The Computer-Based Test Centres Proprietors’ Association of Nigeria (CPAN), has alleged that the 2019 UTME was marred by both biometric and browser failures.
The President of CPAN, Mr Maxwell Akwuruoha, made this known at a news conference in Abuja on Thursday.
Akwuruoha claimed that contrary to claims by the board that the examination was a success, the 2019 examination was marred by both biometric and browser failures from JAMB with most candidates denied the opportunity to write the test.
He said that more than 2000 candidates could not write the 2019 UTME due to the biometric and browser failures.
According to the body, many JAMB workers deployed on the examination days were either incompetent or connived to carry out malpractices.
“Biometric and browser failure, incompetence of technical staff, inadequacies in CBT centres and excesses in sales of novels, syllabus and brochures are some of the technical challenges that characterised the 2019 UTME exercise.
“Biometric enrollment as secured registration medium for UTME and Direct Entry candidates started in 2011, with the introduction of electronic testing actively in 2013 and absolutely in 2015.
“The introduction of technology as electronic testing saved huge costs, initially meant for printing question papers, syllabus, brochure, and logistics for delivery of same.
“But JAMB applied a fire-brigade approach during accreditation, especially with ad hoc workers who were not trained.
“It does not kill anybody to apologise that the biometric system actually failed. We had candidates that were prevented from writing the test because of biometric failures from JAMB.
” The system failed because some of the technical people sent to some centres by JAMB were incompetent. It is only noble that JAMB apologises to these children that were prevented from writing the examination.
“What we are saying is that the biometric solutions deployed by JAMB during the examination was not perfect,” he said.
Akwuruoha added that such technical challenges should not be allowed to happen during the conduct of the 2020 examination.
He called on JAMB to issue to its members a Memorandum of Understanding and adequate time for visitation and accreditation.
The CPAN president also said that the association was ready to partner with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to enroll candidates for the 2020 UTME.
JAMB’s Head of Information, Fabian Benjamin, while reacting to the allegations, described them as “cheap blackmail.”
Benjamin said that the board conducted biometric verification for about two million candidates.
“Let me assume, without conceding, that 2000 candidates could not be verified, what is the percentage of 2000 in two million?
“Every candidate that registered properly was verified. So for any candidate who was not verified, it is not as a result of biometric failure.
“Some of them registered in centres that were not approved and some of them did multiple registrations and were therefore blocked.
“If you accused us of examination malpractice, we will tell you that we have been delisting centres involved in that. None of them has ever come with allegations against our workers,” he said.
612,557 candidates offered admission in 2019–JAMB
Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), on Tuesday said that 612, 557 candidates were offered admission into various tertiary institutions in 2019.
Oloyede disclosed this in Abuja at the 2020 Policy Meeting on Admissions to Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria.
He said about 510, 957 admission spaces were, however, unused by tertiary institutions in 2019.
“Out of 1, 157, 977 candidates who sat for UTME in 2019, about 612, 557 were admitted,” he said.
Oloyede added that candidates waiting for their Senior School Certificate Examinations results would only be considered when they were uploaded on its website.
In his remarks, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, directed JAMB and tertiary institutions to proceed with the conduct of 2020/2021 admissions.
Adamu, who was represented by the Minister of State for Education, Mr Emeka Nwajiuba, urged JAMB and tertiary institutions to consider candidates with previous years Senior School Certificate Examination and other qualifying results.
He said government would make arrangement that would accommodate applicants who would be taking the examination when the opportunity to do so had worked out.
“As major stakeholders, we must jointly come up with reactions that would realign our programmes to these new realities while these reactions are being fine-tuned to check their capacities and capabilities to withstand the new reality.
“JAMB and tertiary institutions could take advantage of the current situation and consider candidates with previous years Senior School Certificate Examination and other qualifying results to proceed on with the admission process.
“Whatever arrangement that the country comes up with in the long run will surely accommodate those who will be taking the examination when the opportunity to do so is worked out,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that admission processes were expected to commence in August based on the guidelines released by JAMB.
NAN also reports that various institutions were warned not to charge more than N2, 000 for their screening exercise.
Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)
JAMB sets 160 as cut off mark for 2020/21 admissions
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has set 160 and above as cut off mark for 2020/21admissions into universities across the country.
The Registrar of the board, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, disclosed this during a presentation of the policy considerations at the 2020 Policy Meeting on Admissions to Tertiary Institutions on Tuesday in Abuja.
Oloyede said that 120 and above has been approved as cut off mark into Polytechnics and 100 and above for both Colleges of Education and Innovation Enterprise Institutions.
He explained that the decision was taken after each of the Institutions had voted and prescribed minimum cut off marks for their schools.
” No University would be allowed to admit a candidate if he or she has scored less than 160 in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
” Also, that is not the only thing that would be taken for admission, some would do post UTME and other physical assessments and that will be added to it to determine the cut off mark.
” Nobody can admit a candidate with a score less than what the institution prescribed. That is, those who voted for 210 can maintain the figure and not 209 or anything below 210.
” All those who prescribed less than 160 for universities cannot be accepted but 160 and above and same goes for Polytechnics and Colleges of Education.
” Every institution will have what it prescribed for itself except for those who prescribed lower and have to come up above the minimum mark,” he said.
Oloyede said that there would be no admissions outside the board’s Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS).
According to him, any institution that violates the decisions as agreed at the policy meeting would be sanctioned.
He said that admission process for 2020/21 would commence from August 21.
”Following the country’s uncertainty in the events of the pandemic, a date for the deadline has not been decided yet, but would be communicated later by the Ministry of Education.
”All institutions, must not charge more than N2000, including bank charges, for their post UTME,” Oloyede said.
The Registrar said that waiver has been approved for foreign candidates, the deaf and blind as well as prison candidates against sitting for post UTME screening.
”This, was because of the difficulty in the process as complained by the group,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that the meeting was organised by JAMB to signify the commencement of admissions into tertiary institutions.
NAN reports that the meeting, which took place at the JAMB’s Headquarters, had in attendance the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Director General of the National Youth Service Corps and staff of the Board.
Other participants: include Vice Chancellors, Rectors and Provosts of all tertiary institutions across the country, as well as members of JAMB governing board.
The meeting was held virtually via the Zoom network.
Edited By: Debo Oshundun/Felix Ajide (NAN)
NDA says website link announcing sale of admission forms fake
The website link announcing the sale of admission forms for the Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA) 72nd Regular Course is fake, the military training institution said on Friday in Kaduna.
“The announcement is fake. It is a fraud. Members of the public are advised to ignore it,” Major Abubakar Abdullahi, NDA Public Relations Officer said.
“That website is not NDA’s official website. The publication did not originate from NDA,” he said.
Abdullahi said that the NDA portal for application forms of 72nd Regular Course was already closed, adding that only successful candidates that met the required UTME scores for NDA would be contacted for further screening process in due course.
“Please note that information related to NDA can only be accessed through its official website www.nda.edu.ng and official social media platforms,” Abdullahi stated.
Edited By: Ephraims Sheyin (NAN)
Rep’s virtual meeting with constituents excites constituents
As part of efforts to still operate amid the COVID-19 lockdown, Rep. Tunji Ajuloopin (APC-Kwara) on Saturday held a virtual meeting with his constituents.
The one-hour meeting, which was monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria in Ilorin, afforded the lawmaker to effectively engage with all strata of people in his constituency.
He held used the opportunity to unfold plans that would change the fortunes of the constituency, stressing that the lockdown should not be an excuse for any elected representative to be disconnected from his people.
He added that the virtual meeting was aimed at formulating a regime of collective responsibility of actualising the desired growth, progress and socioeconomic development of the constituency.
“It is our desire to commence a new robust pattern of constituency engagement for our collective benefit after COVID-19,” said the legislator.
Ajuloopin praised the constituents for being supportive of his stewardship that had recorded achievements in the areas of health, road construction, education, entrepreneurship, skills and human capital development.
“On job creation, we cannot wait for government alone to provide jobs for our teeming youths, before the end of the year, we will have our intervention very much in place.
“We already have five farm houses under construction and almost at a completion stage, equipped with relevant machineries that will encourage farmers and create massive employment and empowerment across the constituency.
“Agric Ministry officials were in the constituency earlier in the week for possible collaboration.
“I’m presently sponsoring a bill on the establishment of a Federal College of Education in our constituency which is already at its second reading.
“Although, the decision of taking the said Federal College of Education to Omu-Aran wasn’t my doing, it had been decided before I came on board, but nonetheless we hope to see the bill to a logical conclusion.
“Education they say is the best legacy, a lot of achievements have been recorded in this important sector, notably is the distribution of free JAMB UTME forms to 336 students as well scholarships to indigent students.
“Some dilapidated schools have been rebuilt from the scratch through our interventions,” Ajuloopin said.
On employment, the lawmaker explained that he had been trying to get more constituents into the employment cadre, especially the armed forces.
He said that five military personnel enrolment have been facilitated amongst several others.
“Most of the road network are bad due to long abandonment, we have done a little rehabilitation on some; Ilala to Aran-Orin Road in Oke-Ero LGA will receive attention soon, likewise Edidi-Kajola Road, It’s a gradual process.
“No fewer than eight motorised boreholes have been sunk across the constituency and many are still in the offing.
“My joy knew no bound as many communities that had never had access to portable water before now have the opportunity through the intervention.
“Women as the backbone of development have never being neglected, over 1,050 widows who hardly have up to N5,000 businesses were supported with N10,000 each across the 42 wards, totalling N10.5 million.
Similarly, some of the constituents in their separate contributions described the development as heartwarming, unprecedented and a welcome development.
Mr Titilope Akogun, the President, Kwara South Youth Development Organisation (KWAYORG), described the virtual meeting as an eye-opener and a veritable platform for constituency integration.
“As far as the youth in the constituency are concerned, Rep. Ajuloopin has shown to be a good ambassador that is passionate about the welfare and well-being of the people of the constituency,” he said.
Mr Yemi Aransiola, the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Irepodun LGA, also praised Ajuloopin for being a chief promoter of the party’s manifestoes through many platforms and media engagements.
Chief Sunday Olosunde, an APC stalwart in Ekiti Local Government of the state, said it was another plus for Ajuloopin in his quest to actualise the yearnings and aspirations of the constituents.
Contributing, Mr Muse Mustapha, the Chairman, Nigeria Automobile Technicians Association (NATA), Omu-Aran chapter, described Ajuloopin’s online engagement as highly commendable, saying it is a pace setting.