The Centre for Social Justice, Equity and Transparency has faulted the recent call by the Egalitarian Movement of Africa (EMA) for the sack of the Vice Chancellors of University of Illorin, Professor AbdulGaniyu Ambali and his University of Calabar counterpart, Professor Zana Akpagu. The group warned EMA not to allow itself to be used in the hands of saboteurs within the educational sector who do not mean well for the good of our country. EMA, a non-partisan society of academics had during the weekend called for the sack of the duo over alleged corruption. Reacting however, via a statement on Tuesday, the Executive Secretary of the group, Comrade Isaac Ikpa said that there was no logic in the call for the suspension of the two Vice Chancellors after a thorough investigation by the Centre. According to Ikpa, “It is clear from our investigations that the facts of the Vice Chancellors who...
LEADERSHIP EDITORS Some parents and candidates at the ongoing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME),  organised by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB)  have lauded the conduct of the examination. They told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in interviews on Monday in Lagos that the Computer Based Testing (CBT)  method  used for the examination  was getting better and more orderly. One of the parents, Mrs Jane Okpara, applauded the board for being innovative in the conduct of the examination. “The CBT mode has reduced malpractice and restored sanity in the external examination,’’ she said. Okpara, a civil servant, said that she did not experience any challenge in the registration process because the school registered her child. She said JAMB had proved worthy of conducting credible examination free from any malpractice. According to her, there is orderliness at the centre her child wrote the examination and it is quite impressive. Also speaking to NAN, Mrs Cecilia Obadike,...
LEADERSHIP EDITOR Candidates sitting for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) in Delta on Monday complained of poor network during the examination. The candidates told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Asaba in separate interviews that they also experienced malfunctioning mouse and computers that took too long to boot. Master Chukwuemeka Chijindu said that the issue of poor network might have adverse impact on his result. Miss Adeola Ayeni, however, said that she was lucky that her computer worked well but that some other candidates were not so lucky as they had to shake the computers vigorously before they responded. According to her, all candidates in the hall were given the same time to write the examination and that no extra time was added for those having problems with their computers. Another candidate, Miss Ifeanyi Okpala, corroborated the complaints of other candidates. She said that the time wasted due to poor internet network might have...
LEADERSHIP EDITORS Three (3) winners have emerged for the National Young Women Essay Writing Competition organised by the Nigerian Women Trust Fund under the auspices of She Impact Community and funded by DFID’s Voices for Change Project (V4C). She Impact is a community of individuals, women groups and organisations working to advance women’s leadership and political participation in Nigeria and beyond. The essay was organised to create awareness among young women on the need to participate in civic and political activities and to inspire young women to think up solutions to Nigeria’s leadership challenges that clearly marginalises women. The essay topic termed “The Dynamics of Participatory Governance: Implications for Young Women in Nigeria” witnessed submissions from hundreds of young women across Nigeria. The essays were marked by seasoned judges who considered organisation, content, grammar and use of language, definition and understanding of the topic, closing arguments as well as referencing. Happiness Ogbuehi,...
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Some Candidates sitting for  the ongoing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) have applauded  Joint Admission and Matriculation Board(JAMB) for the satisfactory conduct of Computer-Based Test in Kano. The candidates  made the commendation in separate interviews  on Sunday in Kano after sitting for the examination, saying that the transition from the Paper-Pencil mode to the Computer -Based Test (CBT) was good innovation. Abubakar Muhammed told  the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at a  centre  along Zoo Road, adding that he had not experienced any challenges during the examination. “The only challenge to be mentioned is that the exam did not commence at the exact time fixed for the commencement. “To be honest with you, I did not find it difficult as I was expecting before. Because, I heard people complaining about system failure, but thank God I did not experience such”, he said. Aisha Garba,  another candidate at a centre in Federal College of Education...
By Winifred Ogbebo, Abuja The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has said that four computer-based test (CBTs) centers  are being closely monitored  for involvement in some form of malpractices despite the heavy security in place at the ongoing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) Speaking to journalists yesterday in Abuja during the monitoring exercise of the UTME’s CBTs centers where the ongoing seven-day UTME is taking place, the JAMB registrar, Prof Is-haq  Oloyede, said, “Four centers which were confronted with challenges caused by some individuals, who were out to sabotage the process, are closely being monitored to forestall further hitches. He said out of four centres, JAMB only has four with problems, saying, “Out of 642 centers, we have problems with four. We have two problems in Bauchi, one in Kano, one in Ekpoma not from technology problem but from those who are cutting corners in the centers, those who have not...
By Henry Tyohemba, Abuja The executive secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), Dr Abdullahi Balla has said the agency would institutionalize the Project Proposal Defense and Access Clinic as a yearly event in order to reduce to the barest minimum the challenges faced by the institutions in accessing their interventions. Balla disclosed this in Abuja on Friday while addressing news men on the essence of access clinic exercise and project proposal defence for Nigerian tertiary institutions. According to him, both the access clinic and project proposal defence afforded the Fund the opportunity to appreciate the challenges facing the institutions in implementing its interventions and to re-examine its processes with a view to re-focusing them for efficient and effective service delivery. He said: “The introduction of the project proposal defense which was the first in the twenty four years of existence of the Fund was aimed at shortening the process of obtaining approval-in-principle from the Fund...
By HANNAH ONI, Lagos Vice President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has said e-learning can be use in resolving the challenges in the higher education sector. Speaking at a stakeholder forum in Lagos, Osinbajo emphasised that the most important potential of e-learning is the opportunity it provides the learner to access quality education at their convenience and from any location. “Following on this, we/stakeholders can attest that it is necessary for higher education in Nigeria to explore holistically how to use technology in order to enhance access, quality and affordability” he said. Osinbajo said, science and technology for example has re-dimensioned educational curricular in a way that has delivered exponential transformations before our very eyes around the globe. This global trend is well enunciated and reflected through the use of e-learning as a complement to traditional classrooms, with online learning or mixing the two modes, to support and enhance learning in higher institutions.
Candidates for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) have confirmed receiving their examination centres as promised by JAMB. Some candidates, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday, said that they have started getting their centres from Wednesday. However, a few others told NAN that they were yet to get their centres. NAN reports that the JAMB Registrar had promised that all candidates would receive their centres before Saturday. In a related development, Mr Ikeh Callistus, ICT, Lab Manager, Christ the King College, (CKC) Gwagwalada said the centre was ready for the UTME which would commence on Saturday, May 13, 2017. Callistus said the college had 278 computer systems but only 250 would be used for the examination per batch while 28 systems would be kept in case of any unforeseen circumstances. Similarly, at the Digital Bridge Centre and the Global Distance Learning Institute the stories were the same; the centres would...