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  •  Prof Ishaq Oloyede the Registrar Joint Admission and Matriculation Board JAMB has faulted calls for extension of the validity of JAMB results beyond one year Oloyede said this at a hearing on the 2023 2025 Medium Term Expenditure Strategy Paper by the the House of Representatives Committee on Finance on Wednesday in Abuja He said that those calling for the extension of the validity of the result have not considered its nature and many factors involved Somebody who takes our exams this year and scores 240 and wants to read medicine he knows that without 280 he cannot go and you tell him not to take exams even though he waits for 10 years he cannot have it because some other new sets will take exams and score higher marks and the man will remain where he is For those who read education we have two types of examinations in which you would have determined the pass mark you will say 50 per cent is a credit anybody who attains it goes And anybody who does not has failed But the examination we are conducting if you like it is a one chance examination it cannot be banked because it is a ranking examination it is not an examination that determines the full assessment of the candidate he said Our examination does not qualify you for any placement it is your five credits in 0 level that places you in the university or polytechnic our own exams is to say there are more people who are qualified let us rank them If you have 400 over 400 in JAMB and you do not have five credits in 0 level you are going nowhere Oloyede urged the committee to remove JAMB from the annual national budget by granting it total autonomy to reduce the burden on the national treasury The registrar however said that as condition for the autonomy JAMB should be allowed to jerk its fees to N5 000 as it was a few years ago He said that the board decided to review the fees downward in 2017 from N5000 to N3500 after remitting N7 5 billion into government coffers as operating surplus Oloyede said given the current economic realities JAMB should be allowed to revert back to N5 000 saying that except in Finland no country s examination body charged low fees as that of Nigeria There is nowhere that government funds this type of examination They actually provide some support for the institution because students pay some token as registration fees and from it they bear the responsibility of salaries and provide some succours We are comfortable to be taken off the budget but there are conditions One of the conditions for example when students registered in 2016 we collected N5 000 and that had been on for fives years before I joined When we came in we remitted N7 5 billion We felt it was too much and approached the federal government to reduce the fees We have not added a kobo since he said I believe we should revert to the N5000 we were charging Given the inflation if we charge N10 000 I am just giving it as example nobody will ask the federal government for one kobo I am not aware of anywhere in the world except maybe Finland that charges as low as JAMB is charging In Finland we know that everything is free We are hearing that you are planning to borrow billions We are all going to sink at the end of the day If there is any way anybody believes he can save this country we should start doing that The earlier we start the better for us The Deputy Chairman of the Committee Rep Saidu Abdulahi APC Niger commended the registrar for his financial prudence NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Registrar faults call for extension of validity of JAMB result
     Prof Ishaq Oloyede the Registrar Joint Admission and Matriculation Board JAMB has faulted calls for extension of the validity of JAMB results beyond one year Oloyede said this at a hearing on the 2023 2025 Medium Term Expenditure Strategy Paper by the the House of Representatives Committee on Finance on Wednesday in Abuja He said that those calling for the extension of the validity of the result have not considered its nature and many factors involved Somebody who takes our exams this year and scores 240 and wants to read medicine he knows that without 280 he cannot go and you tell him not to take exams even though he waits for 10 years he cannot have it because some other new sets will take exams and score higher marks and the man will remain where he is For those who read education we have two types of examinations in which you would have determined the pass mark you will say 50 per cent is a credit anybody who attains it goes And anybody who does not has failed But the examination we are conducting if you like it is a one chance examination it cannot be banked because it is a ranking examination it is not an examination that determines the full assessment of the candidate he said Our examination does not qualify you for any placement it is your five credits in 0 level that places you in the university or polytechnic our own exams is to say there are more people who are qualified let us rank them If you have 400 over 400 in JAMB and you do not have five credits in 0 level you are going nowhere Oloyede urged the committee to remove JAMB from the annual national budget by granting it total autonomy to reduce the burden on the national treasury The registrar however said that as condition for the autonomy JAMB should be allowed to jerk its fees to N5 000 as it was a few years ago He said that the board decided to review the fees downward in 2017 from N5000 to N3500 after remitting N7 5 billion into government coffers as operating surplus Oloyede said given the current economic realities JAMB should be allowed to revert back to N5 000 saying that except in Finland no country s examination body charged low fees as that of Nigeria There is nowhere that government funds this type of examination They actually provide some support for the institution because students pay some token as registration fees and from it they bear the responsibility of salaries and provide some succours We are comfortable to be taken off the budget but there are conditions One of the conditions for example when students registered in 2016 we collected N5 000 and that had been on for fives years before I joined When we came in we remitted N7 5 billion We felt it was too much and approached the federal government to reduce the fees We have not added a kobo since he said I believe we should revert to the N5000 we were charging Given the inflation if we charge N10 000 I am just giving it as example nobody will ask the federal government for one kobo I am not aware of anywhere in the world except maybe Finland that charges as low as JAMB is charging In Finland we know that everything is free We are hearing that you are planning to borrow billions We are all going to sink at the end of the day If there is any way anybody believes he can save this country we should start doing that The earlier we start the better for us The Deputy Chairman of the Committee Rep Saidu Abdulahi APC Niger commended the registrar for his financial prudence NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Registrar faults call for extension of validity of JAMB result
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    Registrar faults call for extension of validity of JAMB result

    Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, the Registrar, Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has faulted calls for extension of the validity of JAMB results beyond one year.

    Oloyede said this at a hearing on the 2023-2025 Medium Term Expenditure Strategy Paper by the the House of Representatives Committee on Finance on Wednesday in Abuja.

    He said that those calling for the extension of the validity of the result have not considered its nature and many factors involved.

    “Somebody who takes our exams this year and scores 240 and wants to read medicine, he knows that without 280, he cannot go, and you tell him not to take exams, even though he waits for 10 years, he cannot have it because, some other new sets will take exams and score higher marks and the man will remain where he is.

    “For those who read education, we have two types of examinations in which you would have determined the pass mark; you will say 50 per cent is a credit, anybody who attains it goes.

    And anybody who does not, has failed.

    “But the examination we are conducting, if you like, it is a one chance examination, it cannot be banked because it is a ranking examination; it is not an examination that determines the full assessment of the candidate,” he said.

    “Our examination does not qualify you for any placement, it is your five credits in 0’level that places you in the university or polytechnic, our own exams is to say there are more people who are qualified, let us rank them “If you have 400 over 400 in JAMB and you do not have five credits in 0’level, you are going nowhere”.

    Oloyede urged the committee to remove JAMB from the annual national budget by granting it total autonomy to reduce the burden on the national treasury.

    The registrar, however, said that as condition for the autonomy, JAMB should be allowed to jerk its fees to N5,000 as it was a few years ago.

    He said that the board decided to review the fees downward in 2017 from N5000 to N3500 after remitting N7.5 billion into government coffers as operating surplus.

    Oloyede said given the current economic realities, JAMB should be allowed to revert back to N5,000, saying that except in Finland, no country’s examination body charged low fees as that of Nigeria.

    “There is nowhere that government funds this type of examination.

    They actually provide some support for the institution because students pay some token as registration fees and from it, they bear the responsibility of salaries and provide some succours.

    “We are comfortable to be taken off the budget but there are conditions.

    One of the conditions for example, when students registered in 2016, we collected N5,000 and that had been on for fives years before I joined.

    “When we came in, we remitted N7.5 billion.

    We felt it was too much and approached the federal government to reduce the fees.

    We have not added a kobo since,” he said.

    “I believe we should revert to the N5000 we were charging.

    Given the inflation, if we charge N10, 000, I am just giving it as example, nobody will ask the federal government for one kobo.

    “I am not aware of anywhere in the world, except maybe Finland— that charges as low as JAMB is charging.

    In Finland, we know that everything is free.

    “We are hearing that you are planning to borrow billions.

    We are all going to sink at the end of the day.

    If there is any way anybody believes he can save this country, we should start doing that.

    The earlier we start the better for us.

    ” The Deputy Chairman of the Committee, Rep. Saidu Abdulahi (APC-Niger) commended the registrar for his financial prudence.


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  •  Mr Babatunde Irukera the Executive Vice Chairman Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission FCCPC on Monday said the commission had a target revenue of N14 3 billion for 2023 Irukera made this known at a hearing on the 2023 2025 Medium Term Expenditure Strategy Paper orgnised by the House of Representatives Committee on Finance in Abuja The FCCPC boss said that before assuming office in April 2017 the commission had zero remittance into government coffers Irukera said that under his watch at the end of 2017 about N41 million was remitted and that N34 million was also remitted at the end of 2018 He said in 2019 after the establishment law was amended N98 million was remitted and the commission pulled out from being funded by the treasury and became self funded The FCCPC helmsman said in 2021 about N1 3 billion was remitted while in 2022 about N1 26 billion had been so far remitted In the process of leaving the government treasury as at today with the budget performing at 70 per cent we have received N163 million in overhead N296 million in capital and not a naira is waiting to be swept at the end of the year that s about N500 million As at this year we have given the government N1 2 billion and we will give more our revenue target for 2023 is N14 3 billion I feel relatively confident that we will be close or hit the target We however need to find a balance we are not a revenue generating agency and we must not be portrayed or perceived as doing our work so revenue will come in We will lose our credibility and it will affect the economy he said Reacting to issues of expenditures raised by the committee in an earlier sitting Irukera said that hazard allowance were paid to members of staff who went out on surveillance and enforcement The FCCPC boss said that they were exposed to so many dangers especially when they faced loan sharks and digital lenders that sent defamatory messages in the country According to him they are one of the agencies that remained at work throughout the COVID 19 lockdown so they are hazards of the job Irukera said that the increase in insurance premium from three million to N30 million was because before his arrival the commission acted irresponsibly about insurance which has been corrected They were buying brand new cars and were doing third party insurance so there was potential for loss but now we insure all the vehicles comprehensively We do all the appropriate insurance to make sure that not only are people comfortable we make sure if there is a loss of government property we do not have to pay for it he said He explained that more money needed to be spent on building enterprise management systems to keep commerce running as a result of COVID 19 He said that the system had almost eliminated paperwork and file movement as a merger of two companies could be fully done online among others Members of the committee congratulated Irukera for the feat so far achieved by the commission under his leadership The Chairman of the committee Rep Abdullahi Saidu APC Niger said that in the banking sector when a member of staff met a target of one billion naira the next day a two billion naira target was given If you do that let the committee know so that we have a reference point for other agencies appearing before us like I earlier made example of Prof Is haq Oyelede of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board JAMB If you do that I assure you the country will celebrate you I know we are not too good in celebrating achievers but this assembly has given people award in our chambers So if you do something deserving of accolade this committee will speak for you Nigerians will celebrate you So come back and say you have done N15 billion and then we will say he has raised revenue from two billion to N15 billion That is a quantum lift anywhere any time we know you can do it with the passion you displayed today the committee believes you can do it he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FCCPC targets N14.3bn revenue in 2023, says Vice Chairman
     Mr Babatunde Irukera the Executive Vice Chairman Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission FCCPC on Monday said the commission had a target revenue of N14 3 billion for 2023 Irukera made this known at a hearing on the 2023 2025 Medium Term Expenditure Strategy Paper orgnised by the House of Representatives Committee on Finance in Abuja The FCCPC boss said that before assuming office in April 2017 the commission had zero remittance into government coffers Irukera said that under his watch at the end of 2017 about N41 million was remitted and that N34 million was also remitted at the end of 2018 He said in 2019 after the establishment law was amended N98 million was remitted and the commission pulled out from being funded by the treasury and became self funded The FCCPC helmsman said in 2021 about N1 3 billion was remitted while in 2022 about N1 26 billion had been so far remitted In the process of leaving the government treasury as at today with the budget performing at 70 per cent we have received N163 million in overhead N296 million in capital and not a naira is waiting to be swept at the end of the year that s about N500 million As at this year we have given the government N1 2 billion and we will give more our revenue target for 2023 is N14 3 billion I feel relatively confident that we will be close or hit the target We however need to find a balance we are not a revenue generating agency and we must not be portrayed or perceived as doing our work so revenue will come in We will lose our credibility and it will affect the economy he said Reacting to issues of expenditures raised by the committee in an earlier sitting Irukera said that hazard allowance were paid to members of staff who went out on surveillance and enforcement The FCCPC boss said that they were exposed to so many dangers especially when they faced loan sharks and digital lenders that sent defamatory messages in the country According to him they are one of the agencies that remained at work throughout the COVID 19 lockdown so they are hazards of the job Irukera said that the increase in insurance premium from three million to N30 million was because before his arrival the commission acted irresponsibly about insurance which has been corrected They were buying brand new cars and were doing third party insurance so there was potential for loss but now we insure all the vehicles comprehensively We do all the appropriate insurance to make sure that not only are people comfortable we make sure if there is a loss of government property we do not have to pay for it he said He explained that more money needed to be spent on building enterprise management systems to keep commerce running as a result of COVID 19 He said that the system had almost eliminated paperwork and file movement as a merger of two companies could be fully done online among others Members of the committee congratulated Irukera for the feat so far achieved by the commission under his leadership The Chairman of the committee Rep Abdullahi Saidu APC Niger said that in the banking sector when a member of staff met a target of one billion naira the next day a two billion naira target was given If you do that let the committee know so that we have a reference point for other agencies appearing before us like I earlier made example of Prof Is haq Oyelede of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board JAMB If you do that I assure you the country will celebrate you I know we are not too good in celebrating achievers but this assembly has given people award in our chambers So if you do something deserving of accolade this committee will speak for you Nigerians will celebrate you So come back and say you have done N15 billion and then we will say he has raised revenue from two billion to N15 billion That is a quantum lift anywhere any time we know you can do it with the passion you displayed today the committee believes you can do it he said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FCCPC targets N14.3bn revenue in 2023, says Vice Chairman
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    FCCPC targets N14.3bn revenue in 2023, says Vice Chairman

    Mr Babatunde Irukera, the Executive Vice Chairman, Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC), on Monday said the commission had a target revenue of N14.3 billion for 2023. Irukera made this known at a hearing on the 2023-2025 Medium Term Expenditure Strategy Paper orgnised by the House of Representatives Committee on Finance in Abuja.

    The FCCPC boss said that before assuming office in April 2017, the commission had zero remittance into government coffers.

    Irukera said that under his watch at the end of 2017, about N41 million was remitted and that N34 million was also remitted at the end of 2018. He said in 2019 after the establishment law was amended, N98 million was remitted and the commission pulled out from being funded by the treasury and became self-funded.

    The FCCPC helmsman said in 2021, about N1.3 billion was remitted while in 2022, about N1.26 billion had been so far remitted.

    “In the process of leaving the government treasury, as at today with the budget performing at 70 per cent, we have received N163 million in overhead, N296 million in capital and not a naira is waiting to be swept at the end of the year; that’s about N500 million.

    “As at this year, we have given the government N1.2 billion and we will give more; our revenue target for 2023 is N14.3 billion, I feel relatively confident that we will be close or hit the target.

    “We, however, need to find a balance, we are not a revenue generating agency, and we must not be portrayed or perceived as doing our work so revenue will come in.

    “We will lose our credibility and it will affect the economy,’’ he said.

    Reacting to issues of expenditures raised by the committee in an earlier sitting, Irukera said that hazard allowance were paid to members of staff who went out on surveillance and enforcement.

    The FCCPC boss said that they were exposed to so many dangers, especially when they faced loan sharks and digital lenders that sent defamatory messages in the country.

    According to him, they are one of the agencies that remained at work throughout the COVID-19 lockdown so they are hazards of the job.

    Irukera said that the increase in insurance premium from three million to N30 million was because before his arrival, the “commission acted irresponsibly about insurance which has been corrected”.

    “They were buying brand new cars and were doing third-party insurance so there was potential for loss but now, we insure all the vehicles comprehensively.

    “We do all the appropriate insurance to make sure that not only are people comfortable, we make sure if there is a loss of government property, we do not have to pay for it,’’ he said.

    He explained that more money needed to be spent on building enterprise management systems to keep commerce running as a result of COVID-19. He said that the system had almost eliminated paperwork and file movement as a merger of two companies could be fully done online among others.

    Members of the committee congratulated Irukera for the feat so far achieved by the commission under his leadership.

    The Chairman of the committee, Rep. Abdullahi Saidu (APC-Niger), said that in the banking sector, when a member of staff met a target of one billion naira, the next day a two billion naira target was given.

    “If you do that, let the committee know so that we have a reference point for other agencies appearing before us like I earlier made example of Prof. Is-haq Oyelede of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB).

    “If you do that, I assure you, the country will celebrate you; I know we are not too good in celebrating achievers, but this assembly has given people award in our chambers.

    “So if you do something deserving of accolade, this committee will speak for you, Nigerians will celebrate you.

    “So come back and say you have done N15 billion and then we will say, he has raised revenue from two billion to N15 billion.

    “That is a quantum lift anywhere any time, we know you can do it, with the passion you displayed today the committee believes you can do it,’’ he said.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  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 jamb gov 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 cybercaf s that often take advantage of hapless candidates NewsSourceCredit NAN
    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 jamb gov 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 cybercaf s that often take advantage of hapless candidates NewsSourceCredit NAN
    JAMB releases results of 2022 UTME mop-up examination
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    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.

    jamb.

    gov.

    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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  •  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 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    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 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    We don’t fix cut-off marks, says JAMB
    General news2 months ago

    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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  •  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 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    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 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Lowering UTME cut-off marks, an indication of crumbling education system – Northwest stakeholders
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    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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  •  Stakeholders in the education sector have described the recent lowering of cut off mark by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board JAMB for the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Exam UTME as retrogressive and unhealthy The stakeholders from the South East said this in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria while reacting to JAMB recent pronouncements on the 2022 cut off mark for tertiary institutions NAN reports that the 20222023 UTME cut off mark for universities in Nigeria is 140 and above for polytechnics and monotechnics is 120 and above and for colleges of education is 100 and above depending on the school of choice and course of study In Imo an Assistant Lecturer at the Department of Biochemistry Federal University of Technology Owerri Mrs Ogedi Ugwu said the continuous reduction of cut off marks would lead to poor performance in tertiary education Ugwu said the UTME served as a tool to assess the preparedness of students for tertiary education She said their performance in basic subject areas would go a long way in identifying the courses they were best suited for and how well they would perform in those courses She noted that if the cut off marks continued to reduce the quality of undergraduates admitted to Nigerian tertiary institutions would be severely compromised The UTME is a tool used to assess students preparedness for tertiary education through an average score in basic subjects areas Therefore if UTME cut off mark continues to decrease it will reduce the quality of undergraduates admitted to Nigerian universities This will result in a poor learning outcome and performance in tertiary education she said Also contributing Mr Cyril Ofoegbu of the Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu University Igbariam described the downward trend in UTME cut off marks as appalling Ofoegbu said this could further lead to the fall in standard of education in the country as it would discourage students from studying in preparedness for higher education UTME started falling from 200 to 190 to 180 to 170 to 160 last year This year it went down to 140 and maybe next year it will further go down to 130 Soon you just simply buy form and then you get admitted into the university The National Universities Commission NUC should rather raise the standards above 200 Anyone who cannot attain the mark is not fit to study in the university Ofoegbu advised A University Lecturer in Enugu State Prof Christian Madu also said the approved lower cut off marks for students seeking admission in Nigeria tertiary institutions would lower the standard of education in the country Madu who is of the Environmental Management and Control Department University of Nigeria said that the educational standard would be affected if something was not done to accommodate the students with low grade The don said that schools that had students with low grades could groom them especially in the subject areas they did not do quite well in their UTME so as to be at par with those with high grade He said that if they were not groomed to meet up with the bright students they might end up dropping from the institutions especially after their first year in the institutions Mrs Jacintha Nweke an educationist said that the government should allow individual tertiary institution to decide its cut off mark as this would make students who were preparing for UTME to sit up Nweke said that she was very sure that no university would adopt the cut off marks announced by the government adding that it would further degrade the low standard of the Nigeria education system Prof Ifeanyichukwu Abada of the Department of Political Science UNN urged the Federal Government to act fast to improve funding and give required attention to education sector in the country He recalled that there was a time JAMB cut off mark for universities was 250 and today was lowered to 140 Instead of Education sector going forward it is moving backward it s retrogressive unfortunate and an unhealthy development If nothing serious is done to arrest this ugly development in education sector by the next three years cut off mark for universities will be 80 and polytechnics 50 he said Mr George Akubue a Lecturer at the Institute of African Studies UNN said the development was a dangerous indication of serious decline in the standard of education Federal state and local governments should see this as a big challenge to improve funding of education in the three tiers of government before the situation gets out of hand he said In Anambra Prof Anthony Eze of the Faculty of Education Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka said that efforts should be made at enhancing teaching to enable students meet up with the standard instead of lowering it to accommodate their capacity He said that rather than making university an all comers affair those who lacked the intellectual capacity to access that level of education should be encouraged to go for vocational and other informal systems of education According to him reducing cut off marks is ill advised it will affect the standard of education adversely There is no justification for lowering the cut off mark from between 250 and 300 to as low as 120 it signals a general drop in our university education standard University is not for everybody those who don t have the capacity to meet up should be encouraged to go for vocational training he said Also speaking Mrs Jane Nwoko a parent and secondary school teacher said managers of the Nigerian education sector should not collapse the system because they wanted to accommodate everybody According to her though it will help more students to gain admission into higher institutions the implication is that the quality of learning and graduates will be reduced She called for better funding and supervision of post primary education to make them meet up with the curriculum A cross section of academics in Ebonyi said that the adverse effect of continuous lowering of UTME cut off mark into tertiary institutions would be devastating to education development of the country Mr Ejike Okoro an educationist said the NUC should introduce better things in the system rather than continuous lowering of the cut off mark We are most worried towards standard of learning structures educational materials libraries among others Okoro said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Lowering of UTME cut off mark is unhealthy, retrogressive- Stakeholders bemoan
     Stakeholders in the education sector have described the recent lowering of cut off mark by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board JAMB for the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Exam UTME as retrogressive and unhealthy The stakeholders from the South East said this in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria while reacting to JAMB recent pronouncements on the 2022 cut off mark for tertiary institutions NAN reports that the 20222023 UTME cut off mark for universities in Nigeria is 140 and above for polytechnics and monotechnics is 120 and above and for colleges of education is 100 and above depending on the school of choice and course of study In Imo an Assistant Lecturer at the Department of Biochemistry Federal University of Technology Owerri Mrs Ogedi Ugwu said the continuous reduction of cut off marks would lead to poor performance in tertiary education Ugwu said the UTME served as a tool to assess the preparedness of students for tertiary education She said their performance in basic subject areas would go a long way in identifying the courses they were best suited for and how well they would perform in those courses She noted that if the cut off marks continued to reduce the quality of undergraduates admitted to Nigerian tertiary institutions would be severely compromised The UTME is a tool used to assess students preparedness for tertiary education through an average score in basic subjects areas Therefore if UTME cut off mark continues to decrease it will reduce the quality of undergraduates admitted to Nigerian universities This will result in a poor learning outcome and performance in tertiary education she said Also contributing Mr Cyril Ofoegbu of the Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu University Igbariam described the downward trend in UTME cut off marks as appalling Ofoegbu said this could further lead to the fall in standard of education in the country as it would discourage students from studying in preparedness for higher education UTME started falling from 200 to 190 to 180 to 170 to 160 last year This year it went down to 140 and maybe next year it will further go down to 130 Soon you just simply buy form and then you get admitted into the university The National Universities Commission NUC should rather raise the standards above 200 Anyone who cannot attain the mark is not fit to study in the university Ofoegbu advised A University Lecturer in Enugu State Prof Christian Madu also said the approved lower cut off marks for students seeking admission in Nigeria tertiary institutions would lower the standard of education in the country Madu who is of the Environmental Management and Control Department University of Nigeria said that the educational standard would be affected if something was not done to accommodate the students with low grade The don said that schools that had students with low grades could groom them especially in the subject areas they did not do quite well in their UTME so as to be at par with those with high grade He said that if they were not groomed to meet up with the bright students they might end up dropping from the institutions especially after their first year in the institutions Mrs Jacintha Nweke an educationist said that the government should allow individual tertiary institution to decide its cut off mark as this would make students who were preparing for UTME to sit up Nweke said that she was very sure that no university would adopt the cut off marks announced by the government adding that it would further degrade the low standard of the Nigeria education system Prof Ifeanyichukwu Abada of the Department of Political Science UNN urged the Federal Government to act fast to improve funding and give required attention to education sector in the country He recalled that there was a time JAMB cut off mark for universities was 250 and today was lowered to 140 Instead of Education sector going forward it is moving backward it s retrogressive unfortunate and an unhealthy development If nothing serious is done to arrest this ugly development in education sector by the next three years cut off mark for universities will be 80 and polytechnics 50 he said Mr George Akubue a Lecturer at the Institute of African Studies UNN said the development was a dangerous indication of serious decline in the standard of education Federal state and local governments should see this as a big challenge to improve funding of education in the three tiers of government before the situation gets out of hand he said In Anambra Prof Anthony Eze of the Faculty of Education Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka said that efforts should be made at enhancing teaching to enable students meet up with the standard instead of lowering it to accommodate their capacity He said that rather than making university an all comers affair those who lacked the intellectual capacity to access that level of education should be encouraged to go for vocational and other informal systems of education According to him reducing cut off marks is ill advised it will affect the standard of education adversely There is no justification for lowering the cut off mark from between 250 and 300 to as low as 120 it signals a general drop in our university education standard University is not for everybody those who don t have the capacity to meet up should be encouraged to go for vocational training he said Also speaking Mrs Jane Nwoko a parent and secondary school teacher said managers of the Nigerian education sector should not collapse the system because they wanted to accommodate everybody According to her though it will help more students to gain admission into higher institutions the implication is that the quality of learning and graduates will be reduced She called for better funding and supervision of post primary education to make them meet up with the curriculum A cross section of academics in Ebonyi said that the adverse effect of continuous lowering of UTME cut off mark into tertiary institutions would be devastating to education development of the country Mr Ejike Okoro an educationist said the NUC should introduce better things in the system rather than continuous lowering of the cut off mark We are most worried towards standard of learning structures educational materials libraries among others Okoro said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Lowering of UTME cut off mark is unhealthy, retrogressive- Stakeholders bemoan
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    Lowering of UTME cut off mark is unhealthy, retrogressive- Stakeholders bemoan

    Stakeholders in the education sector have described the recent lowering of cut off mark by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) for the 2022 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Exam (UTME) as “retrogressive and unhealthy”.The stakeholders from the South East said this in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria while reacting to JAMB recent pronouncements on the 2022 cut off mark for tertiary institutions.NAN reports that the 20222023 UTME cut-off mark for universities in Nigeria is 140 and above, for polytechnics and monotechnics is 120 and above and for colleges of education is 100 and above depending on the school of choice and course of study.In Imo, an Assistant Lecturer at the Department of Biochemistry, Federal University of Technology Owerri, Mrs. Ogedi Ugwu, said the continuous reduction of cut-off marks would lead to poor performance in tertiary education.Ugwu said the UTME served as a tool to assess the preparedness of students for tertiary education.She said their performance in basic subject areas would go a long way in identifying the courses they were best suited for and how well they would perform in those courses.She noted that if the cut-off marks continued to reduce, the quality of undergraduates admitted to Nigerian tertiary institutions would be severely compromised.“The UTME is a tool used to assess students’ preparedness for tertiary education through an average score in basic subjects areas.“Therefore, if UTME cut-off mark continues to decrease, it will reduce the quality of undergraduates admitted to Nigerian universities.“This will result in a poor learning outcome and performance in tertiary education,” she said.Also contributing, Mr Cyril Ofoegbu of the Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu University, Igbariam, described the downward trend in UTME cut-off marks as “appalling”.Ofoegbu said this could further lead to the fall in standard of education in the country as it would discourage students from studying in preparedness for higher education.“UTME started falling from 200, to 190, to 180, to 170, to 160 last year.This year, it went down to 140, and maybe next year, it will further go down to 130. “Soon, you just simply buy form and then you get admitted, into the university.“The National Universities Commission (NUC) should rather raise the standards above 200. Anyone who cannot attain the mark is not fit to study in the university,” Ofoegbu advised.A University Lecturer in Enugu State, Prof. Christian Madu, also said the approved lower cut off marks for students seeking admission in Nigeria tertiary institutions would lower the standard of education in the country.Madu, who is of the Environmental Management and Control Department, University of Nigeria said that the educational standard would be affected if something was not done to accommodate the students with low grade.The don said that schools that had students with low grades could groom them, especially in the subject areas they did not do quite well in their UTME so as to be at par with those with high grade.He said that if they were not groomed to meet up with the bright students, they might end up dropping from the institutions, especially after their first year in the institutions.Mrs Jacintha Nweke, an educationist said that the government should allow individual tertiary institution to decide its cut off mark as this would make students who were preparing for UTME to sit up.Nweke said that she was very sure  that no university would adopt the cut off marks announced by the government, adding that it would further degrade the low standard of the Nigeria education system.Prof Ifeanyichukwu Abada of the Department of Political Science, UNN, urged the Federal Government to act fast to improve funding and give required attention to education sector in the country.He recalled that there was a time JAMB cut off mark for universities was 250 and today was lowered to 140. “Instead of Education sector going forward, it is moving backward; it’s retrogressive, unfortunate and an unhealthy development.“If nothing serious is done to arrest this ugly development in education sector, by the next three years, cut off mark for universities will be 80 and polytechnics 50,” he said.Mr George Akubue, a Lecturer at the Institute of African Studies, UNN, said the development was a dangerous indication of serious decline in the standard of education.“Federal, state and local governments should see this as a  big challenge to improve funding of education in the three tiers of government before the situation gets out of hand,” he said.In Anambra, Prof Anthony Eze of the Faculty of Education, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, said that efforts should be made at enhancing teaching to enable students meet up with the standard instead of lowering it to accommodate their capacity.He said that rather than making university an all comers affair, those who lacked the intellectual capacity to access that level of education should be encouraged to go for vocational and other informal systems of education.According to him, reducing cut off marks is ill advised, it will affect the standard of education adversely.“There is no justification for lowering the cut off mark from between 250 and 300 to as low as 120; it signals a general drop in our university education standard.“University is not for everybody, those who don’t have the capacity to meet up should be encouraged to go for vocational training,” he said.Also speaking, Mrs Jane Nwoko, a parent and secondary school teacher said managers of the Nigerian education sector should not collapse the system because they wanted to accommodate everybody.According to her, though it will help more students to gain admission into higher institutions, the implication is that the quality of learning and graduates will be reduced.She called for better funding and supervision of post primary education to make them meet up with the curriculum.A cross section of academics in Ebonyi, said that the adverse effect of continuous lowering of UTME cut-off mark into tertiary institutions would be devastating to education development of the country.Mr Ejike Okoro, an educationist , said the NUC should introduce better things in the system rather than continuous lowering of the cut off mark.“We are most worried towards standard of learning, structures, educational materials, libraries among others,” Okoro said.NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board JAMB during its policy meeting held on July 21 pegged the minimum cut off score for admission into the country s universities at 140 for the 20222023 academic session It put that of Polytechnics at 120 and Colleges of Education at 100 Two years back it had approved 160 as cut off mark for 20202021 university admissions The board also approved 120 as cut off marks for Polytechnic and 100 for the school of Education and Innovative institutions Last year it announced 140 as the cut off mark for all federal state and private Universities 100 for polytechnics and 80 for colleges of education in Nigeria for the 2021 admission The News Agency of Nigeria reports that in announcing this year s cut off marks the examination body said that of the over 1 7 million candidates that sat for the examination only 378 639 scored 200 and above The trend of the cut off marks over the years dropping in the case of universities to 140 of the total 400 marks has elicited mixed reactions Some describe the lowering of the cut off the benchmark for placement of candidates into the country s institutions of higher learning as worrisome with implications for education standards Others however think otherwise saying it is not the sole determinant Prof Oluwole Familoni immediate past Deputy Vice Chancellor Academics and Research University of Lagos believes that low cut off marks would not encourage competition He said that there was a need to ensure that candidates are challenged to get the best for the universities especially as well as other tertiary institutions This according to him will ensure that the best are admitted and fit for purpose during and after graduation Prof Ibrahim Bakare Chairman Academic Staff Union of Universities Lagos State University Ojo ASUU LASU believes the recent JAMB cut off is a reflection of the performance of the candidates Bakare also Director of Consult LASU said that low cut off had serious implications on the quality of students being produced at the moment This implies that the government needs to do a lot in motivating the teachers first in our secondary schools and providing an enabling environment for private schools to compete well Government should also train and retrain our teachers in public schools and adequately equip the laboratories to enhance the performance of the students More funds need to be allocated in real terms to the education sector without delay and the welfare of teachers should also be improved if the performance of students are to be enhanced he said Bakare said that teachers rating proper quality assurance mechanisms and teaching techniques required immediate attention of the government Teaching environment must also be conducive to facilitate a smooth learning process State of emergency should be declared in our education sector in Nigeria he said But Chief Adeolu Ogunbanjo Deputy National President National Parent Teacher Association of Nigeria NAPTAN posits that cut off marks can be seen only as a guide to university admission but not in totality He said that the institutions still conducted their own internal examinations by way of the Post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination Note that students securing admission into any university must have a combination of secondary school certificate examinations result JAMB score and the particular university internally conducted examination I think and I want to believe that the wisdom Prof Ishaku Oloyode used there was to ensure that university admission is now flexible to ensure that it takes more students particularly now that a lot of things are disturbing education in the country But lowering the cut off to 140 does not mean that a student who aspires to study Engineering can do so however we don t mind the step as parents he said Mr Andrew Agada Principal King s College Lagos is of the view that the candidates performance in the examination could have been part of the reason for the cut off marks announced He noted that some time back it used to be higher for universities and the other tertiary institutions Universities used to be 180 at least but getting to this level right now means something must be fundamentally wrong somewhere he said Agada lauded one of his students that participated at the examination and came out with a total score of 355 He noted that it was no mean feat adding that it was a thing of honour to the college and needed to be celebrated Mr Sunday Fowowe National President Association of Nursery and Primary Education Instructors in Nigeria ANPEIN expressed concern at the cut off marks for this year Fowowe said that the poor performance of candidates in this year s examination were possibly due to the questions being above the curriculum or syllabus given to them to study Also maybe laziness on the part of the candidates for which they didn t study well for the examination could also be a factor As researchers we are compelled by this development to carry out a survey about those that scored less than 180 that will secure admission into the various universities We must do a four year longitudinal study of their performance in their future departments to see if there is a correlation between JAMB performance scores and undergraduate academic performance he said To Dr Nasir Fagge a former President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU there is a need for a review of the law establishing the JAMB According to him the idea of allowing the examination body to decide general cut off marks for the country s tertiary institution must be jettisoned if the system is to achieve its mandate This is one of the things we have been engaging the government on in the past Where in the world will you have a particular outfit to determine what is best for institutions of learning in terms of admission The practice is foreign to university autonomy The job of the board should end with conducting the examination All it has to do thereafter is to collate the results and handover to the respective institutions of higher learning to decide what they want These institutions will then form a committee that will do other checks come to an agreement and then hand it over to the Senate for final decision The act of deciding who is admitted into any university for instance should lie solely with the Senates of the various universities They should be able to look at the general performance of the candidates and determine where to peg their cut off marks and not JAMB In my opinion I dare say that this sort of practice by the examination body does not encourage merit and capacity the unionist said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    How academics, others see JAMB cut-off marks
     The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board JAMB during its policy meeting held on July 21 pegged the minimum cut off score for admission into the country s universities at 140 for the 20222023 academic session It put that of Polytechnics at 120 and Colleges of Education at 100 Two years back it had approved 160 as cut off mark for 20202021 university admissions The board also approved 120 as cut off marks for Polytechnic and 100 for the school of Education and Innovative institutions Last year it announced 140 as the cut off mark for all federal state and private Universities 100 for polytechnics and 80 for colleges of education in Nigeria for the 2021 admission The News Agency of Nigeria reports that in announcing this year s cut off marks the examination body said that of the over 1 7 million candidates that sat for the examination only 378 639 scored 200 and above The trend of the cut off marks over the years dropping in the case of universities to 140 of the total 400 marks has elicited mixed reactions Some describe the lowering of the cut off the benchmark for placement of candidates into the country s institutions of higher learning as worrisome with implications for education standards Others however think otherwise saying it is not the sole determinant Prof Oluwole Familoni immediate past Deputy Vice Chancellor Academics and Research University of Lagos believes that low cut off marks would not encourage competition He said that there was a need to ensure that candidates are challenged to get the best for the universities especially as well as other tertiary institutions This according to him will ensure that the best are admitted and fit for purpose during and after graduation Prof Ibrahim Bakare Chairman Academic Staff Union of Universities Lagos State University Ojo ASUU LASU believes the recent JAMB cut off is a reflection of the performance of the candidates Bakare also Director of Consult LASU said that low cut off had serious implications on the quality of students being produced at the moment This implies that the government needs to do a lot in motivating the teachers first in our secondary schools and providing an enabling environment for private schools to compete well Government should also train and retrain our teachers in public schools and adequately equip the laboratories to enhance the performance of the students More funds need to be allocated in real terms to the education sector without delay and the welfare of teachers should also be improved if the performance of students are to be enhanced he said Bakare said that teachers rating proper quality assurance mechanisms and teaching techniques required immediate attention of the government Teaching environment must also be conducive to facilitate a smooth learning process State of emergency should be declared in our education sector in Nigeria he said But Chief Adeolu Ogunbanjo Deputy National President National Parent Teacher Association of Nigeria NAPTAN posits that cut off marks can be seen only as a guide to university admission but not in totality He said that the institutions still conducted their own internal examinations by way of the Post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination Note that students securing admission into any university must have a combination of secondary school certificate examinations result JAMB score and the particular university internally conducted examination I think and I want to believe that the wisdom Prof Ishaku Oloyode used there was to ensure that university admission is now flexible to ensure that it takes more students particularly now that a lot of things are disturbing education in the country But lowering the cut off to 140 does not mean that a student who aspires to study Engineering can do so however we don t mind the step as parents he said Mr Andrew Agada Principal King s College Lagos is of the view that the candidates performance in the examination could have been part of the reason for the cut off marks announced He noted that some time back it used to be higher for universities and the other tertiary institutions Universities used to be 180 at least but getting to this level right now means something must be fundamentally wrong somewhere he said Agada lauded one of his students that participated at the examination and came out with a total score of 355 He noted that it was no mean feat adding that it was a thing of honour to the college and needed to be celebrated Mr Sunday Fowowe National President Association of Nursery and Primary Education Instructors in Nigeria ANPEIN expressed concern at the cut off marks for this year Fowowe said that the poor performance of candidates in this year s examination were possibly due to the questions being above the curriculum or syllabus given to them to study Also maybe laziness on the part of the candidates for which they didn t study well for the examination could also be a factor As researchers we are compelled by this development to carry out a survey about those that scored less than 180 that will secure admission into the various universities We must do a four year longitudinal study of their performance in their future departments to see if there is a correlation between JAMB performance scores and undergraduate academic performance he said To Dr Nasir Fagge a former President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU there is a need for a review of the law establishing the JAMB According to him the idea of allowing the examination body to decide general cut off marks for the country s tertiary institution must be jettisoned if the system is to achieve its mandate This is one of the things we have been engaging the government on in the past Where in the world will you have a particular outfit to determine what is best for institutions of learning in terms of admission The practice is foreign to university autonomy The job of the board should end with conducting the examination All it has to do thereafter is to collate the results and handover to the respective institutions of higher learning to decide what they want These institutions will then form a committee that will do other checks come to an agreement and then hand it over to the Senate for final decision The act of deciding who is admitted into any university for instance should lie solely with the Senates of the various universities They should be able to look at the general performance of the candidates and determine where to peg their cut off marks and not JAMB In my opinion I dare say that this sort of practice by the examination body does not encourage merit and capacity the unionist said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    How academics, others see JAMB cut-off marks
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    How academics, others see JAMB cut-off marks

    The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), during its policy meeting held on July 21, pegged the minimum cut-off score for admission into the country’s universities at 140 for the 20222023 academic session.

    It put that of Polytechnics at 120, and Colleges of Education at 100. Two years back,  it had approved 160 as cut-off mark for 20202021 university admissions. 

    The board also approved 120 as cut-off marks for Polytechnic and 100 for the school of Education and Innovative institutions.

    Last year, it announced 140 as the cut-off mark for all federal, state, and private Universities; 100 for polytechnics; and 80 for colleges of education in Nigeria for the 2021 admission.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that, in announcing this year’s cut-off marks, the examination body said that of the over 1.7 million candidates that sat for the examination, only 378,639  scored 200 and above.

    The trend of the cut-off marks over the years, dropping in the case of universities to 140, of the total 400 marks, has elicited mixed reactions.

    Some describe the lowering of the cut-off, the benchmark for placement of candidates into the country’s institutions of higher learning, as worrisome, with implications for education standards.

    Others, however, think otherwise, saying it is not the sole determinant.

    Prof. Oluwole Familoni, immediate-past Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academics and Research), University of Lagos, believes that low cut-off marks would not encourage competition.

    He said that there was a need to ensure that candidates are challenged to get the best for the universities especially, as well as other tertiary institutions.

    This, according to him, will ensure that the best are admitted and fit for purpose, during and after graduation.

    Prof. Ibrahim Bakare, Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities, Lagos State University, Ojo (ASUU-LASU), believes the recent JAMB cut-off is a reflection of the performance of the candidates.

    Bakare, also Director of Consult, LASU, said that low cut-off had serious implications on the quality of students being produced at the moment.

    “This implies that the government needs to do a lot in motivating the teachers first in our secondary schools, and providing an enabling environment for private schools to compete well. 

    “Government should also train and retrain our teachers in public schools and adequately equip the laboratories to enhance the performance of the students.

    “More funds need to be allocated in real terms to the education sector, without delay, and the welfare of teachers should also be improved, if the performance of students are  to be enhanced,” he said.

    Bakare said that teachers’ rating, proper quality assurance mechanisms and teaching techniques required immediate attention of the government. 

    “Teaching environment must also be conducive to facilitate a smooth learning process.

    ” State of emergency should be declared in our education sector in Nigeria,” he said.

    But Chief Adeolu Ogunbanjo, Deputy National President, National Parent Teacher Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN), posits that cut-off marks can be seen only as a guide to university admission, but not in totality.

    He said that the institutions still conducted their own internal examinations, by way of the  Post  Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.

    “Note that students securing admission into any university must have a combination of secondary school certificate examinations result, JAMB score and the particular university internally conducted examination.

    “I think and I want to believe that the wisdom Prof. Ishaku Oloyode used there, was to ensure that university admission is  now flexible to ensure that it takes more students, particularly now  that a lot of things are disturbing education in the country.

    “But lowering the cut-off to 140 does not mean that a student who aspires to study Engineering can do so; however we don’t mind the step, as parents,” he said.

    Mr Andrew Agada, Principal, King’s College, Lagos is of the view that the candidates’ performance in the examination could have been part of the reason for the cut-off marks announced.

    He noted that some time back, it used to be higher for universities and the other tertiary institutions. 

    “Universities used to be 180 at least, but getting to this level right now, means something must be fundamentally wrong somewhere,” he said.

    Agada lauded one of his students that participated at the examination and came out with a total score of 355. He noted that it was no mean feat, adding that it was a thing of honour to the college and needed to be celebrated.

    Mr Sunday Fowowe, National President, Association of Nursery and Primary Education Instructors in Nigeria (ANPEIN) expressed concern at the cut-off marks for this year.

    Fowowe said that the poor performance of candidates in this year’s examination were possibly due to the questions being above the curriculum or syllabus given to them to study.

    “Also, maybe laziness on the part of the candidates, for which they didn’t study well for the examination, could also be a factor.

    “As researchers, we are compelled by this development to carry out a survey about those that scored less than 180, that will secure admission into the various universities.

    “We must do a four-year longitudinal study of their performance in their future departments, to see if there is a correlation between JAMB  performance  (scores) and  undergraduate academic performance,” he said.

    To Dr Nasir Fagge, a former President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU),  there is a need for a review of the law establishing the JAMB.

    According to him, the idea of allowing the examination body to decide general cut off marks for the country’s tertiary institution must be jettisoned, if the system is to achieve its mandate.

    “This is one of the things we have been engaging the government on, in the past.

    Where in the world will you have a particular outfit to determine what is best for institutions of learning in terms of admission?

    “The practice is foreign to university autonomy. 

    “The job of the board should end with conducting the examination.

    All it has to do thereafter is to collate the results and handover to the respective institutions of higher learning, to decide what they want.

    “These institutions will then form a committee that will do other checks, come to an agreement and then hand it over to the Senate for final decision.

    “The act  of deciding who is admitted into any university for instance, should lie solely with the Senates of the various universities. 

    “They should be able to look at the general performance of the candidates and determine where to peg their cut-off marks and not JAMB.

    “In my opinion, I dare say that this sort of practice by the examination body does not encourage merit and capacity,” the unionist said.  


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  The National Universities Commission NUC has approved the provisional licence for the take off of the Enugu State University of Medical and Applied Sciences SUMAS located in Igbo Eno community of the state The NUC Executive Secretary Prof Abubakar Rasheed while handing over the licence to the State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwanyi in Abuja on Thursday said it would make the university the 219th in the country Rasheed congratulated the state governor and advised on strict adherence to the laws guiding university operations He also urged the state government to take note of the professional and technical advice of the commission as regards the statutory requirements on the establishment sustainable funding and operation of the university He therefore said that the Tertiary Education Trust Fund TETFund National Youth Service Corps NYSC and the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board JAMB were being notified of the establishment of the university Enugu is now joining three other states to establish a university of medical sciences The first is Ondo State University of Medical Sciences followed by Bayelsa University of Medical Sciences and then the one in Ebonyi Today we are getting the state owned university of medical sciences which is also the first university of medical and applied sciences in the state I am happy to note that this is not just another university being established this is a university of medical and applied sciences Nigeria is in a state of crisis as far as medical education is concerned So it will help to solve some of these crisis he said Gov Ugwanyi while presenting the instrument establishing the university said the state was one of those with very high number of candidates applying for admissions with only a very small percentage of them gaining admission Although the number of universities in Nigeria has increased significantly to 218 49 federal 58 state owned and 111 privately owned this number is still too inadequate to accommodate the teaming Nigerian youths who are desirous of having university education For instance in 2020 out of 1 949 983 candidates that applied for admission into tertiary Institutions only about 422 445 candidates were offered admissions into degree awarding institutions This left about 14 million candidates without admissions into degree programmes The socio economic implications of this data are not just enormous but grave This is especially true for medical and allied courses For example over 1 000 candidates applied to study Medicine and Surgery in Enugu State University of Science and Technology for the 2020 2021 and 20212022 admission sessions but the maximum number admitted is a paltry 50 candidates per session Even in the University of Nigeria Nsukka with more than 4 000 applicants desiring to study Medicine and Surgery this still remains limited to only 180 This is the situation in spite of the acute shortage of medical personnel in the state he said He therefore presented the instrument establishing the university and the necessary documents including academic brief and master plan which would facilitate the NUC s consideration of the recognition of the university He added that adequate provisions had been made for sustainable funding of the new university NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NUC approves take-off of University of Medical and Applied Sciences in Enugu
     The National Universities Commission NUC has approved the provisional licence for the take off of the Enugu State University of Medical and Applied Sciences SUMAS located in Igbo Eno community of the state The NUC Executive Secretary Prof Abubakar Rasheed while handing over the licence to the State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwanyi in Abuja on Thursday said it would make the university the 219th in the country Rasheed congratulated the state governor and advised on strict adherence to the laws guiding university operations He also urged the state government to take note of the professional and technical advice of the commission as regards the statutory requirements on the establishment sustainable funding and operation of the university He therefore said that the Tertiary Education Trust Fund TETFund National Youth Service Corps NYSC and the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board JAMB were being notified of the establishment of the university Enugu is now joining three other states to establish a university of medical sciences The first is Ondo State University of Medical Sciences followed by Bayelsa University of Medical Sciences and then the one in Ebonyi Today we are getting the state owned university of medical sciences which is also the first university of medical and applied sciences in the state I am happy to note that this is not just another university being established this is a university of medical and applied sciences Nigeria is in a state of crisis as far as medical education is concerned So it will help to solve some of these crisis he said Gov Ugwanyi while presenting the instrument establishing the university said the state was one of those with very high number of candidates applying for admissions with only a very small percentage of them gaining admission Although the number of universities in Nigeria has increased significantly to 218 49 federal 58 state owned and 111 privately owned this number is still too inadequate to accommodate the teaming Nigerian youths who are desirous of having university education For instance in 2020 out of 1 949 983 candidates that applied for admission into tertiary Institutions only about 422 445 candidates were offered admissions into degree awarding institutions This left about 14 million candidates without admissions into degree programmes The socio economic implications of this data are not just enormous but grave This is especially true for medical and allied courses For example over 1 000 candidates applied to study Medicine and Surgery in Enugu State University of Science and Technology for the 2020 2021 and 20212022 admission sessions but the maximum number admitted is a paltry 50 candidates per session Even in the University of Nigeria Nsukka with more than 4 000 applicants desiring to study Medicine and Surgery this still remains limited to only 180 This is the situation in spite of the acute shortage of medical personnel in the state he said He therefore presented the instrument establishing the university and the necessary documents including academic brief and master plan which would facilitate the NUC s consideration of the recognition of the university He added that adequate provisions had been made for sustainable funding of the new university NewsSourceCredit NAN
    NUC approves take-off of University of Medical and Applied Sciences in Enugu
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    NUC approves take-off of University of Medical and Applied Sciences in Enugu

    The National Universities Commission (NUC) has approved the provisional licence for the take-off of the Enugu State University of Medical and Applied Sciences (SUMAS), located in Igbo-Eno community of the state .The NUC Executive Secretary, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, while handing over the licence to the State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwanyi, in Abuja on Thursday said it would make the university the 219th in the country.Rasheed congratulated the state governor and advised on strict adherence to the laws guiding university operations.He also urged the state government to take note of the professional and technical advice of the commission as regards the statutory requirements on the establishment, sustainable funding and operation of the university.He, therefore, said that the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) were being notified of the establishment of the university.“Enugu is now joining three other states to establish a university of medical sciences. The first is Ondo State University of Medical Sciences,  followed by Bayelsa University of Medical Sciences and then the one in Ebonyi.”  Today, we are getting the state-owned university of medical sciences which is also the first university of medical and applied sciences in the state.“I am happy to note that this is not just another university being established, this is a university of medical and applied sciences. Nigeria is in a state of crisis as far as medical education is concerned. So it will help to solve some of these crisis,” he said.Gov. Ugwanyi while presenting the instrument establishing the university said the state was one of those with very high number of candidates applying for admissions, with only a very small percentage of them gaining admission.” Although the number of universities in Nigeria has increased significantly to 218 (49 federal, 58 state-owned and 111 privately-owned), this number is still too inadequate to accommodate the teaming Nigerian youths who are desirous of having university education.“For instance, in 2020 out of 1,949,983 candidates that applied for admission into tertiary Institutions, only about 422,445 candidates were offered admissions into degree-awarding institutions.” This left about 14 million candidates without admissions into degree programmes. The socio-economic implications of this data are not just enormous but grave.“This is especially true for medical and allied courses. For example, over 1, 000 candidates applied to study Medicine and Surgery in Enugu State University of Science and Technology for the 2020, 2021 and 20212022 admission sessions, but the maximum number admitted is a paltry 50 candidates per session.” Even in the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, with more than 4,000 applicants desiring to study Medicine and Surgery, this still remains limited to only 180. This is the situation in spite of the acute shortage of medical personnel in the state,” he said.He, therefore, presented the instrument establishing the university and the necessary documents including academic brief and master-plan which would facilitate the NUC’s consideration of the recognition of the university.He added that adequate provisions had been made for sustainable funding of the new university.

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  •  Some parents in majority of the states in the South South geo political zone have decried the sorry state of infrastructure in public primary and secondary schools in the rigion Some of the parents in a survey conducted by the News Agency of Nigeria claimed that pupils especially in the rural areas still sat on the floor to receive lessons as there were no desks for them to sit on They lamented that the situation was adversely affecting teaching and learning and called on the State Governments to give proper attention to public schools A parent in Eket Akwa Ibom Mr Assam Abia said that some rural schools in the state were dilapidated and lacked basic facilities including desks Some schools don t have desks chairs and teaching facilities It is a very sad situation but in urban centres some of the facilities have been upgraded rehabilitated and taken care of At Idung Udoh Primary School in Exeter the situation is pathetic Some of the buildings were given to a contractor to repair but it has not not been completed Though there is free and compulsory education in Akwa Ibom it is not totality free because the facilities are not in place to ensure that learning and teaching take place effectively There are no desks and chairs some pupils bring wrappers to school to sit on the floor Abia said He said that there was need for the state government to improve the facilities in primary schools especially those in the rural areas Abia also called on spirited individuals and NGOs to assist the state government to provide infrastructure in schools Mr Tony Etim said in Uyo that there was no tangible reason why pupils should be sitting on the floor in the 21st century with the resources available to the state Infrastructure in public schools in Akwa Ibom is not conducive enough for teaching and learning A visit to some of the schools revealed that there were no seats and even no table for teachers We have seen buildings and fencing in schools and there is no black board no desks for pupils That is not provision of infrastructure in the 21st century There are no computers for pupils in primary and secondary schools in Akwa Ibom no training for teachers no refresher courses to update their knowledge Etim said Mr Patrick Titus an alumnus of Asutan Comprehensive Secondary School Okop Nduaerong Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area however said that government had tried but a lot still needed to be done Titus said that it was high time government abolished free education and allowed parents to pay little fees to help in improving infrastructure in schools Government policy aimed at improving the quality of education is just on paper and not in practice If you go to public schools you still find buildings but no desks for pupils to sit I am an old student of Asutan Comprehensive Secondary School Okop Nduaerong in Ibesikpo Recently we paid a courtesy visit to the school which is almost marking its 50 years anniversary In the computer laboratory they have there is no single computer in it yet the school is preparing students for computer based testser Titus lamented However the state government has cotinued to state its resolve to improve on its free primary and secondary school education policy The Commissioner for Education Mrs Idongesit Etiebet recently promised that the ministry would get the attention of the State Universal Basic Education Board SUBEB to intervene in infrastructure provision in public schools Another respondent and secondary school teacher in Benin Edo who pleaded anonymity told NAN some public school buildings were renovated by Gov Adams Oshiomole s administration without providing furniture She said the situation was hampering studies in virtually all the public schools in the state as many of them lacked furniture for students to sit I can tell you that some students sit on the floor to receive lessons while some other sit on empty soft drink crates In some cases two to three students share a chair in a class This is not conducive for learning Remember learning environment contributes to a successful teaching the teacher said Mr Lawrence Edobor of Free Education Initiative a Benin based Non Government Organisation NGO described the state of infrastructure in public schools in the state as an eyesore Edobor noted that government needed to redouble efforts at to provide facilities in public schools to aid teaching and learning He however commended the state government for training of teachers and upgrading of their skills through the current education reform policy in the state tagged EdoBEST Meanwhile the state Commissioner for Education Dr Joan Osa Oviawe says some people are only being mischievous about the state of classroom blocks and other facilities in public schools in the state When we talk of infrastructure some people want to be mischievous We inherited a large inventory of dilapidated schools and everybody needs to recognise the fact that the erosion of quality in our public schools did not start yesterday It is decades long We are now at a point where Gov Godwin Obaseki has decided to muster the political will to do something about it Often times we hear within the political cycle that if you want to win an election you don t go into improving education because nobody is going to see what you have done People will tell you to construct roads and do flyovers and the electorate will say oh you are doing something But for us we have started We have made progress but we still have a long way to go And what has also not helped matters before now is lack of maintenance culture What was done before this administration we are having to go back to fix them So a few things were put in place in the current work we are doing now the commissioner said In the same vein the Chairman Edo State Universal Basic Education Board Edo SUBEB Mrs Ozavize Salami said government would soon launch a five year infrastructural renewal project to address the situation Salami noted that the state was currently carrying out an infrastructure audit of schools in the state to use the data for the renewal project Maintenance is part of the plan so that schools will not deteriorate at a very high speed like it they did before now Government has realised the work ahead of it and this infrastructural uplift will begin in the next few months she said In Cross River Mr Castro Ezama the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education said that the state of infrastructure in public schools in the state was worrisome The special adviser told NAN in Calabar that the infrastructure in many schools in the state were quite old because government overtime had not really looked into them He says a typical example is Pinn Margaret Commercial Secondary School in Calabar South Local Government Area where the buildings are so poor and the school children have to run shifts One of the biggest challenge we have in this issue is that contractors assigned to carry out various projects collect mobilisation fees and then leave without completing them So all over the state we have abandoned projects in our schools including the Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC projects This is sad because we have an upsurge of population making renovation and expansion imperative We also have the issue of vandalism of the existing infrastructure This is why my office engages communities including the traditional institutions the executives of the Parent Teachers Association PTA and youth leaders in the matter Before putting up new infrastructure it is important to secure existing ones and no one can do it better than the community themselves he emphasised Also the Chairman National Parent Teachers Association of Nigeria NAPTAN Cross River chapter Prof Boniface Ode said the buildings and other facilities in public schools in the state were so poor and needed several interventions According to Odey there are 276 secondary schools in Cross River and many of them especially those in the rural setting lacked roads to access them He said many of the classroom blocks in the schools were outdated dilapidated and even lacked perimeter fence except the ones constructed or refurbished by the PTA One major infrastructural challenge is the lack of laboratories for many of the subjects especially computer Today the children leave the secondary schools and head to the universities after writing the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board JAMB examination which is computer based How do we expect these children to do well in this examination without the knowledge of how to operate computer We have government officials who rather than visit the schools just sit in their offices Despite all the advice we have been giving over the years they do nothing while our educational infrastructures decay he lamented Another parent in Asaba Delta Mr Okechukwu James equally said that public schools lacked maintenance Public schools lack maintenance culture and lack of funding has adversely affected the present condition of infrastructure in the schools A sizeable portion of the infrastructure in public secondary schools are in the state of disrepair and there is need for government and stakeholders to maintain them he said NAN
    Parents in South-South lament poor infrastructure in public schools
     Some parents in majority of the states in the South South geo political zone have decried the sorry state of infrastructure in public primary and secondary schools in the rigion Some of the parents in a survey conducted by the News Agency of Nigeria claimed that pupils especially in the rural areas still sat on the floor to receive lessons as there were no desks for them to sit on They lamented that the situation was adversely affecting teaching and learning and called on the State Governments to give proper attention to public schools A parent in Eket Akwa Ibom Mr Assam Abia said that some rural schools in the state were dilapidated and lacked basic facilities including desks Some schools don t have desks chairs and teaching facilities It is a very sad situation but in urban centres some of the facilities have been upgraded rehabilitated and taken care of At Idung Udoh Primary School in Exeter the situation is pathetic Some of the buildings were given to a contractor to repair but it has not not been completed Though there is free and compulsory education in Akwa Ibom it is not totality free because the facilities are not in place to ensure that learning and teaching take place effectively There are no desks and chairs some pupils bring wrappers to school to sit on the floor Abia said He said that there was need for the state government to improve the facilities in primary schools especially those in the rural areas Abia also called on spirited individuals and NGOs to assist the state government to provide infrastructure in schools Mr Tony Etim said in Uyo that there was no tangible reason why pupils should be sitting on the floor in the 21st century with the resources available to the state Infrastructure in public schools in Akwa Ibom is not conducive enough for teaching and learning A visit to some of the schools revealed that there were no seats and even no table for teachers We have seen buildings and fencing in schools and there is no black board no desks for pupils That is not provision of infrastructure in the 21st century There are no computers for pupils in primary and secondary schools in Akwa Ibom no training for teachers no refresher courses to update their knowledge Etim said Mr Patrick Titus an alumnus of Asutan Comprehensive Secondary School Okop Nduaerong Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area however said that government had tried but a lot still needed to be done Titus said that it was high time government abolished free education and allowed parents to pay little fees to help in improving infrastructure in schools Government policy aimed at improving the quality of education is just on paper and not in practice If you go to public schools you still find buildings but no desks for pupils to sit I am an old student of Asutan Comprehensive Secondary School Okop Nduaerong in Ibesikpo Recently we paid a courtesy visit to the school which is almost marking its 50 years anniversary In the computer laboratory they have there is no single computer in it yet the school is preparing students for computer based testser Titus lamented However the state government has cotinued to state its resolve to improve on its free primary and secondary school education policy The Commissioner for Education Mrs Idongesit Etiebet recently promised that the ministry would get the attention of the State Universal Basic Education Board SUBEB to intervene in infrastructure provision in public schools Another respondent and secondary school teacher in Benin Edo who pleaded anonymity told NAN some public school buildings were renovated by Gov Adams Oshiomole s administration without providing furniture She said the situation was hampering studies in virtually all the public schools in the state as many of them lacked furniture for students to sit I can tell you that some students sit on the floor to receive lessons while some other sit on empty soft drink crates In some cases two to three students share a chair in a class This is not conducive for learning Remember learning environment contributes to a successful teaching the teacher said Mr Lawrence Edobor of Free Education Initiative a Benin based Non Government Organisation NGO described the state of infrastructure in public schools in the state as an eyesore Edobor noted that government needed to redouble efforts at to provide facilities in public schools to aid teaching and learning He however commended the state government for training of teachers and upgrading of their skills through the current education reform policy in the state tagged EdoBEST Meanwhile the state Commissioner for Education Dr Joan Osa Oviawe says some people are only being mischievous about the state of classroom blocks and other facilities in public schools in the state When we talk of infrastructure some people want to be mischievous We inherited a large inventory of dilapidated schools and everybody needs to recognise the fact that the erosion of quality in our public schools did not start yesterday It is decades long We are now at a point where Gov Godwin Obaseki has decided to muster the political will to do something about it Often times we hear within the political cycle that if you want to win an election you don t go into improving education because nobody is going to see what you have done People will tell you to construct roads and do flyovers and the electorate will say oh you are doing something But for us we have started We have made progress but we still have a long way to go And what has also not helped matters before now is lack of maintenance culture What was done before this administration we are having to go back to fix them So a few things were put in place in the current work we are doing now the commissioner said In the same vein the Chairman Edo State Universal Basic Education Board Edo SUBEB Mrs Ozavize Salami said government would soon launch a five year infrastructural renewal project to address the situation Salami noted that the state was currently carrying out an infrastructure audit of schools in the state to use the data for the renewal project Maintenance is part of the plan so that schools will not deteriorate at a very high speed like it they did before now Government has realised the work ahead of it and this infrastructural uplift will begin in the next few months she said In Cross River Mr Castro Ezama the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education said that the state of infrastructure in public schools in the state was worrisome The special adviser told NAN in Calabar that the infrastructure in many schools in the state were quite old because government overtime had not really looked into them He says a typical example is Pinn Margaret Commercial Secondary School in Calabar South Local Government Area where the buildings are so poor and the school children have to run shifts One of the biggest challenge we have in this issue is that contractors assigned to carry out various projects collect mobilisation fees and then leave without completing them So all over the state we have abandoned projects in our schools including the Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC projects This is sad because we have an upsurge of population making renovation and expansion imperative We also have the issue of vandalism of the existing infrastructure This is why my office engages communities including the traditional institutions the executives of the Parent Teachers Association PTA and youth leaders in the matter Before putting up new infrastructure it is important to secure existing ones and no one can do it better than the community themselves he emphasised Also the Chairman National Parent Teachers Association of Nigeria NAPTAN Cross River chapter Prof Boniface Ode said the buildings and other facilities in public schools in the state were so poor and needed several interventions According to Odey there are 276 secondary schools in Cross River and many of them especially those in the rural setting lacked roads to access them He said many of the classroom blocks in the schools were outdated dilapidated and even lacked perimeter fence except the ones constructed or refurbished by the PTA One major infrastructural challenge is the lack of laboratories for many of the subjects especially computer Today the children leave the secondary schools and head to the universities after writing the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board JAMB examination which is computer based How do we expect these children to do well in this examination without the knowledge of how to operate computer We have government officials who rather than visit the schools just sit in their offices Despite all the advice we have been giving over the years they do nothing while our educational infrastructures decay he lamented Another parent in Asaba Delta Mr Okechukwu James equally said that public schools lacked maintenance Public schools lack maintenance culture and lack of funding has adversely affected the present condition of infrastructure in the schools A sizeable portion of the infrastructure in public secondary schools are in the state of disrepair and there is need for government and stakeholders to maintain them he said NAN
    Parents in South-South lament poor infrastructure in public schools
    Education4 months ago

    Parents in South-South lament poor infrastructure in public schools

    Some parents in majority of the states in the South-South geo-political zone have decried the sorry state of infrastructure in public primary and secondary schools in the rigion.

    Some of the parents in a survey conducted by the News Agency of Nigeria claimed that pupils, especially in the rural areas, still sat on the floor to receive lessons as there were no desks for them to sit on.

    They lamented that the situation was adversely affecting teaching and learning and called on the State Governments to give proper attention to public schools.

    A parent in Eket, Akwa Ibom, Mr Assam Abia, said that some rural schools in the state were dilapidated and lacked basic facilities, including desks.

    “Some schools don’t have desks, chairs and teaching facilities. It is a very sad situation but in urban centres, some of the facilities have been upgraded, rehabilitated and taken care of.

    “At Idung Udoh Primary School in Exeter, the situation is pathetic. Some of the buildings were given to a contractor to repair but it has not not been completed.

    “Though there is free and compulsory education in Akwa Ibom, it is not totality free because the facilities are not in place to ensure that learning and teaching take place effectively.

    “There are no desks and chairs; some pupils bring wrappers to school to sit on the floor,” Abia said.

    He said that there was need for the state government to improve the facilities in primary schools, especially those in the rural areas.

    Abia also called on spirited individuals and NGOs to assist the state government to provide infrastructure in schools.

    Mr Tony Etim said in Uyo that there was no tangible reason why pupils should be sitting on the floor in the 21st century with the resources available to the state.

    “Infrastructure in public schools in Akwa Ibom is not conducive enough for teaching and learning.

    “A visit to some of the schools revealed that there were no seats and even no table for teachers.

    “We have seen buildings and fencing in schools and there is no black board, no desks for pupils. That is not provision of infrastructure in the 21st century.

    “There are no computers for pupils in primary and secondary schools in Akwa Ibom; no training for teachers, no refresher courses to update their knowledge,” Etim said.

    Mr Patrick Titus, an alumnus of Asutan Comprehensive Secondary School, Okop Nduaerong, Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area, however, said that government had tried, but a lot still needed to be done.

    Titus said that it was high time government abolished free education and allowed parents to pay little fees to help in improving infrastructure in schools.

    “Government policy aimed at improving the quality of education is just on paper and not in practice.

    “If you go to public schools you still find buildings, but no desks for pupils to sit.

    “I am an old student of Asutan Comprehensive Secondary School, Okop Nduaerong in Ibesikpo. Recently, we paid a courtesy visit to the school which is almost marking its 50 years anniversary.

    “In the computer laboratory they have, there is no single computer in it, yet the school is preparing students for computer-based testser, ” Titus lamented.

    However, the state government has cotinued to state its resolve to improve on its free primary and secondary school education policy.

    The Commissioner for Education, Mrs Idongesit Etiebet, recently promised that the ministry would get the attention of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to intervene in infrastructure provision in public schools.

    Another respondent and secondary school teacher in Benin, Edo who pleaded anonymity, told NAN some public school buildings were renovated by Gov. Adams Oshiomole’s administration, without providing furniture.

    She said the situation was hampering studies in virtually all the public schools in the state as many of them lacked furniture for students to sit.

    “I can tell you that some students sit on the floor to receive lessons while some other sit on empty soft drink crates. In some cases, two to three students share a chair in a class.

    “This is not conducive for learning. Remember learning environment contributes to a successful teaching,” the teacher said.

    Mr Lawrence Edobor of Free Education Initiative, a Benin-based Non Government Organisation (NGO), described the state of infrastructure in public schools in the state as an eyesore.

    Edobor noted that government needed to redouble efforts at to provide facilities in public schools to aid teaching and learning.

    He, however, commended the state government for training of teachers and upgrading of their skills through the current education reform policy in the state, tagged “EdoBEST.”

    Meanwhile, the state Commissioner for Education, Dr Joan Osa-Oviawe, says some people are only being “mischievous” about the state of classroom blocks and other facilities in public schools in the state.

    “When we talk of infrastructure, some people want to be mischievous.

    “We inherited a large inventory of dilapidated schools and everybody needs to recognise the fact that the erosion of quality in our public schools did not start yesterday.

    “It is decades long. We are now at a point where Gov. Godwin Obaseki has decided to muster the political will to do something about it.

    “Often times we hear within the political cycle that if you want to win an election, you don’t go into improving education because nobody is going to see what you have done.

    “People will tell you to construct roads and do flyovers and the electorate will say ‘oh, you are doing something.’

    “But for us, we have started. We have made progress, but we still have a long way to go. And what has also not helped matters before now is lack of maintenance culture.

    “What was done before this administration, we are having to go back to fix them. So, a few things were put in place in the current work we are doing now,” the commissioner said.

    In the same vein, the Chairman, Edo State Universal Basic Education Board (Edo SUBEB), Mrs Ozavize Salami, said government would soon launch a five-year infrastructural renewal project to address the situation.

    Salami noted that the state was currently carrying out an infrastructure audit of schools in the state to use the data for the renewal project.

    “Maintenance is part of the plan so that schools will not deteriorate at a very high speed like it they did before now.

    “Government has realised the work ahead of it and this infrastructural uplift will begin in the next few months,” she said.

    In Cross River, Mr Castro Ezama, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, said that the state of infrastructure in public schools in the state was worrisome.

    The special adviser told NAN in Calabar that the infrastructure in many schools in the state were quite old because government, overtime, had not really looked into them.

    He says a typical example is Pinn Margaret Commercial Secondary School in Calabar South Local Government Area, where the buildings are so poor and the school children have to run shifts.

    “One of the biggest challenge we have in this issue is that contractors assigned to carry out various projects collect mobilisation fees and then leave without completing them.

    “So all over the state, we have abandoned projects in our schools, including the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) projects.

    “This is sad because we have an upsurge of population, making renovation and expansion imperative.

    “We also have the issue of vandalism of the existing infrastructure. This is why my office engages communities, including the traditional institutions, the executives of the Parent Teachers Association (PTA) and youth leaders in the matter.

    “Before putting up new infrastructure, it is important to secure existing ones and no one can do it better than the community themselves,” he emphasised.

    Also, the Chairman, National Parent Teachers Association of Nigeria, (NAPTAN), Cross River chapter, Prof. Boniface Ode, said the buildings and other facilities in public schools in the state were so poor and needed several interventions.

    According to Odey, there are 276 secondary schools in Cross River and many of them, especially those in the rural setting, lacked roads to access them.

    He said many of the classroom blocks in the schools were outdated, dilapidated and even lacked perimeter, fence except the ones constructed or refurbished by the PTA.

    “One major infrastructural challenge is the lack of laboratories for many of the subjects especially, computer.

    “Today, the children leave the secondary schools and head to the universities after writing the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examination which is computer-based.

    “How do we expect these children to do well in this examination without the knowledge of how to operate computer?

    “We have government officials who rather than visit the schools just sit in their offices.

    “Despite all the advice we have been giving over the years, they do nothing while our educational infrastructures decay, he lamented.

    Another parent in Asaba, Delta, Mr Okechukwu James, equally said that public schools lacked maintenance.

    “Public schools lack maintenance culture and lack of funding has adversely affected the present condition of infrastructure in the schools.

    “A sizeable portion of the infrastructure in public secondary schools are in the state of disrepair and there is need for government and stakeholders to maintain them,” he said.


    (NAN)

  •   IPOB s sit at home order did not disrupt WAEC exams in Anambra says ANCOOPA president IPOB s sit at home order did not disrupt WAEC exams in Anambra says ANCOOPA president Exams By Joy Mbachi Awka May 17 President of All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools ANCOPSS Anambra chapter Mr Jovita Arazu said that the West African Examination exercise is ongoing in Anambra according to the time table stipulated Arazu also the Principal of Igwebuike Grammar School Awka said that the sit at home directives by he proscribed indigenous People of Biafra IPOB did not disrupt the external examination of secondary schools in Anambra He told the the News Agency of Nigeria in Awka on Tuesday that he is yet to receive any report from any principal of their inability to conduct the said examination in the state due to disruption by the IPOB We are in schools now supervising the examination of our students across public schools in the state and it is going on well there are no threats or disruption of the exercise so far by either IPOB or any other group We started the examination paper due to the zone which is Marketing at about 10am and finished at about 1 05 pm there are no reports of attack anywhere yet in the state We directed our students across the state to dress well like responsible students and come for their examinations and that directives was for those students who are not living in the dormitory so far we are fine he said Arazu said that the next paper is Data processing and it would hold as planned across the schools in the state by God s grace Mrs Chinenye Ekeh Principal Ogidi Girls Secondary School Ogidi Idemili North Local Government Area of the State confirmed the claims of Arazu and said that the school took their Catering and Craft Practices examination paper without challenges Ekeh said that the next examination paper would be Data processing and believed it would hold as scheduled across the state Earlier the President General PG of Enugwu Ukwu Community in Njikoka Local Government Area Chief Bonny Nkwuaku said that almost every readable youths in the community who is in senior Secondary school is qualified for the ongoing examination Nkwuaku said that initially the union was sourcing for fund to register their students for the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board JAMB May National Examination Council and the West Africa Examination Council examinations We stopped sourcing for external examination fund for our students because our illustrious sons and daughters took over the responsibility to ensure that all readable youths in the community gets quality education I can then tell authoritatively that any school age boy or girl in the community is in school and those due for external examinations are for the examination unhindered because money either for school fees or registration for their external examination has been taken care of by our wealthy people The union having achieved the goal of making every youths in the community to access education through assistance from our illustrious people now concentrate on other developmental projects in the community Nkwuaku said He said that these illustrious sons and daughters of the community go to the schools to clear school fees and cost of registration for external examinations Mrs Grace Anagor a woman community leader in Aboatulu kindred of Avomimi in the community collaborated the PG s claims on assistance to the people to ensure that the youths attains school and take their examination when due Anagor said that some of the wealthy sons of the community like Chief Dennis Anekwe Mr Benjamin Emoka Mr Chidi Ibemeka Chief Dozie Nwankwo Mr Valentine Ayika amongst others have taken it upon themselves to ensure that youths of the community are well read NAN reports that though the external examination was held in the state on Tuesday primary schools government offices business centres Banks markets were not open to the public and minimal vehicular movements were seen in capital city of the state NAN
    IPOB’s sit-at-home order did not disrupt WAEC exams in Anambra, says ANCOOPA president
      IPOB s sit at home order did not disrupt WAEC exams in Anambra says ANCOOPA president IPOB s sit at home order did not disrupt WAEC exams in Anambra says ANCOOPA president Exams By Joy Mbachi Awka May 17 President of All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools ANCOPSS Anambra chapter Mr Jovita Arazu said that the West African Examination exercise is ongoing in Anambra according to the time table stipulated Arazu also the Principal of Igwebuike Grammar School Awka said that the sit at home directives by he proscribed indigenous People of Biafra IPOB did not disrupt the external examination of secondary schools in Anambra He told the the News Agency of Nigeria in Awka on Tuesday that he is yet to receive any report from any principal of their inability to conduct the said examination in the state due to disruption by the IPOB We are in schools now supervising the examination of our students across public schools in the state and it is going on well there are no threats or disruption of the exercise so far by either IPOB or any other group We started the examination paper due to the zone which is Marketing at about 10am and finished at about 1 05 pm there are no reports of attack anywhere yet in the state We directed our students across the state to dress well like responsible students and come for their examinations and that directives was for those students who are not living in the dormitory so far we are fine he said Arazu said that the next paper is Data processing and it would hold as planned across the schools in the state by God s grace Mrs Chinenye Ekeh Principal Ogidi Girls Secondary School Ogidi Idemili North Local Government Area of the State confirmed the claims of Arazu and said that the school took their Catering and Craft Practices examination paper without challenges Ekeh said that the next examination paper would be Data processing and believed it would hold as scheduled across the state Earlier the President General PG of Enugwu Ukwu Community in Njikoka Local Government Area Chief Bonny Nkwuaku said that almost every readable youths in the community who is in senior Secondary school is qualified for the ongoing examination Nkwuaku said that initially the union was sourcing for fund to register their students for the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board JAMB May National Examination Council and the West Africa Examination Council examinations We stopped sourcing for external examination fund for our students because our illustrious sons and daughters took over the responsibility to ensure that all readable youths in the community gets quality education I can then tell authoritatively that any school age boy or girl in the community is in school and those due for external examinations are for the examination unhindered because money either for school fees or registration for their external examination has been taken care of by our wealthy people The union having achieved the goal of making every youths in the community to access education through assistance from our illustrious people now concentrate on other developmental projects in the community Nkwuaku said He said that these illustrious sons and daughters of the community go to the schools to clear school fees and cost of registration for external examinations Mrs Grace Anagor a woman community leader in Aboatulu kindred of Avomimi in the community collaborated the PG s claims on assistance to the people to ensure that the youths attains school and take their examination when due Anagor said that some of the wealthy sons of the community like Chief Dennis Anekwe Mr Benjamin Emoka Mr Chidi Ibemeka Chief Dozie Nwankwo Mr Valentine Ayika amongst others have taken it upon themselves to ensure that youths of the community are well read NAN reports that though the external examination was held in the state on Tuesday primary schools government offices business centres Banks markets were not open to the public and minimal vehicular movements were seen in capital city of the state NAN
    IPOB’s sit-at-home order did not disrupt WAEC exams in Anambra, says ANCOOPA president
    General news5 months ago

    IPOB’s sit-at-home order did not disrupt WAEC exams in Anambra, says ANCOOPA president

    IPOB’s sit-at-home order did not disrupt WAEC exams in Anambra, says ANCOOPA president

    IPOB’s sit-at-home order did not disrupt WAEC exams in Anambra, says ANCOOPA president

    Exams

    By Joy Mbachi

    Awka, May 17, President of All Nigeria Confederation of Principals of Secondary Schools (ANCOPSS), Anambra chapter, Mr Jovita Arazu, said that the West African Examination exercise is ongoing in Anambra according to the time table stipulated.

    Arazu, also the Principal of Igwebuike Grammar School, Awka, said that the sit-at-home directives by he proscribed indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) did not disrupt the external examination of secondary schools in Anambra.

    He told the the  News Agency of Nigeria in Awka on Tuesday, that he is yet to receive any report from any principal of their inability to conduct the said examination in the state due to disruption by the IPOB.

    “We are in schools now supervising the examination of our students across public schools in the state and it is going on well, there are no threats or disruption of the exercise so far by either IPOB or any other group.

    “We started the examination paper due to the zone which is Marketing at about 10am and finished at about 1.05 pm, there are no reports of attack anywhere yet in the state.

    “We directed our students across the state to dress well like responsible students and come for their examinations and that directives was for those students who are not living in the dormitory, so far we are fine,” he said.

    Arazu said that the next paper is Data processing and it would hold as planned across the schools in the state by God’s grace.

    Mrs Chinenye Ekeh, Principal, Ogidi Girls Secondary School, Ogidi, Idemili North Local Government Area of the State, confirmed the claims of Arazu and said that the school took their Catering and Craft Practices examination paper without challenges.

    Ekeh said that the next examination paper would be Data processing and believed it would hold as scheduled across the state.

    Earlier, the President-General (PG) of Enugwu-Ukwu Community, in  Njikoka Local Government Area, Chief Bonny Nkwuaku, said that almost every readable youths in the community who is in senior Secondary school is qualified for the ongoing examination.

    Nkwuaku said that initially, the union was sourcing for fund to register their students for the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) May National Examination Council and the West Africa Examination Council examinations.

    “We stopped sourcing for external examination fund for our students because our illustrious sons and daughters took over the responsibility to ensure that all readable youths in the community gets quality education.

    “I can then tell authoritatively that any school-age boy or girl in the community is in school and those due for external examinations are for the examination unhindered because money either for school fees or registration for their external examination has been taken care of by our wealthy people.

    “The union, having achieved the goal of making every youths in the community to access education, through assistance from our illustrious people, now concentrate on other developmental projects in the community,” Nkwuaku said.

    He said that these illustrious sons and daughters of the community go to the schools to clear school fees and cost of registration for external examinations.

    Mrs Grace Anagor, a woman community leader in Aboatulu kindred of Avomimi in the community, collaborated the PG’s claims on assistance to the people to ensure that the youths attains school and take their examination when due.

    Anagor said that some of the wealthy sons of the community like Chief Dennis Anekwe, Mr Benjamin Emoka , Mr Chidi Ibemeka, Chief Dozie Nwankwo, Mr Valentine Ayika, amongst others, have taken it upon themselves to ensure that youths of the community are well read.

    NAN reports that though the external examination was held in the state on Tuesday, primary schools, government offices, business centres, Banks, markets were not open to the public and minimal vehicular movements were seen in capital city of the state.  (

    (NAN)