that has redressed the sharp practices associated with the use of scratch cards.

With the development, prospective candidates seeking to write the UTME can now heave a sigh of relief.

House Calls For Extension Of JAMB Registration

House Calls For Extension Of JAMB RegistrationThe House of Representatives has called for a one-month extension to the deadline given to candidates to register for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The call was made in view of the difficulties being faced by some prospective candidates of the UTME in the process of registration, with the House Committee on Basic Education summoning the JAMB Registrar to appear before it for explanation on some of the issues.

The lawmakers also asked the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to deploy safety equipment at each examination centre, to avoid stampede due to overcrowding.

Some prospective candidates raised concern on difficulty to complete their registration, even as the April 20 deadline for registration exercise draws nearer.

The candidates, while speaking to Channels Television at the Jamb Zonal Office in Benin City, the Edo State Capital, urged the management of the Board to make more facilities and personnel available, in order to ease the stress of registration.

Students Protest Closure Of JAMB Portal ‘Before Due Date’

Students-in-Benin-Protest-Closure-Of-JAMB-RegistrationSome secondary school students in Edo State due to enrol for the extermination of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) are protesting against an alleged sudden closure of the JAMB online registration portal before the due date

The students staged the protest in Benin City, the capital of the State on Friday.

In their numbers, they complained that the action of examination body would negatively affect their academic careers.

One of the students said: “This protest will not just stop here. We are going to continue until the day the JAMB will be conducted. We are going to disrupt until we are given extension for us to register.

“Some of us here, our forms are online in the CVT centres and these centres are very few in Benin City”.

Another student claimed that they were asked to go and learn a trade, condemning the comment.

She told Channels Television that since 15 of January, the examination board was already short of scratch cards.

But in a swift reaction to the protest the south-south zonal Coordinator of JAMB, Mrs Priscila Ogunsola, dismissed the claims by the students, insisting that JAMB gave enough time for the registration.

She said that JAMB had informed the students that the registration would close on February 5 and explained that some Cyber Cafe owners had thought that they could get access code to register candidates even after the deadline.

“They were hoping to still get that opportunity which never came this time around. That is just the problem,” she said.

ICPC Decries Increasing Cases Of Corruption In Tertiary Institutions

ICPCThe Anti-corruption Academy of Nigeria, an arm of the Independent and Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), has decried the increasing cases of corruption in tertiary institutions.

Addressing participants at a national workshop on ‘Academic Integrity for Nigerian Polytechnics and Allied Institutions’, the Provost of the academy, Sola Akinrinade, said that corruption in any form was unacceptable and that culprits would be made to face the law.

Professor Akinrinade said that findings from a study conducted by the commission and the National Universities Commission (NUC), revealed major areas where corruption had manifested itself in the operation of tertiary institutions.

With a pledge to collaborate with the Anti-corruption Academy, the Executive Secretary of the National Board for Technical Education, Mas’udu Kazaure, criticised the running of unapproved programmes by some institutions.

The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Dibu Ojerinde, however, blamed heads of tertiary institutions for the corruption in the system.

The workshop, which had in attendance Rectors of polytechnics, monotechnics and specialised institutions, was aimed at entrenching academic integrity in admissions, examinations, appointments, promotion and staff disciplinary matters in the nation’s tertiary institutions.

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.