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JAMB begins probe as report says 2,000 candidates lost UNILAG admission over awaiting results



The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it has commenced a probe into a report that 2,000 applicants lost their university admission over the failure of the board to upload their results.

On October 16, a report surfaced that about 2,000 applicants to the University of Lagos (UNILAG) who sat for JAMB’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) with awaiting O’level results were denied admission.

Candidates seeking to write UTME are often required to upload their O’level results — usually the senior secondary certificate exam (SSCE) document — to JAMB’s central admissions processing system (CAPS).

Candidates are allowed to register with “awaiting results” pending when their SSCE documents are released by their respective certificate-awarding exam agencies and are available for upload to CAPS.

Such an upload is expected to be done before the commencement of admission at the candidates’ chosen institutions.

However, according to the report, about 2,000 applicants to UNILAG with awaiting results, who uploaded their SSCE documents, were denied university admission.

It was alleged that this was due to JAMB’s failure to transmit the results during the stipulated admission window.

But in a statement signed by Fabian Benjamin, head of public affairs, the examination body said a probe into the allegation has commenced.

“As a regulator, one of the central responsibilities of the board to candidates and other stakeholders is to ensure that no candidate, who is qualified to be admitted is denied such admission,” the statement reads.

“Before this publication, some candidates, through the ticketing platform of the board, queried their failure to get admitted, positing that by virtue of their ranking on the platform, they ought to be admitted.

“Their claim is being investigated to ascertain their veracity with such universities being engaged to arrive at a just and equitable outcome. At the end of the investigations, it is our belief that justice would be seen to have been done.”

JAMB said cases of qualified candidates being denied admission would be looked into and rectified if genuine.

“All those who uploaded at the right time on CAPS and ranked appropriately would be considered by the University as stated by relevant advisories,” the board’s spokesperson added.

“We call on candidates, especially high-scoring ones, who are not offered admission and strongly feel they merit such, to take advantage of the board’s complaints platform and raise requisite tickets.

“Their complaints would be looked into expeditiously and resolved. If their application is deemed unsuccessful, they would be provided with sufficient reasons, if any, why they were not considered for admission.

“And where they had been unjustly denied their due rights, provided they have met all ranking requirements, the Board would ensure that they obtain redress.”

Adejoke Alaga, the UNILAG public relations officer (PRO), told newsmen that the university is working with JAMB to investigate the cases.


Father demands justice as late Oromoni remains unburied after two years




The father of Sylvester Oromoni Junior, the late student of Dowen College, has continued the quest for justice, two years after his son’s passing.

Oromoni Junior died in November 2021 after he was alleged to have been beaten by five of his colleagues.

Dowen College dismissed the claim, alleging that the boy sustained injuries playing football with his friends.

Oromoni’s father told newsmen on Thursday that the corpse of the deceased boy is still in the morgue after two years.

“As the father of the deceased, I cannot be tired or discouraged from pursuing justice as I have promised my son to get him justice even if it will take thirty years to achieve it,” the bereaved added.

“Thursday, November 30, 2023, makes it two years since the demise of my son and the body is still in the morgue, yet to be buried.”

Sylvester Oromoni Junior died on November 30, 2021.

In January 2022, an initial autopsy declared that Oromoni died of “acute lung injury due to chemical intoxication” but the result was later discredited.

The department of public prosecution (DPP) in Lagos released a second result ruling that Oromoni died naturally.

The case has been in court since 2022 and the bereaved family is vowing to pursue the matter up to the apex court.

Oromoni’s mother has said that her son had no health challenges before the Dowen incident.

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JAMB announces registration date for 2024 UTME




The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has fixed January 15 as the date for the commencement of its 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) registration.

The board also rolled out some other major dates for its 2024 activities.

Fabian Benjamin, JAMB’s head of public affairs, confirmed this in a statement on Wednesday.

He said the board announced that registration for its 2024 UTME will be held between January 15 and February 26.

The board said the conduct of the UTME itself would commence on March 19 and end on April 29, 2024.

JAMB also fixed March 7 for the conduct of its optional mock UTME.

The exam body said all candidates are expected to print their examination slips as from April 10, 2024.

JAMB had previously said it would conduct a pilot test on its Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiative ahead of next year’s examination.

The BYOD initiative will allow UTME candidates to write the exam on their personal phones and tablet computers at the testing centre.

Benjamin called on all prospective candidates to prepare for the initiative which he said would reshape the e-testing landscape.

“I urge all prospective candidates to start practising with the devices they intend to use in the coming UTME, prior to which a pilot test will be conducted to aid the smooth implementation of the project,” he added.

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Katsina state government approves N1.3bn to pay final exam fees in public secondary schools




Dikko Radd, the governor of Katsina state, has approved more than N1.3 billion for the payment of final examination fees for indigent students in public secondary schools in the state.

Mukhtar Abdulmumini, the chief executive at the planning and research department of the state’s ministry of basic and secondary education, announced this in Katsina.

NAN reports that Abdulmumini spoke during the fourth quarter meeting of the Technical Working Group (TWG) for social protection in the state.

The meeting was supported by UNICEF in collaboration with the state’s ministry of budget and economic planning.

Abdulmumini said, within the period, N370.9 million was spent on 20,269 students who sat for the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

He added that N992.9 million was approved for 48,385 students who sat for the National Examination Council (NECO).

“Also, the sum of N27.9 million was paid for 1,878 who sat for the National Board for Arabic and Islamic (NBAIS) examination,” the chief executive said.

Abdulmumini said N4.5 million was paid for those students who sat for the National Business and Technical Examination Board (NABTEB) exams.

The amount spent for the payment of final examinations for the state’s indigenes in this quarter alone, he added, is more than N1.3 billion.

Abdulmumini said payment of the examination fees was an effort to encourage the indigenous students who sat for their various final examinations including WAEC, NECO, NBAIS, and NABTEB.

He further revealed that, in an effort to reduce the rate of unemployment and boost education in the state, the government had recruited 7,325 new teachers for both primary and secondary schools.

“Within the period, no fewer than 350 evaluators received training on Essential Quality Assurance Skills for teachers. The government has also procured chemistry materials for 30 schools at N26 million,” he said.

“Katsina state, in collaboration with UNICEF and in their effort on climate change, granted N150,000 to 25 schools in five LGAs each.

“The grant will be used for the prevention of desert encroachment and erosion through planting trees in their schools and to take other measures.

“The disbursement of the grant is the first phase, the second phase will be disbursed very soon and is N100,000. The benefiting LGAs include Bindawa, Funtua, Bakori, Kaita and Jibia.”

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