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Ogun Releases N340 Million for WAEC Fees

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Logo - Ogun StateThe Ogun State government has released N340 million for the payment of fees for candidates for the 2013 West African Examination Council (WAEC) examinations in the state.

The state’s Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Alhaji Yusuph Olaniyonu, in a statement said the amount is for about 41,000 candidates.

He said this is in furtherance of the government’s commitment to ensure affordable qualitative education.

The commissioner said the government, which is vigorously pursuing its free education programme is determined to restore the lost glory in the education sector.

“As is the case since the government took over in the state two years ago, it has again released the sum of N340 million for the payment of the fees of 41, 000 candidates sitting for the 2013 WAEC examination. We are determined to continue to meet this obligation and others in the education sector because we believe education is the catalyst for the development of other sectors of the economy. The Senator Ibikunle Amosun government has since inception been allocating education the lion share of its budget and 23 per cent of the 2013 budget was earmarked for education”, Olaniyonu added.

He assured that the administration would continue to provide free text books and materials to public primary and secondary schools in the state, even as work on the state-owned model schools being built in various locations in the state are progressing.


Source: Daily Trust Website

April 26, 2013 |

Ogun Releases N340m for WAEC Examination Fees

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Logo - Ogun StateThe Ogun State Government has released N340 million for the payment of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) examination fees.

The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Alhaji Yusuph Olaniyonu, in a statement, said the amount will cover the fees of 41,000 pupils.

He said the gesture was in line with the government’s determination to provide affordable and qualitative education, which is one of the five cardinal programmes of the Governor Ibikunle Amosun administration.

Olaniyonu said: “As has been the case since the inception of this administration over two years ago, the government has released N340 million for the payment of the WAEC fees of 41,000 candidates. We are determined to continue to meet this obligation and others in the sector because we believe education is the catalyst for the development of other sectors of the economy.

The Amosun administration has, since its inception, been allocating the lion’s share of its budget to education. Twenty-three per cent of the 2013 budget went to education.

He said the administration would continue to provide free text books and learning materials for public primary and secondary school pupils, adding that work was ongoing on model schools across the state.

April 22, 2013 |

JAMB UTME 2013 Update: CBT Examination Date Postponed

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JAMB LogoNO fewer than 10,000 men and officers of the Nigeria Security and Defence Corps (NSCDC) will be deployed for monitoring and supervision of the 2013 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) scheduled for April 27 across the nation.

This announcement by the Registrar and Chief Executive of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor ‘Dibu Ojerinde, laid to rest the controversy generated by the rumoured attempt to scrap the UTME by the Federal Government.

Ojerinde, who spoke in Abuja, however, announced the shifting of the Computer-Based Test to  May 18, 2013. The session will hold after the conduct of Paper Pencil Test (PPT), and Dual Based Test (DBT) on Saturday,  April 27, 2013.

According to the Board, the decision to shift forward the date for the CBT was to avoid clash in examination dates with the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and National Examination Council (NECO). The initial proposal was for JAMB to conduct the Computer-Based Test a week to April 27 as concluding date for 2013 UTME.

However, arising from discussions the Board management had with both WAEC and NECO, it became expedient for JAMB to hold the CBT in May to allow for ample seating arrangement and as considered candidates who might be involved in both examinations.


Source: Nigerian Tribune

April 15, 2013 |

UTME JAMB CBT Practice Test

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JAMB LogoIn preparation for newly introduced Computer Based Test (CBT) for candidates, the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has launched an online JAMB CBT Practice Test.

The Computer Based Testing (CBT) preparatory engine is presently in two different versions, i.e. paid and free versions. The free version of the program has been integrated into JAMB portal, so all interested students can use the program for free. The paid version which grant access to full features of the testing engine not captured in this free version.

The free version is available for student practice, this is to help them get familiar with Computer Based Testing (CBT).  Users are allowed to pick from a choice of 21 subjects.

Here are some observation a candidate should note about the JAMB CBT Practice Test and the live JAMB CBT examination.

On selection of a subject, you are presented with a set of instructions which I think are the standard instruction that apply to the live JAMB CBT examination and not the JAMB CBT Practice Test including a time duration of 45mins for 50 questions. For the JAMB CBT practice test, you are expected to attempt 10 questions in 10 minutes. Like a typical Computer Based Tests (CBT) application, there is an on-screen timer counting down the moment the first question is display.

For the JAMB CBT practice test, you are notified if the option you choose is wrong and allowed to try again, this definitely will NOT be the case in the Live JAMB CBT examination.

During the JAMB CBT Practice test, you can change your subject, I doubt if this  option will be possible during the Live JAMB CBT examination.

Finally, after the JAMB CBT Practice Test, a detailed result page is displayed showing a list of all your items and responses. This certainly will not be the case after the live JAMB CBT examination. The best you MAY have is your result if JAMB decide to release the result immediately. If otherwise, candidates should know that one of the beauty of CBT is the fact that the result is ready immediately each examination is completed.

Interested candidates can start practicing now on their computers and mobile devices. Signup an account now in order to access the full version that includes everything like in the real JAMB CBT senario comming up next year.

Jamb has discontinued the former link and launch a new CBT practice portal

April 11, 2013 |

No Action On UTME, NECO Yet – FG

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Worried by the anxiety that has trailed the purported scrapping of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME and the National Examination Council, NECO, the Federal Government has cleared the air on the matter, saying that no decision has been taken on the matter.

Many groups including members of the National Assembly and labour unions have already kicked against the planned scrapping of the institutions, which have been providing services for students across the country.

Although the government is yet to issue a white paper on the recommendation of the Oronsaye Report, which recommended the reduction of government agencies to a reasonable number to save costs, a top government official last week leaked a report to state House correspondents, claiming that NECO and UTME had been laid to rest.

But the Minister of State for Education, Chief Nyesom Wike, told Vanguard in an exclusive interview in Abuja that the government was yet to take any decision on the issue and asked Nigerians not to panic.

According to Wike, it was improper for people to spread rumours about what the administration had not taken a firm decision on.

Wike said, “It is true that there was a committee set up to issue a white paper on the Oronsaye Report and up till now the committee has not presented its report to the government for examination and adoption to warrant the kind of rumours making the rounds and causing anxiety in the country.

“What Nigerians should believe and expect from the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan is nothing but the best at all times. This government means well for the education sector and will therefore not do anything that will not be in the best interest of all Nigerians.

“If the government wants to take any decision on JAMB, NECO and the rest, such actions will be weighed and taken with the overall best interest of all and I can assure Nigerians that no such action has yet been taken.”

Wike explained that the government was rather working hard to reposition the education sector by providing necessary facilities and personnel for all the unity schools in the country as well as strengthen tertiary education to make it more useful to Nigerians.

According to the minister, the overall goal of the ministry was to meet the Millennium Development Goal and pave the way for some of Nigeria’s universities to meet international standards and be counted among the best in the world.

Wike pointed out that the present administration was also working hard to clear the rot in the education system by ensuring regular inspection of schools and training of teachers and other operators of the system to enable them to cope with the modern techniques of teaching and learning. Wike stated that:

The situation in the Nigerian education system is taking a better shape that it was when we first came in and we are not going to rest until we sanitise the situation for the interest of the nation and its people because education holds the key for the nation’s advancement

Vanguard learnt from competent sources that a crucial meeting of heads of parastatals had been slated for today to enable the administration to deliberate on the outcome of the Orosonya report, with a view to streamlining the agencies with a view to issuing a white paper.

The meeting, which is to be presided over by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, will seek the inputs of stakeholders to ensure a hitch-free implementation of the agencies to merged or scrapped.


Source: Vanguard Newspaper

April 10, 2013 |

NUC Supports FG Streamlining NECO, JAMB

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NUC logoThe National Universities Commission (NUC), on Thursday, supported the Federal Government’s streamlining of the National Examination Council (NECO) and the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB).

The NUC executive secretary, Professor Julius Okojie, expressed the commission’s support in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

The Federal Government had resolved to scrap some of its agencies in line with the recommendations of the Stephen Oronsaye-led Presidential Committee on Rationalisation and Restructuring of Federal Government Parastatals, Commissions and Agencies.

Okojie said the decision by the Federal Government was not to merge NECO with WAEC, “but to restructure it.

“You can use the facilities in NECO to do the same examination under the same administrative setting.

“NECO is an alternative examination to the West Africa Examination or Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE) and we think it is possible to manage the two examinations under the same umbrella.

“This does not necessarily mean we are going to dismiss all the staff of NECO, no, but WAEC must be sustained for logistic reasons.

“A student has the option of writing examinations many times a year, just like one can write GCE London. So, NECO examination is supposed to be equivalent to WAEC,” the NUC boss said.

He said that WAEC was a sub-regional examination for West Africa, adding that countries in the region would not accept NECO result.
“For WAEC or SSCE, let’s see if we can do it four times a year, using the same facilities and I think government means well.”

Meanwhile, vice chancellor of the Crawford University, Igbesa, Ogun State, Professor Samson Ayanlaja, has stated that the recent decision by the Federal Government to scrap the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and National Examination Council (NECO) is a right step in the right direction.

According to him, individual universities organising their own entrance examination was a good idea because “from experience over the years, we have observed that the UTME organised by the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) was fraught with so many problems.

April 8, 2013 |

UTME 2013 to Hold as Scheduled – JAMB

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JAMB LogoThe Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said the 2013 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) will hold as scheduled on April 27, 2013.

JAMB’s statement came on the heels of the endorsement given by the House of Representatives to the federal government for its decision to cancel UTME, scrap the National Examinations Council (NECO) and National Poverty Eradication Programme (NAPEP), among other agencies, in a move aimed at streamlining the public sector and reducing the cost of governance.

A source in the presidency had explained on Tuesday that the overhaul of the public sector was in line with the recommendations of the Presidential Committee on the Rationalisation and Restructuring of Federal Government Parastatals and Commissions led by former Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mr. Steve Oronsaye.

The committee, which was set up to reduce the size of the public sector, had in the executive summary of the 110-page document, recommended the scrapping of 38 agencies, the merger of 52 and reversal of 14 to departments in existing ministries.

The presidency source had explained that President Goodluck Jonathan took the decision to shut down NECO and NAPEP, among other agencies, after consideration of the White Paper on the Oronsaye report.

In the case of UTME, the federal government decided to decentralise the conduct of entrance examinations to universities and other tertiary institutions through the planned reorganisation of JAMB.

Meanwhile, JAMB said its clarification was necessary in the light of newspaper reports that the federal government had scrapped the board (JAMB), alongside NECO and other agencies.

JAMB, in a statement issued by its Public Relations Officer, Mr. Fabian Benjamin, said arrangements had been concluded for the 2013 examinations which would hold in designated centres across the 36 states and the FCT.

The board wishes to state that as a responsible and responsive organisation it is not averred to innovation, changes and government policies skewed to improve the lot of the sector, but reiterates that it has not changed the date of 2013 UTME.

Consequently, candidates are informed that the board’s 2013 UTME slated for April 27 will take place as scheduled. And the dates for the Computer Based Test (CBT) will also be communicated to candidates’ soon.

However, the House of Representatives yesterday threw its weight behind the scrapping and merger of some federal government agencies considered to have similar responsibilities and are a drain on public resources.

It has, nonetheless, faulted the procedure and advised the government to take urgent steps to legalise its action by sending appropriate bills to the National Assembly to amend or repeal the relevant laws that established the relevant agencies.

Chairman, House Committee on Public Service Matters, Hon. Andrew Uchendu, gave this view Wednesday while reacting to the scrapping of NECO and NAPEP, as well as the cancellation of UTME.

Uchendu said while it was important for the government to review the performance and relevance of its agencies periodically, such action must be done in accordance with the law.

“It is not enough to simply give approval to scrap some agencies or merge existing institutions. The government should ensure that the relevant Acts that established these agencies are amended or else it will be seen as an illegality.

“There are definitely some agencies whose functions overlap with the functions of other agencies. These are duplications that should be addressed but it should be done within the confines of the law.

“In the present case, the federal government has taken action without consulting the National Assembly. Some of these agencies were established by Acts of the parliament and any alteration to their status should be done through the National Assembly,” Uchendu said.

On the other recommendations of the Oronsaye report that have not been implemented, Uchendu urged the federal government to endeavour to sustain the efforts and ensure that all necessary actions are taken to reform the public service in the country.

The erstwhile Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Education, Hon. Farouk Lawan, also endorsed the scrapping of NECO, NAPEP and cancellation of UTME by the government.

Lawan said for several years, Nigerian students had been subjected to too many examinations but the country had not achieved much from these examinations in terms of quality education.

He said the government’s action was in order if only it would address the challenge of restoring quality and credibility to the education sector.

He said that it was only in Nigeria that candidates seeking admission to tertiary institutions faced as many as four examinations, namely the Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) conducted by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC); another SSCE conducted by the National Examinations Council (NECO); UTME; and the Post University Matriculation Examination (Post-UME) conducted by individual universities.


Source: ThisDay Newspaper

April 8, 2013 |

JAMB Set for 2013 Examination

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Joint Admision Matriculation Board JAMB LogoAs part of its efforts to conduct the 2013 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) said it is set for a hitch-free exam as 166 coordinators for Computer-Based Test (CBT) and Paper Pencil Test (PPT) scheduled for April 27 across the nation held a meeting ahead of the examination.

The coordinators are senior and experienced staff drawn from 190 coordinating tertiary institutions across the country.

The meeting was designed to keep the coordinators abreast of 2013 UTME features, its expectations and their roles towards ensuring the success of the examination.

Declaring the training open, the Registrar (JAMB), Professor ‘Dibu Ojerinde charged the coordinators to see their engagement as a national call and service to their fatherland.

He noted that in the smooth administration of any examination, the quality and role of examination officials cannot be over-emphasized.

JAMB experience has shown that result blackout, incomplete results and other problems occur as a result of certain shortcomings often discovered either on the part of the candidate or on the part of other stakeholders right from the stage of registration of candidates to the conduct of the examination. It is against this backdrop that the Board deems it necessary to conduct this training for her examination officials.

Professor Ojerinde pointed out that the purpose of training was to provide comprehensive information on the role of the UTME coordinators, supervisors, centre coordinators, assistant coordinators, invigilators, technical staff and attendants, for the smooth conduct of the 2013 UTME.

In an address of welcome, the Acting Director, Test Administration Department, Dr. Yusuf Lawal commended the Registrar for the various initiatives and achievements recorded since he came on board as the helmsman.

Dr. Lawal pointed out that “Between 2007 when Professor ‘Dibu Ojerinde was appointed as the Registrar of JAMB and now, we have recorded a number of achievements too numerous to mention but it will not be out of place, because of its direct relevance to our activity of today to recall with some sense of satisfaction that Professor Ojerinde introduced the UTME in 2010. On the heels of this, we are here in 2013 celebrating the introduction of Computer-Based Test .”

“We congratulate the registrar and chief executive, management team and staff of the board for the general innovations that have practically taken the board to the next stage of development.”

He said the Computer-Based Test mode will be conducted alongside two other modes, that is, Dual Based Test (DBT) and the traditional Paper and Pencil Test (PPT).


Source: Vanguard Newspaper

March 29, 2013 |

WAEC Holds Annual Council Meeting in Banjul

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West African Examination Council (WAEC) The West African Examination Council (WAEC) on Tuesday opened its 61st annual council meeting at the Kairaba Beach Hotel in The Gambia.

The official opening ceremony of the five-day meeting was attended by delegations from the five English-speaking member countries of Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and The Gambia.

In his official opening statement, on behalf of President Yahya Jammeh, the Minister of Presidential Affairs, Dr, Njogu Bah welcomed the delegates to the ‘Smiling Coast of Africa’.

According to him, examination in our countries were in the past conducted by the examining boards in the United Kingdom on syllabuses developed to reflect the values and ideals of the colonial order.

He said the system failed to consider and cater for the immediate environment of the candidates.

The establishment of the West African Examination Council in 1952 was therefore a natural development flowing from one great desire to have an examining body, with its own traditions to provide the sub-region with an educational focus that is both relevant and vibrant

He said for over six decades now, WAEC has grown to establish a reputable institution that can be relied upon by its member countries with faith and hope in the future.

Apart from having survived where almost all other pre-independence, inter-territorial organisations in Africa have failed, the council has played a prominent role in the educational development that has taken place in the sub-region over the decades.

According to him, the council through its Banjul office has played an active and positive role in the development of education in The Gambia.

For his part, the Chairman of WAEC, Professor PIUS Augustine IKE Obanya, said WAEC was mandated to determine the examinations required in the public interest in the English-speaking West African countries, to conduct examinations and award certificates of comparable standards to those similar examining boards internationally.

Professor Obanya hailed member countries for their continuous support and collaboration with WAEC.

“The West African Examination Council conducts in the member countries its international examination, the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), and various national examinations that are peculiar to each country,” he said.

The council, he said, is the governing board and highest decision-making organ of WAEC.

Speaking earlier, the Registrar of WAEC, Dr. IYI Uwadiae, commended the people of The Gambia for the hospitality accorded them.

He revealed that the council has continued to record increase in the total candidature for its international examination, the WASSCE.

He said a total of 2,548,230 candidates sat to the Council’s WASSCE in all the member countries in 2012.

Dr. Uwadiae further revealed that the total figure was made up of 1,936,728 school candidates and 611,502 private candidates, including 1,402,552 males and 1,145,678 females.

Even though the Council’s examination was conducted leakage-free in 2012, the Registrar lamented cases of collusion, mass cheating, use of cell phones to cheat and the non-appearance syndrome, as some of the problems reported from various countries.


Source: The Point

March 22, 2013 |

Expert Hails JAMB’s Adoption of CBT

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Against the ongoing controversy trailing the planned use of the Computer-Based Testing (CBT) method during the forthcoming Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) by the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB), the Managing Director of Dragnet Solutions, Nigeria’s first indigenous CBT solution provider, Mr. Robert Ikazoboh, has praised the decision, saying its success would be a boost to efforts being made to curb examination malpractice and achieve accuracy.

He said the exam body deserves commendation for taking the bold step.

I think JAMB should be praised for this development. The truth is that it is inevitable that Nigeria would adopt it; so why not start now?

This CBT move will drag Nigeria into the realities of the 21st Century as far as education, assessments and testing are concerned and that is why we should commend and support the initiative.”

Speaking on the directive by the House of Representatives that the plan of adopting CBT be suspended for now, Ikazoboh noted that the reservations expressed towards the move were understandable, given that it had never been tried before. “I can understand all the agitations that the CBT concept has generated. It is something new to the Nigerian system and that’s why people are suspicious of it.

Indeed, education is such a delicate thing and if you understand that it is the powerhouse of any serious nation, you will then see why members of the National Assembly are treading with caution. But I want to appeal to them to give it a chance. Technology is the future and CBT is the future of education in Nigeria. The benefits of it are so numerous that we can’t afford to be left behind.

“The beauty of what JAMB is doing is that it is not forcing the method down the throats of everyone taking the exam this year. JAMB has come out to say that they will start this year with a pilot scheme.
They will be using it along with the Paper to Pen Testing (PPT) until 2015, when CBT will fully come on board for all JAMB examinations. Within that frame of time, JAMB would have tested the system, discovered the lapses and rectified them.


Source: National Mirror Website

March 20, 2013 |

Update on Preparations for 2013 UTME

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Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) LogoThe Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) said on Tuesday it had opened 46 new examination centres nationwide. The number brings to 246, such centres opened in the last two weeks ahead of the 2013 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

Mr Fabian Benjamin, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the board, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that with the new ones, 3,000 centres were now in place for the smooth conduct of the examination slated for April.

NAN reports that more than 1.6 million candidates applied to sit for the examination, 90,000 of whom would be tested with the newly-introduced Computer-based Test and Dual-based Test.

According to JAMB, the number of applicants in this year’s examination is higher than the 1.4 million figure of 2012.

Also on Tuesday, the board said contrary to some reports, it did not impose examination centres on candidates or nominate for them during registration for its examinations.

This is contained in a statement signed by Benjamin in Lagos.

We wish to state unequivocally that the board does not impose examination centres or towns on candidates at the point of registration.” the statement said.

It said that examination towns and centres were displayed at the point of uploading the candidate’s details, during which the applicant was allowed to choose an examination town so desired.

It explained that the board only assigned centres within the towns the candidates chose, each of which could take a maximum of 540 candidates.

According to the statement, the number of centres for the forthcoming 2013 UTME in Lagos and other states for Paper and Pencil Test have been increased.

It said that Lagos State alone had 450 centres for the paper test, indicating a 20 per cent increase over 2012 figure.

The statement said that though the board was not insensitive to some of the complaints by candidates of their centres being far from their areas of residence, it would not be pressurised to use unfit centres.

It noted that such centres, also referred to as “special centres”, were usually used for examination malpractice and other unethical behaviours.

The statement said the computer test policy, which was approved by the Federal Government, would not reduce the number of centres used for the conduct of the examination. It said rather it had created opportunity for a reasonable percentage of candidates who would have gone outside their places of residence, to now write the examination within their towns.

The statement said the computer test, which was an internationally accepted best practice for the conduct of examinations, was already being practised by some universities in their Post-UTME.

It said the test would reduce examination malpractice to the barest minimum, enhance prompt delivery of scores and help to restore confidence in public examinations, as it would reflect the true ability of candidates.

The statement also explained that the Prof. Dibu Ojerinde-led management of the board, had over time, reduced the number of results cancelled or withheld, with the introduction of innovations like the bio-metric data capturing.


Source: Leadership Newspaper website

March 20, 2013 |

Update on Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) 2013

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Joint Admission and Matriculation Board  (JAMB) - Unified Tertiary Examination (UME)The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), on Thursday said over 1.6 million forms had been purchased for this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) scheduled for April. The Public Relations Officer of the Board, Mr Fabian Benjamin, said this in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

Benjamin told NAN that of the figure, 90.000 candidates would be tested with the newly introduced Computer Based Test (CBT) and Dual Based Test (DBT).

He said that already, the board had put in place strategies that would ensure a hitch free examination across the 3,000 centres nationwide.

According to him, the sale of forms is expected to end on Friday March 15, while the website used for the sale will be closed on March 24.

We have concluded arrangements for the takeoff of the 2013 UTME examination which will commence on April 27, for candidates for the Pencil Paper Test (PPT). We are currently trying to adjust the examination date for the Computer Based Test (CBT) and Dual Based Test (DBT) candidates because the date coincides with the 2013 May/June WAEC and NECO examination dates.

“I cannot say precisely when it will take place for now until we are through with the adjustment so that it does not cause any clash for the candidates but as soon as this is achieved, we shall communicate to all those concerned,” he said.

He said that the number of candidates that had so far applied for this year’s examination was higher than that of 2012 which, according to him, was put at 1.4 million nationwide.

Benjamin told NAN that the board was looking forward to a hitch-free examination with an almost zero level of examination malpractice in view of the logistics that would be deployed.

“We have written to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, applying for a deployment of their men for the examination.

“We are looking forward to having at least two of these security officers in each of the centres nationwide, to ensure a peaceful and hitch-free examination,” Benjamin said.

The PRO noted that with the introduction of the CBT, there would be no incidence of examination malpractice or rowdiness which characterised previous examinations.

According to him, candidates sitting for the CBT will have their results promptly released to them after the examination.

With the introduction of the CBT, there will be no incidence of examination malpractice, impersonation and rowdiness that is usually the case with the PPT mode. Writing the examination through the CBT is as easy as using one’s phone.

March 15, 2013 |

Over 500,000 to Sit for Maiden Unified Primary Examinations

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Mufutau Ajibola

Chairman, Ogun State Universal Basic Education Board, Mr. Mufutau Ajibola

No fewer than 542, 446 pupils across 1,492 primary schools in Ogun State will, on Monday, commence sitting for the maiden common examinations, the Unified Primary Examinations, in the state.

All primary school pupils from primary one to six will be tested in eleven subject areas during the second term 2012/2013 Unified Examinations, which would last four days.

The Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board, Mr. Mufutau Ajibola, disclosed this on Thursday during a sensitisation visit he and other officials of the Board paid to the Ansar-Deen Nursery and Primary Schools in Ota, Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government and Ilaro, Yewa South Local Government Area, respectively.

Ajibola, who addressed primary school head teachers during his visits to schools in the two local government areas added that 1, 286 nursery and kindergarten pupils would also participate in the unified examination.

He stated that arrangements had been concluded by the Board for the conduct of the exam for nursery and primary school pupils in the state.

Ajibola noted that the purpose was to get the best out of both the pupils and their teachers.

He stressed that the Unified Primary Examinations would be a test-case in the history of SUBEB in the state, adding that the common examinations started in the secondary schools in Ogun about a year ago.

“I’m pleased to see you today, especially for what concerns us about the welfare of our pupils in Ogun State because this is the first time of having a unified examination for all the primary schools in Ogun State. We are going to start the examination on Monday 18 and the exam will run for four days. The reason for our coming out today is to sensitise both the teachers and pupils in the art of writing common examination which is the Unified Primary Examination.


Source: Punch Newspaper

March 15, 2013 |

Ogun Unified Exam – Teacher Tasked on Completion of Syllabus

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Barr Segun Odubela - Commissioner for Education, Science & TechnologyAs the 2012/2013 second term unified examination in all public secondary schools in Ogun State commences on Monday 11th March, all teachers have been urged to ensure the completion of their subject syllabus.

Aside this, they need to embark on revision exercise to prepare the students adequately for the upcoming examination so that they would come out in flying colours.

The State Commissioner for Education Science and Technology, Barrister Segun Odubela gave this admonition while monitoring the level of preparation of schools for the examination at Obafemi Owode, Sagamu and Ikenne Local Government Areas of the State.

Barrister Odubela said “By now, all School teachers should have covered their subject syllabus and start doing revision for their students in order to refresh their memory ahead of the examination”.

He explained that his Ministry was fully prepared for a hitch-free exercise as all question papers and answer sheets had been printed and distributed to all Zonal Offices across the State, and urged all Heads of schools to ensure early collection of such materials from their respective Zonal Offices in order to start at the stipulated time.

“We are fully prepared for the examination because all the materials needed have been made available at all Zonal Offices across the State. Infact, we have made provision of extra copies to take care of anticipated shortages while packing the papers” Odubela revealed.

He disclosed that plans had been concluded to make Officials of the Ministry move round the schools to monitor the examination when it is being conducted to ensure that it is hitch free and address likely cases of malpractices.

The Commissioner charged the students to study hard and comport themselves during the examinations in order to justify the huge investment government was making in the education sector.


Source: Ogun Radio website

March 10, 2013 |

NECO Nov-Dec 2012 Examination Result Released

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The National Examination Council, on Thursday, released the result of the 2012 November/December Senior School Certificate Examination. The NECO Registrar, Prof. Promise Okpala, announced this at a press briefing in Minna.

A breakdown of the results shows that 83,755 candidates registered for English out of which 75,623 sat for it while 25,620 or 33.89% got credit 15,268 or 20.18% passed while 32,425 or 42,87% failed.

In Mathematics 83,560 registered out of which 75,245 sat for the exams while 41,228 or 54,79% had credit while 8,034 or 10,67% passed and 23,962 or 31.84% failed.

Results of some of the core subject also show that out of 80,829 that registered for the paper, 72,887 sat for it while 16,650 or 22.84% had credit while 12,768 or 17.51% passed and 41,352 or 56,73% failed.

In Chemistry 38,123 registered for it while 35,194 actually sat with 10,620 or 30.17% having credit 4,501 or 12.178% having pass while 18,974 or 53.91 % failed.

Other core subjects like physics had 38,039 registered with 35,057 while 94 or 0.26% had credit, 8.74 or 2.49% having pass while 33,000 or 94.13% failed.

Further mathematics had 3,564 registered with 2,310 setting, 352 or 15. 23% coming out with credit while 208 or 9.00% had pass with 40,501 or 71.92% failing the paper.

In spite of this unimpressive performance, Okpala disclosed that the 2012 result was an improvement in NECO result over the past three years.

According to him, only 4.7 per cent of the candidates that sat for the same examination in 2010 made credit pass in English Language, while only 10 per cent made credit pass in 2011.

He added that in 2010 only 19.4 per cent of the candidates made credit pass in Mathematics, while 44.7 per cent obtained credit pass in 2011.

“So, the November/December 2012 SSCE is comparatively better and a marked improvement over what we witnessed in 2010 and 2011,” he said.

He also said that the examination agency recorded few cases of examination malpractice. This, he said, was so because of the security measures put in place by NECO. These, he added, include robust logistics strategy for managing examination materials, the use of men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps as external monitor. “This ensured that candidates conduct themselves responsibly during the examination,” he said.

Visit NECO result Checker for the released Result

March 9, 2013 |

Lisabi Day Celebration Winners

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alake of egbaland oba aremu gbadeboIn the last 25 years, the Egbas have not done anything less to celebrate their hero, the legendary Lisabi who gave them hope, freedom and independence. The essential Lisabi Agbongbo Akala is, in the last 25 years, celebrated by the Egbas in the annual Lisabi Festival.

Lisabi Festivals to an average Egba man goes beyond the rituals. It is an avenue to demonstrate the rich culture of Egbaland, an avenue to recognize and celebrate worthy heroes and heroines, living or dead and above all, an avenue to promote the culture of the Egbas and engrave same as indelible prints in the minds of the young folks.

The year 2012 edition of the Lisabi Festival, which held from February 27 to March 4, was in a class of its own and a festival like never before.

The beauty of the festival came to the fore during the inter-school debate competition organised among secondary schools in the five local governments that make up Egbaland.

The topic of the debate: “Bi Awon Omobirin Koba ni Eko Iwe Dunju, Ifaseyin yoo ba Idagbasoke, Eto Amuludun ati Oro Aje”, which when translated means “If the girl child is not given qualitative education it will bring a drawback to progress and economic development of a nation” was debated in Yoruba language by the students.

While the debate lasted, the Centenary Hall, venue of the competition, witnessed the best use of Yoruba proverbs, witty sayings by young school children and at the end of the day, Asero High School, Abeokuta, led by the duo of Olusola Babatunde Olarewaju and Salaudeen Yusufu Akande, defeated the duo of Ojelade Olufunke and Adeyanju Taiwo from Itori Comprehensive High School, Itori, Ewekoro.

As it was in the debate, so was it in the inter – school quiz competition which had all its questions centered on Egba culture, history, traditions and Yoruba proverbs.

The quiz was as colourful as it was entertaining. Orile Keesi Grammar School came first, followed by Itori comprehensive High School and District comprehensive High School, Agbado in second and third positions respectively.

Besides the debate and quiz competitions, the 2012 Lisabi Festival did not go without testing the physical strength of the Egba youths. A football competition that held its final at the Moshood Abiola Stadium saw the students of International Academy, a football academy owned by the legendary footballer, Segun Odegbami, won the trophy while Pakito High School won the silver medal.

The theme of this year’s festival, tagged “Retaining the Girl Child in School”, as apt, and enjoined parents to give university education to girls, adding that secondary education was now inadequate for a child to lead qualitative life.

The Alake and paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo announced that Globacom, the giant telecommunication company in the country, in addition to sponsoring the festival, also made a donation of N2 million to the Girl Child Trust Fund, which formed the thrust of the festival for the year 2012.

He described the theme of this year’s festival, tagged “Retaining the Girl Child in School”, as apt, and enjoined parents to give university education to girls, adding that secondary education was now inadequate for a child to lead qualitative life.


Excerpt for Nigerian Tribune Website

March 8, 2013 |

Unified Examinations Commence in Ogun

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Logo - Ogun StateStudents in public secondary schools across Ogun State have sat for their unified first term examination. It was the first of its kind in the history of Ogun State, conducted basically to ensure that the lost standard is brought back to the educational sector as well as give rewards to teachers whose students excel in the examinations.

The first term examinations, which should have been held at the end of previous term had to wait till the beginning of the second term due to logistics problems, was conceived to align students with the qualitative drive of the administration in the area of education. The successful conduct of the examinations marked the beginning of the process of improving educational standard in public secondary schools across the State.

The State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Barrister Segun Odubela in an interview with Ogun Update said the examination was initiated to inculcate in the students the habit of studying hard that could help them come out fine in subsequent examinations that would be conducted in the nearest future.

Barrister Odubela who blamed mass failure in external exams, such as West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination and National Examination Council on the inability of most schools to cover the required syllabus had been placed on the practice of teaching the syllabus halfway which he said left students at a disadvantage when they sit for external exams. He was however optimistic that good passes in the unified exam could guarantee academic excellence and help Ogun State students compete favourably in global examinations. The said,

Unified examinations would not only serve as an encouragement for schools to complete the set scheme of work but jolt all the stakeholders to their individual responsibilities.

The Commissioner said the results of the examinations would soon be released, adding that Government would reward teachers whose student perform creditably well, noting that the administration was poised to promote excellence.

He observed that the problem of getting to the hinterland on time with the papers, not starting the papers on schedule, and non arrangement of question papers according to individual schools formed bulk of the hitches experienced during the exams. He assured that his ministry has put in place various corrective measures to checkmate future occurrence of such challenges.

These corrective measures, he said, include arrangement to have the question papers compiled and sealed up according to the nominal roll for each subject per individual school.

According to the Commissioner, nothing in the just concluded first term examinations was outside the school curriculum for the said term. Contrary to the widespread notion that the exams were solely set by the officials of his ministry, he disclosed that the subject teachers association for each subject actually set the questions based on the scheme of work of the schools.

Barrister Odubela explained that after the appointed body of examiners had submitted three options of question papers, subject experts in the ministry scrutinized, juggled the questions and picked out the set that was eventually printed and used in schools during the examination. He said the same method was being used in marking the scripts. “There was no direct swapping of scripts in terms of proximity of those schools to each other but rather the scripts were distributed for marking in such a way that no school could possibly track the markings”, he said.

He also noted that the unified examinations would be a regular feature in public secondary schools across the State. Meanwhile private secondary schools have begun to show interest in the exams so as to catch up with the standard set by the Government. This, the Commissioner said, would also be extended to the private school as soon as the government and private schools owners reached agreement.

Barrister Odubela said parents and guardians should not see the gesture of government as an opportunity to abandon their responsibilities to their wards while students should show readiness to reciprocate government’s gesture by reading hard to reposition the State as number one among its peers.


Source: Ogun Update (February 2013)

February 8, 2013 |

Controversy as Candidates Shun Computer-Based UTME

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JAMB LogoWhen the Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, said the 2013 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination would be conducted through the computer-based assessment module for admission seekers, some Nigerians rose in opposition to the idea. Their fear bordered on the fact that Nigeria is hardly ripe for the method, based on the extent of computer penetration.

But Ojerinde would not budge. For him, the only thing the agency would do to help UTME candidates is to make the CBT optional in 2013 and 2014.

“From 2015, anybody that wants to write the UTME test should get prepared for the CBT module instead of the Pen on Paper Test,” he said.

However, in spite of the examination body’s preference for the e-assessment test, candidates seem uninterested. This is because as at Saturday, only 4,000 of the over one million candidates that had registered for the 2013 UTME, scheduled to hold on April 27, showed preference for the CBT option. JAMB has made provisions for 150,000 candidates it expected to go for the CBT option. Ojerinde, who confirmed these figures in Lagos on Saturday, said candidates who, ordinarily, would prefer the PPT model, could be forced to adopt the CBT option. This, he said, was because the PPT centres would soon be filled up.

Yes, we are starting the CBT this year, but it is optional. But registration figures on our website revealed that one million and one hundred candidates had registered as at Saturday and about 4,000 of them filled the CBT option. The implication of this is that we (JAMB) will be forced to send some candidates to CBT centres.

If this happens, some stakeholders expressed the fear that candidates that are computer illiterate would be put at a disadvantaged position. Ojerinde, however, allays this fear.

“By adopting the CBT, we are not saying that candidates should go and get a certificate in Computer Studies before they can go to tertiary institutions. What we are saying is that the world has changed and it is technology that has changed it. We do not have a choice and we should be ready to force ourselves to change. The candidates don’t even have a choice because if they don’t do it now, they will still face it when they go for the post-UTME test in their higher institutions of choice,” he said.

Stakeholders are, however, divided over the adoption of the CBT and the lack of interest of candidates in the option. While some argued that Nigeria was not ripe for it because of the yawning gap in infrastructural facilities, particularly power generation, others believed that it was time the nation joined the technology-driven world or remain on the same spot forever.

The Managing Director, Dragnet Solutions, Lagos, Mr. Robert Ikazoboh, is one of those who believe that the adoption of technology in education in general is long overdue. To him, the e-assessment revolution should be adopted right from the basic school to s econdary and to tertiary institutions. This, he argued, would simplify examination assessment processes.

“CBT will revolutionise the test administration at the tertiary institution level. The current system — PPT — poses a lot of challenges. Examiners still mark tonnes of scripts manually. Examination results are delayed, a situation that leads lead to prolonged follow-up actions, among other drawbacks. But all of these will be adequately addressed by CBT.

“CBT guarantees efficiency in examination delivery, administration and scoring. It far surpasses the traditional manual, paper-based assessments, as the manual efforts of human hands are replaced by the many times more efficient processing power of the computer.

“It also reduces the need for resources for many elements of the testing life cycle such as printing and storing of paper, requirements of more invigilators to distribute and collect question papers and answer sheets,” he said.

Ikhazobor argued further that CBT would ensure prompt release of results as students receive their scores through sms on their handsets.

“No room for lecturers who use results as tools of witch- hunting. Studies have shown that large class size in various higher institutions is inimical to learning, but with constant continuous assessments and feedback, better learning outcomes will be achieved. The problem is that it is difficult to have constant continuous assessment in large classes under PPT. CBT makes assessment and instant feedback possible and delivers better learning outcomes.

“It will eliminate examination malpractices and maladministration and engender a sense of meritocracy, responsibility and transparency. These are some of the benefits that CBT will bring to our higher institutions when this innovation is introduced,” Ikazoboh concluded.

Also, the former Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, Prof. Peter Okebukola, urged Nigerians, particularly admission seekers and students, to embrace the advantages in technology to develop themselves. JAMB, he said, was thoughtful in adopting the CBT because it would revolutionise the nation’s education sector.

Though he did not oppose the idea, a professor at the Lagos State University, Ojo, Ademola Oniffade, said JAMB should have started the CBT in 2015, arguing that it should be adopted after the stakeholders must have been educated on it and the candidates exposed to computer training.

He said, “A great idea, but I don’t think it should be rushed. Many of these candidates may not be computer illiterate in the true sense of the world, but they could be affected by fear of doing exam on computer for the first time. We should have given them enough time to master it.”

Also, some parents, including Mr. Theophillus Ajala, expressed fears that epileptic power supply and system failure could work against candidates. Moreover, some of the candidates who spoke with our correspondent expressed divergent views about the CBT.

While some expressed readiness to write the exam with either of the option, some said Nigeria was not ripe for the CBT because of lack of facilities.

“I’m ready for the examination under whatever condition. But my fear is that the CBT could enhance exam malpractice as the people that JAMB would use could compromise the integrity of the examination. Some candidates whose computers malfunction during the examination could also be short-changed or cheated by time,” Ogun State-based Oludare Akinlade, who aspires to study Law at the University of Ilorin, said.

However, another candidate from Rivers State, Miss Cynthia Princewill, said the CBT would not be a challenge for her since the state government had created a computer centre where candidates are being trained for the examination.

The Rivers State Education Commissioner, Mrs. Neni Lawrence, said the state had extended the Zenith Computer Centre to enhance the training of candidates for the UTME. Some schools in Lagos, it was also learnt, had been training their students on the use of the computer to write examinations.

However, Ojerinde said candidates had nothing to fear, as the examination body had instructed them to go on the JAMB web site for training.

On what the organisation is doing to ensure the integrity of the CBT, Ojerinde assured that its questions would not be compromised.

“We have done a lot of work, including a workshop on what could go wrong. We have tested the system and I can tell you that questions will be sent to each candidate’s screen from our headquarters seven minutes before the exam. The questions will be encrypted and will go straight to the receiver. Even if you hack our system and get the questions, you will not be able to decode it. Anyway, the question will not be sent until seven minutes to the examination time. Therefore, all candidates must have been on their seats,” he said.

On power generation, Ojerinde said all the CBT centres accredited for the examination — such as Chamms (Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja), Rivers State University of Science and Technology and University of Lagos — have efficient alternative power supply.

He added, “Nobody will be cheated because a candidate can stop his or her work to go to the toilet without losing time. We cannot wait until we have a perfect social infrastructural and technological facilities before we go the way the world is going. Technology is the major thing driving the world now and epileptic power supply cannot stop us, since there are alternatives to power supply.”
Source: www.punchng.com

January 29, 2013 |

Only 39% Passed WAEC in 2012- Rufa’i

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The Honourable Minister of Education, Professor Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufa’i, OON, on Monday, 10 December, 2012, expressed dissatisfaction over the performance of students in this year’s West African Examinations Council (WAEC), with only 39 % of candidates that sat for the examination scaling through, despite the efforts of the Federal Government to reduce the trend. She stated this while declaring open a two-day National Conference on Examinations organised by the Federal Ministry of Education (FME), at the Idris Abdulkadir Auditorium, National Universities Commission (NUC).

Madam Minister recalled that one of the first actions she took after assumption of duty in April 2010, was to look at the challenges faced by students over the non release of their examination results in order to address same. This, according to her, led to the setting up of the committee on ‘Release My Result,’ that worked closely with State Ministries of Education and examinations bodies such as WAEC, the National Examinations Council (NECO), Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and National Board for Business and Technical Education (NABTEB), to sort out cases associated with late release and withheld results, among others.

The Minister remarked that a review of the results over the years, showed that there has been decline in the number of candidates who obtain five credits and above, including English Language and Mathematics, which, are basic entry requirements into higher institutions. While 30.9% were able to meet this requirement in WAEC in 2011, only 8.1 obtained same in NECO, saying that against this background, the FME organised the 2nd Edition of the Examinations Summit in 2011, where stakeholders converged to proffer
solution to the causes of students’ poor performances in public examinations.

Professor Rufa’i noted that the Summit afforded stakeholders the opportunity to extensively identify the reasons for the trend, stressing that the outcome of the Summit convinced the Ministry to make it an annual event, which is expected to continue until such a time that the nation experiences stability. She expressed delight that since the last summit, there had been improvement in the performance of students, with 39% of them obtaining 5 Credits and above in both English Language and Mathematics in WAEC, as well as 31.58% in NECO, when compared to last year’s lower figures. She assured stakeholders of government’s continued determination to transform the education sector for the good of the country.

Earlier in his speech, the Minister of State for Education, Barr. Nyesom Wike, remarked that, as active players in the education sector, the participants were familiar with the nation’s educational challenges, especially those related to the performance of students in national examinations and the pragmatic steps taken by the Federal Government to provide remedies He said the performance of students at the basic level is very essential as it determines whether they will go further for higher education or not, stressing that the forum will not only build a good foundation for students but also prepare them for future challenges.

Barr. Nyesom said government has done a lot to improve the education sector in the provision of learning resources, teachers professional development programme, expansion of access and improvement of quality to make it globally competitive. He appealed to the stakeholders to focus on areas that would restructure the capacity of both teachers and students in the best interest of the country, calling on parents and guardians to also play their roles actively to ensure a better tomorrow for their children. He applauded Mr. President for making investment in education a core priority in his transformation agenda, which, he explained, would no doubt ensure the raising of critical manpower for Nigeria’s development and the realisation of national and international goals.

The Permanent Secretary, FME, Dr. MacJohn Nwaobiala, urged the participants to view the conference as a call to national service meant to address the performances of students in national examinations. He expressed optimism that the event would not only serve as a turning point in the revitalisation of government’s hope for better results, but also to rekindle the efforts of the Education Ministers towards improving the sector.

A statistical data on the level of students’ performance across the country showed that those from the Northern part, especially North-East states, performed poorly in the public examinations. For instance, out of a total of 16, 633 that sat for WAEC this year, only 251 of
them had 5 credits and above, including English language and Mathematics. A further analysis showed that in Gombe, only 906 out of 21, 233 had 5 credits and above, while only 1,706 made it out of 32, 410, in Adamawa State.

Some of the presentations at the conference included Poor Performance in Nigeria Public Examinations: Factors, Issues and Challenges by the Director, Institute of Education, University of Abuja, Professor A. B. C Orji, and those of the four examination bodies, WAEC, NECO, NABTEB and JAMB.

Present at the Summit were the Executive Secretaries of NUC, Professor Julius A. Okojie, National Commission for Colleges of Education, (NCCE), Professor Muhammad Junaid. The Executive Secretary of the National Teachers Institute (NTI), Dr. Mas’ud Kazaure, was represented by Mr. Ade Durojola. Others were some Commissioners of Education, principals of schools, traditional rulers, non-governmental organisations, parents and guardians among others.


Source: NUC Bulletine

December 17, 2012 |

Governor’s Wife Tasks Students on WASSSCE

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Students with best result in the 2012 May/June West African Senior Secondary School Certificate

The wife of Ogun State governor, Mrs Olufunso Amosun, State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Bar. Segun Odubela, Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Dr. Tunji Abimbola, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education Science and Technology, Alhgaji Ambali Ishola join students with the best result in the 2012 May/June West African Senior Secondary School Certificate (WASSSCE) in a group photograph

Wife of the Governor of Ogun State, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun has charged the secondary school students in the 20 Local Government Council of the State who had the best result in the 2012 May/June West African Senior Secondary School Certificate (WASSSCE) to be focused and dedicated in their future endeavours.

She gave the charge during the official presentation of certificates to the students tagged “Uplifting SSS3 Students” at the Progress Hall, South – West Resource Centre, Oke – Mosan, Abeokuta noting that the initiative was designed to improve the standard of education in the states.

Mrs. Amosun said it was only through dedication and hard work that the students been celebrated could achieve the results that made them stand out as the best in their schools and Local Government Councils, appealing to them to exhibit good leadership qualities.
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“Ogun state is well known to be first in education and we will like to reclaim our position as the first in everything. l implore all parents to encourage their wards to take up responsibilities that would enable them leadership roles that would spur them to greater height”.

She added that the students are being celebrated so that other students could take a cue from it by studying hard and to fulfill the promise of rewarding students with best WASCE results in the state to enjoy free sponsorship leadership training in the United Kingdom.

Certificate of recognition for brilliant performance in the 2012 WASCE were presented to the students as part of mission to rebuild Ogun State.

Other dignitaries at the occasion include, the State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Bar. Segun Odubela, Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Dr. Tunji Abimbola, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education Science and Technology, Alhgaji Ambali Ishola and Zonal Directors of Education among others.

November 15, 2012 |

JAMB To Introduce Computer-Based Testing In 2013

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Registrar and Chief Executive of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, has said that the board will introduce Computer-Based-Testing for candidates in its matriculation examination in 2013.

He stated that the innovation would commence on a transitional scale, accommodating between 150,000 and 250,000 candidates in the first experiment in 2013.

He spoke during the inauguration of the board’s new zonal office in Ilorin, Kwara State, last Tuesday.

Ojerinde said the board was hopeful of converting the Computer-Based Testing for all candidates in 2015.

He stated that the advantages of the innovation are too numerous. According to him,  most importantly, it will improve the board’s service delivery; reduce incidences of breaches of examination security and make Nigeria operate global best practices.

“We have identified some testing centres for the 2013 transitional experiment all over the federation, including Kwara State. But these are inadequate for the envisaged full blown exercise in 2015.

“Therefore, we urge the Kwara State Government, other state governments, private investors and stakeholders alike to buy into the building of computer-based centres.

“I assure all those who embrace this of patronage not only by JAMB but also of other examination bodies who would sooner than later join the board in conducting public examinations using the CBT,” Ojerinde said.

He stated that the CBT was the future  trend, adding that Nigeria could not be left behind in ensuring that global best practices are achieved.


Source: Punch Online

October 17, 2012 |

JAMB Pegs UTME Cut-Off Mark At 180

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board on Monday pegged the 2012 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination National Cut-off Mark at 180.

It equally pegged the National Cut-off Mark for admissions into polytechnics, colleges of education and other diploma-awarding institutions at 160.

This decision marks the official commencement of the 2012 admission into universities and other tertiary institutions across Nigeria.

The decision to set the cut-off points was taken after the 2012 combined Policy Committee meeting on admissions to Degree-awarding institutions, National Diploma, Nigeria Certificate in Education and National Innovation Diploma-awarding institutions in Abuja.

Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqayyatu Rufa’i, who chaired the meeting, appealed to the various institutions to adhere strictly to admission guidelines.

Rufai said the guidelines stipulated a 70:30 ratio in favour of Technology/Non-Technology for National Diploma programmes while universities and colleges of education are to maintain a 60:40 Science/Arts ratio.

The minister added that the insitution must each observe “the admission criteria based on merit, catchment area and educationally less-developed states in accordance with the Federal Government’s guidelines.”

The Registrar and Chief Executive of JAMB, Prof. ‘Dibu Ojerinde, cautioned Private universities against admitting students illegally.

He observed that most universities were unable to fill their admission during the last admission exercise,” Ojerinde said.


Source: The Punch

May 21, 2012 |

2012 UTME Result Released

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The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Prof. ’Dibu Ojerinde, on Friday said only three out of the 1.5 million candidates who sat for the 2012 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations scored 300 marks and above.

Ojerinde said this while announcing the release of the results of the examination, which took place last Saturday.

He explained that other categories of scores showed that 336,330 candidates scored between 1-169 marks, 374,920 scored between 170-199 marks, while 601,151 scored between 200-249 marks.

Others were 71,339 candidates, who scored between 250 and 269. On the whole, 72,243 scored more than 250 marks.

According to the JAMB registrar, the number of invalid/incomplete results is drastically reduced when compared to what obtained two years ago.

Ojerinde said, “In 2010, 96,451 results were recorded invalid, while in 2011, the figure reduced drastically to 28,069.

“Hence, it became imperative for us to insist on the need for candidates to be most careful, just as we have stressed that in any examination, taking time to read and understand instructions is part of the examination.

“The aggressive and sustained awareness campaign mounted by the board in the last two years has produced positive results, as the figure for the 2012 UTME has been drastically reduced to 5,161.”

He announced that a total of 52 centres, with Rivers State having the highest number of 24, have had their results withheld on suspicion of examination malpractices.

While giving a breakdown of institutions with the highest number of applicants, the JAMB boss said the University of Lagos was first with 83,865 applicants, representing 5.58 per cent of the total applications.

He said, “Our experience this time is consistent with previous trends – that Nigerians have a higher preference for universities ahead of other tertiary institutions.

“Unfortunately, these universities still have constraints with their carrying capacities. For instance, UNILAG, which took the lead this year with 83,865 candidates recorded the highest applications of 99,115 in 2011 UTME and from the carrying capacity figure given by NUC, it can only admit  9,507.

“These figures are only for most preferred choice and do not include those who chose UNILAG as their second choice.”


Source: Punch Newspaper Online

March 30, 2012 |

JAMB Announces New Date For 2011 Exams

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board has received the approval of the Federal Government to shift the 2011 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination from Saturday, June 11, 2011 to Saturday, June 18, 2011.

The approval was conveyed to JAMB via a letter to the Registrar, Professor ‘Dibu Ojerinde.

According to a statement issued by the examination’s body in Abuja, on Thursday, JAMB explained that government believed the change became inevitable as a result of the clash in date with the ongoing National Examination Council.

The statement read in part, “For instance, sizeable students who have applied to write UTME would also be sitting for the National Examinations Council’s Biology (Practicals) on Friday, 10th June, 2011, and as such, may not be able to travel after their NECO examinations to sit for the scheduled 2011 UTME on Saturday, 11th June, 2011.

“The Government, therefore is mindful of the fact that ‘the Board has been inundated with requests from parents of children who choose towns outside their present locations to reconsider and shift date to 18th June, 2011 as against the earlier fixed date for the 2011 UTME.”


Source: The Punch

June 2, 2011 |

NECO Suspends SSSC Exams As Strike Paralyses School Activities

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The on-going Senior Secondary School Certificate Examinations (SSCE) conducted   by the National Examinations Council (NECO) was on Wednesday suspended   indefinitely following the three-day warning strike by the Nigeria Union of   Teachers (NUT).

The Executive Secretary of the examination body, Promise   Okpala, said, in Abuja, that the examinations, which started with practical   subjects on June 9, had been postponed indefinitely.

Public school   teachers nationwide made good their threat to stay away from work on Wednesday   to protest the non-implementation of the teachers’ salary scale (TSS).

In   obedience to the strike, all public primary and secondary schools across the   nation were shut, while the teachers stayed at home.


Culled from: The Sun Online (12 June, 2008)

June 13, 2008 |

JAMB Releases Result

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The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), yesterday released the results of its examination conducted 10 days ago.

The results, the Registrar and Chief Executive of JAMB, Professor Dibu Ojerinde, said could be accessed on JAMB web site.

The Registrar who was speaking at a press briefing said one of the motivations for releasing the results early was to avoid manipulation or cheating.

Professor Dibu Ojerinde disclosed that although drastic measures were taken to forestall malpractices at various centres across the country, about 22,398 cases were recorded.

According to Ojerinde, this shows great improvement as it recorded the lowest incidence of examination malpractice in the conduct of its examination.
He however revealed that he suspects that several other cases will soon come to light as altogether, a total of 22,398 cases were recorded in the examination while more scripts of candidates suspected to be involved are still being screened.

Ojerinde said that out of the over 1.054 million candidates who applied for the examination, only 998,114 candidates actually sat for the test, leaving about 55,946 absent.

The registrar revealed that three candidates performed exceptionally well. These are, Miss Adu Foluso Oluwatoyin, 18, a female candidate who applied to read Geography/Education at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife, who came top with 321 points, Master Oluwunmi Olukunle Charles, 17, from Ogun State who applied to read Law at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) who scored 314, and Odiye Marleth Odeiza, 32, from Kogi State, who applied to read Accountancy at UNILAG, came third.

States with the highest application, he said were Imo State with 101, 201 or 9.6 per cent, Anambra, 72,722 or 6.89 per cent; Delta, 71,0400r 6.73 per cent and Edo, 60,714 or 5.76 percent, while states with the lowest application are Taraba, 5,582 or 0.53 per cent; Sokoto followed with 4,926 or 0.47 per cent, Jigawa 3,987 or 0.38 percent Zamfara 3,826 or 0.36 and Yobe,703 applications or 0.07 per cent.


Culled from: Daily Trust (29 May 2008)

June 1, 2008 |

Ogun Shines at WAEC’s Prize Giving Ceremony

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Miss Oluwabusola Majekodunmi could not hold back the tears as she was called forward to receive the First Prize in the 2006 May/June West Africa Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), during the 45th West African Examinations Council’s (WAEC), Nigeria National Committee (NNC)’s annual meeting and prize giving ceremony, held in Abeokuta, Ogun State, last week.

At the tender age of seven in 1997, the last of three children lost her father, a self-employed Chartered Accountant. Her mother, who was the Vice Principal of Badagry Grammar School, followed seven years later, during an undisclosed illness that lasted only five days. But rather than fall apart, Oluwabusola gathered herself together and faced her studies.

She said last week that the zeal to fulfil her parents wish for her, paved the way for her success.  “I had to take advantage of that situation to excel in life, rather than wallowing in self pity.”

In the year that she lost her mother, she came third in the Junior Secondary Certificate Examination (JSCE), with 11 As and two Cs. In her secondary classes, she was the best student in both Social Sciences and Commercial subjects.

In last year’s May/June West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), conducted by WAEC, Majekodunmi had A1 in all the nine subjects she registered for – Commerce, Financial Accounting, Economics, Literature in English, English Language, Yoruba Language, Mathematics, Biology, as well as Food and Nutrition. With this, she emerged the overall best candidate in the examination, winning the Council’s National Distinction Award.

The former student of All Saints College, Ibadan hopes to study Economics if offered admission. She told THISDAY she had written the Universities Matriculation Examination, last year and this year, in which she scored 261 and 286, respectively, but was not admitted into her two university choices – Universities of Lagos and Ibadan.

In her brief remark, she thanked God and her grandmother, whom she said toiled day and night to ensure she got what her parents wanted for her. “My grand mother has been very supportive and encouraging. Though I did not have all the texts, she tried the best she could to make sure I succeeded in life. I owe my gratitude to her and the Almighty God who said ‘you can do all things through His name’.”

Her grandmother, Mrs. Elizabeth Adepegba, who spoke in her native language, Yoruba, amidst tears, said she was grateful to God for Majekodunmi’s achievement. Her only wish, she added, was if only her daughter, Oluwayemisi, were alive to savour her daughter’s success.

Master Aman Arora, a former student of Saint Gloria’s College, Lagos, who could not make it to the award ceremony, came second with A1s in all the eight subjects he sat for; Economics, Geography, English Language, Further Mathematics, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The 18-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Jalaj Arora is presently studying Petrochemical Engineering in Marashatral Institute of Technology in his home country, India.

For Miss Oluwadetan Oyedele, the third place winner, a prize-giving ceremony she attended in Mayflower School Ikenne, while in Junior Secondary School I, changed her attitude towards her studies. In the ceremony, she said a particular lanky boy, whose name she could not remember, carted away all the prizes in all the subjects he offered.

“From that moment, I said to myself, if he could do it, then certainly I too could. From that day on, I read like I had never done before, just to come out tops like the Mayflower boy.” This magic actually worked for her, as she maintained the first position in all her examinations and tests, from that term and throughout her secondary school.

She represented her school in National competitions and won awards for her alma mater. The former student of Regal College, Ogun State clinched the third position with A1s in eight subjects- Economics, Geography, English Language, Further Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry and Physics, while she had a F9 in French Language. The second of three children is also a first year student of Computer Engineering at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ile-Ife. She hopes to beat Bill Gates’ creativity in the computer world in the near future.

Presenting the awards, the executive governor of Ogun state Otunba Gbenga Daniels, who was overwhelmed by their performances, gave automatic scholarships to the first and third place winners, who, incidentally, are from his state.

The Governor, who was also moved to tears by Majekodunmi’s story, said he would ensure she gets an automatic employment in any establishment of her choice on graduation. He commended the Council for effective and quality service delivery. “It pleases me to note that in spite of the myriad of challenges in the education sector, the Council has remained a symbol of success in regional cooperation among English speaking countries of West African. I congratulate this Committee and the Management of the Council on both your internet result-checking facility and the electronic registration for both the schools and private candidates’ examinations.


Culled from: This Day Online

November 28, 2007 |

WAEC Releases May/June 2007 Results

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The results of the last May/June West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) was released on Friday 14th September (three weeks ahead of schedule). Candidates would be able to check their results from Sunday 16th September on the council’s result-checking website: www.waecdirect.org

Announcing the release at the national headquarters of the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), Yaba, Lagos, the Head of Nigeria National Office (HNO), Mr. Godwin Uzoigwe, disclosed that 1,275,330 candidates sat for the examination.

Of this figure, 956,497 candidates, representing 75 per cent had their results fully released while 318,833 candidates representing 25 per cent had some of their subjects still being processed due to various errors committed by the candidates during registration and in the course of writing the examination.

The HNO disclosed that of the total number of candidates who sat for the examination, 325,754 candidates representing 25.54 per cent obtained credits and above in English language, mathematics and three other subjects. Out of the number, 165,994 or 13.01 per cent were males and 159,760 or 12.52 per cent were females.

He added that about 37,635 candidates or 2.95 per cent of the candidates obtained five credits and above in five subjects without English language and mathematics.

"Further analysis of the results shows that 80,991 candidates (6.35 per cent) are science-oriented; 21,112 candidates (1.66 per cent) are social science-based; while 51,685 candidates (4.05 per cent) are Arts-oriented."

Uzoigwe said 47,842 or 0.038 per cent of the 1,275,330 candidates who sat for the examination were being investigated for alleged malpractice during the examination. He said the reports of the various malpractice cases have been compiled for presentation to the Nigeria Examinations Committee of the Council. He noted that the committee’s decisions would be communicated to the affected candidates through their schools that presented them for the examination in due course.

Meanwhile, Mr. Uzoigwe who acknowledged that the online registration embarked upon by the council has its teething problems, largely blamed the candidates for the numerous shortcomings encountered in the exercise. He, however assured that the council would after surmounting these initial problems launched into electronic examination and marking.

September 16, 2007 |

JAMB Releases 2007 Examination Results

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Wednesday, 30th May 2007, released results of the 2007 Universities Matriculation Examination (UME) which took place nationwide as well as in five other countries including Ghana, Cameroon, the United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Benin on May 5, 2007. This is the first time the examination body would be releasing results within one month of the conduct of the examination. Candidate can now check their results online by logging on to http://www.jambonline.org/.

The Registrar and Chief Executive of JAMB, Professor ‘Dibu Ojerinde, announced the release of the results in Abuja. Available statistics indicate that

  • Of the 911,679 candidates who completed and returned application forms for the examination, 854,439 candidates sat for the examination.
  • A total of 21,466 results are being withheld by the Examination body.
  • Social Sciences and Medical sciences topped the list of preferred faculties by candidates with 23.73 per cent and 18.17 per cent respectively. Faculties of Education and Agriculture with 3.53 percent and 1.07 percent respectively trailed the list.
  • Imo, Anambra, Delta, Edo, Akwa Ibom and Ogun state had the highest number of candidates seeking placements in the nation’s universities while Kebbi, Sokoto, Taraba, Zamfara, Jigawa and Yobe had the lowest number of applications.

The three best candidates in the examination, are yet to be declared. The JAMB boss explained that the three candidates with the highest scores in the 2007 UME could not be ascertained due to ongoing investigations into cases of examination malpractices where some of the highest scores were under probe. He said the full details of the best candidates would be made available after investigations.

June 2, 2007 |
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