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Imo, Abia Candidates Score Highest Marks in 2019 UTME, May Miss Admission

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has released the results of 1,792,719 candidates out of the 1,886,508 who sat for the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination in April.

Also, JAMB delisted 116 centres over “registration-related misconduct”.

The results of 34,120 candidates were withheld including those of 15,145 candidates being clarified as ‘identical twins and siblings.’ About 59,667 candidates failed to turn up for the exam.

Announcing the results in Abuja on Saturday,  JAMB Registrar, Prof Is-haq Oloyede, said  Franklin Ekele, 15, from Imo State, emerged  as the highest performer with 347 marks, followed by Abia State’s  Emmanuel Chidiebube, 16, who scored 346, and Osun State’s Isaac Olamilekan, with 345 score.

However, Oloyede  said  Ekele and Chidiebube might  not gain admission to their school of choice,  University of Lagos, because they were underage.

Giving a breakdown of the results, the JAMB chief said 2,906 candidates scored over 300 as against 4,683 in 2018. According to him, 57,579 candidates scored between 250 and 299 as against 64,120 last year.

He said 366,757 candidates scored between 200 and 249, saying it was an improvement on the 2018 results.

The registrar also said 361,718 candidates scored between 180 and 199 as against 325,152 in 2018, while 494,484 scored between 160 and 179 as against 455,898 last year.

Oloyede said, “A total of 410,844 candidates scored between 140 and 159 as against 346,825 recorded in 2018 while also 99,463 scored between 100 and 139 as against 64,712 in 2018.”

He   said   the body had blacklisted 116 exam centres including a Computer-based Test centre in Akokwe, Delta State, after the operators allegedly bribed exam officers with N1.7m.

The ex-University of Ilorin vice-chancellor said, “We have identified the candidates involved and their results are withheld. While not being aware that JAMB was monitoring, the two centres in Akokwe in Ideato  examination town  paid N1,760,000.00 to compromise the  workers  on duty. The workers concerned are being investigated to determine their culpability.

“We have recovered the payment voucher and the   workers   being investigated claimed that they received the bribe because their lives were in danger.”

He said the exam recorded multiple registrations, pointing out that a candidate, for instance, registered 23 times for the examination.

The registration listed exam centres involved in malpractices to include Heritage and Infinity as well as Okwyzil Computer Institute Comprehensive Secondary School in Abia, where  the exam was  cancelled and rescheduled.

Also in this category is Clems Business System Ltd, Umuahia, Abia State and the CBT centres of Ekiti State College of Education, Ikere, and St. Silas Anglican Secondary School, Omuo-Ekiti, cited for collusion.

Oloyede added, “Among the centres to be suspended pending further investigations is the CBT Centre of the College of Education, Centre for Excellence and Information Technology, Agbor, Delta State.

“A total of 116 centres have been delisted or suspended. Out of this number, 18 have been sanctioned by the Governing Board of JAMB with suspension for between one and three year for registration-related misconduct.”

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FirstBank Convenes SMECONNECT Webinar, Promotes Growth of Education Sector

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First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Nigeria’s premier and leading financial inclusion services provider, has announced the convening of a Business Clinic to promote the growth and sustainability of the educational sector, especially in the light of the coronavirus which is having an adverse effect on the operations of schools across the world. The event is scheduled to hold via Zoom platform by 11:00am on Thursday, 23 July 2020.

“Managing Your School through the Pandemic: Engagement and Retention Strategies,” is the topic of the event and will be discussed by experts, leading players, policy influencers and proprietors in business and education management that have carved a niche for themselves at promoting the growth of education and business, towards impacting the national economy. To participate in the event, follow the link https://smeconnect.firstbanknigeria.com/webinar  to register.

The panellists at the event include; Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, Honourable Commissioner of Education, Lagos State; Otunba Yomi Otubela, President, National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS); Wale Abioye, Team Lead, Customer Practice in Management Consulting (KPMG); Babatunde Vaughan, Education Lead, Modern Classroom Microsoft Nigeria; Tinu Aluko, Proprietor, Busy Bee & West Mills and Bankole Adediran, Head Transaction Banking Products, First Bank of Nigeria Limited.

Speaking on the event, Mr. Gbenga Shobo, Deputy Managing Director, FirstBank said “the education sector remains the bedrock of the growth and development of any nation – without a viable educational system, the human capital would be incapable of driving national growth and development. FirstBank is delighted to convene this event as it reinforces our leading role at enabling the growth of the educational sector in the country, over the years.

A recent example is the current pandemic in which the Bank has spearheaded the continued learning of school children, with a view to moving over 1 million Nigerians to e-learning, an exciting journey that has had over 45,000 active participants on the respective platforms, notably Roducate and IBM.

We appreciate the panellists invited to speak and we look forward to the knowledge and ideas that would be deliberated towards having participants enlightened on essential activities to not just sustain their schools but reinforce its growth against the odds of COVID-19. We implore players, policy influencers, school and business owners as a whole to register and participate in the event because indeed there is knowledge for everyone,” he concluded.

FirstBank has held various SME clinics in the course of the year, including a virtual event to ensure Social Distance is adhered to in this sensitive period of the COVID-19.

These events include the SME Clinics in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Abuja as well as the Virtual SME Clinic, recently held in May.

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JAMB Remits Initial N3.5bn to FG for 2020

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The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it has made an interim remittance of N3.5 billion to the federal government’s purse after the conduct of its 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The board said it had earlier paid N3.5 billion to candidates by reducing N1,500 from the cost of ePINs sold to each candidate as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari. It said this brings its total remittances this year to over N7 billion.

The board also said it will remit more as soon as its operations are concluded and proper audit of its books is completed.

JAMB said this in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Fabian Benjamin, on Sunday night.

He said it had been the intention of the present leadership of the examination body to return to federal coffers, whatever is left unutilised from its operational funds.

“The immediate benefit of the move manifested in the reduction by President Muhammadu Buhari of the UTME Registration fee payable by candidates from N5000 to N3500 which entails the transfer of over N3b to candidates and guardians annually via the reduction in the cost of application documents,” he said.

According to Mr Benjamin, before the reduction in the cost of application ePINs, the agency had remitted billions of naira in 2017 and replicated same in subsequent years until President Buhari’s directive to give back to candidates a percentage of the cost of registration.

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Just In: WAEC Postpones Examination over Coronavirus

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The 2020 West African Senior School Certificate Examination has been postponed indefinitely.

The West African Examinations Council made this known in a statement on Friday.

The statement quoted WAEC Nigeria’s Head of National Office, Mr. Patrick Areghan, as saying that the examination scheduled to begin April 6, 2020, was postponed as a result of coronavirus pandemic.

Areghan said the timetable for the examination would be reviewed after the coronavirus pandemic situation improves.

The statement read, “The West African Examinations Council in Nigeria, nay, the West African sub-region, has decided to put on hold the conduct of the West African Senior School Certificate Examination for School Candidates, 2020, earlier scheduled to commence on April 6, 2020.

“This is as a result of the impact of the novel and deadly Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) and the serious implications it has for the conduct of the WASSCE for school candidates, 2020, coupled with the anxieties it has generated among the populace.

“This decision is a demonstration of the organisation’s concern and support for the various protocols being put in place by the Federal and State Governments of Nigeria and the governments of the other member countries to check the spread of the disease.”

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