The NIGERIA NEWS reports some weeks ago about Ezeunala Franklin, a 15-year-old boy who scored highest in the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB. The painful parts are that the boy chose the University of Lagos, UNILAG, which put age restriction of 16 years old and the above candidate could be admitted into the University.
The JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede said the University of Lagos should not be blamed for the restriction laid as the rule is already made before this day, and quoted that: “emergence should not be an excuse to flout the rules.”
“Universities all over the world define their rules on admissions and other requirements that would enable them to give their best to the public. The board should not be blamed for the age stipulation as it stated explicitly in its integrated Brochure and Syllabus System.
The JAMB highest scorer, Ekene Franklin Ezeunala is awarded scholarship amounting to 40,000 dollars by a Ghanian private university in Accra. The NIGERIA NEWS reports about that Ekene Franklin scored 347 marks in 2019 JAMB.
The second highest scorer, Emmanuel Chidiebube Igban, score 346 marks in JAMB, being led by the JAMB highest scorer with 1 mark. She should be commended for her effort as she could have been the Highest scorer if she was able to answer one more question correctly. The close mark triggered the Ambassadors college in Ota to celebrate her by posting on their Facebook timeline that she is actually, “A citadel of a great learning experience.”
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An Educationist who happened to be the Director of Studies of Difas School, Taiwo Jojolola said that the failure of student in the last JAMB 2019 examination is to due to the parental and social media impact on the student.
The NIGERIA NEWS reports how JAMB results are being withheld and how candidates failed immensely in the JAMB 2019 examination.
The NIGERIA NEWS then gathered the view of Mrs. Jojola who explain how the students were being affected by the parents and social media, constituting to their huge failure in the JAMB 2019 exams.
She states while on a briefing with Vanguard that,
“As an educationist, what do you think is responsible for the falling standard of education? Parents are responsible for the falling standard of education in the country,”
“It is really alarming coming in contact with graduates who can’t defend their certificates. Because our school is a JAMB accredited centre, I come in contact with a lot of students and parents who come to the centre to write [the] Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
“The social media too has not helped. Instead of reading, they are on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
A lawyer named, Geoffrey Oparaji writes to the JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede to face only the educational sector as constituted in section 5(1)(a) and (2), page 193 of the Nigeria constitution. Mr Oparaji said that the JAMB registrar should stop humiliating the police force, insinuating that the examination body is going to conduct the exam for the police force.
The letter forward by Mr. Oparaji to the JAMB registrar is as quoted below: “I humbly refer you to the provisions of section 5(1)(a) and (2) of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Act that provides thus: Section 5(1)(a) stated, “Notwithstanding the provisions of any other enactment, the Board shall be responsible for the general control of the conduct of matriculation examinations for admissions into all universities, polytechnics, (by whatever name called in Nigeria.
‘”For the avoidance of doubt, the Board shall be responsible for determining matriculation requirements and conducting examination leading to undergraduate admissions and also for admission to National Diploma and the Nigeria Certificate in Education courses but shall not be responsible for examinations or any other selective process for post-graduate courses and any other courses offered by the tertiary institutions.”
The Legal Practitioner said JAMB would be a charge to court if they did not desist to execute their plan.
An educationist, Taiwo Demeji JoJolola, said that she disgraced parent who attempted to bribe her for their children to be able to excel in their examinations.
The Founder of Difas School at Ota highlighted that the factors deteriorating the academic standard in Nigeria are that the student doesn’t want to read anymore, as they are already aware that their parent would pay for them to pass.
She further narrated how she is being bribed below:
“You find parents of some of these students attempting to bribe you. A child that knows that the parent will pay a teacher to pass exams will not study their books. Quote me here, parents are responsible for low education standard.”
“There was a time when children came to write the UTME here, a woman came to me with N5O, 000 and her child number, I disgraced her openly. I remember when I was doing my post-graduate diploma, PGD, and I was hearing slang like ‘NA.’
She states further, “Honestly, it took time to discover that it means ‘non-appearance.’ Some parents register their children or wards, pay the teachers who will go and write the exams while their children go to sleep.
“At the end of the day, the child has a result with 9A or 8As. Because they can’t defend it, when they get to the university, they begin to bribe lecturers. These days, parents don’t force children to read.
“A child that you are telling to read wants to watch Big Brother Naija. If there is a way parents can change that mentality honestly, things will fall in place.”
UTME 2019: UI Sets Cut Off Mark Beyond JAMB Proposed Cut Off Mark
The University of Ibadan, UI, has recently made it known to only make use of 200 as admission cut off mark for the academic session, 2018/2019, NIGERIA NEWS reports.
The NIGERIA NEWS reports the Joint Admission Matriculation Board, JAMB cut off mark to be 160 for Federal Universities and 140 for both State and Private Universities but it seems UI are keen on not making use of the JAMB cut off mark, thereby setting cut off mark to be 200.
According to a report issued via the Vice Chancellor office, Prof. Idowu Olayinka, the reports reads:
“For the avoidance of doubts in the minds of our prospective admission seekers, their parents and guardians, our alumni and alumnae and the general public, the minimum mark for any course at the University of Ibadan, and all its Affiliated Institutions, remains 200 out of the maximum of 400.
“This has been the position of the Senate of the University since the matriculation examinations into Nigerian Universities commenced in 1978.”
UTME 2019: JAMB Candidates React To The Fixed Cut Off Mark
The Joint Admission and Matriculations Board, JAMB have released the JAMB cut off mark for the year 2019/2020 to be 160, which cause some candidates to react in different manners, NIGERIA NEWS reports.
The cut-off mark decision was made at the Joint 19th Policy Meeting held in Gbongan, Osun state.
Some candidates were interviewed by News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, on Wednesday in Bwari
Flora Chikwe reveals to the NAN in an interview that she is happy that her JAMB score is above the JAMB cut off mark as she scored 180, according to her.
Flora further stated as quoted below of her opinion as regards the fixed cut off mark for 2019/2020 admission.
“I feel the mark is okay, at least I scored above 160.
“However, I am skeptical about the entire process because apart from the scores, you still have catchment areas and post UTME to worry about because these schools put such into consideration.
“In fact, apart from the JAMB cut-off mark, you have to also think about the course you applied for, whether your score is applicable to the course’s cut-off mark.
“This also varies from one institution to the other.”
Musbau Adamu, JAMB candidate also stated that he is satisfied with the cut off mark but further express his concern as regards the way the institution takes time to process admission.
Musbau states as follows:
“I pray that this year will be different since JAMB has given its deadline on the admissions process.
“I also pray that the institutions will adhere to the N2,000 post UTME fees as prescribed by JAMB. If not, that money really weakens some people who cannot afford a higher cost for the process.
“More painful is after paying and you still do not get admitted into the school. We will, however, remain hopeful though.”
A teacher, Ceasar Adams also pour out his opinion by saying that in some Universities the JAMB cut off mark may not be applicable as it is customary for some tertiary institution to fixed their cut off mark at 200.
He further stated as follows:
“So those in that area who have less than 200 cannot jubilate over the 160 marks but it is our prayer that a higher percentage of candidates are admitted into all institutions this year.”
NIGERIA NEWS gathered that the tertiary education stakeholders have reach agreement to start the admission process for the first choice admission between 21st August to 16th of November, 2019. The cut-off mark for the private and state universities would also be 140 as agreed upon in the meeting.
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