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Stakeholders, Not JAMB Pegged JAMB Cut-Off Marks At 120 –Oloyede Replies Critics

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As controversy continues to trail the cut-off marks of 120 set for University admission this year, the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB said it never imposed the cut off marks as widely reported, but the stakeholders did after a consensus

JAMB Registrar, Professor Is-haq Oloyede made this known after a meeting he held with stakeholders of tertiary education in Nigeria as he disclosed that the short-fall in the number of candidates who qualified for admission this year was the reason the cut of marks was lowered so abysmally.

He said only 569, 395 of the 1.7 million candidates that wrote this year’s UTME scored over 200 marks.

Quoiting from statistics, the JAMB Registrar said many tertiary institutions in Nigeria experienced shortfalls in the number of applications for admissions in their school because the number of applicants who scaled the WAEC hurdles and at the same time scored more than 200 in their JAMB exam was nut more than 15 percent.

He said even when the Cut off mark for admission was lowered to 190, those who could obtain admission with secured WAEC result were not more than 18 percent.

He said the situation was so bad that most tertiary institutions had to beg JAMB for candidates to be admitted amid other shortcomings, which, according to him were beyond them.

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The Registrar recalled that some institutions in the past even admitted candidate who never sat for JAMB to make up for the gap in the admission process, while facing the hurdle of having to regularize the illegally admitted students after completion of their studies.

Oloyede said the number candidates who scored 200 and above in the last JAMB exam represents just about a third of the students who sat for the examination. The total score for the UTME exam is 400.

He said 23.8 per cent of the total number of the candidates scored below 160 marks.

He said the stakeholders unanimously agreed that the minimum cut-off marks for university degree is to stand at 120.

The stakeholders, according to him, peg that of Polytechnic to be 100, College of Education 100, while National Innovative Enterprise Institution remained at 110 marks.

The registrar said the timelines for admission of first choice was October 15, while second choice would be December 15.

Mr. Oloyede urged the heads of the various tertiary institutions to set their modalities for admissions exercises as it was not the board’s responsibility.

He said that no candidate without O’ Level prerequisite would be offered admission.

“JAMB has a Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS) to aid you on the admission exercises.

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“CAPS will not replace admission processes of institutions. It will enable institutions to simply communicate with JAMB in a more dynamic and timely manner.

“It will also allow for flexible cut-off marks and candidates are allowed to make their choice of institution and course,” he said.

The registrar, however, appealed to heads of institutions not to charge more than N2,000 for admissions’ processes.

In his remark, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, commended the board for conducting the UTME.

According to him, the stakeholders have worked together to create synergy for advancement of education in the country.

“We restate our commitment to ensure expansion of access to students in our institutions.

“To ensure equity in regard to rural and urban areas; we are committed to refocusing our curricula to meet our development need,” he said.

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LAUTECH ownership: Oyo to pay N8 billion to Osun in 3 years as asset sharing agreement

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Oyo state government has approved the payment of the sum of N8 billion to Osun State government as an asset sharing agreement, a follow-up to the earlier agreement reached between Oyo and Osun state governments on the ownership of the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH).

The approval, which was conveyed  by the Commissioner for Education, Barrister Olasunkanmi Olaleye, would be paid in three installments spread over a period of three years.

According to a statement signed by Taiwo Adisa, Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, on Tuesday, the Commissioner  for Education,  Olaleye disclosed this while briefing journalists shortly after the Executive Council meeting held at the Governor’s Office.

“As a follow-up to the agreement reached with the Osun State government on the issue of sole ownership of LAUTECH, the Executive Council of Oyo State approved today the payment of the sum of N8 billion to Osun State government. It will be paid over a period of three years.

“The breakdown of the payment goes as follows: one (1) billion Naira will be paid in January 2021 and another one (1) billion Naira will be paid in December 2021. Three (3) billion Naira will be paid in 2022 and the last three (3) will be paid in 2023. This was the decision of the council today”, the commissioner explained.

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School Resumption Remains January 18th – FG Insists

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Despite fears over the surge in COVID-19 cases in Nigeria, the federal government has insisted that the January 18th resumption date for schools in the country remains intact.

The Federal Ministry of Education, in a statement issued on Thursday by its Director, Press and Public Relations, Ben Bem Goong submitted, “After extensive consultations with relevant stakeholders, including State Governors, Commissioners of Education, Proprietors and heads of institutions, staff unions and students, the consensus of opinion is that the resumption date of 18th January should remain”.

Meanwhile, the Ministry explained that all schools and parents must ensure strict compliance with COVID-19 protocols such as wearing of face masks, social distancing among others. 

The ministry continued,  “These measures which are to ensure safe reopening of schools for academic activities will be subject to constant review as we urge teachers, school administrators and other stakeholders to ensure strict compliance”.

It will be recalled that earlier in the week, the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 had hinted that it would review the resumption date (January 18th, 2020) for learning institutions in the country, citing the rising COVID-19 infections in Africa’s most populous nation. 

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Ibadan Poly authorities dialogue with union leaders to resume

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Authorities of The Polytechnic, Ibadan (TPI) on Tuesday engaged the leaders of the striking workers of the institution in a marathon peace meeting that lasted about two and a half hours hoping for an early resolution of the strike action.

The meeting presided over by Professor Kunle Akinyemi, the Chairman of the Governing Council at the Board of Studies Chamber was attended by three other members of the Council and members of the Management which included the Rector, Professor Kazeem Adekunle Adebiyi, and the Registrar, Mrs Modupe Theresa Fawale.

Also, the meeting was attended by the representatives of the Senior Staff, the Non- Academic Staff and the Academic Staff.

During the meeting, the unions further reiterated their demands to which the Chairman of the Governing Council pleaded for time and understanding in the management and resolution of the issues at stake.

The Chairman appealed to the workers in the first instance to allow the students to complete the on-going first semester examination and also unlock the gates leading to the Institution for easy accessibility by the Public and other stakeholders having transactions within The Institution.

The Unions showed understanding and cooperation with the intentions of early resolution of the crisis.

It will be recalled that the workers commenced an industrial action on Monday, which  has disrupted all activities including the on-going first semester examination over the issue of payment of minimum wage by the Institution.   

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