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  •  Agency to train 100 Kebbi youths on modern farming techniques
    Agency to train 100 Kebbi youths on modern farming techniques
     Agency to train 100 Kebbi youths on modern farming techniques
    Agency to train 100 Kebbi youths on modern farming techniques
    General news5 days ago

    Agency to train 100 Kebbi youths on modern farming techniques

    The National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) says it will train 100 Kebbi youths on modern farming techniques through improved farming implements in the state.

    Dr Muhammad Muhammad, the Director of Procurement of the agency in the state, announced this during a courtesy visit  to an NGO, the Khadimiyya for Justice and Development Initiative, in Birnin Kebbi on Saturday.

    He said, ”We are going to organise a five- day training for 100 youths, who have been drawn from the 21 local government areas on modern farming methods, using improved farming implements.

    ”The agency has concluded all the arrangements for establishment of the training institute in the state.

    ”He thanked the founder of Khadimiyya, the Attorney- General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, for establishing the NGO to assist his community.

    Muhammad also described Malami as a ” philanthropist whose heart was always after helping the needy”, and urged other wealthy individuals to emulate him in that direction.

    He commended Khadimiyya for donating 20 hectares of land in Bagudu for the construction of a skills acquisition centre in Bagudu Local Government Area of the state.

    ”The centre is a relief to the community and people of the state.

    It will be used to engage and empower the teaming youths in the local government, state and Nigeria at large,” he said.

    Muhammad also commended the NGO for being good partners and in applying due diligence in the nomination of prospective trainees across the state.

    The Head of NGO’s Secretariat and National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Ibrahim Abubakar-Jombali, thanked the agency for his renewed commitments to advancing modern mechanised farming in the state.

    He commended the Khadimiyya’s commitment, full support and cooperation to the agency for it to deliver on its mandate.

    ”The partnership between the NGO and Agency will bring the desired goals of advancing agriculture drive in the state.

    ”The Khadimiyya is an NGO founded by Malami, with  sole aim of alleviating poverty and access to Justice for indigent citizens.

    ”It has, so far, constructed over 300 boreholes across state, facilitated employment opportunities for over 700 unemployed youths, shared relief funds to cushion the effects of COVID-19 and distributed over 5,000 JAMB forms to less -privelleged students.

    “It has also donated vehicles for Kebbi Contributory Health Care Management Agency (KECHEMA),  Abdulahi Fodio Islamic Center, Kebbi Cultural troops, and other organisations as well as donated cash grant to widows and orphans in all the 225 political wards of the state,” he said.

    Abubakar- Jombali added the NGO’s philanthropic activities went beyond the state through its presentation of cash donation of N5 million to the victims of fire disasters in Katsina and Gusau Central markets, Katsina and Zamfara States, respectively.

    ”We donated medical equipment to Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH) Zaria, Kaduna State and Federal Medical Centre Jalingo, Taraba State, among others,” he said.


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  •  JAMB releases results of 2022 UTME mop up examination
    JAMB releases results of 2022 UTME mop-up examination
     JAMB releases results of 2022 UTME mop up examination
    JAMB releases results of 2022 UTME mop-up examination
    General news1 week ago

    JAMB releases results of 2022 UTME mop-up examination

    The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has released the results of the recently conducted mop-up examination for 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME).

    JAMB released the results in a statement by the board’s Head of Public Affairs and Protocol, Dr Fabian Benjamin, in Abuja on Wednesday.

    Benjamin said the board had emplaced a user-friendly and simplified process of checking UTME results in line with its desire to adhere to the ease of doing business protocol of the government.

    “To check the results of the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) Mop-Up Examination result conducted on Aug. 6, all a candidate needs to do is to simply send RESULT to 55019. “This will be done by using the same phone number that had used for registration and the result would be returned as a text message.

    “Candidates can also print their result from the board’s website- www.



    ng after linking their email address to their profile,” he said.

    He said the simplified process would also preclude the exploitation of candidates by shylock business centres and cybercafés that often take advantage of hapless candidates.

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  •  JAMB trains 180 lecturers teachers on critical assessment competency
    JAMB trains 180 lecturers, teachers on critical assessment competency
     JAMB trains 180 lecturers teachers on critical assessment competency
    JAMB trains 180 lecturers, teachers on critical assessment competency
    Education1 week ago

    JAMB trains 180 lecturers, teachers on critical assessment competency

    Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has trained 180 lecturers and teachers on critical assessment competency.The Director Psychometric, JAMB, Dr Ariyo Akinyele, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Dutse on Tuesday.Akinyele said that the gesture was to enhance the capacity of the participants, who were drawn from various tertiary institutions and secondary schools to be good enough in assessing Nigerian students.“This training is for non-education lecturers or teachers who find themselves teaching in tertiary institutions or secondary schools.“We have to train them about assessment; we are looking at critical assessment competency because one should be competent in assessment.“So they are trained to be good teachers and good assessors of our students,” he said.Akinyele lamented that many Nigerians, who could not secure jobs, opted for teaching in secondary or tertiary institutions because of the economic situation in the country.The director said it did not portray a good picture of the country, hence the decision of the board to train such category of lectures and teachers in critical assessment of students.“At the end of the exercise, the capacity of the participants will be built on good assessments.“We can see that many of our students are failing examinations not because they are not intelligent rather the assessors themselves have problem.“So when they do the right thing, you find that there will be improvement and results of the students will be improved,” Akinyele said.The training was conducted from Aug. 1 to Aug. 5, in Dutse, Jigawa. (NAN)NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Stakeholders stand differently on lowering of UTME cut off marks
    Stakeholders stand differently on lowering of UTME cut-off marks
     Stakeholders stand differently on lowering of UTME cut off marks
    Stakeholders stand differently on lowering of UTME cut-off marks
    Education2 weeks ago

    Stakeholders stand differently on lowering of UTME cut-off marks

    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.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  KWASU releases guideline for 2022 2023 pre admission screening registration
    KWASU releases guideline for 2022/2023 pre-admission screening registration
     KWASU releases guideline for 2022 2023 pre admission screening registration
    KWASU releases guideline for 2022/2023 pre-admission screening registration
    Education2 weeks ago

    KWASU releases guideline for 2022/2023 pre-admission screening registration

    The Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, has released the guidelines for the registration of the 20222023 pre-admission screening.

    This is contained in a statement issued by the institution’s Registrar, Dr Wasilat Sallee, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Ilorin.

    It said the registration would start on Aug. 8 and end on Sept. 9. According to the statement, the registration is for candidates whose first choice of institution is KWASU and those who wish to choose KWASU as their first choice after changing their choice of institution to KWASU on JAMB Portal.

    ”All eligible candidates are advised to register within the stipulated period and  final admission into the University is based on meeting the University’s and the Academic Programmes’ cut-off points in .

    ”Admission is also based on the availability of spaces within the NUC approved admission quota for KWASU ”To be eligible, all candidates must have five O’level credits in relevant subjects at not more than two (2) sittings.

    ”Candidates awaiting O’level results can also apply, but they will not be considered for admission until their results are available,” the statement read in part.

    It however said that candidates are required to pay a non-refundable fee of N2,000 only.

    The statement however warned that falsification of citizenship certificates or any documents for that matter would lead to disqualification and prosecution.

    ”Candidates are advised to visit https:.



    ng and follow instructions on registering their details and how to make payment,” it explained.

    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Over 42 000 write UTME mop up JAMB registrar monitors
    Over 42,000 write UTME mop-up, JAMB registrar monitors
     Over 42 000 write UTME mop up JAMB registrar monitors
    Over 42,000 write UTME mop-up, JAMB registrar monitors
    General news2 weeks ago

    Over 42,000 write UTME mop-up, JAMB registrar monitors

    The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has expressed satisfaction over the conduct of its 2022 mop-up Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) held in 45 centres across the country on Saturday.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the examination was for candidates who could not participate in the examination during the main exercise in May.This was due to various reasons, including examination malpractice.

    The board noted that after every exercise, it  reviewed various reports from officials in the field and video footages of the examination.

    It said this was normally carried out by a team of experts, with a view to detecting activities subversive of the process.

    The board’s Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, told newsmen while monitoring the exercise in Lagos that over 42,000 candidates were participating in the examination in five states.

    “Yes, we are here to monitor the conduct of this examination in Lagos.

    “After a thorough analysis of the conduct of the 2022 UTME in 10 centres spread across five states of the federation where examination malpractice was established to have taken place, it became necessary to cancel the results of all candidates who sat for the examination in the affected states.

    “Other categories of candidates rescheduled for the mop-up UTME are those with finger print peculiarities, BVN failure and technical issues.

    “However, the fact that we are bending backward to try to accommodate these categories of candidates is not an indication of failure.

    “It is an indication of strength and an indication of the fact that we are aware that we are going to be accountable to God,” the JAMB boss said.

    He decried the activities of some centres that were involved in aiding and abetting examination malpractice during the main examination held early in May.“We have an evidence of what happened in those centres.

    We had security information on when they were planning it.

    “And so, we wanted them to do whatever they wanted and let us see the outcome and also the effect of what they had done on the system.

    “But we now discovered that even if those who are planning this malpractice are 80 per cent, what about the 20 per cent innocent children; and that is why we are rewriting this examination,” he explained.

    According to the registrar, rewriting the examination has cost the board over N100 million.

    He said that the fight against examination malpractice was non-negotiable with the board.

    Oloyede said that because of the guilt of the centres involved in the malpractice, the owners had yet to come forward for their payment for the exercise.

    “My advice, therefore, for candidates  generally, especially those writing this examination here today, is that they have seen for themselves what all of us have made of the country.

    “They are free to determine whether they want to continue with this system, or on their own, whether they are eager to create a better tomorrow, and the better tomorrow is not to cheat in the examination.

    “They have seen for themselves that cutting corners does not pay, they have seen that they are repeating the examination, though it costs us a lot of money.

    “The only short cut to success is hard work,” he said.

    On the ongoing strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the Professor of Islamic Studies appealed for a way out, so that students could return to the classrooms.

    “As far as I am concerned, even if ASUU calls off the strike, that will not prevent it from happening again.

    “I believe that what we should do is to look at the system and take some dry hard decisions.

    “If we do not take such decisions, then we may be postponing the evil day,” Oloyede said.

    Francis David, one of the candidates that sat for the mop-up examination, told NAN that the lingering ASUU strike was another challenge.

    He said that he hoped the essence of taking the examination would not be defeated by the prolonged strike.

    According to him, the end to the strike does not seem in sight, especially as the country prepares for the 2023 general elections.

    “All the attention of the country’s leaders now is on the forthcoming elections.

    “This whole issue between the Federal Government and ASUU is demoralising, as it leaves the hope of most of us hanging.

    “It is giving us cause for concern, especially as there are other students that are also waiting on the brink already,” he said.

    NAN reports that centres visited by the registrar include JKK ETC on Ikorodu Road, the WAEC International Office (WIO) Agidingbi, Ikeja and the WAEC Test and Training Centre (WTTC) Ogba.
    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  NSCDC nab 3 suspects for committing different offences in Ilorin
    NSCDC nab 3 suspects for committing different offences in Ilorin
     NSCDC nab 3 suspects for committing different offences in Ilorin
    NSCDC nab 3 suspects for committing different offences in Ilorin
    Defence/Security2 weeks ago

    NSCDC nab 3 suspects for committing different offences in Ilorin

    The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Kwara Command, has arrested three suspects for committing different offences bordering on theft, criminal breach of trust and rape.

    The Spokesman of the Command, Mr Ayeni Olasunkanmi, told newsmen on Friday in Ilorin that the suspects were arrested at different times.

    Olasunkanmi said that one Arowolo Ayodeji, a 55-year-old man, was arrested following report of his sexual relationship with his 19 years old daughter.

    He explained that the victim reported the case through the Social Welfare Unit of NSCDC, narrating how the father had been having relationship with her, since she was seven years.

    The spokesman said that the suspect (Ayodeji) lived with his daughter at Ijero-Ekiti, Ekiti State, and had been sexually harassing the daughter for 12 years.

    “The man visited his daughter in Ilorin and wanted to have his way as usual, but she refused and escaped from his evil plan,” he said.

    Olasunkanmi further said that the second suspect, Qodri Ademola, from Gaa-Odota Ilorin, stole 21 phones that belonged to some students at the venue of JAMB examination centre, Aromaradu, Ita-Amodu Area, Ilorin.

    He said that Ademola pretended to be selling nose mask at the venue of the examination centre and was entrusted with students phones during the examination on May 10. The spokesman said that the suspect absconded with the students phones and had been on the run until he was arrested by NSCDC officers on Aug. 2. He however said that the third suspect, Showole Emmanuel, 19 years old, broke into a house at Sango Area, Ilorin, and stole car spare parts from a parked vehicle.

    Olasunkanmi said that Emmanuel pretended to be a scavenger that picks iron material at refuse dump, but  specialised in stealing and house breaking.

    He said that the three suspects confessed to have committed the offences and would be prosecuted immediately, to serve as a lesson to others like them.

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  •  We don t fix cut off marks says JAMB
    We don’t fix cut-off marks, says JAMB
     We don t fix cut off marks says JAMB
    We don’t fix cut-off marks, says JAMB
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    We don’t fix cut-off marks, says JAMB

    The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says no uniform minimum national Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) score for any of the tiers of tertiary institutions and neither does JAMB decide any such requirement for any institution.

    The board made this known in Abuja on Monday by the board Head, Public Affairs and Protocol, Dr Fabian Benjamin.

    Benjamin said the board did not and had never determined any uniform national UTME scores otherwise known as cut-off mark by the general public for any tertiary institution.

    “The lucid process of admission which the former President of the Academic Staff Union of University, Prof. Nasir Fagge, expounded and which was published in Premium Times is the exact process being followed in the conduct of admission exercise to tertiary institutions.

    “This process has even been improved upon with the elimination of human interference through its full automation with the introduction of the Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS).

    “For the purpose of emphasis, the board conducts the UTME and hands over the results to institutions for the conduct of admissions,” he said.

    He further said that before the admission exercise would commence, a policy meeting was usually held with all the Heads of the Institutions in attendance and chaired by the Minister of Education.

    According to him, at this meeting, the admission guidelines, which include recommendations from individual institutions and their preferred minimum admission scores, are presented and deliberated upon and not JAMB.

    “Prior to the meeting, for instance, more than 50 per cent of the universities had submitted in writing their minimum scores of 200 and above to the board for presentation to the meeting for the purpose of deliberation.

    “The same applied for the other tiers of tertiary institutions.

    “The implication of this process is that no institution will be able to admit any candidate with any score below what they had submitted as their minimum score,” he said.

    He, however, said there was nothing like a national minimum UTME score for all universities, polytechnics or colleges of education as it was only individual institutions which set their minimum entry scores based on their peculiarities.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that JAMB in September 2021 cancelled general cut-off marks for entrance into tertiary institutions, allowing the schools to set their minimum benchmarks.

    Benjamin also said that the board had no role whatsoever in the decision of the institutions to determine how or with what criteria they want to admit.

    “The role of the board is to ensure that the goalpost is not shifted in the middle of the game.

    “Furthermore, in most cases, the UTME score is not the sole determinant of placement of candidates into tertiary institutions.

    “As such, the undue attention to the so-called national minimum UTME score is a major conception of many ill-informed candidates who assumed that they have finally attained the benchmark having achieved the so-called minimum national score or “cut-off point’ for admission.

    “It is, therefore, a double jeopardy for many candidates who subscribed to the popular myth of a uniform UTME score (cut-off) for all universities, polytechnics or colleges of education in Nigeria,” it said.

    He said the board did not give uniform minimum UTME score (cut-off) for all universities, polytechnics or colleges of education.

    This, he added, was because each institution determined and summited to JAMB its minimum UTME score after analysing the UTME scores of its applicants against its available quota.

    He said decisions at the annual policy meeting on admission did not reduce minimum prescriptions emanating from the institutions except in few situations where these institutions had submitted minimum UTME scores that fell below what the policy meeting considered as the acceptable minimum score.

    “It should, therefore, be noted that UTME score is just one of the two or three scores that are generally cumulated to obtain the eventual aggregate score and ranking of the candidates by most institutions.

    “Other parameters are Post-- qualifications screening test score; grade score; and in some cases, physical test (such as applicable in the Nigerian Defence Academy).

    “Therefore, it is the score from all these segments that are added together to have an eventual ranking table or “cut-off” score,” it said.

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  •  Lowering UTME cut off marks an indication of crumbling education system Northwest stakeholders
    Lowering UTME cut-off marks, an indication of crumbling education system – Northwest stakeholders
     Lowering UTME cut off marks an indication of crumbling education system Northwest stakeholders
    Lowering UTME cut-off marks, an indication of crumbling education system – Northwest stakeholders
    General news2 weeks ago

    Lowering UTME cut-off marks, an indication of crumbling education system – Northwest stakeholders

    Mixed reactions trail the reduction in Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) cut-off points for admission into tertiary institutions , with stakeholders in Northwest expressing divergent views.

    In a survey conducted by the News Agency of Nigeria , whereas some of the stakeholders viewed the development as being counter-productive, others felt the reduction in the cut-off points posed no threat to the system as the 140 points was only the ‘minimum’ marks requirement.

    All the respondents however agreed that the mass failure that forced a reduction in the cut-off points, was a clear indication of the decline in quality of teaching in schools and products being churned out.

    NAN reports that the cut-off marks for the 20202021 admission was 160 for universities, while 120 and 100 were fixed for for Polytechnics and Colleges of Education respectively.

    In 20212022 admission, the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) gave schools the freedom to set their own minimum marks for admission.

    For 20222023 admission, JAMB adopted 140 as the minimum cut-off mark for degree awarding institutions, and 100 marks for Polytechnics and Colleges of Education.

    In Kaduna, some academics described the continued lowering of the cut-off marks for admission as an indication of a “crumbling education system” in Nigeria.

    The academics attributed the development to poor students’ performance in the Unified Tertiary Institutions Matriculation Examination (UTME) being conducted by JAMB, which determines the cut-off marks.

    One of them, Prof. Terhemba Wuam, a Professor of Economic History and Dean, Students Affairs, Kaduna State University, said that such development has severe consequences on the nation’s education system.

    According to him, the continued lowering of the cut-off marks from 180 in the early 2000, to the current 140 for universities, shows that Nigeria’s education system is in crisis.

    “If performance is good and highly competitive, based on the minimum expected standard, an applicant with 250 out of 400 points might not be able to secure admission.

    “But 140 cut-off marks for entry into degree awarding institutions is a clear case of the Nigerian education system crumbling”, he noted.

    Wuam said that the way out was to improve the country’s education system, adding that the planners needed to go back to the drawing board.

    Dr Peter Adamu, Chairman, Academic Staff Union of University, KASU Chapter, also said that lowering the cut-off marks was an indication that the quality of education was declining.

    “For example, 140 for universities means 35 per cent score and 100 for Polytechnics and Colleges of Education is 25 per cent; this is below the 40 per cent ‘E’ grade pass mark.

    “The yearly reduction will discourage some bright students from putting in more efforts to obtain higher scores, and this is likely to affect reading culture”, he said.

    Adamu suggested that at minimum, the marks should tally with the 40 per cent pass marks obtainable in tertiary institutions to pressurise applicants into putting in their best.

    Mr Dauda Pikawi, a lecturer with the Kaduna State College of Education, Gidan Waya, described the development as “counter-productive” to the nation’s quest for quality and functional education.

    According to him, lowering the cut-off marks is synonymous to lowering the standard of the already degenerated education in the country.

    “This is a country where the Colleges of Education that produce the teachers that would teach the nation’s population are the ones allotted the least entry point.

    “Disturbingly, for 2022 admission, the cut-off marks for Colleges of Education, the teacher training institutions, is as low as 100 out of 400 points.

    “In Malaysia and other countries, students with the highest points are the ones admitted into Teachers’ Colleges, while those with lower points are admitted for professional fields in the university and other institutions,” he said.

    He advised JAMB to set a benchmark of 200 as entry points to all tertiary institutions in the country to maintain standard across the board, stressing that no educational institution was less than the other.

    “Our experience in the classroom is very pathetic, with most students still struggling to understand simple parts of speech.

    “The worst are those in Colleges of Education where the worst performing applicants, both in secondary certificate examinations and UTME, are admitted,” he said.

    Also, Mr Daniels Akpan, Executive Director, African Centre for Education Development (CLEDA Africa) said that lowering the cut-off marks would discourage students from studying hard.

    “This also means that the lecturers will be struggling to teach students who are not mentally ready for tertiary education, and the circle of churning out half-baked graduates continues.

    “You do not help people by lowering standards; you help them by raising the standard, which is more sustainable, particularly in Nigeria, where we need functional education to move the country forward,” he said.

    Akpan also said that the universities and other tertiary institutions would be overwhelmed with applications for admission due to the low cut-off marks that would result in tight competition for space.

    “This development, if not checked, will breed corruption and sharp practices among the students and admission officers in the various tertiary institutions,” he added.

    Dr Mansur Buhari of the Department of Modern European Languages and Linguistics, Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, said lowering of cut-off marks by JAMB, amounted to “exchanging quality for quantity” in tertiary institutions.

    “The cut-off mark reduction affects the quality of students admitted as the standard of education keeps declining due to mainly poor learning atmosphere.

    “Another thing is that with this decision, JAMB seems to be much more interested in making profit than ensuring quality.

    “This is because the decision may only encourage more ‘customers’ rather than producing quality candidates to sit for the examination.

    “An example is how the examination body is seen bragging about how much billions in revenue being made from sales of forms and other add-ons for the candidates”, he said However, Malam Isma’ila Muhammad, from Federal College of Education, Gidan Madi, Sokoto, said although JAMB and other stakeholders are empowered to determine the minimum UTME score for admission, tertiary institutions still had the choice of increasing their points.

    “Years ago, before UTME became completely computer-based, JAMB considers curriculum changes in pegging cut-off points.

    “The level of changes in curriculum normally affects the learner’s performance as every new development in curriculum calls for adjustments in instruction.

    “Implementation (coverage) of syllabi is also a factor; JAMB considers the extent of curriculum coverage across the federation; prolonged strikes, vacations, availability of subventions, manpower and school safety, are all factor”, he said.

    Muhammad added that the JAMB must determine cut-off points according to the realities on ground.

    Also, Mr Ibrahim Binji, a lecturer with the Sokoto State University, said lowering of university cut-off marks had no serious impact on the university system, provided the learning and supervision mechanism remained intact.

    He said when the students were admitted, all the initial grades would be kept aside and the students would have to struggle to achieve minimum standards for retention, continuation and graduation in whatever course of study.

    According to him, lowering the cut off marks will not have serious impacts on the system, so long as standards and procedures during the learning process are not altered to subdue the graduation requirements.

    Another University Don, Dr Danladi Sokoto, said the entrance procedures should not be so lenient to the extent of over-populating tertiary institutions , especially the universities.

    Sokoto, who is a lecturer in the Geography Department of Federal University, Futsinma, Katsina state, stressed the need to safeguard the minimum entrance standards and routine measurements of students performance.

    Also, Prof. Habu Mohammed, lecturer at the Political Science Department, Bayero University, Kano (BUK), said lowering of UTME cut-off marks would not affect quality of tertiary education in the country.

    “This year, most of the candidates failed, according to statistics, and that is why JAMB lowered the cut-off points for entrance into tertiary institutions.

    “So, for universities, instead of the normal 180 been the general entry points, they reduced it to 140. “That has nothing to do with the quality of tertiary education; standard for admission by the universities will not change,” he argued.

    He pointed out that big universities will start admission with normal 180 as entry point; they will only admit those with marks below 180 after accepting those with points above 180, if they still have spaces,” he said.

    In Gusau, the Dean, Faculty of Education, Federal University, Dr Bashir Sulaiman, is also of the view that lowering UTME cut-off marks has no adverse effects.

    According to him, the minimum 140 mark is average, and that when average students get in to the university, some of them might improve.

    A Senior Lecturer, Federal College of Education (Technical), Gusau, Mr Nasiru Zabarma, said lowering the marks will give ample opportunities for the teeming youths to secure admission into universities.

    Dr Muttaqha Rabe-Darma, a senior lecturer with the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Bayero University, Kano, said there must be set standard for quality to be achieved, otherwise the purpose of the UTME would be defeated.

    “If JAMB continues to change the cut-off marks, it means the UTME is not even a valid thing in our education system, then it should be scrapped ”, he suggested. 

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  •  Lowering UTME cut off mark ll spur competition education dev t Stakeholders
    Lowering UTME cut-off mark ‘ll spur competition, education dev’t – Stakeholders
     Lowering UTME cut off mark ll spur competition education dev t Stakeholders
    Lowering UTME cut-off mark ‘ll spur competition, education dev’t – Stakeholders
    Education3 weeks ago

    Lowering UTME cut-off mark ‘ll spur competition, education dev’t – Stakeholders

    Stakeholders in the education sector in the North-East have said that continuous lowering of Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) cut-off mark would encourage competition and educational development in the country.

    The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and heads of tertiary institutions of learning and other stakeholders on July 21, adopted 140 cut-off mark for admissions in the 20222023 academic session.

    The board adopted 140 as the minimum cut-off mark for admission into universities and 100 for polytechnics and colleges of education, respectively.

    Some of the stakehokders who spoke in Bauchi, Damaturu,  Dutse, Gombe, Maiduguri and Yola, described the move as a welcome development, saying it would provide level playing ground for candidates seeking admission into universities and other institutions.

    While others dismissed it as inimical to sustainable development of tertiary education in the country.

    Mr Mubarak Tanko, a Lecturer in the Department of Sociology Science, University of Maiduguri, said the lowering of the cut-off mark would not affect the Post-UTME test prepared by the institutions.

    He said the institutions were allowed to set their own cut-off mark, the least score which any candidate must obtain to enable him to qualify for the Post-UTME screening.

    “Institutions are not allowed to set their admission cut-off mark lower than the JAMB 140 benchmark. 

    “This means that no public university is allowed to set its Post-UTME admission cut-off mark lower than 140 but they have the right to set it above 140. The same applies to polytechnics and Colleges of Education.

    “Competitive schools will likely set their admission mark above the minimum 140 cut-off mark, especially those with high number of applicants, they might set their cut-off mark at 200 and above,” he said.

    According to him, the 140 cut-off will avail candidates who score below 200 to get admission in less competitive universities across the country.

    In the same vein, Shareef Bunu, an Official of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) in Borno, said the UTME score was not the sole determinant of the placement of candidates into tertiary institutions.

    He that admission is based on other parameters such as  Post-UTME, A’level qualifications, O’level grades and physical test.

    “JAMB gave the institutions free hand to consider any score they deem fit for their candidates,” he said.

    Bunu opined the action would give candidates with lower mark to compete favourably and eoacademic excellence.

    Also, Mr Idriss Muhammad, a resident of Bauchi, commended JAMB for the gesture, saying it would enhance access to quality tertiary education in the country.

    However, Dr Hassan Langa, Provost, College of Education, Billiri, Gombe State, said continuous lowering of UTME cut-off mark, indicated lack of competitiveness in the education system in the country.

    He said it was imperative for the relevant institutions to evolved sound policies to allow room for competition to spur academic excellence.

    He said that it was fair for students who scored as high as 300; 250 and 200, and get admission  alongside those with 140 mark in the same institution.

    “Lowering of the cut-off mark is not fair for our educational system, the one for universities should be 180, polytechnics and COEs 160 and 140 respectively.

    “The 100 cut-off mark for COEs is too low considering the fact that those that will be admitted were potential teachers.

    “You are now sending those with very poor performance to colleges and you expect them to become teachers in the future”.

    Also; Pro. Salisu Rakum, former Dean, Faculty of Education, Federal University of Kashere (FUK), said that lowering of the cut-off would have adverse effect on the education standard in the country.

    He said the trend would make students less committed to their studies thereby affecting their academic performances.

    “COEs as potential teacher training centres needed best and competent hands because, the future of every career is in their hands,” he said.

    Dr Bashir Yusuf, Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Federal University Dutse chapter, who corroborated earlier opinion said the trend would further deteriorate tertiary education in the country.

    According to him, the action would produce poor quality graduates who could not compete with their contemporaries across the globe.

    Lecturers, he said would find it difficult to train such students since they lack prerequisite requirement and capapacity for advance education.

    He said the trend if continued unchecked would made Nigeria to be perpetually dependent on expatriates, especially in medicine, engineering and other specialise fields.

    The ASUU official further identified poverty, corruption and poor standard of living, lack of computer literacy or access to ICT as some of the obstacles towards achieving good performances in the UTME.

    “Such graduates will find it difficult to secure job in future because they cannot compete with those abroad,” Yusuf said.

    Bashir further stressed the need for collective approach to address the root cause for students’ poor performances in the UTME to enable them get the required mark for admission in tertiary institutions of Learning.

    Similarly, Dr Mahdi Abba, a lecture at the Modibbo Adama University (MAU), Yola in Adamawa, said that candidates seeking admission into universities should be subjected to academic rigour and competitive entry examinations.

    For her part; Mrs Fatima Abubakar, a Lecturer, Computer Department, Federal Polytechnic Bauchi, attributed the low students’ performances in the UTME to the falling standard of basic and post-basic level of education.

    She said the basic education level was comatose due to lack of qualified teachers to impart relevant knowledge and skills in their students.

    She further blamed school authorities for not adhering to syllabus as well as interference of parents and guardians in ensuring prospering education and discipline of their wards.

    To address the problem, Mr Idriss Jajere, a lecturer, Biological Sciences Department, Federal University Gashua in Yobe, advised that government should address the problem right from secondary school level.

    He said students’ capacity should determine their success or failure when writing West African Examination Council (WAEC) a National Exa6Commission (NECO),The academic don urged the boarc to strictly maintain the set standard, adding that, “compromising or slashing cut-off mark will not help the system, rather worsen it”.

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