A pleasant day to you and welcome to the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) news roundup for today, June 24, 2019, on Concise News.
The University of Ibadan (UI) on Tuesday held an orientation programme for the newly admitted 4,000 candidates (out of the over 20,000) that sat for its 2019 Post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). Concise News reports that according to NAN, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration) of the university, Prof Kayode Adebowale, presided over the three-day event. The DVC says, “The number of candidates for the university was more than 20,000. We don’t go below 200 as the cut-off mark for JAMB score, although JAMB stated this year that universities can take 160 as the cut-off mark, 200 is our benchmark.” Adebowale adds, “We want to ensure that students that are coming in are qualified.” Also, he says UI had taken proactive steps to address the accommodation challenges students often faced. Recall JAMB and stakeholders at the 19th Policy Meeting on Admissions to Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria approved 160 and above as the national minimum benchmark for 2019 admission into public universities. Read more here.
Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has said that the federal government should place an embargo on the establishment of new universities. He urged the government to, instead, develop existing universities. Concise News gathered that Oloyede made this known during the 4tth convocation lecture of Federal University, Dutse, Jigawa state at the weekend. “A situation where universities are only established to massage the ego of rich individuals and politicians is not healthy for educational development of the country as tertiary education is too crucial to be reduced to a commercial outfit for an ego-tripping venture,” he said. “Since education is everybody’s business, all Nigerians should support the effort towards educational development. Oloyede who took a critical look at the recommendations of the 2017 Presidential Retreat on Education which recommended a declaration of a state of emergency in the education sector, advocated increased funding of education in the country by committing nothing less than 15% of the national budget to the sector.
Disgruntled Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) candidates in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, have demanded that a fresh exam be conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) for them. Concise News reports that the candidates, who claimed that they could not take the 2019 examination because of biometric and electricity failures, gave this demand in Abuja according to Punch. One of the candidates, Halimat Shuaibu, said the JAMB biometric machine malfunctioned at her Computer-Based Test Centre in Wuse Zone 4 and she could not have her fingerprints captured to do the examination. She said, “The invigilator asked me and other affected candidates to fill an incident form which he promised to take to the JAMB headquarters for action but nothing happened. The examination was supposed to be rescheduled for me and I was told to expect a text message. But nothing came. Read more here.
The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC) said it would look into the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) candidates’ grievances and the alleged lapses of the board in the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), which included giving the candidates scores in papers they were not able to write. Concise News reports that the ICPC spokesperson, Mrs Rasheedat Okoduwa, while addressing the JAMB issue on Human Rights Radio on Friday, in an interview says, “As a mother, it is very painful to me. The ICPC chairman, Prof Bolaji Owasanoye, is going to take action on this matter. This is a crisis that we have to address. We have to find a lasting solution for these children. The issue of JAMB giving marks to those who did not do the examination would be looked into.” Read more here.
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