JAMB Announces New Date For Post-UTME Screening

A file photo of applicants taking the UTME examination.

 

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced a new date for the commencement of the post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (Post-UTME) screening for the 2020 admission processes.

It revealed that the screening would begin not earlier than September 7, 2020, in universities, polytechnics and colleges of education in the country.

The Registrar of JAMB, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, announced the new date on Monday in Abuja after a consultative virtual meeting with vice-chancellors, rectors, and provosts of tertiary education institutions.

He explained that the shift in the date of the admission process from the earlier announced date of August 21 was to accommodate candidates who would be taking part in this year’s West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

The Federal Government had announced that the examination, which is administered by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) annually, would commence on Monday next week.

READ ALSO: WAEC Releases Timetable For 2020 WASSCE

“Presently as you are aware, WAEC starts the Senior School Certificate Examination on August 17, it will go on till September 7,” Professor Oloyede said.

A file photo of JAMB Registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, at a press conference.

 

He added, “On September 21 or thereabout, NABTEB will commence its examination that will go on till on the 15 of October, and immediately after that, NECO starts on the 5th and will hold till 18 of November.

“Rather than making candidates run, particularly, when they will have to write their school certificate exam in different towns and rush to university elsewhere for post-UTME, like somebody rushing from Sokoto to Ibadan for post-UTME, we believe as a custodian of the highest sector of the education system, we should avoid that.”

The JAMB’s registrar commended the various submissions made by the heads of tertiary institutions during the meeting.

He said institutions that conduct admission exercise without the administration of any-post UTME screening should also ensure candidates whose SSCE results would be released towards the end of the year were not denied participation in the process.

Professor Oloyede also revealed that the Board has withheld the results of candidates that sat for this year’s UTME at correctional service centres (prisons) over suspected infractions.

He said, “For those (institutions) who want to take post-UTME, that cannot be earlier than the 7th of September and it will be held twice – September 7 to October 4, and then it will be held for the second time on the 18 November to mop up those who are taking their school certificate examination.”

Obong University VC Recommends Quarterly JAMB Exam

JAMB exam, JAMB, NUC, senate, Scratch Card, AmendmentThe Vice Chancellor of Obong University, Professor Udoudo Ekanemesang has called on the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to embark on quarterly conduct of its examination to give students seeking admission in Nigerian universities more opportunities.

Ekanemesang made this suggestion in a chat with journalists in Uyo.

He described the current post-UTME examination as a loophole for corruption that allows tertiary institution staff to admit preferred candidates by technically voiding the UTME scores.

Most institutions, he noted, have turned the exercise to a corrupt means of impoverishing innocent Nigerians.

“Something is wrong with our educational system and the way we conduct exams here. We give a child a single examination and his life depends on it, and this makes them to be desperate and involve in all manner of malpractices”, he said.

Professor Ekanemesang added that Nigeria needs to “change the system to give students seeking admission multiple chances by conducting examinations quarterly like in the United states America”.

Obong University is a private university in Akwa Ibom state.

ASUU Calls For Release Of Funds, Delayed Salaries

ASUU, ANAMBRA, COOU, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu UniversityThe Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has called for the immediate release of 495 billion Naira Revitalisation Funds for universities, implementation of the 2009 ASUU/FGN Agreement and MOU of 2013 as well as the payment of Earned Academic Allowances.

The Union is also demanding that the government resolves the issue of payment of salaries in fractions which it began since December 2015 and the registration of NUPEMCO among other problems.

The ASUU Zonal Coordinator, Professor Nsing Ogar, represented by University of Calabar chairperson, Dr. Tony Eyang, made the call while briefing Journalists in Calabar on some disturbing developments faced by Campuses.

According to him, a huge cloud of uncertainty hangs over the University system in the country due to a number of unresolved issues which if not resolved, will hinder the growth and development of Universities across the country.

The Unical ASUU boss said, six months in 2013, ASUU waged a struggle for the revitalisation of the universities through the implementation of the 2009 agreement and up till now, it is saddening that, there has been no indication of seriousness on the part of the Federal Government to honour the MOU reached.

He further disclosed that, government’s unilateral proscription of the Post-UTME test is another issue causing so much tension at the moment which according to the Union, rubs the University of its autonomy and the responsibility of determining and controlling the quality of people for admission.

He maintained that, the cancellation of the Post-UTME test without consulting critical stakeholders, Vice Chancellors and University administrators is an unhelpful and regrettable action that has to be reversed.

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.

LEDAP Seeks Court Order Abolishing Post-JAMB Test

JAMB-computer-examThe Legal Defence and Assistance Project (LEDAP) has filed a suit at the Federal High Court, Abuja seeking an order that POST-UTME tests conducted by Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges before admitting students are illegal and should be abolished.

In a suit filed recently against Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB) and National Universities Commission (NUC), the group claims that there is no law authorising the Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges to subject candidates to a second screening or test after the UTME examination by JAMB.

The group also claims that the POST-UTME tests have become a source of boldface corruption in the universities, polytechnics and Colleges.

“Lecturers and admission officials charge candidates huge sums of money using the Post-UTME as smoke screen,” the suit read.

In the suit filed by Mr Chino Edmund Obiagwu, lead counsel for LEDAP, the group is also seeking the declaration that only the 1st Defendant (JAMB) has the statutory powers to conduct matriculation examinations for admission into all Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education in Nigeria.

It also wants a declaration that the imposition and conduct of Post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (Post-UTME) by Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education in Nigeria for candidates seeking admission into their institutions is illegal and unlawful.

Another relief the group is seeking is a declaration that the 2nd and 3rd Defendants (NUC and Federal Ministry of Education) have no powers howsoever to allow or direct Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education in Nigeria to further screen or conduct admission tests in violation of Joint Matriculation Board, Act.

It wants an order of perpetual injunction restraining all Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education in Nigeria from further imposition or conduct of Post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (Post-UTME) or any other form of admission screening test in Nigeria.

One of grounds upon which the reliefs are sought are that the 1st Defendant is the only statutory body with powers to exercise general control of the conduct of matriculation examinations leading to admissions into all Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education in Nigeria.

Another is that the Matriculation examination conducted by the 1st Defendant is the only test required by law under section 5(1) and (2) of the Joint Admission and Matriculations Board Act, for admission of candidates into all Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education in Nigeria.

The LEDAP further reiterated that there was no other enactment enabling universities, polytechnics and colleges of education in Nigeria to further screen or conduct post unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (Post-UTME) or any other admission test in addition to matriculation examination conducted by the first Defendant.

Commenting on the suit, Mr Obiagwu said that LEDAP was also currently pursuing a long line of cases in court to address the widespread corruption and declining standards in the education and health sectors and hopeful the court, as the last hope for the common man, would come to the rescue.

No date has been fixed for hearing.

FUT Minna Matriculates 4,808 Students For 2015/2016 Session

FUT-MinnaThe Federal University of Technology (FUT), Minna, on Thursday matriculated 4,808 students out of 8,427 candidates who passed its Post- UTME screening and qualified to be admitted.

The Vice Chancellor of FUT Minna, Professor Musbau Adewumi Akanji, made the disclosure at the school’s auditorium during the matriculation ceremony of the new students.

Akanji revealed that as one of the few specialized universities established 30 years ago by the Federal Government, the institution remains committed to the training of skilled and innovative workforce that would transform Nigeria’s natural resources into goods and services.

The VC revealed that most students failed their examinations because they were used to short text messages on phones which they used during exams.

“We not only seek to achieve academic excellence but also moral uprightness of our students, we believe that such holistic approach in our training is very imperative and pertinent to employment in the present job market that is becoming even more saturated, ” he said.

He gave the assurance that the university had put in place dedicated faculty members, staff advisers, counselors and staff who are eager to offer the needed assistance, to facilitate good teaching and learning environment.

The VC further advised the students to desist from cultism, indecent dressing, exam malpractices and other misdemeanor in and outside the campus, as the school will not hesitate to withdraw anyone found wanting.

A total of 12,529 candidates applied to the institution through Direct Entry and Post- UTME examinations.

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.

JAMB Is Credible, Don’t Scrap It, VC Urges FG

The Vice Chancellor, Wesley University of Science and Technology, Professor Tola Badejo has said the examinations conducted by the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB) have become more credible.

While speaking on Sunrise Daily, he credited the examination body for the increased level of reading among students who seek admission in higher institutions.

He added that JAMB is better improved as opposed to the way it used to be.

Prof Badejo also disclosed that while serving as the Post UTME Chairman in Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), he found out that many students who had high scores in JAMB did not perform well in the Universities’ examination.

“We saw students who scored 300 over 400 in JAMB but couldn’t score 100 in our own (examinations); but that is reducing now. Now students are studying before coming to universities,” Prof. Badejo said.

He added that it is good for universities to conduct examinations after students must have passed through JAMB. He added that “post UTME should stay, JAMB should Stay.”