WAEC: Why you must guard your certificates well

WAEC: Why you must guard your certificates well

By Agency report |

The West African Examinations Council, WAEC, on Sunday, advised people in possession of its certificates to guard them well, saying it will not re-issue on account of misplacement, fire, flood or theft.

The council’s Head of National Office, Mr Olu Adenipekun, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

Adenipekun said the advice was necessary as lots of people have been approaching the council at various times for a re-issue of the lost certificates.

“Let me make it clear that in the real sense of it, our certificates are issued only once, irrespective of who is involved or the circumstance that led to the misplacement, and that remains the truth of the matter.

“We do not issue our West African Senior School Certificates Examination (WASSCE) twice.

“But, if we have such cases of theft, fire, flood and others, as it concerns these certificates, yes, in reaction to our operational environment, we can consider the issuance of an ‘attestation certificate.

“About five years ago, the council, that is, the highest governing body met and took a decision on this, stressing that there is no test body that issues two of its certificates to a single candidate in one examination.

“But, if a candidate should experience such losses through fire, flood or theft and can provide all the necessary proofs required to that effect, that will show such things actually happened to his or her certificate, there are certain steps such candidates are expected to take before approaching the council for further action,” he said.

The WAEC chief explained that after all such processes had been satisfactorily concluded then, the council would consider the issuance of “Attestation Certificate”.

“It is this certificate that we give out, and not re-issuance of another certificate.

“This is what we have been doing for the past five years now.

“We have many Nigerians who have benefitted from this, because it is like a replacement of the real certificate.

“These people who have benefitted from this come from all the stratum of the society,” Adenipekun said. (NAN)

JAMB releases 15,490 withheld results

JAMB releases 15,490 withheld results

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has said that it has released the withheld results of 15,490 candidates, who participated at its April 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.

The board made the disclosure in a statement signed by the board’s Head of Media and Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin, on Monday in Lagos State.

It said that the results released on Saturday were part of the 34,120 it withheld while announcing the release of the results on May 11.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that a total of 1,886,508 candidates registered for the examination, including candidates in foreign centres.

Out of this figure, the results of only 1,792,719 candidates were released on May 11.

“JAMB had during the release of the 2019 UTME results on Saturday, May 11, stressed that it would further probe the identity and involvement of some candidates who were suspected of being involved in one examination infraction or the other.

“As a result of this, the board has further cleared and released the results of 15,490 candidates in this category.

“This release follows the expert review of the cases in this category of candidates who were requested to upload certain credentials for scrutiny.

“At the conclusion of the review, these candidates were further classified into five groups,” it said.

It said that the first group were candidates who were sufficiently innocent.

The second was that of candidates with inconclusive evidence of culpability and were given the benefit of the doubt because of the board’s guiding principles, that it was better to let go many criminals than to punish one innocent person.

NAN reports that the board recently released results of candidates earlier cleared of wrongdoings and also conducted fresh examinations in two centres, Abuja and Otuoke in Bayelsa, where it was convinced of a genuine need to examine 490 candidates who had missed the April examination due to communication lapses.

The board said in the statement that candidates whose uploaded evidence necessitated further interrogations had been notified and invited through telephone calls, UTME profiles, SMS and emails to designated centres for further clarification on the evidence against them.

“It is in their interest to attend or such evidence will be taken as conclusive.

“There are also those whose culpability has been firmly established, necessitating cancellation of their results.

According to the board, results of additional 321 candidates have been conclusively cancelled and the affected persons notified.

It said that the other categories of candidates were those who did not heed to advice to upload evidence of their identities vis-a-vis the other impersonators, adding that there was clear evidence of their culpability.

It said that their results had been cancelled.

The board said that four additional centres were discovered to have been involved in examination fraud and had been de-listed by the board.

“The board has endured the pains of this tedious exercise in order to sanitise its processes and ensure that only genuine candidates are enrolled in the country’s tertiary education system.

(NAN)

2019 UTME: JAMB, other stakeholders to announce cut-off marks Tuesday

2019 UTME: JAMB, other stakeholders to announce cut-off marks Tuesday

Breaking: JAMB, stakeholders fix cut-off mark for 2019/2020 admission Tuesday

by Frank Ikpefan, Abuja

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board will meet with stakeholders on Tuesday to decide the cut-off mark for the 2019/2020 admission.

The 2019 Policy Meeting with stakeholder will hold on Tuesday, June 11 at Gbongan, Osun State.

JAMB’s Head of Information, Dr. Fabian Benjamin disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Benjamin said the official cut-off marks for the 2019/2020 admission would be made public at the end of the policy meeting.

He advised candidates to disregard any cut-off mark being peddled by fraudsters, describing it as “fake.”

He said: “The clarification became necessary following speculations that the board had fixed the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) cut-off marks.

“It is pertinent to note that the heads of institutions and other stakeholders will do so at a policy meeting which is chaired by the Honourable Minister of Education. The board has scheduled the 2019 Policy Meeting for June 11 at Gbongan, Osun State.”

The board added that candidates should not also believe some rumour that a candidate could have two different results released by the server.

Benjamin also advised candidates to print their admission letter as they may not have been deemed to have been admitted.

Meanwhile, the board said it has successfully secured conviction for fifteen persons who were involved in double registration, examination malpractice and other infractions during the conduct of the UTME.

The board said some of the convictions were secured in Zamfara, Kebbi and other states.

Credit: The Nation

2019 UTME: No cut-off marks yet, JAMB cautions public against fraudulent elements

2019 UTME: No cut-off marks yet, says JAMB

SPECULATIONS in some quarters over cut-off marks for admission were laid to rest yesterday.
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) said it has not published the national and general minimum cut-off marks for placement of candidates into the nation’s tertiary institutions.
The board’s Head, Media and Information, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, told reporters in Lagos that some persons, whom he described as “fraudulent elements”, have been peddling the rumour that the cut-off marks were out with a ploy to defraud innocent Nigerians, especially the candidates.
Dr. Benjamin said the cut-off marks could only be arrived at with the inputs of critical stakeholders in the education sector.
He said: “We want to seize this opportunity to caution the public especially candidates, not to allow themselves to be swindled by these desperate individuals that are peddling this rumour.
“The board is yet to come up with any cut-off mark for placements into the various tertiary institutions across the country.
“The cut-off marks cannot be decided upon without the input of critical stakeholders of the education sector at an elaborate policy meeting,” he said.
Benjamin explained that the next policy meeting would be holding on June 11, at Gbongan in Osun State.
The spokesman noted that already, preparations for the meeting had been concluded, adding that officials of the Ministry of Education have been invited to attend.
According to him, other key stakeholders were also expected to grace the occasion, to determine the national cut-off mark.
He said it was only after this had been achieved that the candidates would be availed of the cut-off marks of the various tertiary institutions across the country.
Benjamin said: “The cut-off marks are the minimum expectation for every institution and that does not mean by attaining such cut-off mark, it therefore means an automatic placement into schools of first choice.
“We therefore want to appeal to the general public, especially the candidates not to fall prey to fraudsters.
“The board will continue to provide information to the public on its processes and activities at every stage.”
Over 1.8 million candidates registered for the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

2019 UTME: Over 1.3 million candidates have accessed results so far — JAMB

2019 UTME: Over 1.3 million candidates have accessed results so far — JAMB

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says over 1.3 million candidates have so far accessed their results using the result checker (code), 55019.

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

Benjamin was speaking against the backdrop of claims in some quarters that majority of candidates who participated at the board’s 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) had yet to access their results through the said code.

He also described as untrue, claims by some mischief makers that the N50 charges incurred through the code was going to the board’s purse.

“I want to refute all these claims as there is no truth in them.

“First and foremost, by our records, over 1.3 candidates who sat for this examination have accessed their results using the code for checking the results, which remains ‘55019’.

“Again, let me also state in clear terms that the N50 charged in the process of checking these results does not go to JAMB’s purse but to the various service providers,” Benjamin said.

According to the spokesman, the clarification became necessary in view of what he described as ‘wicked and malicious rumours’ by some persons that the board is charging a fee for checking of results.

Giving a breakdown of the total number of results checked by candidates through the various network providers, Benjamin noted that MTN had the highest, with a total of 888,598, followed by Glo, with a total of 190,923.

He said that coming third was Airtel, with a total of 104, 970 candidates who have so far accessed their result using the network.

Benjamin said that before now, Airtel had some technical hitches, but thankfully, all such challenges had been addressed.

Speaking further, he noted that a total of 62,170 candidates had also accessed their results using the 9mobile service provider.

The spokesman said the board appreciated the concern of those candidates who had challenges accessing their results, and expressed the board’s sincere apologies to the development.

He noted that the board was partnering with the network providers in ensuring quality service in an attempt to forestall such occurrences in its subsequent examinations.

Benjamin said that already, plans were already in place to forward the results to candidates’ profiles for viewing and printing.

NAN reports that results for 2019 UTME were released on Saturday, May 11.

Over 1.8 million candidates registered for the examination. (NAN)

I actually aimed to score 370, Ekene, UTME 2019 best candidate declares

I targeted 370, says Ekene, UTME best candidate

by Shehu Bello

When he was preparing for the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), Ekene Franklin Ezeunala said his target was to make a score of 370 out of a possible 400.

The SS3 pupil of Meiran Community Secondary School, Meiran, Lagos, made 347 – and he is still happy with himself.

“I tried to make a good score while preparing for the examination.

“The score I was targeting was 370. I still feel happy that I still achieved a good result,” said the public school pupil.

Ekene, who will turn 15 in 13 days (May 27), said he was shocked to be announced the candidate with the highest score in the examination.

“When I first heard I was the highest, I was a bit shocked. But I became glad and happy.”

The teenager said regular participation in competitions on behalf of Lagos State helped his preparations.

“The competitions impacted positively on my preparation. Some of the subjects I did I had done them in preparing for the competitions and met the same thing in the exams,” he said.

Ekene wants to study Chemical Engineering in the university – for the love of it and to impact the society.

He said he was already working on some bio-fuel research to reduce carbon emissions in Nigeria.

“I want to study Chemical Engineering because I feel that chemistry and technology can impact the general public and society in various ways; and personally, I have a flair for chemistry,” he said.

Ekene’s mother, Mrs. Chinelo Ezeunala, a Chemistry teacher at Hightree College, a private school in Berger, Lagos, said she was happy about her son’s feat.

The Chemistry graduate said her son has always shown brilliance in his education and as a result skipped some classes in primary school.

“He started school early at two years plus because I was serving when I had him.

“He attended Philthel Primary School, Akoka. The school was owned by a professor teaching at the University of Lagos. But the woman is late now.

“In primary school he was very bright so he was promoted twice that was why he is 14 years in SS3,” she said.

Mrs. Ezeunala learnt of a scholarship offer by Gregory University, Uturu, Abia State from this reporter.

When asked if she would allow the boy to go, she said it would be discussed as a family.

She said the family was not buoyant enough to afford private university fees if the offer was not a full scholarship.

She said her husband was a retired staff of the defunct NITEL where he worked as a technician and had experienced hard luck in his efforts at running businesses.

She said: “We are not really well off and we cannot afford private university fees. If it is full scholarship, my opinion is ‘why not?’”

Credit: The Nation

JAMB lists 18 items candidates must not take to UTME examination hall

18 items JAMB candidates must not take to exam venue

Azeezat Adedigba

As the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) begins Thursday, the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) has warned candidates against bringing in prohibited items into the examination halls.

The examination is expected to hold for about a week across Nigeria.

In a telephone interview with PREMIUM TIMES Wednesday night, the JAMB spokesperson, Fabian Benjamin, said the items were prohibited in order to secure the sanctity and integrity of the board’s examination.

He said examination officials are allowed to scrutinise eye glasses or similar devices and when convinced that such items may compromise the sanctity of the examination, the examination official should confiscate them.

”We urge candidates to abide by the rules and regulations of the board. Candidates should not come with any of the prohibited items,” he said

PREMIUM TIMES earlier reported how the board directed candidates for the 2019 UTME to start printing their examination notification slips from April 2.

The board also said a separate indicator had been created for the deaf (mute) candidates to differentiate them for special attention at the examination centre.

Also, the JAMB registrar, Ishaq Oloyede, warned candidates who are expected to sit for the examination to ensure their biometrics were taken and verified or risk sitting for the examination.

According to him, biometric verification will be the only mode for the admittance of candidates into the examination centres.

About 1.99 million candidates will be writing the examination across the country.

List of items prohibited:
1) Wrist Watches
2) Pen/Biros
3) Mobile phones or similar electronic devices
4) Spy reading glasses which should be scrutinised
5) Calculators or similar electronic devices
6) USB, CD, hard disks and or similar storage devices
7) Books or any reading/writing material.
8) Cameras
9) Recorders
10) Microphones
11) Ear pieces
12) Ink/pen readers
13) Smart lenses
14) Smart rings/ jewellery
15) Smart buttons
16) Bluetooth devices.
17) Automated Teller Machine (ATM) cards
18) Erasers

Credit: Premium Times

2019 UTME: JAMB reschedules printing of exam slips to Thursday, April 4

2019 UTME: JAMB reschedules printing of exam slips to Thursday, April 4


by Agency Reporter   
The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has rescheduled printing of the 2019/20 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) slips to Thursday, April 4.

JAMB’s Head of Media and Publicity, Dr Fabian Benjamin disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja.

NAN reports that the printing of the examination slips was initially scheduled to begin on Tuesday, April 2.

Benjamin said the shift in date came after 14 Computer Based Tests (CBT) centres were on Monday, suspended due to infractions during the board’s conduct of Mock UTME, including an incident where JAMB staff were attacked at one of its centres.

“The suspension has caused some distortion in the initial arrangement and the board will have to relocate candidates who were scheduled to write in the affected centres to other suitable centres.

“We all know that one of the essence of the mock exercise was to check the level of preparedness of not only candidates but also centres that keep to the rules and regulations of the board.

“It is to check on centres that are desperate to cheat and to make sure that they do not achieve their aim.

“Immediately after the exercise yesterday, we went into a meeting and examined the conduct of the exercise, identified the structural problems and made adjustments immediately.

“We want to ensure no centre fails during the conduct of the exercise.

“So we need today and tomorrow to redistribute the candidates affected by these suspended centres who had planned to extort them, defraud and frustrate the system, to centres that are more suitable, then printing can begin Thursday. ”

He added that the board was putting all hands on deck to ensure that candidates sat for the examination in centres where they were safe, suitable and conducive for the exercise that would be globally accepted.

He apologised to all candidates of the examination for the inconvenience caused, adding that the board’s intention remained to give its best, and ensure a hitch-free and successful exercise.

NAN recalls that Prof. Ishaq Oloyede on Monday said that the board had de-listed 14 CBT centres out of the 712 accredited due to infractions like technical hitch and deceit.

He also said that two staff of the board were attacked at Lagos state Polytechnic centre and were almost murdered but were rescued.
Oloyede said the 698 centres left in the operations were ready for the conduct of the UTME scheduled to hold between April 11 and April 15.

62% pass five subjects including English, Mathematics as NECO releases results

NECO Releases Nov/DEC 2018 Examination Results

•Says 62.48% candidates scored 5 credits including English, Mathematics

By Clement Idoko |

THE National Examinations Council (NECO) on Friday announced the release of the 2018 November/December Senior School Certificate Examination, SSSCE, for external candidates.

Acting Registrar of NECO, Mr Abubakar Gana, who announced the release of the results said a total of 37,069 candidates representing 62.48 per cent who sat for the exams got five credits and above including English and Mathematics.

In a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja, Gana disclosed a total of 59,963 candidates registered for the examination and were examined in about 28 subject areas.

He also disclosed a total of 12,084 candidates were arrested for their involvement in examination malpractices during the conduct of the examination.

He said 47, 031 candidates, representing 79.27 per cent obtained five credits and above, irrespective of English and Mathematics.

The NECO boss while given further breakdown of the performance of candidates, said 57,842 sat for English Language out of which 44,497, representing 76.93 got either distinction or credit.

He added that “57,275 sat for Mathematics, out of which 47151 representing 82.32% got either distinction or credit.”

“A comparative analysis of candidates who scored five credits and above, including English Language and Mathematics for 2017 and 2018 shows 56.79% for 2017 and 62.48% for 2018. This represents an increase of 5.69%,” he said.

On examination malpractices, during the exercise, the NECO Registrar said there was an upward trend in candidates’ involvement in examinations malpractice as compared to 2017, as a total of 12,084 candidates were caught cheating as against 4,425 in 2017.

He said the increase in cases of exam malpractice reflects the desperation by candidates seeking to cut corners and the determination of the council to apprehend culprits in line with its zero tolerance for examination malpractice.

He noted candidates cheated more in Mathematics, English language, Biology and Economics, subject areas candidates often find it difficult to pass.

Gana said the result checker cards would no longer be used to check their results, urging candidates to log on to the council’s website and click on NECO results to purchase a token that can be used to access their results.

UTME: JAMB registers over 300,000 candidates in one week

JAMB registers over 300,000 candidates in one week

by Agency Reporter

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board ( JAMB ) says it has registered over 300,000 candidates for its 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination in one week.

The Board’s Head, Media and Information, Dr Fabian Benjamin, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Lagos.

Benjamin said that this was coming a week after the commencement of the registration exercise.

The board commenced registration of candidates for 2019 all Computer Based Test (CBT) on Jan.10 and it would close on Feb. 21.

According to him, the registration so far has been seamless, and the board is happy with the development.

“We are happy with the way the process is going; we hope it will continue this way.

“So far, we have registered over 300,000 candidates as at Thursday.

“We are happy there have not been issues because so far, there is just a tiny gap between the number of candidates that have acquired the e-pin and that of those that have registered,” he said.

Meanwhile, JAMB had insisted that all candidates with issues of biometrics must go over to Abuja for it to be rectified.

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“I want to reiterate the fact that only the Registrar of the board has the sole right to attend to such issues.

“Any candidate who may have issues with the capturing of his or her fingerprints at their respective points of registration will need to come down to our office in Abuja.

“This will require the Chief Executive to do it himself for the purpose of security,” Benjamin said.

This, however, was contrary to calls by some stakeholders urging the board to set up special centres in every state of the country to tackle issues.

The National Parent Teacher Association of Nigeria (NAPTAN) had argued that asking candidates with biometric issues to travel all the way to Abuja to get such issues sorted out was too demanding, citing dangers of transportation, fares, among others.

Chief Adeolu Ogunbanjo, the second Deputy National President of the Association, said that most parents were barely struggling to get money to get their children and wards registered.

Ogunbanjo said that for those with such biometric issues, travelling to Abuja was an additional burden.