JAMB Registers 1.8m Candidates For 2019 UTME

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board ( JAMB ) says it has registered over 1.8 million candidates for the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The Head, Media and Information of the board, Dr Fabian Benjamin, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Lagos.

NAN reports that registration of candidates for the all Computer Based Test (CBT) commenced on Feb. 10 and terminated on Feb. 21.

Benjamin said that the registration was a huge success, adding that there were no hitches at all across the various accredited registration centres nationwide.

“We have concluded the registration and we recorded over 1.8 million candidates for the UTME this year.

“Registration closed on Feb. 21, when we stopped the pin vending for the exercise.

“However, some candidates who had acquired the pin but were unable to register before Feb. 21, due to one reason or the other, were allowed to do so till 12 midnight, Feb. 25.

“The registration finally closed on Feb. 25, he said.

The JAMB spokesman dismissed rumours in some quarters that candidates could start printing their examination notification slip from March 2.

“This is misleading and absolutely not correct.

“Let me sound it clearly that the board has not come up with any date for both the examination and the printing of examination notification slip for candidates.

“The board will announce the date for the 2019 UTME soon.

“As it is now, no date has been fixed yet for both the examination and the printing of examination notification slip.

“The examination slips are usually printed, two weeks to the main examination, but that is only after when the examination date has been fixed.

“There is no way anybody can print examination notification slip when the examination date, itself, has not been fixed.”

He, therefore, urged candidates and other stakeholders to remain calm, reassuring them that the board would make announcement and proper sensitisation about the date for the examination and printing of examination notification slip.


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Jamb To Hold Admission Policy Meeting June 26

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has fixed June 26 for the 2018 admission policy meeting to kick-start the admission process into the nation’s tertiary institutions.

Dr Fabian Benjamin, the JAMB Head of Media and Information, made this known on Monday in Lagos.

Benjamin said; “The main reason for the meeting is to define all modalities for admission of qualified candidates into the nation’s tertiary institutions for the 2018/2019 academic session.

“The board has concluded arrangements for this year’s admission policy meeting with all stakeholders in the education sector.

“This kind of meeting is to give room for contributions as well as ensure fairness and equity in the conduct of the 2018/2019 admission process.

“We are expecting in attendance all heads of tertiary institutions across the country.

“We shall be convening this meeting, for the first time, in the South-West, Osun precisely.

“All the South-West governors have been invited coupled with other critical stakeholders.

“To ensure that there is no misrepresentation of facts or information, there will be a live coverage of the meeting on NTA from 11:30a.m. to 1:30p.m, so that Nigerians can follow the proceedings,” he said.

Benjamin said that in addition, Nigerians would also be able to get first-hand information on how the admission would be conducted, especially the requirements needed.

He assured Nigerians that the board would continue to ensure it brought on board innovations and reforms that would give the candidates an edge over admission process challenges.

“Our determined objective is to ensure that every prospective candidate is treated fairly and equally under a transparent platform.

“We will also continue to strive to open up the space for healthy competition.

“As it was done in 2017, this year’s admission process will also be conducted through the Central Admission Processing System (CAPS).

“This system eliminates all human interference in the admission exercise, where candidates are selected purely on the basis of defined criteria,” Benjamin said.


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Police Recruitment 2018: JAMB Reacts To Claim That Candidates Wrote Exam In Arabic

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has refuted the report that candidates for the Police recruitment 2018 exercise wrote an examination in Arabic.

Spokesperson of the exam body, Dr. Fabian, on Saturday said that JAMB examined the candidates in the English Language only, and that no one wrote examinations in any other subject or language.

Fabian explained that JAMB generally examines candidates in 23 subjects which are listed alphabetically in its computer-based module, and that Arabic is one of the four subjects in the alphabetical categorisations.

Dr. Fabian explained: “Alphabetically, Arts comes first, followed by Arabic, then Agric, and then English.

“The software is designed to push four subjects per candidate; so, those three other subjects were dummy subjects that weren’t meant to be answered because there’s practically no mark for them in this particular examination.

“The Police recruitment examination is only in English Language.

“The instructions were clearly written, but we envisaged that some candidates might still not read them, so the examiners read out the instructions.

“The candidates were to answer 60 questions within the 45 minutes they had for the examination. That being the case, how could anyone possibly write four papers in 45 minutes?”

Fabian noted that Nigerians were afraid that because JAMB registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, is a Muslim, he wanted to Islamise Nigeria, saying it was a ridiculous claim.

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JAMB Remitted Only N52m In 40 Years

The Registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Is’haq Oloyede, has said the agency such  was only able to remit N52 million to the treasury in about 40 years.

The JAMB registrar said this while delivering a lecture at a colloquium to mark the 61st birthday of Gov. Rauf Aregbesola on Sunday in Osogbo.

Oloyede however changed the narrative when he took over in 2016.

Oloyede said he generated N9 billion for the board and remitted N 7.8 billion to the Federal Government in 2017.

The JAMB registrar said this while delivering a lecture at a colloquium to mark the 61st birthday of Gov. Rauf Aregbesola on Sunday in Osogbo.

He said Nigerians should join hands with President Muhammadu Buhari in the fight against corruption to bring about a better society.

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Over 37000 Police Applicants Sit For JAMB Test

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it will conduct examination for over thirty-seven thousand applicants seeking recruitment into the Nigerian Police Force.

At the inspection of the examination at JAMB Headquarters in Abuja, the Assistant inspector General of Police in charge of training, Mr Istifanus Shitima said the Nigerian Police involved JAMB to ensure that only qualified people were recruited into the force

The Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board JAMB, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede said the body had put strategies in place to ensure smooth conduct of the examination in all its accredited computer-based test centres across the country

Prof. Oloyede said JAMB was also assisting other government and professional bodies to conduct examination

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JAMB Directs Candidates To Print Notification From Today As UTME Exams Begin On Friday

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has directed candidates for the 2018 UTME to start printing their examination notification slip from tomorrow.

The board’s Head of Media and Information Department, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, said in Lagos yesterday that arrangements had been concluded for the successful conduct of the exam scheduled to hold from March 9 to March 17.

“With have successfully conducted the Mock Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) on Monday, February 26, and based on that, we can confidently say, we are good to go.

“Candidates can now go ahead and print their examination notification slips from Tuesday.

“These candidates must ensure that these slips are printed before Friday, March 9 in order to farmiliarise themselves with the examination schedules as no form of excuse for missing the examination will be entertained.

Benjamin, however, warned candidates not to go to their respective centres with prohibited items such as telephones, wristwatches, pens, and other devices.

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JAMB Set To Register Two Million Applicants For 2018 UTME

The Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Is’haq Olanrewaju Oloyede, has disclosed that, a total of two million applicants are expected to register for 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

Oloyede said this in Ilorin, Kwara State capital yesterday, while speaking with pressmen.

The agency boss added that it had made some reductions in the fee payable for the examination by the candidates contrary to the insinuations that the body has increased its examination fee.

He said the examination board also significantly reduced the amount paid for exam by foreign applicants, maintaining that it was aimed at encouraging huge number of them.

Oloyede informed that the agency introduced Central Admission Processing System (CAPS) aimed at addressing the imbalance observed in the admission process for the applicants.

He noted that with the introduction of the system, the process of admission into higher institutions of learning in the country has become more transparent, saying there was no need for any institution to come to the headquarters of the board for certain rectitude.


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2018 UTME: JAMB Accredits 72 Centres In Lagos

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has accredited 72 centres in Lagos State for the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The State Coordinator, Mr. Sunday Aladegbaye, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Lagos that 63 centres were accredited for the examination this year.

He said the increase indicated that more candidates were likely to participate in 2018 Computer Based UTME.

“Preparations are in top gear for the examination in the state.

“We have accredited 72 centres that have met our requirements for the conduct of the mock and the main examination in 2018.

“But this figure can increase,’’ Aladegbaye said.

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JAMB Fixes New Date For Sale Of Forms

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, has fixed a date for the commencement of the sale of the 2018 application forms.

The board said the sale and registration for all candidates, including those from foreign countries, will now hold from December 6 to February 6, 2018.

The spokesperson of the board, Fabian Benjamin, said this in an interaction with newsmen, Sunday evening.

According to him, registration fee is N5,000 while an additional N500 will be paid to obtain a compulsory reading text “IN DEPENDENCE” for UTME candidates and “The Last Days at Forcados High School” for direct entry candidates.

He said, “The MOCK examination shall commence from Monday 22 to Wednesday 24 January, 2018 and the CBT Centres are allowed to collect, through their bank accounts, a separate ?700 for this exercise from interested candidates after noti?cation of centre has been received by the candidate.”

The board had also proposed March 9 to 17, 2018 as the date for the examination.

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House To Investigate JAMB Cut Off Marks

The House of Representatives has resolved to investigate the circumstances that led to the reduction in the cut off marks for admission into tertiary institutions.

This follows a widespread criticism over the recent reduction in the cut-off marks for admissions into tertiary institutions in the country.

The lawmakers noted that the recent policy pronouncement by the JAMB Registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede on the reduction of cut off marks from 180 to 120 for university admission and from 165 to 100 for polytechnics and colleges of education was capable of lowering the standards of education in Nigeria.

The lawmakers therefore mandated  its committee on tertiary education and services to investigate reasons for the sudden reduction when majority of the candidates that sat for the examination scored above 200 marks.

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Ex JAMB Registrar, Dibu Ojerinde Remitted N50m To FG Coffers In Seven Years

Former Registrar and Chief Executive of the Joint Admission and Matriculations Board (JAMB) Professor Dibu Ojerinde, remitted the total sum of N50,752,544 to the federal government coffers between 2010 and 2016.

This according to Premium Times, is about one percent of the over N5 billion remitted to the federal government in 2017 by the new agency boss, Professor Ishaq Oloyede.

The remittances between 2010 and 2017 were contained in a document by the office of the Accountant General in response to a Freedom Of Information, FOI, request by the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism.

The accountant general’s office stated that N11,522,808 was remitted in 2011; N25, 303,274 was remitted in 2013 and N13,926,462 was remitted in 2014.

There was no remittance in 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2016, Bakari Wadinga of the accountant general’s office said in response to the FOI request.

Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari, had ordered the probe of Professor Ojerinde over poor remittances to the Federal Government’s accounts in the past.

The Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, revealed that the Federal Executive Council specifically directed the ministry of finance to look into the past revenue remittances of the JAMB and some other agencies.

“This year so far they have done N5bn and the Minister of Education reported that they have an additional N3bn that they are ready to remit which will take this year’s figure alone to N8bn and they have not increased their charges, they have not increased their fees.

“So, the question the council members were asking was, where was all this money before?

“So, the directive was given that we must call the former heads of all these agencies and similar ones to account (for their financial dealings), and that is the directive we have been given and that is what we intend to do and it is a similar story with other agencies.

“These are the leakages which we have now come in and we are blocking,’’ she said.

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JAMB Direct Entry To Close Sept.15

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board ( JAMB ) says it will close the Direct Entry e-Registration portal on Sept.15.

Dr Fabian Benjamin, the Head of Media and Information of the board, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Friday.

Benjamin advised candidates yet to register to do so before the deadline, saying that there might be no postponement of the deadline.

He also advised JAMB candidates to re-upload their ‘O’ level results in the new portal as the previous portal did not allow for the capturing of candidates level of grades.

He also said that candidates should use the approved Computer Based Test (CBT) Centres for the exercise.

According to him, the new portal has provided a platform for the detailed category of the West African Examination Result ( WAEC ) of candidates for proper placement.

“The first platform that was used for the exercise does not create room for the capturing of the levels of grade such as C4, C5, C6, B1, B2, B3 and A1.

“ You know in some schools, all these ‘O’ level grades are being considered.

“For example, if you have B1 and another one has B3 and there is no room for separation in the platform schools may not be able to ascertain the level of grades some schools will consider the O’ level grades.

“And the first platform just stated A, B, C, so with this new platform, there will be room for the download of the level of grades. Somebody who has B1 will stand a better chance than the person with B3.

“So, we use this new platform to capture all those detailed categories of WAEC result so that no grade of result will be left uploaded.’’

Benjamin, however, said that any candidate who felt that what he or she uploaded before was enough might not bother.

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