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.
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.
“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.
Ibadan Poly postpones examinations, gives reason
The Polytechnic Ibadan on Monday informed that it has postponed its first semester examination for the 2019/2020 session scheduled to commence today.
The decision, as learnt was taken in view of the protest embarked upon by the students who protested against inability to complete their registration.
Confirming the postponement of the examination, the Registrar of the institution, Mrs. Modupe Fawale said that the decision was taken “to enable students who were unable to meet registration and payment of tuition deadline to do so.”
Fawale added that the examination has been postponed till next week.
“Students are to also note that examination etiquette are sacrosanct hence, any student involved in examination malpractices will be sanctioned.
“Equally, any student caught with cellphone and smart watch will be suspended from the institution and the materials will be confiscated.
“Students are expected to observe all Covid-19 protocols including the use of facemask and those who failed to abide shall not be permitted to take part in the scheduled examination.
“As earlier informed, students facing registration challenges are to go to the accredited ICT centres for solution”, she submitted.
Education: Oyo Govt Rolls Out 226 Contracts for 2019 UBEC/SUBEB Intervention Projects
No fewer than 102 Local contractors participated in the bid opening exercise for the 2019 FGN-UBEC/OYOSUBEB Intervention projects held at Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board’s premises on Friday.
The exercise, according to the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Aderemi Adeniran was done in compliance with provision of Public Procurement Act 2010.
“We allowed due process in this bid opening, which states that people should be allowed to tender for any goods and/or services, and the tender should be open in the presence of the tenderers”, he said.
While he reiterated the Board’s commitment to transparency and integrity in the selection process, he admonished contractors who submitted bids to embrace the spirit of sportsmanship.
The Chairman also revealed that the projects are being jointly financed by Oyo State Government through the State Universal Basic Education Board and the Federal Government, through the Universal Basic Education Commission.
Dr. Nureni Adeniran further said that a total of Two Hundred and Twenty-six (226) lots are being rolled out, adding that the process involved transparency and due process.
He said the contracts bidded for include: Construction of a Model School; Construction of eight blocks of six classrooms; construction of 14 blocks of four classroms.
Others are construction of 32 blocks of 3 classrooms; construction of 4 ECCDE pilot centres; construction 10 perimeter fencing.
Also, the contractors bidded for renovation of 66 blocks of classrooms; sinking of 40 boreholes; procurement of 48 lots of furniture and procurement of 3 lots of sport equipment/facilities.
Dr. Adeniran also disclosed that the Board is on the verge of completing the 2018 FGN-UBEC/OYOSUBEB Intervention projects, adding that the projects are on 80% completion.
The Chairman therefore urged tenderers to deliver a thorough job and ensure speedy completion of the intervention projects.
He said, “Bidders are strongly advised to ensure speedy project execution, as this administration has zero tolerance for time wastage, as far as project execution is concerned”.
The bid opening exercise was witnessed by representatives of Universal Basic Education Commission, Nigeria Institute of Quantity Surveyors, Bureau of Public Procurement, Federal Ministry of Education.
Other bodies represented include, Nigeria Institute of Engineers, Nigeria Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers and CSACEFA.
Teachers’ Day: Akanbi heaps praises on teachers for creating future world leaders
Former Senator Adesoji Akanbi, on Monday recognized the sacrifices and accomplishments of all teachers, commending them for creating future world leaders in their various field of endeavours.
The APC chieftain, who represented Oyo South Senatorial District between 2015-2019, in an emotional appreciation message made available to Mega Icon Magazine, also paid glowing tributes to the teachers for working their hearts out to lift up young people.
Akanbi, who was conferred ‘Distinguished Education Stakeholder’s Award’ by the NUT, Ibadan Southwest Branch said, “here is to the men and women who get up every day and work their hearts out to lift up our young people.
“The men and women who teach our children to make the world a better place.
“The men and women creating future world leaders, Doctors, Engineers, Scientists, Lawyers, Philosophers, Entertainers, and of course, more Teachers.
“To the men and women toiling hard for the betterment of our children, striving for a better future of the nation, we say thank you Sir/Ma.
“Happy Teacher’s Day”, the message concluded.
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