UTME: JAMB Postpones Mock Test

Candidates writing JAMB examination [Photo credit: ElitesplanetBlog]

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has postponed the mock Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 8.

The examination, which was scheduled to hold in some selected accredited centres across the country, was shifted at the last minute, thus infuriating the candidates.

The mock examination, which is not compulsory, was designed to acquaint prospective candidates on the demands of the examination and its processes, using the Computer Based Testing (CBT) mode.

A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), who went out to monitor the examination in parts of Lagos, reports that candidates reported to their respective centres as early as 5.00 a.m.

At one of the centres in Ikeja, candidates waited patiently till about 2.00 p.m. for the examination to start.

NAN reports that when an official of JAMB at the centre was approached, to know why the examination was delayed, he said they were experiencing network problems.

“Not long after that, the official, who pleaded anonymity, told NAN that information reaching him said that the examination had been postponed nationwide,’’ the officer said.

He added that the postponement was due to “some unforeseen circumstances’’ and that a new date would be communicated to the prospective candidates.

JAMB Arrests 25 for Illegal Sale of UTME Forms

Twenty five persons have been arrested over illegal registration of candidates for the 2017 UTME, Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The suspects were also arrested for illegal sale of UTME materials.

JAMB registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede said the individuals arrested were selling registration materials to the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) to candidates.

The suspects, he said, were arrested by a combined team of Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU); members of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and the Nigeria Police Force.

Oloyede said the e-Brochure and e-Syllabus, which were meant to be free were being sold by the culprits as high as N800 each nationwide.

He also said the culprits were extorting money and inflating cost of registration for candidates.

“Our quality assurance unit, particularly the Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit had to go out to see what was happening, following reports of extortion.

“We were having reports that candidates are paying more than the N5,500 that is required.,” Oloyede said..

“Some of them inflated the prices of registration and application documents, so we had to arrest them to show Nigerians that those items were not supposed to be sold.

“The arrests were carried out across the country yesterday April 1, and we have handed them over to the Nigerian Police for prosecution, ” he said.

He urged applicants seeking to register for the forthcoming UTME to go about their registration in line with due processes, to avoid hitches associated with irregularities.

He said JAMB would stick to its month-end deadline for registration for this year’s examination.

Oloyede debunked complaints about poor internet connectivity.

According to him, many of the business centres who wanted JAMB to return to the old practice or producers of scratch cards are behind the complaints.

Oloyede also assured all applicants that they would be registered for the exercise before the end of the month.

NAN

Angry Prospective Jamb Candidates Invade JAMB Office Over Registration Hitches

Angry prospective Jamb candidate stormed the Joint Admission And Matriculation Board (JAMB), Makurdi Zonal office of the board, stoning and threatening to burn down the office over the hitches they are experiencing in the ongoing registration exercise. However, the quick intervention of the Police and officials of the Civil Defence Corps prevented the mob from razing the office complex after some windows had been smashed.

The youths then dismantled the board’s sign board and matched into the popular George Akume Road, where they made a bonfire which disrupted traffic on the road for several hours. The candidates later matched to the Benue State Government House, where they were addressed by the Secretary to the State Government, Professor Anthony Ijor (SAN), who urged them to remain calm, assuring that all their grievances would be addressed. Reacting, the Zonal Controller, JAMB, Samuel Umoro, advised the prospective candidates to be patient, assuring them that everybody would get registered, acknowledging hitches from the banks and partly from the candidates themselves.

Osun Pupils, Teachers Laud Volunteer Corps Scheme

Public secondary school pupils in Osun State have lauded the Volunteer Corps Tutoring programme, a private intervention to help less privileged pupils improve through extra lessons.

The programme aims at preparing SS3 pupils adequately for public examinations such as the Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) conducted by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) and the National Examination Council (NECO), as well as the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) conducted by the JAMB.

The programme which features intensive weekend (Friday-Sunday) coaching began in Osun on December 10, last year, though it has existed in Lagos for 25 years.

The pupils and volunteer teachers are fed meals during the classes to avoid distraction due to hunger and tiredness on the Saturdays.

The pupils are being taught Mathematics and English and were given work books on both subjects that contain past questions as well as notebooks.

Teachers got a manual; marking scheme of WAEC standard.

State coordinator of the programme, Mrs Ibiyemi Ifaturoti, said there are scholarships available for those who excel in the examination.

She visited some centres where the classes hold in various schools in the Ife/Ilesa zone recently, where pupils and teachers made positive comments about the scheme.

Ozomue Mathew of School of Science, Ondo Road, described the intervention “as a nice project helping us. It will really be effective in eradicating mass failure in schools; we thank the organisers.”

Abosede Fadare of St. Margaret’s High School, Ilesa, has her eyes on the scholarship.

“(I will) try to be among the best so I can be one of those who will get the scholarship,” she said.

Maths teacher, Mr Segun Lawrence Omisakin, said the programme was yielding fruits.

“The project is fine and the students are responding well. I have no qualms teaching for free on the weekends I am supposed to be resting but it is God that rewards. No amount of money can ever be enough,” he said.

Mrs Abimbola Awofisayo, also a Maths teacher at the School of Science, Ondo Road, advised the organisers to start earlier with the next set.

“It is a really nice programme but the time for preparation is short. I’ll advise the organisers to let’s start from maybe SS2 so we can catch them young. I have done a lot of volunteering in the past and my joy will be to meet the students in future when they have become successful,” she said.

Hamza Musa, a youth corps member serving at C&S Middle School, Ilesa, but who teaches maths on weekends at St. Margaret’s High School, Ilesa, said participating in the programme was fulfilling.

“I am usually free at weekends and decided to engage myself by coming here to teach. I’m enjoying imparting knowledge to the younger students and I’m happy they are responding well,” he said.

Disclosing the reason for the intervention, Mrs Ifaturoti, said the poor performance of public schools pupils in the last WASSCE was just one of the motives for the initiative.

“It is one of the motivations but it is really high time that we started impacting the lives of children in other places apart from Lagos. Let’s just say the time was just ripe” she said.

The coordinator, who disclosed that convincing the teachers to work free on weekends, was not easy however acknowledged the roles played by the three zonal coordinators, Alhaji ‘Lekan Salami, Deaconess Adeola Akanji and Pastor Ayodele Obadire in getting the programme started.

She also thanked the Osun State governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for approving the initiative.

I Can’t Promise a Hitch-Free Examination- JAMB Boss

The management of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has revealed that almost 2 million candidates are expected to sit 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination this April.

This was disclosed at the examination body’s Information and Communication Technology retreat held at the Obasanjo Presidential Library Complex, Abeokuta.

At the retreat, which involved civil society groups and students, The Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, said JAMB aimed to increase the capacity of its Computer-Based Test centres in order to make the April examination seamless, noting that CBT has come to stay and about four countries were interested in observing Nigeria’s model for running the examination.

He said, “We are expecting 1.7 million candidates to sit JAMB this year and we want to make sure we satisfy these candidates within a week or thereabout.

“That is why we are increasing the capacity of the Computer-Based Test centres to be able to examine more candidates within a given date.

“I must be frank with you, I cannot promise a hitch- free examination because we are testing certain things.

“We are changing certain things. We want to question the status quo and of course, we expect a fight back by interest that will be trampled upon.

“We are going to be as sincere as possible in the direction we are going. We are going to be as flexible as humanly possible. We are not promising a hitch-free examination.

“We envisaged that there will be hitches here and there, but they will not be insurmountable. Rather than promising the nation a hitch-free examination, we will be promising a direction we will all be pleased with.

“We are creating some ICT facilities and we want our stakeholders, prospective candidates, respected scholars, institutions, civil societies to come together and critique what we are doing so that we can be sure before we go too far in a wrong direction.

“This is with a view to harvesting good ideas that could improve what we are doing.”

JAMB Registrar Denies Allegations Of Fraud

The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, Is-haq Oloyede, has declared that he has never collected bribe from anyone.
Mr. Oloyede, who is also the immediate past Vice Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, made this disclosure while reacting to allegations of fraud levelled against him by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.
The union had in a petition sent to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, accused Mr. Oloyede and the incumbent vice chancellor of the university, Abdulganiy Ambali, of fraud totalling more than N2 billion.
Other allegations levelled against the duo include pension fraud, unremitted deductions, extortion from students, contract inflation and kick-backs; as well as unlawful payments to
ex-principal officers of the university.
In his reaction, Mr. Oloyede denied all the allegations. The don said he has never taken bribe,
extorted anyone, inflated contracts nor accepted gifts from any contractor.
The JAMB registrar also maintained that he operated a transparent system within the period he served the university as vice chancellor.
“I am extremely selective in accepting gifts from even personal friends. My needs are limited and my legitimate income is sufficient to spend on my volunteer work,” the JAMB boss said.
“I have never in my life collected bribe, inflated contracts, extorted anyone nor accepted gifts beyond “Thank You greeting cards” from any contractor, dead or alive.”

Before his appointment as JAMB registrar, Mr. Oloyede served as vice chancellor of the University of Ilorin between 2008 and 2012.
Within the period, he served as Chairman of the Association of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities, AVCNU; initiator of the Association of West Africa Universities, AWAU; President of the Association of African Universities, AAU; and Board member of the
Association of Commonwealth Universities, ACU as well as the International Association of Universities, IAU.
In August 2016, President Muhammadu Buhari appointed Mr. Oloyede the registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB. He was appointed alongside sixteen other heads of parastatals and agencies under the Federal Ministry of Education.
In its reaction, the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, kicked against Mr. Oloyede’s appointment, stressing that the former vice chancellor should be probed. The union also alleged that Mr. Oloyede’s era as vice chancellor at the University of Ilorin was
characterized by anti-democratic and anti-union activities.
But in his response to the union’s petition sent to the EFCC on Thursday, Mr. Oloyede said that his response to the allegations was necessary because there is need to “thwart the Satanic objective of distracting me from the national assignment which they protested against but failed.”
The JAMB boss however called on the anti-graft agency, EFCC, to investigate the allegations and take necessary action after establishing the truthfulness of the case brought before it by the
union.

JAMB Scraps Use Of Scratch Cards

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has scrapped the use of scratch cards for any of its transactions and services, describing it as “archaic,” its Registrar/Chief Executive, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, has announced.

He also demanded that the Federal Government should revert to the former system where serving vice-chancellors of universities were made chairmen of the Governing Board of JAMB.

A statement issued by the spokesperson for JAMB, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, obtained by The PUNCH on Sunday, said Oloyede made the announcement in Abuja in a paper he delivered during a meeting of the Association of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities.

According to him, JAMB would be using the platform of pin vending to check all forms of fraudulent practices which was prevalent with the use of scratch cards.

“The decision is as a result of its consistent subjection to fraudulent practices, the use of scratch cards is archaic and it is the aim of JAMB to also promote accountability in line with government’s zero tolerance for corruption. This new system will be accessible through the options of web payment, ATM issued cards (Visa, Verve and MasterCard), online quick teller, ATM payment, quick teller mobile application and Bank Branch case/card,” he emphasised.

Oloyede said in the olden days, the understanding was that only serving vice-chancellors were made chairmen of Governing Board of JAMB.

While appealing that government should go back to the practice from inception, Oloyede added that since the agency was a creation of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian universities, it would only be proper for them to be clearly recognised as active stakeholders to avoid any acrimony between tertiary institutions and JAMB.

He believed that going back to the old practices would “engender good synergies and harmonious relationship with a view to effectively delivering on its mandates.”

JAMB Candidates Take Protest To House Of Assembly

SOME candidates, who wrote the 2016 Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examination (UTME) Computer Based Test (CBT), took their grievances to the Lagos State House of Assembly in Alausa, Lagos yesterday.

But the candidates, numbering hundreds, along with their parents and tutorial centre operators, went violent.

They threw stones at the Assembly security gate and security men to ventilate their anger after waiting for hours without being attended to by the lawmakers.

Some of the candidates were arrested by members of the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), who were mobilised to prevent them from entering the Assembly premises.

They faulted the “wrong scores” released by the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB) for the examination.

They questioned the integrity of the results released by JAMB since some candidates had 40 marks added and others had marks deducted from their original scores.

The candidates chanted statements like “give us our real marks”; “This cannot be our real marks”; “Dibu must go”; “Our systems went off during exam and nothing was done about it.”

Addressing the protesting candidates, the Majority Leader of the House, Sanai Agunbiade, said it was not the fault of the lawmakers that they did not attend to them promptly.

He explained that they were busy attending to other important matters.

Agunbiade told them that they were in the right place to lodge their complaint, adding that they should not have been violent.

He assured them that their case would be taken to the appropriate quarters.

However, JAMB claimed that the protest was fuelled by “education consultants, whose CBT centres were disqualified from running the UTME for not meeting quality standard.

Recounting their experiences yesterday, the candidates complained of system failure during the examination, text message scores that did not tally with online scores, among others.

They asked JAMB to allow them retake the examination.

Eniola Akinbiyi, who sat for the examination at Obafemi Awolowo University ICT Centre, Ile Ife, said her computer shut down twice during the examination.

She said: “My computer shut down twice during the examination. I informed the supervisors and they said I should not worry. But when I checked my result, I had 188. That cannot be my result because what I read came out in the examination. I was very sure of myself.”

Usman Sanusi, who had to travel from Lagos to his centre at Adedokun Hall, Ibadan, said he got four versions of results.

“They sent three different scores to my phone. They first sent 101, then 178 and 188. Which one am I supposed to believe? When I finally checked online, I saw 179 and I could not accept the score, because I am better than that. My mum did not believe when I told her my score. She has been very angry with me, saying I wasted her money. JAMB is making parents fight with their children. Things are not so bad for students to enter university in other countries. Why is it always Nigeria that has problems with everything?” he said.

Boluwatife Joseph took the examination at Igbajo Polytechnic in Osun State on March 7, and got results for subjects she did not take.

“When I was writing my exam, the system shut down twice. I saw that I still had one hour 30 minutes left. But I had not even written Maths at all when the system shut down. When the result came out, I saw that I had 37 in English, the Maths I did not even write, I had 47. How come? Then my overall score, when sent by text was 220. But when I went to print out yesterday, it became 168. What happened? It is unfair. This is my first time of writing JAMB and I don’t want to go to polytechnic,” she said.

This year was the third time Temitope Ayeni took the UTME, and it was not a pleasant experience at her centre, Bachel Model College, Ogba on March 7.

“When I was writing, my system went off and I still had about one hour. When I logged back in, it told me ‘submitted.’ When I got the result text message, it told me I scored 246. When I checked online on March 8, it told me ‘no result.’ This is not the first time I am writing JAMB. It is the third. Last year, they logged me out before I finished and I had 199. The year before, I had 258, but I did not gain admission because of UNILAG’s post-UTME,” she said.

Olalekan Ajetumobi was marked absent even though he got to his centre on time and took the examination.

President of the Association of Tutorial School Operators, Mr. Oludotun Shodunke, issued a three-day ultimatum to the JAMB Registrar, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, to give the candidates their real grades.

He said: “We are protesting because of the terrible thing done by the JAMB registrar. He decided not to mark this year’s JAMB. He just gave out marks arbitrarily.”

Board: protest instigated by education consultants

THE Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB) has urged the protesting candidates to direct their complaints to the board rather than being used by “education consultants” for selfish interest.

A statement issued by its Public Relations Officer, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, described the “education consultants” as business owners that applied to run the examination as Computer Based Centres but failed JAMB’s screening.

The statement reads: “JAMB has called for calm and advised candidates to always avail themselves of the opportunity provided by the Board through it public complaints unit to vent their grievances and not to allow anybody to use them for any selfish interest.

“The Board had approved centres provided by these individuals to be used for the 2016 exercise, but unfortunately couldn’t as the centres were found to be lacking in all the indices needed for a successful CBT examination. This was discussed with these proprietors and they showed understanding as they witnessed the difficulties the Board went through to run even a session in their centres.

“It is surprising that these same proprietors will turn around to organised candidates to protest over our activities.”

Obviously referring to the hitches experienced in some centres during the conduct of the 14-day examination, Benjamin asked for support for the CBT examination, which he said is better than the paper-pencil test.

“We are not perfect as an organisation but working hard to ensure that Nigerian education is better than it is. We have taken the risk to do the unthinkable so as to change the paradigm.

“It is no news that the worst CBT is far better than the best Paper and Pencil Test. At least, the era of candidates pouring acid on staff, bolting with question papers into the bush and all manners of unthinkable embarrassing acts are gone,” he said.