JAMB Tasks Tertiary Institutions On CAPS
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has warned against offering of admissions to applicants by higher institutions outside the Central Admission Processing System (CAPS).
JAMB said apart from distorting the statistics of enrollment into the nation’s tertiary institutions which it noted is required for national planning and development strategies, the conduct is also “a violation of ministerial directive on education policy.”
The JAMB registrar, Is-haq Oloyede, who said this on Tuesday at a stakeholders’ forum in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, noted that in spite of the constant warning against such conduct, Nigerian tertiary institutions offered a total of 706,189 ‘illegal’ admissions across universities, polytechnics, colleges of education and monotechnics between 2017 and 2020.
According to Oloyede, a total of 114 degree-awarding institutions including universities and colleges of education that are affiliated with them conducted 67,795 ‘illegal’ admissions within the period.
He added that a total of 137 National Diploma (ND) certificates awarding institutions such as polytechnics and school of health technologies offered a total of 142,818 ‘illegal’ admissions within the three-year period, while 37 institutions that are categorised as monotechnics offered 5,678 ‘illegal’ admissions.
The JAMB registrar said; “In 2017, the Board introduced the Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS) as a flowchart to ensure quality control, transparency and credibility of admissions. Among other reasons, it was also meant to completely eliminate human interference, which invariably led to abuse, in the processing of admissions into the nation’s tertiary institutions. The system allows institutions to only admit candidates that meet the requirements as prescribed by individual institutional proprietors and academic Boards/ Senates. The process entails: initiation of the admission of a candidate by the institutional admissions officer after having confirmed the satisfaction of the set criteria; recommendation of the candidate by the head of the institution; approval of the admission by JAMB; acceptance of the admission by the candidate; and printing of the admission letter by the candidate.
“All these are done without hassles or encumbrances. Any process outside this scheme is illegitimate and it renders the admission process null, void and ultra vires. It is rather disappointing that some institutions continue to defy this decision of the National Policy Meeting, ably chaired by the Honourable Minister of Education, that CAPS is the only platform for processing admissions to the tertiary institutions in Nigeria.”
According Mr Oloyede’s presentation, the top five universities with the highest number of ‘illegal’ admissions offered within the period are the Universities of Jos, Plateau State with 7,600 cases; Benue State University, Makurdi with 6,161 cases; Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago Iwoye, Ogun State, with 5,669 cases; Kwara State University, Malete with 4,281 cases and Novena University, Delta State with 3,432 cases.
Among the ND certificate awarding institutions, the Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, topped the chart with a total of 45,471 cases within three years, and it is closely followed by Auchi Polytechnic, Edo State, with 37,828 cases and Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, with 30,856 cases within the same period.
Others are the Federal Polytechnic, Oko, Anambra State and the Federal Polytechnic, Nasarawa, Nasarawa State with 24,335 and 24,335 respectively.
Oloyede said apart from distorting the national statistics, candidates admitted through the irregular admission processes are made to go through difficult times in their efforts to climb the next rung of either their career or academic ladders.
“Sadly, this practice by our institutions has damaged the image of the country as statistics provided by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) and similar agencies are rendered inaccurate by as high as 900 per cent in some cases. This distorts the statistics of the number of students in our tertiary institutions. JAMB is then made to supply radically different figures of entrants for the same year. In addition, misplaced pressure is annually mounted on JAMB to condone (or regularise) such illegal and improper admissions made three or four years earlier by the heads of institutions who in almost all the cases are not the incumbent ones.
“Another absurdity is that the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) for tertiary education which JAMB provides for the Federal Ministry of Education is fed into the global databank of tertiary institutions and Nigeria continues to publish a low GER record which is far from the reality on ground. Also, one of the unsavoury effects of the undisclosed admissions by tertiary institutions is that it makes planning difficult. As we all know, failure to plan is planning to fail and we cannot overemphasise the importance of proper planning.”
According to Oloyede, beneficiaries of such ‘illegal’ admissions upon graduation are made “victims of deprivations.”
“When the graduates of the illegitimate process need JAMB admission letters to pursue post-graduation endeavours like housemanship, scholarship, enrolment into the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), among others, they realise that they are out of sync. Some candidates had been forced in the past to seek Direct Entry into other universities after graduation just because their degrees were not recognised as a result of lack of admission letters at critical stages. The physical, psychological and mental strain on such candidates is better imagined than experienced. This could have been avoided if everyone played the game according to the rules,” Mr Oloyede added.
The JAMB registrar also expressed disappointment over what he described as massive fraud in the conduct of the two A Level entrance examinations in the country- Joint Universities Preliminary Examinations Board (JUPEB) and the Interim Joint Matriculation Board Examination (IJMBE).
“It is quite disappointing that some of our colleagues were arrested while conniving with various examination syndicates to compromise the noble objectives of these two examinations. The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Education (FME) conducted a sting operation the result of which is monumentally embarrassing,” he said.
As a way of finding a lasting solution to the challenge, JAMB said it has already proposed to the education minister, Adamu Adamu, the desire to establish both A-Level task team and A-Level Qualification Verification Databank, which he noted will serve as repository for verified A-level qualifications in the country.
Meanwhile, the examination body said it has approved the introduction of two more subjects in its examination to be added to the existing 23 subjects for possible combinations by candidates.
The addition of the two subjects- Computer Studies and Physical and Health Education, will “enhance the career prospects of students transiting to tertiary institutions.”
Oloyede said the subjects will be available for candidates taking the UTME examination in 2022.
JAMB said as part of efforts towards curbing some identified “unethical practices” by operators of the accredited computer based testing (CBT) centres, it has resolved to embed the centres’ approved N700 charges for registration purposes in its application form fees.
“These centres are allowed to collect only Seven Hundred Naira (N700.00) as registration charges but they use the opportunity to engage in conduct unbecoming, including extortion, during the exercise. In order to put a stop to such extortion, we propose to make UTME registration henceforth cashless. In other words, JAMB will now be collecting the approved N700.00 registration fee on behalf of the CBT Centres along with its UTME registration fees and then remit what is due to each registration centre to its bank account on a weekly basis or any time frame acceptable to the centre owners. This intervention will block all loopholes through which hapless candidates are extorted by unscrupulous service providers,” the JAMB registrar said.
NSCDC Arrests Ghanaian Over Burglary In Ondo
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ondo State Command, has arrested a 21-year-old Ghanaian, Sunday Kunle Adu, over alleged burglary and phone theft.
This is contained in a statement issued on Wednesday by NSCDC Public Relations Officer (PRO) in the state, DSC Daniel Aidamenbor, and made available to newsmen in Akure.
Aidamenbor described Adu as an incorrigible burglar who had been terrorising Osi Community in Akure North Local Government Area of the state, but was arrested by the Counter Terrorism Unit of the command after a manhunt.
He said on June 2, a case of theft was reported at the command by the victim whose house was burgled on May 26, and where two phones and sum of money were allegedly stolen.
“An online and offline tracking was activated and conducted through the ‘SIM’ card on one of the stolen phones which led to the arrest of a soft target that led to the apprehending of one Sunday Kunle Adu, male, 21-years -old.
“Adu, a Ghanaian with a Nigerian mother from Ikogosi Ekiti, lives at Abo Asakin in the Araromi axis of Airport community in Akure North.
“Upon interrogation, the suspect confessed to selling one of the phone to a traveler who was going to Abuja for N30,000 at Shasha market.
“Items allegedly stolen by the suspect were Infinix Hot 8 valued at N95,000, Tecno Pop 3 worth N75,000 and N70,000 cash belonging to the complainant.
“The suspect who already made confessional statement will be charged to court after the completion of investigation,” Aidamenbor said.
Fast-Track Hazard Allowance Implementation, NMA Fast-Track Hazard Allowance Implementation, NMA Urges Kogi
The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Kogi State Chapter, has appealed to the State Government to ensure speedy implementation of the new Hazard Allowance for its doctors.
The association made the call in a Communique at the end of its second quarter of State Executive Committee (SEC) meeting held on June 2, at its State Secretariat in Lokoja.
The communique was jointly signed by the Kogi NMA Chairman and Secretary; Dr Baoku Olusola and Dr Emmanuel B.J Kelvin respectively, yesterday, in Lokoja.
The communique also urged Kogi State Government to domesticate and implement the medical Residency training Act in the state.
According to the communique, after long deliberations and the observations made, the SEC resolved to do as follows:
“Appeal to Governor Yahaya Bello to instruct the relevant departments and agencies in the state to speed up the bureaucracy in the path to achieving the implementation of the new hazard allowance for doctors in the employ of the state.
“Urge the Kogi State Government to domesticate and implement the medical residency training act in the state”, it stated.
The association congratulated Bello on the award of the Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) by former President Muhammadu Buhari’s Administration.
The NMA also commended the governor for his giant strides in the infrastructural investments in the state’s health sector.
The association, however, said there was need to close the human resources gaps in various health institutions at all levels, including state-owned health institutions, alongside significant movement of doctors out of the state’s employ.
It observed the wide margin between the salaries and allowances of doctors under the employ of the state and those in the Federal health institution which served contributed to the efflux of doctors from the state employment.
Also implicated as contributing factor was the threat to the residency training in the Kogi State Specialist hospital (KSSH).
The association observed that the major culprit to the threat of residency training in the Kogi state Specialist hospital is delayed domestication/ implementation of the Medical Residency training Act as it was being done/implemented in FCT and other states.
The NMA, therefore, urged the state government to set up a high-powered panel to review and resolve these serious issues amongst others, affecting the medical profession and practice in the state.
Uber, Bolt Drivers, Hopeful Of Negotiations
The Amalgamated Union of App-Based Transport Workers of Nigeria (AUATWON), has said it was hopeful there would be opportunity for negotiations at the end of its five-day nationwide warning strike, which began on Wednesday.
The union’s Chairman, Media and Publicity Committee, Mr Jossy Olawale, made this known in an interview with The Tide’s source in Lagos.
The source reports that the union embarked on a five-day warning strike following failure of the ride-hailing companies in Nigeria, including Uber, Bolt, Indriver and Lagride, to accede to its demands.
The demands include a call on the app-based companies to increase fare trips by 200 per cent, and reduce their commission by 50 per cent.
Olawale said, “We are hoping for an opportunity for negotiations, but if not, we are also hoping that the Federal Government will intervene.
“However, if nothing is done after the warning strike, we will review what has happened so far and take a position”.
Earlier, the union’s President, Mr Adedamola Adeniran, had in a statement, expressed dismay over an alleged meagre fare increase by the ride-hailing transport companies.
“This increase stands between 25 per cent and 30 per cent by different companies, far away from the union’s demand for 200 per cent increase and 50 per cent reduction in commission respectively, contrary to AUATWON’s demand for 10 per cent flat or 50 per cent off the current commission.
“Uber, Bolt and Lagride still maintain homogeneous commission of 20 per cent to 25 per cent and this is completely unacceptable and unprofitable for us”, he said.
He said that the union had written several letters to the companies for a round table discussion, where both parties could look at various area of concern and dialogue.
Adeniran said the companies, however, remained adamant, trying to avoid responsibility.
“We can no longer work under these conditions and intimidation; so, all app-based workers across Nigeria should be ready to fight this menace till victory,” he said.
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