The National Examinations Council (NECO), said over 70 per cent of candidates who sat for the 2022 Senior Secondary Certificate Examinations (SSCE) internal made credit in mathematics and English language.
The Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of NECO, Prof. Dantani Wushishi, said this while announcing the results at its headquarters in Minna on Thursday.
According to him, the examinations have been adjudged by many stakeholders to be hugely successful in recent years.
Wushishi said that the results were released exactly 45 days after the examinations were taken.
The registrar said that certificates for 2022 SSCE (Internal) would be ready three months after the release of results, saying that schools had one month in which to submit complaints (if any).
He said that the number of candidates that registered for the examination was 1,209,703, with 636,327 males, representing 52.60 per cent and 573,376 females, representing 47.39 per cent.
The registrar said that 1,198,412, with 630,180 males representing 52.58 per cent and 568,232 females representing 47.41per cent of candidates actually sat for the examinations.
“The number of candidates with Special Needs is 1,031, with the breakdown as follows: 98 with albinism, 177 with autism, 574 with hearing impairment, and 107 visually impaired.
“The number of candidates who made Credit and above in English Language is 889,188 representing 74.89 per cent, number of candidates who made Credit and above in Mathematics is 929,140, representing 78.23 per cent.
“The number of candidates who made five Credits and above including English Language and Mathematics is 727,864, representing 60.74 per cent.
When compared to 2021 SSCE (Internal) figures of 878,925 (71.64 per cent) there is a decrease of 10.9 per cent.
“The number of candidates who made five Credits and above irrespective of English Language and Mathematics is 1,011,457, representing 84.40 per cent.
When compared to 2021 SSCE (Internal) figures of 1,153,716 (94.04 per cent), there is a decrease of 9.64 per cent,’’ he said.
On examination malpractice, Wushishi said that 13,594 candidates were involved in various forms of malpractice in 2022, representing 0.13 per cent.
He said that 20,003 cases of malpractice were recorded in 2021, representing 1.63 per cent.
According to him, the council has a long-standing tradition for zero tolerance for malpractice, as this is why the cases of malpractice dropped in 2022, compared to the figure recorded in 2021. “Consequent upon the foregoing, four schools were recommended for de-recognition for two years due to their involvement in mass cheating.
“Also, 29 supervisors were blacklisted for various offences ranging from poor supervision, insult, aiding and abetting during the examinations.
’’ He urged candidates to access their results on NECO website: www.
ng using their examination registration.
The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) says it is targeting two innovative programmes to train unemployed Nigerians to create more job opportunities for the vulnerable in the society.
Malam Abubakar Fikpo, Director-General of NDE, made the disclosure on Friday in Abuja when he spoke with newsmen on the agency’s programmes to curb unemployment challenges in Nigeria.
He was speaking on the sideline of the presentation of SERVICOM Compliance Evaluation (SCE) reports by the SERVICOM to the NDE management.
Fikpo listed two major programmes, namely Special Public Works and Graduate Coaching Scheme, to achieve the NDE vision.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the SCE routine report is part of SERVICOM’s mandate to carry out an independent survey on quality of services of MDAs, to ensure citizen focused service delivery among MDAs. The exercise taken to NDE is to identify gaps in service delivery and making recommendations by the SERVICOM to improve customer satisfaction as well as accountability by the agency.
Explaining further on the schemes, the NDE boss said the two schemes were targeted at graduates and young school leavers, to secure employment for them to make headway in life.
“We have the graduate attachment programme which is targeted at graduates of tertiary institutions where the NDE recruits them and then attaches them to well established organisations in private or public.
“This is for the purpose of acquiring the necessary or prerequisite experiences for them to go and establish their own businesses or for them to be able to gain employment and be retained by such organisation.
According to him, the Graduate Coaching Scheme is targeted at two categories of Nigerians – graduates who are not employed and secondary school leavers who are deficient.
In addition, the scheme will focuse on those who are not able to have the requisite requirements to gain admissions into the tertiary schools.
“Now what happens here is, we recruit such persons and equally recruit those graduates and ask them to coach these people to be able to resit their either WASC or NECO examinations so that they can make up and gain admission.
“So these are possible areas where the NDE can intervene on transient basis.
“As you can see, NDE has a number of programmes and schemes that are targeted at various categories of Nigerians, be it literates or illetrates, be it vulnerable or not, ” he said.
The NDE boss said the agency had many programmes targeted at unemployed Nigerians to include the youth, women, and even the elderly persons depending on the interest of unemployed Nigerians.
The Postmaster-General (PMG) Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) Dr Adebayo Adewusi, has called for an intervention from the Federal Government to save the service from shutting down.
Adewusi said this at the hearing on Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) organised by the House of Representatives Committee on Finance in Abuja on Wednesday.
He said that the NIPOST revenue generation has gone down drastically with the advent of COVID-19 in 2020 as it affected 60 to 65 per cent revenue of the organisation which was from exporting mails.
“When you take half of our revenue, that you are saying in essence is that we should shut down business; the truth of the matter is that, our cost of operation is higher than our revenue.
“last year, we had a deficit of about N1.7 billion; the way we are today, NIPOST is in comatose, it is just a matter of time before NIPOST dies if no intervention is made,’’ he said.
He said that as a result reforms made in 2020, a major NIPOST source of revenue was transferred to Federal Inland Revenue (FIRS) saying that NIPOST was now looking for alternatives.
The Deputy Chairman of the Committee Rep. Abdulallhi Saidu (APC-Niger) said that he was aware of the difficulties faced by NIPOST.
He said that the Finance Act 2020 stated that, partially funded agencies like NIPOST should pay 50 per cent of their revenue into government coffers.
“For us not to be seen breaching the law, it is expected that we make an exceptional case for NIPOST, am aware you have a peculiar and difficult case, but we have a law, the Finance Act,’’ he said.
Saidu recommended that the finance committee, the supervising committee and management of NIPOST should work together, explore their networks to get NIPOST back on its feet again.
Earlier, the Registrar of the National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB) Prof. Ifeoma Isiugo-Abanihe, told the committee that the board was in need of a bailout.
She said that compared to WAEC and NECO, the number of candidates who sit for NABTEB are very few and some state governments who sponsored candidates from their states are owing.
Isiugo-Abanihe said that the exams are conducted on credit for the state governments involved out of hardship and the need to encourage them and the students to take the exams.
The registrar said that monies released to run the agency was barely enough for the board to mobilise and organise examinations annually.
The chairman of the committee ruled that NABTEB should mobilise and get more candidates to take the exams to increase income while trying to recover all liabilities before the end of September.
He said that if the liabilities were not recovered, NABTEB’s account should be blocked and monies recovered and paid into government coffers.
In a related development, the committee resolved to carry out a status inquiry on the accounts of the National Information Technology Agency (NITDA) The resolution followed discrepancies observed in NITDA records and records made available by the Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC) on amount remitted into government coffers by NITDA.
Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has urged stakeholders to contribute their quota towards the betterment of education in the state.
The governor made the call during the award giving and donation towards the development of Gba-Gba Community School in Ilorin on Wednesday.
Represented by the Commissioner for Women Affairs, Dr Mopelola Bashir, the governor noted that education and schooling were one, adding that when one acquires education, it means schooling.
“To achieve the objective of education for all, every society must identify the stakeholders that must participate in the education of children such as parents, teachers, community, mass media and government.
“Parents transmit first hand education to every child as the home provides the best avenue for children to acquire the basic socialisation that is necessary to cope with it in the society.
“Teacher is the pivot of every educational system of the young ones and their roles in production of future leaders and intellectuals in every society.
“Community involves in the process of educating their members, as it serves as a means of identifying and mobilising local resources, such as building consensus and support for all educational programmes and policies.
“Conventional and modern media should converge to assist the community in the education of every child, especially in a world where parents, teachers and community have limited space to monitor their children.
“Government in every democratic setting has a tremendous role to play in the education of children, as it provides most of the resources needed to educate the child, especially the public schools,” he said.
The President of Gba-Gba Community Development Association (GCDA), Mr Daud Beki, lamented that the National Examination Council (NECO) had disqualified the school from writing examination.
Beki howrver explained that the disqualification was due to lack of Examination Hall and Science Laboratory, so the students had to write their examination in another qualified school.
He solicited for the support of government and stakeholders to contribute towards the completion of the Examination Hall and construction of science laboratory.
He however appreciated the contributions and sacrifices received towards the growth of the community.
He assured that all financial and material contributions made would be judiciously utilised without deviation.
“The entire Gba-Gba community appreciates your contributions and sacrifices towards the growth of educational system in the immediate environment and society at large.
“Among the association’s efforts are: establishment of GCDA standing committee on education and annual free holiday lessons for the students of the the community.
“Also, payment of school fees for 55 best students in various classes in 20202021; free holiday lessons and the granting of scholarships for 21 less privileged students in junior and senior classes.
“Provision of educational materials for students with outstanding performance, provision of motorized borehole by a member of the community with additional 8,500 watts coppa generator to power it,” he said.
Beki said that with sound and committed resources on education from government, partners and individuals, the country and society would be secure and conducive.
NAN reports that Hajiya Hafsat Uthman presented award to 18 distinguished people in the state.
The awardees included Prof. Shuaib Oba AbdulRaheem; Alhaji AbdulLateef Alakawa, Commissioner for Agriculture, and Alhaji Funsho Isa, Chairman Education Committee GCDA.
Alhaji Shuaib Yaman, a stakeholder, donated N500,000 towards the upgrade of the school, and promised to modrrnise the school.
Alhaji Salihu Mustapha, a senatorial aspirant, also gave all the best students across the school a scholarship worth N100,000 and additional N20,000 each.
Another stakeholder, Alhaji Adekunle Shamsudeen, donated 20 bags of cememt, while Representative of Hakeem Lawal promised to help in repositioning the school.
Hajiya Imaan Suleiman-Ibrahim, Federal Commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), says the commission has initiated projects to enhance learning in displaced persons camps across the country.
She said that its Project Educate All was initiated to provide access to education to displaced persons nationwide.
Suleiman-Ibrahim said while interactinh with newsmen in Birnin Kebbi on Sunday that the initiative included the provision of libraries in primary schools.
The commissioner, who inaugurated one of such libraries at Eastern Byepass Primary School, behind Oando in Birnin Kebbi, said the intervention was for IDPs, migrants, refugees, returnees and people at risk of becoming stateless.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the commission also distributed food and non-food items to 500 households, mostly IDPs, in the area.
“This library is part of Project Educate All. Our mandate in the agency is the provision of durable solutions for all persons of concern, whenever disaster affects education.
“So, Project Educate All is tailored to improve access to learning, especially for people that are experiencing all sorts of displacements.
“It is working in terms of strengthening schools in communities where IDPs are, offering scholarship, tuition fees, payment of NECO and WAEC fees, and construction of libraries.
” According to her, library is the starting point of learning as it helps students to discover themselves and actualise their dreams.
“This is the third library, we are still in piloting phase, we intend to work with other state governments to ensure that we replicate this across board.
“We are very ambitious, we will build many libraries as much as we can across the nation,” the commissioner added.
Earlier, Executive Secretary, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Alhaji Umar Hassan appreciated the commission for providing the library and pledged to stock it.
Mr Salihu Iyimoga, member representing Doma North constituency, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, has pledged continuous contribution of his quota towards improving education standards in his constituency.
Iyimoga, who is the Chairman, House Committee on Youth and Sports, made the pledge in Doma on Thursday during an interaction with 150 students he sponsored for 2022 NECO examination.
The lawmaker said that the interaction was to identify with the beneficiaries for the successful completion of their NECO examinations.
He said that he decided to sponsor the indigent students for the 2022 National Examination Council examinations (NECO) as part of his contributions to the educational development of the students.
Iyimoga said the gesture was also to give children of the less-privileged access to quality education, considering its importance to societal development.
He said that the importance of education to human and societal development could not be overemphasised, as a nation or society could achieve meaningful progress and development without sound education.
“I want to assure my constituents of my determination to prioritise their education at all times,” he said.
He solicited his people’s support to enable him to succeed beyond 2023 at the state legislature.
The lawmaker also assured them of his continued commitment to providing effective and sound representation at the state legislature.
Also speaking, Mr Abdulazi Danladi, member representing Keffi East constituency at the state legislature, urged the students to be good ambassadors of the constituency and the state at large.
Danladi, who is Chairman, House Committee on Works, appreciated his colleague for prioritising the education of his constituency and called for its sustenance.
On his part, Mr Mohammed Omame, the Proprietor of Heritage Schools, Doma, thanked the lawmaker for the sponsorship.
He also assured the lawmaker of their prayers and support to succeed The News Agency of Nigeria reports that some of the beneficiaries commended Iyimoga for the gesture and wished him well in his political ambition.
Stakeholders in the education sector have expressed mixed reactions to the recent lowering of the Universal Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) cut-off marks for admission seekers into the tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
They made their positions known in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Osogbo, Ibadan, Abeokuta, Ado-Ekiti, Akure and Ilorin on Sunday.
While some described the development as a sign of setback for the nation’s educational development, others said that lowering of the cut-off marks was good news for admission seekers.
In his views, Dr Adebayo Obadiora, acting Head of Department, Art and Social Science, Faculty of Education, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife in Osun, said that lowering the UTME cut-off marks would jeopardise the standard of education in Nigeria.
Obadiora said that the decision of the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) to adopt 140 as the minimum cut-off marks for degree awarding institutions for the 20222023 admission process was not good enough.
According to him, a student, who cannot score 200 out of 400 marks in UTME, may find it difficult to excel when admitted.
“One hundred and forty out of 400 is 35 per cent at ‘O’ level result.
This is F9 and any student, who scores F9 in cogent subjects like English Language or Mathematics cannot gain admission to the university with such a result,” he said.
Obadiora said that such students, when admitted, would not be able to cope with their mates and would end up having to resit their papers.
The don said that federal universities were still finding it hard to accommodate many of the candidates, even at the cut-off marks of 200 and above, not to talk of when it was now dropped to 140. He, therefore, appealed to JAMB to dialogue with the authorities of universities and other professionals in order to be advised accordingly on admission scores.
This, he said, would make the nation’s graduates to be able to compete with their counterparts globally.
Also, Prof. Olugbenga Ehinola, Head of Department, Geology, University of Ibadan, Oyo State, said that the continuous lowering of UTME cut-off marks would, definitely, affect the quality of applicants being offered admission into the federal universities.
“It only encourages applicants, whose parents are wealthy to patronise private universities and this may affect standardisation of admission,” Ehinola said.
Contrarily, Prof. Clement Kolawole of the Department of Education, University of Ibadan, said there would be no serious implication.
“It was what the agency considered to be realistic,” Kolawole said.
In his views, Prof. Adams Onuka, a retired Professor of Education Evaluation, said the decision indicated that the teaching and learning processes in our schools had been ineffective.
This, Onuka said, could be due to some intervening factors that were likely to be multifarious, but including family, social, school, funding factors, amongst others.
“The immediate implication is that our school system is not living up to expectations in the production of future leaders for the nation; as garbage in equals garbage out.
“It means that we are feeding the tertiary education system with ill-prepared inputs and the outputs would, therefore, be half-baked.
“It’s not the duty of the tertiary education system to prepare learners for the primary and secondary education system, which are the foundation for the tertiary education system.
“This trend, if not arrested, will likely lead to the collapse of the entire education system, leadership development process and societal development as a whole,” Onuka said.
The don said that the situation could also lead to greater exodus of youths to other climes and further depreciated the Naira, as a result of higher rate of capital flight.
“Thus, all hands must be on the deck to address the abnormality with immediate effect.
“In fact, we need to declare a state of emergency in the education sector.
“We must fund it and carry out researches, so that innovative measures and remedies can be evolved to bring our education system back on track.
“Needs assessment of the sector, in terms of quality of teachers at the primary and secondary subsystems, infrastructure and facilities, management and governance, as well as teaching and learning interactions and parental responsibilities, should be immediately done before any other process is carried out.
“This is to properly evolve lasting and enduring solutions to this unexpected outcome in the education system,” he said.
In Abeokuta, Mr Oluwagbenga Adeleye, the Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Federal University of Agriculture, expressed concern over the matter, warning that the trend would ultimately destroy the fabrics of education system in the country.
Adeleye, who lectures at the Department of Animal Production and Health, said that the standard of education at the tertiary level would continue to dwindle with such policy.
He said that such policy would also continue to encourage mediocrity, with the tertiary institutions producing half-baked graduates with serious consequences upon the nation’s economy and future.
“I don’t see any sense in lowering the cut-off marks, because there is no practical sense in it.
“I don’t know why the administration handling JAMB is bent on reducing the cut-off marks annually and destroying the lives of students.
“Are we saying that hard work doesn’t matter these days?
These days, some students cannot even express themselves or write fairly well, and one wonders how they got into the tertiary institution.
“We have destroyed values, morals and hard work and we need to go back to where we are coming from.
“Some students, who are supposed to be in technical schools, are finding their ways into the universities.
“It is not that technical schools are not good; they have their own advantages, because they help to fix students into places where they are best fitted for the purpose of further grooming,” he said.
Adeleye explained that serious students would continue to seek for quality education abroad as the standard and quality of education continue to dwindle in the country.
Commenting, Poju Adeniyi, an SS3 student of the Abeokuta Grammar School, Abeokuta, told NAN that the trend would encourage laziness and discourage healthy competition among students.
Adeniyi, however, said that he preferred to work hard to be able to meet up with the cut-off marks of his desired course.
“This will prepare me for the university system in addition to making me always ready to sustain my tempo of hard work, in pursuit of my educational goals,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Vice-Chancellor, Bells University of Technology, Ota, Prof. Jeremiah Ojediran, justified the lowering of the cut-off marks.
Ojediran said that the decision would create a level playing field for students seeking admission into Nigeria’s tertiary institutions.
According to him, the continuous lowering of UTME cut-off marks will not affect the standard of education.
“When it comes to the standard of admission, what really matters is the result of the West Africa Examinations Council (WAEC),” he said.
Ojediran explained that lowering the cut-off marks was to safeguard those institutions, who want to fix their cut-off marks below the 140 stipulated by JAMB.
According to him, JAMB result is only a prerequisite requirement for admission, adding that what qualifies a student are the five ‘O’ Level credits in relevant subjects.
“Some students with 180 score enter institutions to make first class or end up being the best graduating students.
“We have also seen students who scored 360 in JAMB, but who could not compete with students who scored 180,” he said.
In Ado-Ekiti, a retired school Principal and Administrator, Elder Amos Ajakaye, said that the lowering of the cut-off marks would create room for laziness among the students.
“Instead of them working and studying hard to achieve the desired excellent grade in the entrance examinations, they will only prefer to limit their scope toward their now reduced cut-off marks,” he said.
In her submission, Mrs Yetunde Omonijo, the Headmaster-General in Ekiti, said that the issue depended largely on the underlining factors that necessitated such intervention by the affected and concerned institutions.
“What I’m saying in essence is that those institutions that embarked on such may have their genuine reasons for doing so.
“It may be that such cut-off marks were seen to be over exercised in the first place, which needed to be reviewed downward.
“In that case, we cannot totally blame government or institutions for lowering the cut-off marks for students seeking admission to further their studies,” Omonijo said.
Also, Mr Bode Afolayan, a Director in the Quality Assurance Bureau Unit, Ekiti State Ministry of Education and Values Orientation, said the matter needed to be carefully examined by relevant government regulatory agencies.
This, Afolayan said, was necessary in order not to jeopardise the nation’s education system.
“There is need for relevant government agencies to be on top of their game, especially when it concerns issues that bother on the nation’s education sector.
“No nation can develop, except with a well-developed quantitative and qualitative education system.
“So, lowering cut-off marks for admission seeking students must be tailored, not only toward improving the standards of education, but also toward the overall best students’ performance,” he said.
Meanwhile, a lecturer at the Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, Dr Sola Afolayan, frowned at the rate at which JAMB was reducing its scores.
Afolayan said that the nationwide lockdown, occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic, believably had negatively impacted on the students’ performances in external examinations, urging universities to test the students before admitting them.
In his remarks, Dr Sandra Oyinye of the Department of English and Literary Studies, Federal University of Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), said that continuous lowering of UTME cut-off marks would not affect the standard of education.
Oyinye said what really mattered at measuring the standard of admission were the WAEC or the National Examinations Council (NECO) results.
“I have seen students with high scores in JAMB not doing well when admitted into the university.
I mean, students with high scores, such as 350, ending up with second class lower division,” she said.
Oyinye, therefore, advised that the UTME scores should not be the only pre-requisite in gaining admission into higher institutions.
Another university lecturer, Mr James Gbadeyan, urged JAMB to rather increase the UTME cut-off marks to save the nation’s education from total collapse.
Gbadeyan explained that lowering of UTME admission points had just shown the deliberate tendencies to bastardise the tertiary education system.
“How can JAMB give a student, who scored just 140, which is equivalent to about 35 per cent of 400, a pass mark to be admitted into a university?
“I want to say that any student, who cannot score at least 180, has no business in the university.
“I will like to appeal to the Federal Government and JAMB to reconsider their plans to lower the UTME cut-off marks and stop bastardising the tertiary education in Nigeria,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mr Suleiman Yusuf of the Mass Communication Department, Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, said he could not conceive the rationale behind the decision to lower the mark.
Yusuf said: “I find the rationale behind such a crucial decision inconceivable, particularly when one considers the UTME candidates’ better performance this year than the previous year.
”It all points to the fact that our tertiary education system needs a very quick intervention, if it must be globally competitive.
”Despite the fact that there is a clause, which empowers individual university to fix its own cut-off marks, it still gives room for the age-long lopsidedness in the admission policies and procedures of the Nigerian universities, public and private.
“And with the lingering ASUU strike, coupled with the rising figures of admission seekers across the country, all hands must be on deck to salvage our university education system,” Yusuf said.
Also, an educationist, Mr Wale Iborida, saw the lowering of the mark as an opportunity for as many students as possible.
The move, Iborida said, would also give universities, polytechnics, as well as Colleges of Education more rooms to accommodate those missing admissions on yearly basis.
He, however, feared that the policy would encourage laziness and lower the standard of education in tertiary institutions of the country.
According to him, it can have a multiplier effects on the already low standard of education in the country, in addition to hindering the competitive drive for excellence among students in tertiary institutions.
Similarly, Dr Michael Oke of the Department of Finance, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti, said that the continuous lowering of the cut-off marks could be attributed to the deteriorating standard in the country’s educational system.
Oke said that the move, no doubt, amounted to lowering the standard of education.
According to him, this is nothing, but a reflection of the Nigeria situation, where almost every tier (primary, secondary and tertiary) of the Nigerian public educational system has been destroyed.
Oke, while decrying the attitude of the government to education, however, added that reduction in the cut-off marks would allow candidates to secure admission to tertiary institutions, especially the private ones in the country.
“This is because candidates with very low marks may not be able to secure admission into public institutions.
“Each university will still set its own cut-off marks, which may be far above JAMB’s cut-off marks, depending on the institution and on the course of study.
“Thus, the minimum cut-off marks, as set by JAMB, may not automatically guarantee admission into public institutions.
Each university will still conduct post-JAMB examinations before the final selection.
“In most cases, candidates who scored the minimum mark set by JAMB, can secure admission to private institutions, as long as they can afford to pay the fees,” he said.
Meanwhile, Prof. Bayo Aborisade, Department of General Studies, Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), described JAMB as part of the institutional cog in the wheel of higher education in the country.
Aborisade said that the original intention of streamlining admission processes for the convenience of candidates had, not only been defeated, but had also been compounded.
“Higher education institutions all over the world have responsibility for their programmes and how they select their candidates, but JAMB has taken over that responsibility in Nigeria.
“Also, JAMB is now forcing institutions to lower their standards by dictating what the cut-off marks should be, when, by law and by practice, it is the responsibility of the Senate of every institution to decide that matter.
“And, JAMB has made matters worse for candidates by making them sit for two examinations before admission and making the candidates pay for the examinations,” Aborisade said.
According to him, it is unfortunate that institutions have little faith in examinations conducted by JAMB and that’s why they insist on the institutional examinations, called screening.
The don also said that JAMB examinations were fraught with problems of fraud, inflated grades and “miracle centres”.
Aborisade said that the anomaly had continued till date, making institutions to insist on choosing their candidates their own way.
“The consistent lowering of admission cut-off scores is part of the ‘politicisation’ of admission process by JAMB.
“JAMB has become an albatross and obsolete to higher education and should be scrapped,” he said.
In his views, Prof. Ajao Moyosore, the Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Ilorin, supported the argument that universities should be allowed to determine the admission of their students without JAMB interference.
Moyosore said that JAMB should go back and give power of determination of cut-off marks to the Senate of respective universities.
He, also said that JAMB should only conduct examination and leave it at that, as giving their cut-off marks would create confusion in the system and present the educational system as a politicised one.
“This national cut-off marks of 140, as stated by JAMB, should be totally discarded; it makes us a laughing stock.
“It means that students that are admitted or given admission are actually not qualified, because if you do a mental calculations of 140, that is 35 per cent,” he said.
According to him, JAMB is only giving the students false hope of being eligible for admission, having scored 140. The Unilorin ASUU chairman, however, pointed out that no Nigerian first generation university, including the university, would accept 140 as its cut-off mark.
“This creates the impression that instead of students aiming to pass higher, they will now relax and say, ‘Okay, it’s just 140’.
“That’s the situation we have found ourselves.
We are playing politics with everything in the system,” he said.
Moyosore reiterated that JAMB should constrain itself to organising examinations and stop pronouncing national cut-off marks.
“They should leave this to the Senate of each university; if respective university decide to say its own pass mark is 100, then, that is its own problem.
“But to say that the national cut-off marks is 140, is embarrassing to the country.
“We have to stop politicising our education system, because when you and I were going to school, it was merit that took us to the universities.
“We have an issue where we are bringing weak students into the university and what do you think will happen?
People must realise that not all students must go to the university.
“Some of them could go to the polytechnics, Colleges of Education and technical institutions,” he said.
The National Examinations Council (NECO) says the over N2billion examination fees owed it by some state governments is affecting its smooth operations.
The Registrar of NECO, Prof Dantani Wushishi, said this in an interview with newsmen on Friday, in Lagos.
He was in the state to monitor the ongoing 2022 Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) organised by the council.
“We are using this opportunity to appeal with the five states that are yet to remit examination fees of their candidates, spanning from 2012 to date, to help us and do the needful.
“However, because of the relationship we have with these states, some of them have started responding, while others are yet to make any attempt,” the registrar said.
He said that NECO was following up, to let them understand that it was important to keep the council afloat by remitting their monies.
According to him, the council executes its capital projects and overheads from such funds, as the Federal Government does not give it capital expenditure and overheads.
“The Federal Government only pays salaries of staff and we have challenges all around our offices across the country, as far as equipment, infrastructure and other things are concerned.
“So, we are letting these states know the importance of meeting up their financial obligations to the the council, for it to remain afloat, as well as the importance of the payment for students to be able to have their results, with which to progress academically, to be useful to themselves and the nation generally,” he added.
On the general conduct of this year’s exercise which began nationwide on June 27, Wushishi stated that so far, it had been encouraging.
He said that it had been devoid of incidents.
According to him, a total of 1,209,000 candidates are participating in this year’s examination.
“As you know, it is a process, as soon as the examination is concluded on Aug.12, we prepare for marking.
“We have action plan for coordination and marking, and that is why we are optimistic we will be releasing the results 45 days after the last paper.
“We have been going round states across the country to monitor and see things for ourselves.
“We started from Lokoja in Kogi, and moved over to Ekiti and then to Akure in Ondo, Osogbo in Osun, Oyo, then to Abeokuta in Ogun and today, Lagos,” he said.
Wushishi said that the feedbacks he had been getting from principals of various centres concerning the conduct of the examination had been commendable.
He, however, said that the successes recorded so far in the conduct of the examination did not suggest that there had not been some internal challenges.
“In conducting examination of such magnitude, there are likelihood of some internal challenges, but they are no longer challenges when they have already been surmounted.
“Even in the face of the security challenges across the country, we ensured that the exercise, our candidates, examination materials and all those that are involved in the administration of this examination are safe.
“We are grateful for the level of cooperation we are receiving from security agencies to ensure that the examination is conducted in a hitch-free manner, including where there is the enforcement of the ‘sit at home’ order,” the registrar said.
On his achievement so far in his first year in office, Wushishi said it had been filled with great innovations in an effort to reposition the council.
“I am so happy to state that in my first one year in office, I have repositioned NECO in two aspects.
“The first is that we have succeeded in changing the mindset of our staff toward work ethics.
“We have also been able to encourage them to feel belonged to the system.
“They should see and own the system, as well as protect it, because nobody will come from anywhere to protect this institution for us.
“We are the largest indigenous examination body in Africa and by implication, we have to take pride in protecting it.
“It has been a team work and I must say as a council, the board members, members of staff and management, we have all done well,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the registrar visited Ilupeju Senior Grammar School and Agbayewa Memorial College, also in Ilupeju, among others for the monitoring.
The Federal Ministry of Education has ordered the immediate closure of the Federal Government College (FGC), Kwali in Kwali Area Council, FCT, Abuja.
The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu gave the directive on Monday in Abuja in a statement made available to newsmen by the Director of Press and Public Relations, Mr Ben Goong.
Adamu said that the closure became necessary following security breach on Sheda and Lambata villages, suburbs of Kwali Area Council, which also threatened FGC Kwali.
He said the timely intervention of security agencies was able to save the situation.
Adamu also directed that arrangements should be made for final year students to conclude their NECO examinations.
The minister had also directed Principals of Unity Colleges across the country to liaise with security agencies within their jurisdictions to forestall any security breach in the schools.
Mrs Evelyn Omijie, Assistant Coordinator of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp, in Uhogua in Ovia North-East Local Government Area in Edo says 20 babies have been born in the camp in seven years.
Omijie made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday.
”The babies were given birth to by married young couples among the IDPs who were allowed to stay together.
”We did not record any unwanted births among the singles in the camp.
We have a standard in the camp and this include the demarcation of the females’ living quarters from the males’ living quarters.
“Also the females are never allowed to go to the males’ living quarters and verse versa.
“We also teach morals and let them understand that they already have enough on their hands, which is being in the camp because they have been displaced and so it is pertinent that they live a meaningful life and and not destroy themselves,” she said.
She said that with such guidance, counselling and trainings, the management of the camp has been able to ensure and maintain sanity in the camp among the IDPs. “With guidance and counselling, all they want is to be someone in life,” he said.
The assistant coordinator also said that the IDPs were doing excellently well in their education.
She said in the recently concluded 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), one of the IDPs scored 298.
She said that several others out of the 156 of them that sat for the examination also scored above 280.
She also said that more than 100 of the IDPs were presently writing both the Senior and Junior West African Examination Council (WAEC) examinations respectively, adding that she was optimistic that they would equally excel.
”We had wanted to enrol some of the IDPs for the NECO examination due to paucity of funds.
”We are appealing to education agencies as well as Non Governmental Organisations, government at all levels, individuals and cooperate organisations to assist the IDPs by way of scholarship awards and sponsorship of their education.
“This is imperative because when they eventually achieve their educational feat, you will be glad you did, because you will be part of their success story,” she said.
Omijie also called for support and assistance from the general public to enable the camp management meet up with regular feeding for the IDPs. “As I speak to you now, we don’t have food in our warehouse, what we have is what we give to them, which is even below standard and quantity.
“But they say half bread is better than non.
We are calling on everyone to come to the aid of these children who are victims of what they never planned,” she said.
She also appealed to pharmaceutical companies to also assist the camp with medicine of all kinds, especially anti malaria and antibiotics.
NAN reports that until early 2015, not much was known about the IDP camp of Christian Home for the Needy, a home for orphans, destitute.
The ICCM IDPs camp in Uhogua has grown to become a camp that moulds orphans and homeless children, making them graduates and responsible citizens.
The camp has a population of about 2, 000 including management members and IDPs, made up mostly of Christians from Borno and Adamawa.