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JAMB Fixes Cut Off Mark for 2016 Examination

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JAMB LogoThe Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and tertiary education stakeholders on Thursday in Abuja adopted 180 as the cut-off mark for 2016 admission into universities, polytechnics and colleges of education.

The decision was reached at the 2016 Combined Policy Meeting on Admissions to Degree, Nigerian Certificate of Education (NCE) and National Diploma (ND) chaired by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu.

In his opening remark, Mr. Adamu said if there was confidence in JAMB’s conduct of the University Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME), there should be no need for post-UTME.

The post-UTME is organised by various tertiary institutions to screen candidates who applied to such institutions and who had scaled through JAMB’s UTME.

“If the universities have problem with what JAMB is doing, they should come forward with it and we will address it.

“JAMB is one of the most active parastatals in the ministry; I expect that policies that would be beneficial to Nigerian students should be discussed at this meeting.

“I believe there should be no ground to lower the quality; Nov. 30 remains the closing date for 2016 admission.

“No institution should exceed its quota in admission; we will start issuing penalties to defaulting institutions.’’

Mr. Adamu urged JAMB to provide permanent scratch cards for candidates per session so that they do not need to buy new cards to effect changes or corrections.

In his speech, JAMB Registrar, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, said the screening of candidates at institution level would no longer be written examinations.

He said that the 180 cut-off mark was the minimum benchmark as different institutions could modify according to their specifications, capacity and other variables.

Mr. Ojerinde said more candidates performed better in 2016 than in 2015.

The JAMB boss said that Imo state retained its position as the state with the highest number of candidates while FCT had the least number.

He said there was also a significant reduction in irregularities because of the introduction of the Computer-Based Test (CBT).

Earlier, Monday Joshua, the Executive Secretary, National Commission for Colleges of Education, said that whatever cut-off mark adopted for universities should also apply to colleges of education.

Prof. Joshua urged universities to carry out their admission processes early enough in order to release students who could not secure admissions to universities to fall back to other institutions.

However, Joe Ahaneku, the Vice-Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, argued that post-UTME was vital for quality assurance and maintenance of standard.

He said that his institution arrested 183 impersonators during its 2015 post-UTME, who were able to evade JAMB’s UTME.

No fewer than 1.5 million candidates sat for the 2016 UTME.

(NAN)

June 2, 2016 |

Ogun Scholar Emerges Best WAEC Candidate 2013

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West African Examination Council (WAEC)Oloruntoba Ogunfolaji of Sacred Heart Catholic College, Abeokuta, Ogun State has emerged the best scholar in the 2013 May/June West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WAEC).

He received WAEC’s prestigious National Distinction Award having scored A1 in all his subjects (English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Agricultural Science, Geography and Yoruba Language) and gathered a total grade of 666.6525.
By this feat, the lad becomes the current holder of the National Distinction award instituted by the council in 1984 to encourage academic excellence.

The 19 year old lad’s success has placed the Sacred Heart Catholic College on the WAEC Excellence honours’ list, and the winner of the Omo N’oba Erediauwa Coronation Trophy for producing the best male candidate in the May/June 2013 WASSCE.

To be considered for the distinction award, a candidate must obtain Grade 1 in at least seven subjects, including English Language, Mathematics, one of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, and one subject from any of the three sub-categories of core subjects. In addition, the candidate must obtain a minimum of Grade 6 in at least one subject from each of the core subject sub-categories.

Furthermore, the results of candidates eligible for an award should have been obtained at the first attempt and at the same sitting. The grades would also have been obtained without any hint of impropriety.

November 29, 2014 |

Amosun’s Wife Lauded over 20 Best Students’ Leadership Training in UK

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The Nigerian High Commission to the United Kingdom has commended the Wife of the Governor of Ogun State, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun over her 10-day leadership training programme for the 20 best secondary students in the 2012/2013 West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination.

Speaking while receiving the students accompanied by the wife of the governor at the residence of the Nigerian High Commissioner in London, the wife of the Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Hajiya Salamatu Tafida commended Mrs. Amosun for exposing the students to the leadership training programme.

“It is indeed our pleasure to welcome the beneficiaries of the second batch of the UPLIFTing SS3 Students and their accompanying officials to London. We are very happy that you have indeed sustained the leadership training programme for these students who I describe as the leaders of tomorrow. We commend your wisdom to expose these children to contemporary leadership skills which would help them in their future endeavours. Your levels of interaction with these students clearly show your motherly love and care for them. We appreciate your contributions in making our society a better tomorrow,” Hajiya Tafida said.

She advised the students not to limit themselves to the environment that hailed from, noting that “this programme would provide you with an excellent opportunity to imbibe good ethics of orderliness among other virtues which would be very useful for you later in life and I know you are going to do better as the leaders of tomorrow, because you are the change Nigeria represents.”

In her remarks, the wife of the governor thanked the Nigerian High Commission to the United Kingdom for accepting to host the students, saying the Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Dr. Dalhatu Tafida contributed to the leadership training programme for the first batch of best students brought to the United Kingdom in year 2012.

She said: “The leadership training programme is uniquely designed to help the students academically and broader their horizon. It is also to encourage the students to study harder. It is not a jamboree and am very happy to note that almost all the beneficiaries of the first leadership training programme are already in different higher institutions reading various courses like law, mechanical engineering, medicine and others.

The leadership training is being organised by the Wife of the Governor of Ogun State, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun in partnership with The Buckwood School, Hastings in the United Kingdom as a reward for hard work for the 20 best students from the public secondary schools in the 20 local government areas of Ogun State and to motivate others to face their studies in order to put in their best in their academic endeavours.

The beneficiaries of the second batch of the UPLIFTing SS3 Students currently in the United Kingdom include Animashaun Israel (Abeokuta North); Sobowale Bukola (Abeokuta South); Aderoju Kudirat (Ado-Odo/Ota), Eguabor Davidson (Yewa South), Yusuf Kabirat (Ewekoro), Oladeinde Olatunji (Ifo), Momoh Boluwatife (Ijebu East), Yinusa Munirudeen (Ijebu North), Rosenje Abdullahi (Ijebu North-east), Abdulkabir Madina (Ijebu-Ode), and Adeniyi Kehinde (Ikenne).

Others include Adebayo Funmilayo (Imeko-Afon), Ojo Shamsudeen (Ipokia), Akinwole Elijah (Obafemi/Owode), Karounwi Aminat (Odeda), Abimbola Seun (Odogbolu), Badekale Yinusa (Ogun Waterside), Kolawole Ibrahim (Remo North), Fagbire Ajibike Grace (Yewa North), and Oparinde Olayemi (Sagamu).


Strong: persecondnews.com

May 10, 2014 |

CBT – JAMB Extends Closing Date

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has extended the closing date for the sale of application documents for the Computer Based Test, CBT, to Monday, 31st March, 2014.

In a statement that was issued Thursday by JAMB and signed by its Public Relations Officer, Mr. Fabian Benjamin in Abuja.

He said the extension would give assess for more candidates desirous of tertiary education who could not register for the Paper Pencil Test (PPT) mode. This is also to ensure that every Nigerian is given equal educational opportunity.

According to the statement, “The Board wishes to state that it would shut its site after the expiration of this new date to allow for proper logistics and planning in preparation for the 2014 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) on Computer Based Test mode scheduled to begin from May 17.

“Candidates are therefore advised to avail themselves of this opportunity the extension has provided”.


Source:  Vanguard Newspaper

March 14, 2014 |

Amosun’s Wife Charges Students on Academic Excellence

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Governor's wife Mrs Olufunsho Amosun PhotoWife of the Governor of Ogun State, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun has charged students to always face their studies and put in their best at all times, saying there is a great reward for hard work.

Speaking during the second edition of Public Unveiling of the 20 Best SS3 Students in 2012/2013 West African Examination Certificate from public secondary schools in Ogun State at the Progress hall, South-west Resource Centre, Oke-Mosan Abeokuta, Amosun’s wife said for the second year running, she would be taking the best students abroad for leadership training programme in the first quarter of 2014 as a reward for their excellent performance in the last WAEC.

The wife of the Governor noted that the advertisement placed in the media early in year 2013 contributed to the success story of the beneficiaries, congratulating the beneficiaries for emerging the best students in the WAEC results in the 20 Local Government areas.

She urged the students to work towards possessing good leadership qualities, encouraging them not to let her down and to leave the door open for other students to benefit in the programme come 2014 and beyond.

In 2012, Mrs. Amosun through her initiative tagged UPLIFTing SS3 Students took the best WAEC students in each of the 20 Local Government areas in the State on a two-week Leadership Training Programme by the Uplift Development Foundation to The Buckswood School, Hastings in the United Kingdom.

In his welcome address, the state Commissioner for Education Science and Technology, Bar. Segun Odubela explained the programme was an opportunity for the students to have a feel of the dividend of democracy as put together by the wife of the Governor to complement the efforts of the state government in improving the standard of education in the state.

On behalf of the students, Master Sobowale Bukola expressed appreciation to Mrs. Amosun for fulfilling her promise as advertised in the media to recognise excellence in the WAEC results, saying this has helped boost his morale and motivated him to study hard for the examination. He thanked her for giving Ogun State students the opportunity to travel outside Nigeria when they study hard.


Source: Vanguard Newspaper

January 15, 2014 |

WAEC Certificate Collection

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West African Examination Council (WAEC)The West African Examinations Council (WAEC), is informing the general public, particularly candidates were are informed that certificates up to May/June  2012 West African Senior School Certificate  Examination (WASSCE) conducted by WAEC, have been printed and dispatched to schools for collection by candidates. Certificates up to November/December 2012 WASSCE diet, conducted by the Council, have also been printed and are awaiting collection by candidates at WAEC Offices nationwide.

Candidates for May/June examination diets are advised to collect their certificates from their former schools, while those for November/December examination diets are advised to collect their certificates at WAEC Zonal, Branch or Satellite Offices in the states where they sat the examinations.

In addition, the Council also wishes to advise candidates who sat previous diets of the November/December General Certificate of Education Ordinary/Advance Levels (GCE O/A Levels), Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) (Private), WASSCE (Private), who have not collected their certificates to do so at WAEC Zonal, Branch or Satellite Offices, not later than 31st December, 2013.


Source: WAEC (Nigeria)

December 20, 2013 |

West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) November/December 2013 Results Released

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West African Examination Council (WAEC)Today, gentlemen of the media, we are glad, as usual, to announce the release of the results of the November/December 2013 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for Private candidates.

In the November/December 2013 WASSCE, a total of 308,217 candidates registered for the examination, out of which 299,784 candidates, consisting of 163,706 male and 133,202 female candidates sat the examination. Out of the total number of candidates, 298,971 candidates, representing 97.26% have their results fully released, while 8,433 candidates, representing 2.74% have a few of their subjects still being processed due to some errors mainly traceable to the candidates and cyber cafes in the course of registration or writing the examination. Such errors are being corrected by the Council to enable the affected candidates get their results.

Of the total number of candidates that sat the examination, 120,115 candidates (40.46%), obtained 6 credits and above; 161,721 candidates representing (54.48%) obtained 5 credits and above. In addition 198,832 candidates, representing (66.98 %) obtained credits and above in 4 subjects, while 230,325 candidates, representing (77.59%) obtained credits and above in 3 subjects. A total of 256,500 candidates (86.41%) obtained credits and above in 2 subjects. However, a total of 86,612 candidates, representing (29.17%), obtained credits in 5 subjects and above including English Language and Mathematics.

Based on this, when compared to the November/December 2011 and 2012 WASSCE (Private), there is a marked decline in candidates’ performance as contained in the table below.

[table]
WASSCE 2011 (Nov/Dec), WASSCE 2011 (Nov/Dec), WASSCE 2011 (Nov/Dec)

139\,827, 150\,615, 86\,612
(36.07%) , (37.97%) ,(29.17%)
[/table]

Furthermore, a total number of 38,260 candidates’ results, representing (12.88%), are being withheld in connection with various cases of examination malpractice. Such cases are being investigated and the reports of the investigations will be presented to the Nigerian Examinations Committee (NEC) of Council in due course for consideration. The Committee’s decisions will be communicated to the affected candidates through their schools.

A total number of 82 blind candidates registered for and sat the examination. From this figure, 17 candidates, representing (20.73 %) obtained credits in 5 subjects including English Language. Blind candidates do not take Mathematics and Science practicals in the WASSCE.

Candidates who sat the November/December 2013 WASSCE (Private) will be able to check the details of their performance on the Council’s results website: http://www.waecdirect.org within the next 48 hours.


Text of address by Mr. Charles M. Eguridu, Head of the Nigeria National Office of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), at a press briefing to announce the release of the results of the November/December 2013 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) Private on Thursday, December 19, 2013 at the WAEC Office, Yaba, Lagos

Source:: WAEC (Nigeria)

December 20, 2013 |

Ogun Earmarks N1.4bn WAEC Fees, Unified Exam, Bursary, Other

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Logo - Ogun StateThe Ogun State Government said it had earmarked N1.4 billion for payment of examination fees for students sitting for the West African School Certificate in 2014.

Mr Segun Odubela, the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, made the disclosure in Abeokuta while defending the 2014 budget proposal of the ministry at the House of Assembly.

Odubela said the money would take care of 54,944 final year senior secondary school students at the rate of N10,400 each.

“The money will also take care of the 70,000 final year Junior Secondary School students and the conduct of the Unified Examinations for secondary school students in the state.

“Payment of bursary to 57,600 students in tertiary institutions is also from that amount, while N239.9 million will be used for maintenance of public schools.’’

He said there would be full accreditation of educational programmes in nine public tertiary institutions and eight science and technology colleges in the state.


Source: The Nigerian Observer

December 17, 2013 |

JAMB Says no More Second Choice in UTME 2014

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JAMB LogoWith 2014 fast approaching and a new academic session will begin especially for new universities, polytechnics and colleges of education, JAMB says there will be no more second choice for the UTME.

What this means for candidates hoping to sit for the examination is that they are allowed to choose just one higher institution of learning at a sitting.

In addition to the monotechnics already existing, new ones such as Afihub ICT institute in Abuja, Aflon Digital Institute, Abuja, Kaduna Business School, Lagos City Computer College have been introduced.

Students are therefore urged to be careful when filling their registration forms as any form that carries more than one institution may be canceled.


Source: Daily Times (Nigeria)

December 11, 2013 |

Ogun Scholars and Teacher Win LearnAfrican – NECO Excellence Award

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Learn Africa LogoAt the second edition of the LearnAfrica – NECO Excellence Awards for achievers who distinguished themselves in the June/July 2013 National Examination Council (NECO) Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations, 16-year-old Funmilayo Olayinka of Charis International College, Oke-Ata, Abeokuta, Ogun State, emerged as the National overall best pupil. She scored distinction in all her subjects. For the feat, she received the cash prize of N100,000, a laptop and a plaque from Learn African Plc (formerly Longman Nigeria Plc). The initiative, instituted in 2012 by the LearnAfrica Education Development Foundation, (the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of Learn Africa Plc) to promote excellence and hard work among pupils as well as to identify and encourage dedicated teachers alongside their schools.

Also at the event, 17-year-old Odukoya Aduralere of the Federal Science & Technical College, Ijebu-Mushin, Ogun State, won the New Concept Prize for the Best Grade in Mathematics. The Ijebu Ife, Ogun State – born lass had her nursery and primary education in Ijebu Ife between 1998 and 2007 and her junior secondary education at St. Anthony’s Junior Grammar School, Ijebu Imusin. She went home with a cash prize of N50,000 and a laptop.

Apart from the pupils, an English Language and Literature-in-English teacher, Emmanuel Aniamai, who won the National Outstanding Teacher award, took away N100, 000 and a plaque. The 34-year-old Mass Communication graduate teaches at Charis International College, the school that produced the overall best pupil in this year’s examinations.

A visit to the LearnAfrica’s website of the publishing outfit further reveals while Olayinka Funilayo Tope is also the Ogun State Award Winners, Ogunfolaji Oloruntoba E of Sacred Heart Catholic College, Abeokuta and Sennaike Daniel Jesuto of Charis International College, Oke-Ata, Abeokuta are the State Award runner up and second runner up respectively.

For this feat, Funmilayo Olayinka joins other outstanding scholars on our Hall of Fame.

December 8, 2013 |

JAMB Increases CBT Centres to 256 for 2014/2015 Examination

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JAMB LogoThe Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it has designated 256 centres for the 2014/2015 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) Computer Based Test (CBT) across the country.

Mr Fabian Benjamin, the board’s Head of Public Relations, made the disclosure in a telephone interview  on Monday in Lagos.

Benjamin said that the centres were increased from 56 in 2012/2013 to 256 for the forthcoming examination.

He said that the increase was made to accommodate the large number of candidates applying for the CBT.

“Application form is out; preparation for the technical aspect is in top gear and we are always ready.

“Centres that had hitches during the 2012/2013 examination will be corrected, while some may not be used.

“What we already have on ground is close to perfection,“ he said.

The board, in an earlier statement, had announced the commencement of the sale of the application forms for the 2014/2015 academic session UTME.

It advised qualified candidates seeking admission into tertiary institutions in Nigeria that online registration would be on until March 14, 2014, while the website would be closed on March 25.

JAMB said that the examination would be conducted on April 5, 2014 for those writing the Paper Pencil Test (PPT) and Dual Based Test (DBT).

It said that the date for the Computer Based Test (CBT) would be announced later.

The board said that the examination centres of the candidates would depend on their chosen towns during online registration. (NAN)


Source: Vanguard Nigeria

November 26, 2013 |

JAMB Introduces Reading Culture in Varsity Exam

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JAMB LogoThe 2014 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) usually conducted by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) for students applying for first degree studies in Nigerian universities will include a test on the reading culture of applicants.

A statement from JAMB Friday in Abuja to announce the early roll out the 2014 UTME application documents indicated that apart from the usual appropriate choice of subjects, candidates will equally be tested on two general subjects to ascertain their levels of appreciation for reading.

“The public is also urged to note that candidates will be tested on two general books to enhance their reading culture irrespective of their choice of course of study.

The books are; The Successor by Jerry Agada and the Potter’s Wheel by Chukwuemeka Ike,” the statement from the head public relations of JAMB, Fabian Benjamin stated.

He noted that the board was determined to provide access to candidates desirous of tertiary education and has begun the sale of application documents into the nation’s tertiary institutions.

Benjamin explained that the early sale of the application form is to enable every Nigerian child desirous of tertiary education have access to the form on time to enable them prepare ahead for the examination slated for April 2014.

According to him, the two modes of tests hitherto conducted by JAMB; the Paper and Pencil Test (PPT) and Computer Based Test (CBT) are still opened to intending and prospective candidates for the 2014 UTME.

“Candidates across the globe who have successfully completed their secondary school education with a minimum of six credits including English Language and Mathematics are expected to obtain the forms at the designated banks and register with the approved cyber cafés across Nigeria and at the Nigeria High Commission Offices in Ghana, United Kingdom (UK), South Africa (SA), Cameroon, Jeddah and Biu.

Candidates are urged to ensure that their data are well captured at the cyber café and their subject choices are accurately entered,” he said.

Also in the statement, the Registrar of JAMB, Prof. ‘Dibu Ojerinde, urged parents, guardians and café operators to ensure that candidates are well guided in the filling of the form to avoid wrong filling and unwholesome practices that may affect their choices.


Source: ThisDay Live

November 13, 2013 |

Anniversary Competition – Reward for Five Reading Schools

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It’s that time of the year when we reward our readers with books and treats. It was at this time three years ago that we started our journey together. Sharing books every week gives me immense joy and together with our host paper, the Sunday Trust we have managed to sustain this page for three years against all odds.

I have always said that I have received the most heart-warming letters from all of you. No matter where I am in the world and no matter how challenging, I try to get the page to my Editor. The very few times I am unable to deliver, due to ill health or extremely difficult circumstances, many texts come in the day after asking, What happened to our column or wanting to know if I am okay. I am indebted to all those who wrote in, who showed concern, who shared their fears and their joys. It is now time to reward you for your loyalty. I have however decided this year that we shall reward a different set of people from our regular readers. We shall donate books to primary and secondary schools that are encouraging their pupils to read and take interest in literature. It is through schools that we fell in love with books and through our school libraries. This competition which will also challenge schools to put reading platforms in place will earn schools that are already doing so books for their pupils or for their library. We will of course verify your claims by independent sources near you. Here is what you have to do.

COMPETITION CATEGORY:

This competition is open to all primary and secondary schools in Nigeria.

COMPETITION PROCESS:

An essay indicating how your school is encouraging reading, no longer than 800 words is to be submitted. All essays must be written by either the school principal, head teacher or the literature teacher; English teacher in the case of primary schools. Essays must give school name, school postal address, a mobile phone number for contact, name of person writing the essay and position in school. If not written by school principal or head teacher, then it must be signed by Principal or Head teacher and a school stamp should appear on the essay.

FIVE QUESTIONS TO HELP YOU WITH YOUR ESSAYS:

These five questions are to give you a general direction of what is expected to form part of your essay.

  1. Does your school have a library and if it does how often do your students use it?
  2. These days children are attracted to social media and hardly read, what are the creative innovations your school has put in place to encourage your pupils to get involved with books and reading?
  3. Has your school ever won writing, spelling or reading competition?
  4. What kind of books apart from school texts are in your pupils reading list?
  5. How do your pupils pick up new words for use in their essay writing and how do you increase their knowledge of new words and how to use them properly?

These are just tips to serve as a guide. We expect that essays will come in with certainly more interesting stories including reading clubs and other such activities from different schools. We are looking for the most creative in getting young people interested in books and how schools sustain this reading habit.

HOW THE WINNERS WILL BE DETERMINED:

Three schools with the most creative essays about how they are encouraging the reading culture in their schools will get picked as winners. The winning categories are:

SECONDARY SCHOOL:

First prize: For the essay with the most innovative in reading and book related activities.

Second prize: For the essay with the next most innovative methods of getting pupils to be engaged with reading.

Third prize: For the school with an essay in innovative and creative reading which follows the second prize winner closely.

PRIMARY SCHOOL:

Getting children to read at this age can be very challenging but this is clearly the best stage. If they get into it at this stage, they get into it for life and that is a good thing especially if they are reading the right books. It is therefore of utmost importance that Primary schools should set the tone for a child’s reading habits. It will be interesting to see how primary schools try to get their pupils to read creatively, where reading is fun and not considered punishment or a chore. What determines what the pupil think about reading is often how creative the school is, in engaging them.

First prize will go to the school with the most creative and innovative essay on how they engage their pupils in the reading department.

Second prize will go to the school with the next most creative reading engagement for pupils.

Bonus prize: for the primary school which comes close to second place winner in this category.

PRIZES:

  • All winners will receive a certificate and a batch of books for their library.
  • Our supporters have sent us a lot of books and we are still receiving books from our numerous fans nationwide.
  • Principals or literature teachers who write the essays for the winning schools will also get rewarded with personal book gifts for their effort.
  • All winning categories will get an interview published of the persona responsible for the innovative reading activities in the school. This can either be the principal who is the driving force of the creative reading activity in the school or the literature teacher or the Librarian.
  • The no. 1 essays in each category will have excerpts of their essays published.

TIMELINE:

This competition is open for one month from the date of publication. The competition will close by the 6th of November 2013. All entries will be signposted as received on the date we actually receive them. Should you wish to send your entries by post please send them to:

Mrs Eugenia Abu

Through The Arts Editor,

The Sunday Trust Newspapers Abuja.

It will be preferable however, if it came by e-mail. Please use this e-mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Announcement of prizes will be made by the last week of November.

Please note, there are no cash prizes for this competition; only books. Do send an sms if you need further clarification.

We look forward to hearing from you.

October 1, 2013 |

WAEC’s deadline on collection of certificates: Things you need to know

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LAST week, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) issued an ultimatum calling on owners of certificates in its keep to come for them latest by December. The deadline was necessitated by the congestion in the storage facilities of the Council for the hard copies.According to Mr Idowu Omoya, Deputy Registrar of the WAEC office in Lagos, the Council was charging past WASSCE candidates a sum of N2,000 for the collection of their certificates.

He added that this sum will increase after the ultimatum issued by the council elapses.

“The store room in which these certificates have become congested and has become a burden. So, candidates need to make their collections for decongestion or else will be charged extra fees which has not been determined yet.”

The process required for the collection of certificates could, however not be gathered as the Council’s Public Relations Officer, Mr Y D Ari Yusuf, was unavailable.

Education Tribune investigations however revealed that candidates who wish to collect their certificates have to approach the Council with a written application and evidence of haven paid the sum of N2,000. Observers are however of the opinion that considering the present predicament in which the Council have found itself, it may need to evolve a system where pin numbers are supplied candidates such that the documents come as soft copies and can be accessible to even candidates outside West Africa without having to recourse to coming back to the location of their former schools or examinations points.

The WAEC, had threatened to impose penalties on candidates who failed to collect their certificates on or before December 31, in a statement signed by the Deputy Director, Public Affairs, Mr Yusuf Ari, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Lagos.

It stated that millions of certificates of candidates who sat for WAEC examinations since 1960s had long been signed but were not collected by candidates. The statement reads:

“We wish to inform the general public that certificates up to May/June 2012 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), conducted by WAEC have been printed and dispatched to schools for collection by candidates.

“And certificates for external candidates for up to November/December 2012 WASSCE diet, also conducted by the council have also been printed and are equally awaiting collection by candidates at WAEC offices nationwide.

“The external candidates, especially who wrote the November/December examination diets are advised to go and collect their certificates from all our zonal branches or satellite offices in the states.


Source: Nigerian Tribune

August 14, 2013 |

WAEC 2013: Candidates Record Improved Performance

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Candidates for this year West African Examinations Council (WAEC) exams have recorded an improved performance against those of the last four years, LEADERSHIP investigation has revealed.

According to the results released by the examination body, 70 per cent of the candidates that sat for the 2013 exam had credits in at least five subjects, a great improvement over the 25.99 per cent of candidates that had credits in English and Mathematics in 2009.This is despite the increased strict examination conditions that had been imbibed by WAEC in recent times to curb examination malpractices.

Each year as the examinations were conducted came with gradual decline that became worrisome, even as the students that sat for the examination coined terms for describing examination malpractice.

Special WAEC examination centres nicknamed “miracle centres” where examination malpractice was “officially” allowed at the payment of certain whopping amounts of money blossomed.

But the results of the 2013 WASSCE results which showed that 70 per cent of the students passed with five credits amid the stringent measure taken by the examiners is a radical departure from deplorable performances posted by the examination council in the past.

The result showed that a total of 1,689,188 candidates, consisting of 920,416 male and 750,852 female candidates sat for the examination. A total number of 1,543683 candidates, representing 91.38 per cent have their result fully released, while results of 112,865 candidates, representing 6.75 per cent, are being withheld in connection with various cases of examination malpractice.

Available statistics revealed that, “Total number of 1,543683 candidates representing 91.38 per cent have their results fully released, while results of 112,865 candidates, representing 6.75 per cent, are being withheld in connection with various cases of examination malpractice”.

While not necessarily sealing the fate of those in this category, the body said, “The cases are being investigated and reports of the investigations will be presented to the Nigeria examinations Committee (NEC) and the committee’s decision will be communicated”.

“A total of 2,176 cases of multiple entries also were discovered during the processing of the results of all candidates who are guilty of this act would be cancelled”. Previous devastating imprint showed that the West African Examinations Council in the last four years recorded worse outing, especially in 2009 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) where a total of 1, 373, 009 candidates consisting of 755, 955 males and 617, 054 females sat for the examination and out of it, 25.99 per cent obtained credit in both English Language and Mathematics and three other subjects. In 2010, the total number of candidates who sat for the examination was 1,351, 557 consisting of 739,664 males and 611, 893 females sat for the examination. Out of this, 1,278, 843 candidates representing 94.62 per cent had their result fully processed. Further analysis showed that 677,007 candidates, 50.09 per cent, made five credits and above, while 534,841 candidates, 39.57 per cent have six credits and above.

Of the total number of candidates that sat for the examination, it was said that 337,071 candidates, representing 24.94 per cent, obtained credits in English Language, Mathematics and at least three other subjects. A total of 451,187 candidates, 33.38 per cent, obtained credits and above in English Language, while 560,974 candidates, 41.50 per cent, obtained credits and above in Mathematics.

In 2012 there was a slight improvement as results of the WASSCE result showed that candidates performed better. A total of 649,156 candidates representing 38.81 per cent of the total number of candidates that sat for the examination obtained credits in five subjects and above, including English Language and Mathematics.

This represents an 8.9 per cent increase above the previous year’s performance, where 471,474 candidates representing 30.91 per cent, had five credits and above in five subjects, including English and Mathematics.


Source: Leadership Newspaper

August 13, 2013 |

WAEC extends SSCE registration

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West African Examination Council (WAEC)The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has extended the normal entry registration period for the November/December 2013 West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for private candidates to July 31.

A statement signed by the council’s Deputy Director (Public Affairs), Mr. Yusuf Ari, noted that the late entry period is now from August 1 to 9.

Accordingly, it noted that intending candidates can purchase the registration materials, including Personal Identification Number (PIN), from the selected banks – First Bank of Nigeria Plc, Skye Bank Plc, Enterprise Bank Plc and Zenith Bank Plc.


Source: The Nation

July 12, 2013 |

JAMB to build computer-based centres across Nigeria – Mark

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As part of its efforts to curb the several headaches associated with the conduct of examinations into tertiary institutions, the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, is set to fast track the building of Computer based testing centres across the country.

One of the new centres is to be built in Otukpo, Benue State in order to complement the one already constructed in Makurdi, to carter for the North Central zone .

Senate President Senator David Mark made this known at the weekend when he said that JAMB registrar, Professor ‘Dibu Ojerinde has graciously approved the construction of the computer based testing centre for Otukpo and its environs.

Senator Mark, while addressing Golfers who participated in the 4th edition of Late Mrs. Odusola Ojerinde’s memorial Golf tournament at Otukpo Golf and Country Club in Benue State, stated that the centre when completed, will be a centre for Information technology to ease the stress students go through while taking JAMB examinations.

Mark noted that the Otukpo Golf and country club has since January, 2013 expended over N40 million on various golfing competition even as he renewed his determination to promote the game of Golf, “I have decided to develop Golf in the country and it is receiving impressive attention. I want to encourage other well-meaning Nigerians to identify and develop other sports,” he said in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary, Paul Mumeh.

Mark, while commending the young golfers who took part in the just concluded international competition between the Otukpo Golf Club and Tema Golf club of Ghana, said that in the nearest future, Nigeria will become a Golf nation.

The Senate president hailed the sponsor and husband of the late Mrs. Odusola Ojerinde memorial Golf tournament, Professor Dibu Ojerinde for his nationalistic gesture at bringing the annual memorial tournament to Benue, saying that the memory of his late wife will linger on.

In his remark, JAMB Registrar, Professor Dibu Ojerinde thanked the President of the Senate for the opportunity to host the memorial tournament in Otukpo, while also promising to make significant improvement in future tournaments.


Source: Daily Post

July 11, 2013 |

Over 1.5mn Students Sit for NECO Exams

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NECOThe National Examinations Council (NECO), said over 1.5 million candidates are currently sitting for its senior school certificate examination nationwide. The examinations started on June 1.

The Abuja NECO Coordinator, Mustapha Abdul, told newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday when he took the Board of Directors team led by its Chairman, Paddy Njoku, round some examination centres.

The Chairman, Board of Directors however said that the council was set to introduce a pre-examination orientation in schools to prepare students for its final examination.

We need to educate our children on the discipline of thoroughness from the homes. It is our responsibility as parents.

“The standard of everything is falling in the society and so, there is the need to adequately prepare our children for these challenges,” he said.

Mr. Njoku said that teachers also had a role to play in preparing their students on other aspects of taking examinations and not just the syllabus. He said that the conduct of the examination had been going on smoothly and the students had been orderly.

Also speaking, the Registrar of JAMB, Promise Okpala, said that candidates were yet to understand what it entailed to sit for examinations.

“A student could be very brilliant and well prepared for examinations academically, but there are lots of factors that determine success in examinations.

“Unfortunately, most times these factors are not taken into consideration and when the results are out and the students don’t pass, or the results are not released, they blame NECO. The question therefore is did they do the correct thing?” he said.

The registrar said that NECO was considering a lot of options to ensure that students did not just face one direction in preparing for examinations.

 

Source: Premium Times

June 28, 2013 |

Exams Stifle Independent Thinking – NTI Boss

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Director-General of National Teachers Institute, Dr Aminu Sharehu, has called for a change in the present mode of examinations in schools towards allowing pupils to develop their thinking ability independently.

Sharehu said that the present mode of examining students in Nigerian schools stifle independent thinking and is hampering transformation of the education sector.

The director general made the observation while speaking at the 2nd international conference of the Institute of Education, University of Ibadan with delegates from African countries in attendance.

The improvement of the quality of examinations can lead to advancement of teaching and learning procedures–a shift from assessment of a set of learning content to assessment of learning outcomes rather than teaching a set of learning content.

The present examination system in the country is defective and inadequate, especially in validity, because they merely test the samples of knowledge, Sharehu explained.

“They emphasise cramming and retention and have no arrangement to test understanding and application. Examinations test memory of students instead of their rational and discriminate reproduction of the crammed material. They provide more of a test of memory and expression than of judgment, clarity and appreciation,” Sharehu said.

He lamented the “largely negative” regard of public examinations in the eyes of government, non-government agencies and media, which “emphasise mass failure, examination malpractice, number of students whose results are withheld and poor student performance.

“A positive public examination reorientation that starts to reward academic excellence, genuine academic efforts, malpractice-free schools and colleges who are able to uncover examination malpractice should begin,” Sharehu noted.


Source: Daily Trust

June 25, 2013 |

Reps Move to Upgrade Validity of JAMB Result to Three Years

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House of RepresentativesA bill to amend the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Act yesterday scaled through second reading in the House of Representatives, which seeks to extend the validity of JAMB result from its present one year to three academic years.

Rep Ibrahim Ebbo (PDP, Niger), who sponsored the bill said Nigerians mostly the poor have been the highest in sitting for the yearly examinations, despite the increasing cost of purchasing the forms.

The law-maker cited the West African Examination Council (WAEC), the National Examination Council (NECO) as example whose validity extends into years.

The members voted unanimously for in favour of the passage of the bill. Deputy speaker, Emeka Ihedioha who presided over the sitting then referred the bill to the education committee for further legislative duties.


Source: DailyTrust

June 8, 2013 |

JAMB to End ‘Regularisation’

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JAMB LogoJoint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has urged all degree- awarding institutions in Nigeria to adhere strictly to admission rules and regulation so as to stop the regime of “admissions regularization”.

JAMB registrar, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, made this disclosure while speaking with Daily Trust recently in Abuja. He called for a the need to fine tune the process of admissions during the conduct of the Computer Based Test (CBT).

The registrar said the board had reached agreement at a meeting with the Committee of Vice-Chancellors to have schools submit a list of matriculating students–detailing course of study, institution and matriculation number–without delay.

Vice chancellors were long expected to submit their final list of matriculated students to the board, and Ojerinde insisted having institutions comply with the decision would strengthen the education system.


Source: Daily Trust

June 2, 2013 |

2013 UTME: The pains and gains of JAMB’s Computer-Based-Testing (CBT)

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JAMB LogoThe conduct of the 2013 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) had admixture of pains and gains for both the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and the candidates who sat for the examination. Clement Idoko writes on the conduct of the 2013 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, concluding that there is need for more infrastructural base to support the conduct of the Computer Based Test (CBT).

This year’s edition of UTME was unique as candidates were presented with three test options-the traditional Paper Pencil Test, Dual-Based Test and Computer Based Test (CBT). The DBT and CBT, which are a novel introduction, were largely successful in spite of some challenges especially in the area of infrastructure.

Computer Based Test is the administration of an examination using a computer. This format is flexible in that the test can be taken at different times and in different locations. The CBT has been especially designed to provide the necessary atmosphere for the optimum performance of the candidates in terms of layout and simplicity of the question on the screen. Simply, moving from one question to another is achieved at the click of the Mouse or the movement of the “Arrow Keys”.

The Registrar and Chief Executive of JAMB, Professor ‘Dibu Ojerinde had announced that a total of 1,735, 720 candidates applied for this year’s UTME as against 2012 which had 1,503,931 registrations. This represented an increase of about 13.35 per cent in the number of candidates who registered for the examination when compared with those of last year.

It is important to state that of this figure a total of 1,629,102 candidates applied for Paper Pencil Test (PPT), 15, 008 chose Dual-Based Test (DBT) and 91,610 candidates applied for the Computer Based Test.

Painfully, however, the Minister of Education, Professor Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufa’i, revealed that of the 1.7 million candidates that applied for the UTME, only 520, 000 candidates would be considered for admissions into tertiary institutions of their choices because of low carrying capacity of the available institutions.

Besides, most candidates who sat for the examination complained about poor results released by the Board. According to the first results of PPT and DBT released by the Board, a total of 127, 017 candidates scored below 160 that is the cut off mark for entrance into either Polytechnic or a College of Education. In the same vein, a total of 103, 489 scored between 160 and 169, which is also below the 180 cut off mark for Universities’ admissions.

Ojerinde, while announcing the release of the results of the Paper Pencil Test and Dual-Based Test conducted across the country and two foreign centres,  said over 80, 419 results of the candidates were withheld.

He had noted that out of this figure, the results of 68,309 candidates from various centres were undergoing further screening to ascertain their culpability, while results of 12,110 candidates have been withheld for possible disciplinary action.

However, Education Tribune gathered that the results of candidates withheld for the purpose of lack of biometric verification have been released. On the huge number withheld results, a source within the JAMB, disclosed that the release of the results was delayed because of late arrival of Biometric Machines that would aid the verification of candidates.

Then, some of the candidates who could not be verified on the day of the examination were listed by the invigilators in the affected examination centres and the list sent to JAMB Headquarters, Abuja for scrutiny.

Some of the affected candidates had protested the withholding of their results on the account of non-biometric verification, which they argued was not a fault of their but laxity on the part of examination officials.

Education Tribune also gathered that some other results of candidates withheld for further screening as a result alleged examination malpractices have been released. However, other serious cases are still pending as the Board said the exercise was a continuous process until final decision are taken.

One of the candidates who chose Dual-Based Test and sat for the examination in Minna, Miss Patience Ajogi, lamented that her results were still being withheld in spite of the fact that there was no reported case of examination malpractice in the hall where she sat for the test.

This brings to fore the importance of the CBT, as the release of its results is instantaneous. The CBT, which was earlier differed, was commenced on 18th May and will end on Saturday 1st June. The initial plan was for the CBT to take place a week to the other two modes so that results could be released almost the same day.

Ojerinde, had explained that the arrangement clashed with some of the West African Examination papers and that JAMB had to concede to putting forward the Computer Based Test which requires special ICT Centres.

The conduct of the Paper Pencil Test and Dual Based Test were marred with examination malpractices but Ojerinde said the CBT was introduced to resolve the challenges faced by examination bodies in the country.

Some universities with strong ICT Centres as well as ChamsCity, an ICT firm, were used by JAMB to conduct the CBT.  Over 400 candidates who chose the CBT mode sat for the 2013 UTME at ChamsCity, Abuja under the direct supervision of Prof. Ojerinde.

He had explained that Computer Based Test was introduced as part of the transformation going in the education sector. According to him, CBT method enables the candidates get their results quickly, reduce cost of conducting the examinations and eliminating malpractices. He added that it was in line with the commitment of the examination board to do everything possible to make sure that the best is given in the area of service provision to the candidates.

Minister for Education, Prof. Rufa’i, also monitored the CBT at ChamsCity Centre, Abuja during the examinations. She threw her weight behind the pilot programme, stressing that there was the need to secure a better future for the Nigerian child by giving them quality education services and providing necessary materials that measure with international standard.

Some candidates who sat for the CBT in Abuja commended JAMB for the initiative. They were happy they could access their results almost immediately unlike some of their peers who sat for the PPT and DBT and are yet to get their results. “I can tell you that the issue of examination malpractice is zero. This has to be encouraged if we have to move on as a nation,” one of the candidates said.

However, some others were unhappy that they did not take the examination at the same time, expressing fears about possible leakages of questions. “We have spent a lot of money on transport here and there. My only worry is that JAMB should see that there facilities are on ground to drive a system before embarking on it,” Mr. Chukwudi said.


Source: Nigerian Tribune

May 31, 2013 |

Foundation To Reward Best 3 NECO SSCE Candidates

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AHEAD of 2013 June/July Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations conducted by the National Examinations Council, the LearnAfrica Education Development Foundation has advised candidates to shun all forms of examination malpractices. It promises to reward best candidates in the examination with gifts including cash awards.

The Foundation, therefore urged them to study hard to pass their examinations scheduled to start on June 1.

This was contained in a statement signed by Head of Marketing of LearnAfrica, Mr. Allwell Nwankwo, who also oversees the affairs of the foundation.

He said, “Candidates should avoid all forms of distractions and apply themselves assiduously to their studies. They should also stay away from examination malpractices as any academic foundation built on fraud cannot stand the test of time.”

Nwankwo, however, pointed out that handsome rewards await the best three NECO, SSCE candidates in each state of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory at the 2013 edition of the LearnAfrica-NECO Excellence Awards.

According to him, the awards, instituted in 2012, are the first of its kind in the country in terms of scope and coverage of all the states of the federation.

The awards were instituted to recognise  academic excellence, reward outstanding candidates, schools and teachers, as well as encourage healthy competition among secondary school pupils.

During the maiden edition of the awards held last year, 111 pupils, 37 teachers from 97 schools received awards in various categories.

The statement added that the 2012 awards were so successful that one of the joint national winners of the last year edition, Sandra Obianuju Anazor, was also granted a scholarship by her state, Anambra, to study Medicine.


Source: The Punch

May 27, 2013 |

JAMB Takes Step Against Exam Malpractices

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JAMB LogoThe Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor ’Dibu Ojerinde Friday explained that the use of Computer Based Testing in Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) was aimed at checking examination malpractices in Nigeria.

The don gave the reason while delivering a lecture entitled ‘Classical Test Theory (CTT) versus Item Response Theory (IRT): An evaluation of the comparability of item analysis results’ at the Institute of education, University of Ibadan, Ibadan.

He said: “I introduced Computed Based Testing (CBT) because I think we can curb examination malpractices”. Another reason for the initiative, according to him, was the need to go the way of the world.

”Everybody is going technological and if Nigeria decided not to join, I’m sorry we will be left behind, so we should do CBT. It is the answer to exam malpractices,”he clarified.

Professor Ojerinde further said, “This year, we used 98 vehicles to carry question papers from Abuja to all parts of the country. Consider the danger, the risk, the life, enough is enough”.

He assured that the period of carrying question papers to centres from one end to another was over.

Ojerinde said, “In three minutes, we could send our questions from Abuja to wherever is going to be. We’re going to do it in UK, Jedda and anywhere throughout the world. I’ve not seen any other examination body in Africa that has done what we have done in JAMB on CBT.”

He admonished that attention should be focused on development of the child instead of the examination adding, “let us now look at the kids who are doing the examination and let us measure their abilities rather than measuring the ability of the test.”


Source: Vanguard (Nigeria)

May 25, 2013 |

Candidates Get JAMB CBT Results Same Day

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JAMB LogoFollowing  the  kick off of JAMB CBT examination on Saturday there are indications that candidates are now reaping some of the benefits CBT. The fact is the moment a candidate finishes his/her examination, his/her result is processed and available. It is however left to JAMB to determine when it would be released. Scanning through Online News media and blog, it seems JAMB has decided to release the result the same day. This is a very good development: the long wait by candidates is over along with the issue of withheld result.

Daily Trust Newspaper report reads:

“Over 36,000 candidates who sat for the maiden edition of the Computer Based Test (CBT) Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) on Saturday, received the result of their performance same day.

“Registrar of the board, Professor Dibu Ojerinde who confirmed the number said 56 centres were used to conduct the CBT examination with 296 as the highest score and advised everyone to embrace the newly introduced CBT method as it enable the candidates get their results quickly, reduce cost of conducting the examinations and eliminating malpractices.

“Prof. Ojerinde said the examination was on going until June 1, this year

Online Assessment Centre website reports as follows:

“JAMB has released the CBT version of UTME conducted on Saturday 18th May 2013. According to the Registrar of Jamb, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, the highest score was 296, while two candidates scored 294.

“Candidates that sat for the CBT version of the UTME on Saturday 18th of May 2013, are to receive their results via their mobile phones and e-mail addresses beginning from mid-night.”

May 21, 2013 |

JAMB Releases Withheld Results, Begins CBT

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JAMB LogoThe Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has finally released the results of candidates whose results were initially withheld over non-biometric verification even as 91, 610 candidates will commence the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME. Computer based Test in the 7 various designated centres, CBT from Saturday.

Registrar and Chief Executive of  JAMB, Professor ‘Dibu Ojerinde, while announcing the release of the results of the paper-pencil test and dual-based test conducted a forthnight ago across the nation and two foreign centres, said the CBT will take place in the country and other  countries namely Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom and South Africa.

Ojerinde who had said over 80, 419 results of the candidates were withheld for various reasons, noted that out of this figure, results of 68,309 candidates from various centres were undergoing further screening to ascertain their culpability, while results of 12,110 candidates had been withheld for possible disciplinary action

Saturday Vanguard was reliably informed that the results of candidates withheld over lack of biometric verification have been released.

Some of the candidates, who could not be verified as the biometric could not show their finger print on the day of the examination were listed by the invigilators in the affected examination centres and forwarded to JAMB head-office, Abuja, for scrutiny.

Saturday Vanguard also learnt  that some other results of candidates were also withheld for further investigation of their innocence or otherwise over alleged examination malpractices, have been cleared and their results released while some other serious cases are still pending, as the Board said the exercise was a continuous process until final decision was taken on them.

He said that the scheduled computer-based test will hold from May 18 till June 1 in over 70 centres. He advised candidates to reprint their e-Registration slips afresh to further ascertain their CBT centres.


Source: The Vanguard (Nigeria)

May 19, 2013 |

JAMB Releases 2013 UTME Results

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JAMB LogoThe Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has released the 2013 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) results.

The board, however, withheld 12,110 results for possible disciplinary action.

The Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, announced this at a news conference on the release of the results in Bwari, FCT, on Friday.

The registrar said after thorough processing of answer scripts of the candidates who sat for the examination, the board discovered some forms of malpractice perpetuated during the conduct of the examination.

“However, the results of 68,309 candidates from various centres are undergoing further screening to ascertain the culpability of 12,110 candidates’ results.“

A total of 1,629,102 candidates applied to sit for the Paper Pencil Test (PPT), while 15,008 candidates applied for the Dual Based Test, bringing the number of candidates to 1,644,110.

The general performance of candidates in this year’s examination shows remarkable improvement compared with last year. Ten candidates scored 300 marks and above, while 127,017 candidates scored between 1-159 marks.

“About 40,692 candidates’ results were invalid due to either multiple shading or no shading at all. After processing all the results, the board also discovered that about 47,974 candidates were absent.“

The registrar assured the candidates that their results could be accessed on the JAMB Website: www.myjambresult.com www.jamb.org.ng/Unifiedtme3 using their registration numbers.

He said about 40 centres would be screened to ascertain their culpability and warned the public against Internet fraudsters.

“Information reaching JAMB shows Internet fraudsters are already telling candidates that their results could be upgraded in one form or the other. “

This is pure deceit, the public and candidates are hereby advised to disregard these fraudsters since they do not have access to our data.

“Let me once again state that candidates are allowed to change their choices of institutions and courses once only, this change has to be effected within two weeks from today. “

Ojerinde said the Computer Based Test (CBT) is scheduled to take place from May 18 to June 1 and appealed to candidates to reprint their e-registration slips afresh to further ascertain their CBT centres.

UPDATE:

2013 UTME Result checker is available at www.jamb.org.ng/Unifiedtme3/


Source: The Punch

May 3, 2013 |

Minister Allays Fears as JAMB Holds UTME Nationwide

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Nigeria's CrestDespite the ongoing debate as to the relevance of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Saturday conducted the Pen and Paper Testing (PPT) aspect of this year’s UTME as planned throughout the country.

The examination held as the  Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqayyatu Rufai, saturday disclosed that she had no knowledge of any White Paper recommending the scrapping of the UTME and the National Examination Council (NECO).

About 1.6 million candidates sat for the examination in 3,127 centres across the country and in six foreign centres in Accra, Ghana; Buea, Cameroon; Cotonou, Republic of Benin; London; Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; and Johannesburg, South Africa. About 145 visually impaired candidates and 196 inmates of  Kaduna and Lagos prisons also sat for the examination.

Also, about 100,000 candidates are expected to participate in the Computer-Based Testing (CBT) from May 18 to June 1.

The Minister of Education, Prof. Rufai , has disclosed that less that one third out of those who sat for the UTME would secure admission into the nation’s universities.

Rufai disclosed this during a monitoring exercise of the conduct of the exams in Abuja where she added that the tertiary institutions have a low carrying capacity.

The entire space we have is 520,000. If one  million pass, what are we going to do with the rest 500,000. We will not expand the carrying capacity without expanding the facilities.

Rufai added that the government would consider the possibility of regulating the fees charged by private institutions to allow access by middle income Nigeria.

On the general conduct of the examination, the Board’s spokesperson, Mr. Fabian Benjamin, in a telephone interview,  said the examination was successful, peaceful and that it went as planned. He said the rise in the number of candidates this year was as a result of the new degree-awarding status of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) and the Police Academy, which requires students to sit for UTME to secure admission.

Source: ThisDay Live

April 28, 2013 |

Malpractice – WAEC NEC Vows to Cancel Entire Results

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West African Examination Council (WAEC)The Examination Committee (NEC) of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has concluded that the sanction on the council’s rules and regulations for those indicted for malpractice in more than one subject should be reviewed from Cancellation of Subject Results (CSR) in only those subjects, to Cancellation of Entire Results (CER).

This was resolved at the communique issued at the end of the 55th meeting of the Nigeria Examinations Committee (NEC) of the West African Examinations Council which held in Lagos.

The statement reads, ‘In the course of considering malpractice cases for the November/December 2012 WASSCE, the committee observed with serious concern, the indictment of some candidates for malpractice in more than one subject. In order to check the ugly trend, the committee subsequently decided that the sanction in the council’s rules and regulations for those indicted for malpractice in more than one subject should be reviewed from Cancellation of Subject Results (CSR) in only those subjects, to Cancellation of Entire Results (CER)”.

Other challenges which were reported during the conduct of the November/December 2012 WASSCE included an increase in cases of impersonation, inspite of the stringent security measures adopted and the reported presence of touts at many examination centres.

In addition, members noted in the report that in spite of the information clearly stated on candidates’ admission notices which restricted them from the use of GSM phones and the body searches usually conducted before they were allowed into the examination halls, the number of candidates caught with cell phones in examination halls was alarmingly high.

The committee noted the comments in the chief examiners’ report on the November/December 2012 WASSCE, which included the observation that the standard of the papers compared favourably with those of previous years, and that the questions were properly framed, devoid of ambiguity and within the scope of the syllabus.

The marking schemes were also said to be comprehensive, easy to apply and that the marks were properly distributed. The committee also endorsed the plan by the council to post on the council’s website major decisions of the committee, including the list of schools which are de-recognised or warned as a result of examination malpractice.

It also applauded the plan by the council to introduce the up-loading of the continuous assessment scores of school candidates on the council’s website, commencing from Senior Secondary School 1, as this will ultimately ensure that only bonafide candidates of a school will be able to register for the council’s examinations.


Source: Leadership

April 26, 2013 |

Over 1.7 Million Sit for JAMB UTME Saturday

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JAMB LogoOver 1.7million candidates will this Saturday sit for this year’s Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The examination will hold at the same time in 3,168 centres in 378 examination towns in the country and six foreign countries, including Accra in Ghana; Buea in Republic of Cameroon; Cotonou in Republic of Benin; London in United Kingdom; Jeddah in Saudi Arabia and Johannesburg in South Africa.

Of the grand total of 1,735,720 candidates, only 520,000 would be admitted into tertiary institutions, leaving the bulk of over 1.2 million without admission this year.

Disclosing this, in Abuja yesterday, Prof ‘Dibu Ojerinde, JAMB Registrar, said at a press briefing that the 520,000 was an improvement in the carrying capacity of tertiary institutions in the country, compared to what it was two years ago.

He said: “The carrying capacity of all tertiary institutions, including Colleges of Education, is 520,000. It is, indeed, an improvement from the 450,000 we had two years back.”

“Of the grand total of 1,735,720 candidates writing the UTME from Saturday, April 27, 2013, 1,629,107 candidates applied for the PPT, 15,008 for the DBT and 91,610 CBT for the exam.

The Paper Pencil Test (PPT) and the Dual Based test (DBT) is scheduled to hold on Saturday, April 27, 2013, while the CBT will commence from Saturday, May 18, 2013, and end on Saturday, June 1, 2013.

“Consequently, the board has concluded all arrangements for the smooth conduct of the 2013 UTME using the three testing modes.

“Also 196 inmates who applied from Lagos and Kaduna respectively are also sitting for this Saturday UTME, while 145 visually impaired candidates will sit for the same exam as provisions have been made for bailey questions and answers.”

He said the board had provided baillies questions and answers for the visually impaired with an extra time of 15 for each an hour paper

He advised visually impaired candidates to report at their respective centres on the day of the examination, as adequate arrangements had been made to take care of them at the examination centres.

Some of the visually impaired candidates had applied for the DBT and CBT. Such candidates have been reverted to PPT as there is not provision for visually impaired candidates to write CBT and DBT

The board said it had also created additional 167 centres in order to accommodate all the candidates that registered for the UTME.


Source: Vanguard

April 26, 2013 |
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