The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) are to harmonise data of candidates for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination to reduce cost of registration and check underage registration.
The organisations announced the collaboration in Abuja on Monday at a stakeholders’ meeting among JAMB, NIMC and the Bureau of Public Service Reform (BPSR).
Addressing newsmen shortly after the meeting, the JAMB Registrar, Prof.Ishaq Oloyede, said the partnership became necessary to ensure that candidates who were eligible to sit for the examination were captured.
“So, those who are doing registration will collaborate with NIMC to make sure that we pay for one and you get two.A candidate will spent six years in primary school, secondary school six years making 12 years.
“If you are fortunate one way or the other and save one, two, three years of excessive speed,
“So, for me, if we have 15 years as they have agreed, nobody who is below 15 years should register; and anybody who is below 15 years let’s come and address that person specifically,’’ he said.
Earlier, the Director General of NIMC, Mr Aliyu Aziz Abubakar, said the commission got the approval of the Federal Executive Council mandating all private and government agencies to ensure that their data met NIMC standard.
Abubakar said the idea was to enable NIMC duplicate those data for national security and development.
“We have already got the approval of Federal Executive Council to ensure that private and government agencies that are already capturing data should capture to the standard set by NIMC so that we can duplicate those data.
“So, with the private and other government agencies into the picture, so we ensure that we have more than 10,000 centres so that every ward in Nigeria will have an enrolment centre,” he said.
The NIMC boss said a technical committee would be set up to ensure that the partnership achieved the desired result.
Mr Dasuki Arabi, Director General of Bureau of BPSR, said “the aim of facilitating the partnership between JAMB and NIMC was to bring the agencies up to speed in line with the National Strategic Plan on Public Service Reforms.’’
Arabi said the collaboration was to ensure synergy among agencies to reduce the cost of governance.
“Now, the president has given us a matching order to collaborate, work together, reduce cost of governance and provide solutions to our problems.
“And I don’t think we are going to compromise quality in the process of reducing cost of governance,’’ he said. (NAN)
Nigerian Students Are Facing Excruciating Hardship-Enyinstede
Nigerian Association Of Science Students, Comrade Henry Enyinstede has cried out over the economic crisis in Nigeria, which is affecting the Nigerian students.
Enyinstede, who stated this in a press statement yesterday, said students are also struggling to go for lectures because of the high cost of transport.
He lamented that this can possibly lead to their poor academic performance.
According to him, despite the oil earnings, the Nigerian economy finds it difficult to experience an improved life style rather the economy get tough every seconds of the day and this has placed a terrible scar on the Nigerian Students.
“The High cost of tuition fees across varsities and other tertiary institutions has rendered the Nigerian Students helpless and hopeless because the Students union are bought over like hot pot of porridge by school Management and are dancing to their tones instead of seeking for justice.
“Tuitions are increased annually in some tertiary Institutions and the increment is horrific. Even the price of Joint Matriculation Board (JAMB) and Institutions Post JAMB forms has been increased and this price increment of registration form has and it’s dashing the of hope of Aspiring Nigerian Students.
“The Nigerian Students are enormously hit by the current economic crisis as 90 percent of Students rely solely on parents and family members for source of livelihood and as a result proper spending plan must be adopted and as at that they still find it difficult to feed at least once a day because of the outrageous price of foodstuffs and goods which the sellers blamed on the removal of oil subside.
“Students struggles to go for lectures because of the high cost of transport and this can possibly lead to their poor academic performance,” he said.
He further said Nigeria is one of the World’s resource rich economies but continue to be ravaged by poverty.
UNIZIK, Group Partner on use of Mother Tongue to Promote Science Curriculum
The Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK) and an Igbo sociocultural organisation, the Odinala Cultural Heritage Foundation (OCHIE Igbo), have partnered on the use of mother tongue to promote science curriculum in the region.
Mr Caleb Onwe, the National Publicity Secretary of OCHIE Igbo, made this known in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.
Onwe said UNIZIK, through its Vice Chancellor, Prof.Charles Esimone, had approved March 15 for the unveiling of the OCHIE-Igbo STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Project Committees in partnership with the university.
He said the proposed OCHIE Igbo STEM School (Igbo Silicone Valley) would be sited in UNIZIK and would take off on a virtual note targeting to enroll Igbo children from all parts of the world.
“Over the years, educationists, researchers and curriculum development experts have argued that children perform better when taught in their mother tongue.
“The efficacy of the above claim lies with the inroads and quantum of converts which the missionaries made in Igboland on their arrival.
“Therefore, the target of the OCHIE Igbo STEM Project is to raise a generation of Igbo children that can innovate, conceive, invent and interpret phenomena in Igbo language.
“This way, the educational barriers and challenges associated with the learning sciences in our primary and secondary schools would be a thing of the past,” Onwe said
He said three committees would be inaugurated on March 15 at the university.
“The Coordination Committee is led by Prof. Joseph Ikechebelu, Deputy Vice Chancellor in Charge of Administration, with Okoro Chinedum Benedict as the committee’s Co Chairman.
“The Curriculum Development Committee is led by Prof. Lilian Akudolu of the Faculty of Education.
“Igbo Translation Committee is led by Prof. Thecla Udemmadu of the Department of Igbo,”” he concluded.(NAN)
Osun Govt. to Recruit 5,000 Teachers
The Osun government has approved the recruitment of 5,000 teachers and 250 education officers to fill the existing vacancies in the teaching service in the state.
This is contained in a statement signed by Olawale Rasheed, Chief Press Secretary to Gov. Ademola Adeleke on Wednesday in Osogbo.
He said that the approval for the recruitment of teachers was sequel to the conclusion of the need assessment conducted by the government in 2023.
He said the council directed the Ministry of Education to fast track the process of recruiting qualified and competent hands to enhance teaching and learning.
According to him, the council has also approved the release of N1.3 billion for the immediate rehabilitation of Ora Igbomina water works in Ifedayo Local Government area. (NAN)
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