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May 21, 2018

Claret Academy wins Sir James Foundation prize for Chemistry�

  Master Okoko Chimere Princewill of Claret Secondary School New Owerri has won this year’s Sir James Foundation award for excellence in Chemistry. The award is for the best SS3 Chemistry student in Catholic schools in Owerri Archdiocese. The test was part of the activities marking this year’s Catholic Education Week of Owerri Archdiocese. The runners up that received consolation prizes were, Ifeanyi Wisdom of Holy Ghost College Owerri and Igbokwe Chiedozie of Father Cloonan Memorial Secondary School Emekuku. The only girl Ibegbulam Emmanuella from Claret Academy Nekede that passed the exam was given a special token. Lady Pep. M….

Snake swallows N36 million cash in JAMB office

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  The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board said on Sunday that it had suspended its employee, Philomina Chieshe, on account of N36m which was reported to have been swallowed by a snake in the board’s office in Makurdi, Benue State. The JAMB Head of Information, Fabian Benjamin, told our correspondent on Sunday that the board was taking her through other disciplinary measures while security agencies were investigating the matter. The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board said on Sunday that it had suspended its employee, Philomina Chieshe, on account of N36m which was reported to have been swallowed by a snake…

NEW JAMB CUT-OFF MARKS

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) last month announced a reduction in the cut-off marks for admissions into tertiary institutions in the country. Candidates with 120 can now sit for the UTME of universities, while those with 100 are qualified for the polytechnics and colleges of Education. The new policy, which takes off this academic session, replaces the previous 180 and 165 points JAMB recommended respectively. The examination body explained that the new directive was the outcome of a crucial meeting it held with stakeholders in education, and was meant to make admission process more flexible since the senate…

FG lifts ban on Post-UTME

… As JAMB pegs Varsity cut off mark at 120, Poly 100 Federal Government has lifted the ban it, hitherto, placed on the post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (post-UTME) which used to be conducted by individual universities for admissions. Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, announced the decision in Abuja August 22, while declaring open the 2017 Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) policy meeting which heralds the commencement of the 2017/2018 tertiary admission process. He admitted that the 2016 decision to ban the post-UTME was done in error and said he was “ill advised to take that decision:’ He…

FUTO holds 35th Matriculation -Admits only 27 percent applicants

Matriculation ceremony marks the formal admission of students into a university. It is an occasion during which matriculating students pledge their allegiance to the university authority to be obedient, law abiding and climaxes with the signing of matricula.   These were the words of the Vice-Chancellor of Federal University of Technology Owerri, while admitting fresh students on the school 35th matriculation ceremony held Friday, May 26 2017 at the convocation arena FUTO.   The Vice-Chancellor Prof. Francis Eze KSJI revealed that out of the 19, 572 UTME applicants and 747 direct entry candidates that sought for admission in the university…

JAMB announces sale of forms, includes 4th choice, scraps awaiting results

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has concluded all restructuring, transformation, reforms and other preparation for the 2017 UTME and is now set to commence the sale of its application forms in March, 2017. JAMB Head of Information, Fabian Benjamin, in a statement said the board appreciates the patience exhibited by Nigerians “in allowing us take time to add value to the services we have been offering to Nigerians for over three decades”. He said in the cause of conducting admission exercise, many institutions had admitted candidates on merit only for them to discover that such candidates do not…

JAMB fraudsters invade Ekiti …Fleece unsuspecting candidate

Suspected fraudsters masquerading as accredited agents of the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) have invaded Ekiti, fleecing unsuspecting candidates. While JAMB had yet to officially commence the sale of registration forms for the 2017 session, some young men who operate coaching centres and cyber cafes have taken advantage of the delay to defraud unsuspecting candidates. Investigations revealed that the suspected fraudsters have since September 2016, began registering unsuspecting candidates who approach them for special coaching and online registration for the tertiary institution examination. However, the suspected fraudsters met their Waterloo recently when officials of the Nigerian Civil and Security Defence…

Register only at JAMB accredited centres for safety, authenticity – CPAN advises Imo JAMB candidates

The Computer Based Test (CBT) Centre Proprietors Association of Nigeria – CPAN, Imo State chapter has alerted JAMB candidates and the public of the “illegal activities of unaccredited business houses, defrauding unsuspecting members of the public huge sums of money by selling fake 2017 JAMB registration forms and other fraudulent practices.” Addressing a press conference at Data Tech Headquarters Owerri, on Wednesday, the Chairman of CPAN, Imo State, Comr. Chidiebere Egboh, described the activities of the fraudsters who run unauthorized business outfits in Imo State as dangerous with grave consequences likely to destroy the future of Imo citizens. Comr. Egboh…

UTME: JAMB withdraws candidates list sent to varsities

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board have withdrawn the list of recommended candidates for admission earlier sent to Universities and other tertiary institutions. The announcement was contained in a statement by the spokesperson of JAMB, Dr. Fabian Benjamin. JAMB explained that the decision was to ensure that the Senate of universities perform their statutory responsibility of conducting the selection of candidates and referring them to it for confirmation in line with the admission criteria of merit, catchment and educationally disadvantaged states as directed by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, during the policy committee meeting. It said the earlier…

Buhari fires JAMB chief, 16 others … Appoints new executives

President Muhammadu Buhari last week sacked 16 heads of key agencies under the Federal Ministry of Education. The affected agencies are the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), National Examinations Council (NECO), Tertiary Education Trust Fund ( TETFUND) and 12 others. But the President replaced the 16 vacancies and appointed a new Executive Secretary for the National Universities Commission ( NUC) whose former boss, Prof. Julius Okojie has  completed his two-term tenure last week. Top on the list of the appointees is the Secretary-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Prof. Ishaq…

Don’t play with fire, admit students through JAMB not Post-UTME – FG warns universities

The Federal Ministry of Education on Monday 11th ,July sent a strong-worded statement to Nigerian universities, warning them that only the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) can admit students. The Director, Press and Public Relations, in the ministry, Mr. Ben Goong, stated that any institution that acted against the directive would have itself to blame. He denied media reports that the earlier decision to cancel post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) was upturned. The ministry insisted that universities “had no business admitting candidates other than those sent to it by JAMB but could screen candidates to remove those with anti-social…

JAMB releases criteria for admission into Nigerian universities

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says the point system copied from its website as criteria for admission into tertiary institutions in the country and currently circulating was a mere illustration. This is contained in a statement by the board’s Head, Media and Information, Fabian Benjamin, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lagos. It said that on the contrary, the Federal Government had approved the re-enforcement of admission guideline as recognised by law.According to the statement the admission of candidates into tertiary institutions will be based purely on three pillars namely: merit,…

JAMB releases new guidelines for 2016 admission process

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has released its guidelines for the 2016 admissions’ process. The exam body said it has adopted what it termed the point system option after an extensive one-week meeting JAMB had with universities and other tertiary institutions’ administrators in the country. While explaining how the admission process would work for Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination candidates and direct entry students, the organisation stated that universities were going to charge fees for screening of candidates at the end of the process for admission. According to JAMB, “the new method uses a point system to offer provisional admission…

Post- UTME and the Nigerian Syndrome

Honestly there is no doubt that even diamond in the midst of dirt ceases to shine. This is undeniably the case with the post — Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (post-UTME), which the Federal Government has scrapped. Although there were good reasons for introducing the internal universities’ exam and the fact that some people are hotly criticising the decision to end it, many more people welcome its demise knowing that it has become terribly abused, exploitative and unpopular. Like most things in Nigeria, the post- UTME has again become a victim of the Nigerian factor. The decision to scrap it is…

Buhari decries non-payment of teachers’ salaries by states

  President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday in Abuja decried the current situation in which teachers go without being paid their salaries for many months in some states of the federation. Speaking after receiving a briefing from the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, President  Buhari urged the three tiers of government to be more mindful of their responsibility to pay teachers their salaries on time. Permanent Secretary of the ministry Mac-John Nwaobial, later told State House journalists that the president said he was pained by the plight of teachers. While noting that the non-payment of teachers had resulted in long-running…

How principals, school owners extort parents, WASCE candidates

  Many parents and candidates for the 2015 School Certificate examinations are paying exorbitant fees. There are indications that the May/June edition of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) and the forthcoming June/July Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) have become a goldmine to principals and school owners in various states. They are using both examinations to make huge cash. Investigations by our correspondent revealed that the principals and school proprietors cashed in on the school exams to milk candidates and their parents by charging fees far above what is stipulated by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) and…

JAMB CBT EXAM: Candidates Condemn Innovation

The 2015 Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board Computer Based Test (CBT) which started on March 10, 2015 have been condemned by most of the candidates who registered for this year’s Examination. Some of the candidates who sat for it expressed regrets but admitted that, the exercise was well organized as enough equipment was provided by the organizers. According to them, most of the computers disappointed during the examination. Mr. Chinonso Onyeagoro who hailed from Orlu, while speaking with The Leader said that, his centre was Federal Technical College Omoku in River State. He noted that the computer he used for…

JAMB blasts varsities over low admission

The Registrar and Chief Executive of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, has threatened to publish names of universities that deny candidates admission by not taking up to their carrying capacities. Speaking to newsmen recently on the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) which was taken all over the country and abroad last week, Prof. Ojerinde blamed the poor admission placement in the universities on the management of the institutions whom, he said, do not utilize the prescribed carrying capacities by the National Universities Commission (NUC). According to him, “most federal universities do not admit up to their…

Free Education is not free Certificate!!!

Whether teachers are born or made depends on which teacher you meet. But Sir Andrew Ajaero is every inch a teacher only he’s from the old school. Mbaise-born and a principal for 20 years, Sir Andrew would not negotiate discipline with any school board neither would he spare the rod and spoil the child. Any offence will get the desired punishment – flogging included. But the veteran educator knows times have changed. Having gone to school before the war and started teaching after, he knows that tremendous changes have occurred both in and out of the classroom.  The man who…

Admission Into Our Institutions of Higher Learning Today

[The Misery Of The Candidates] Today, the modern man is beginning to see formal education as a desideratum to live a well-organised and improved life. He is now appreciating the concept and value of modern education. As a result, our various institutions of higher learning experience a very large number of candidates coming and struggling to buy aptitude test form, POST UTME form, Direct Entry form whatsoever. The misconducts, anomalies associated with the whole process are alarming, heart-rending and frustrating. Institution means a large important organisation that has a particular purpose, for example, a university, polytechnic, whatsoever. Admission is the…