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Universities Offer Admission to Over 100,000 2019 UMTE Candidates

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says over 100,000 candidates who met admission requirements have so far been offered placements into Nigerian universities for the 2019/2020 academic session.

Dr Fabian Benjamin, Spokesman for JAMB, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lagos that the board hoped to utilise 80 to 90 per cent of the available spaces for this year’s admission.

Benjamin stated that the board’s projection for this year’s admission was to ensure that candidates utilised more available spaces unlike in 2018 where about 40 per cent of spaces were not utilised.

“We will continue to adhere to our admission deadline.

“The first choice admission for public universities commenced from Aug. 21 and would last till Nov. 16 and for private universities, it will be from Aug. 21 to Feb. 15, 2020.

“The second choice admissions for public universities will be from Nov. 17 to Dec.17,’’ he said.

Meanwhile the board had distanced itself from a recent advertisement placed on what it described as ‘roque website’, urging unsuspecting candidates and other concerned stakeholders to subscribe to, ahead of the 2020 UTME.

According to Benjamin, the board knows nothing about such advertisement.

“It has come to our notice that some mischievous persons are trying hard to use the name of the board to defraud innocent candidates and the general public ahead of the 2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Board (UTME).

“These fraudsters are urging interested candidates or persons to forward their names and telephone numbers to the rogue website, as well as pay subscription fees to acquire past questions and answers and a copy of the literature novel ahead of the board’s 2020 UTME.

“We want to state that these are mischievous persons who are out to cause pains to the public and therefore urge candidates to disregard the information and the perpetrators of this evil in their own interest.

“JAMB operates with set standards and it is not ready to compromise such standards. We have an authentic website for all official information. Do not be deceived,’’ Benjamin warned. (NAN)

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Nigerian Students Are Facing Excruciating Hardship-Enyinstede

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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.

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UNIZIK, Group Partner on use of Mother Tongue to Promote Science Curriculum

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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)

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Osun Govt. to Recruit 5,000 Teachers

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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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