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JAMB lays down the law: No biometric identification, no UTME

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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says any candidate that cannot be identified through biometrics will be barred from writing the ongoing Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

Fabian Benjamin, the board’s head, media and information department, spoke against the backdrop of reported cases in some centres where candidates could not be identified through JAMB’s electronic system to gain access into exam halls.

“We want to clearly state here that any candidate who cannot be identified using biometrics will not be allowed to sit for this examination,” he said.

“So far, over 450,000 candidates have sat for the examination and we have had reported cases where some of the candidates cannot be identified as they place their fingers on the machines for identification.

“Candidates sitting for this examination are not to be identified by mere registration numbers or names, but through the machines.

“We know that at the point of registration for this examination, candidates details are captured with live photographs as well as their fingerprints.

“So while going for the examination, it is only expected that candidates should be screened and identified using biometrics.

“This method should be able to call up candidates identity and so, there is no way a candidate will just come and mention his name and registration number and be allowed in without going through the right process.”

Benjamin said the measure was to ensure the eligibility of candidates and reduce cases of impersonation.

According to him, the board’s personnel are fully on ground to ensure a smooth conduct of the examination and attend to any technical hitch in all the centres.

“So far, we want to say we are happy with the way the conduct of the examination has gone nationwide and we are hopeful that it is going to get better while it lasts,” Benjamin said.

“We remain committed to ensuring that the future of the Nigerian child is secured and we have put all logistics in place to ensure that this year’s exam turns out one of the best ever conducted in recent times.”

The 2018 UTME, which commenced Friday in 605 centres nationwide, ends March 17.

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Anambra student who showed up for exams dressed as Anas Aremeyaw, Ghanaian masked journalist, chased out of class

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A student of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Anambra State, was chased out of the exam hall for dressing like the popular Ghanian masked journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
Anas, an undercover investigative journalist, is known for wearing a mask to maintain his anonymity. And a 200 level student of the department of Mass Communication at the aforementioned institution decided to emulate him. Of all places to wear a mask to, the student wore his to an examination hall
The student reportedly said Anas Aremeyaw is his role model and insisted on taking one of his exams looking like the journalist he wants to be like in future. When he walked into the exam hall in a mask, his classmates were stunned at seeing that he finally followed through with his words.
The joke ended when examiners walked into the hall and saw him sitting with a mask covering his entire face. He was ordered to leave the class or the school security will be called to escort him out. At first, he hesitated, but was eventually dragged out of the class by one of his coursemates who was upset that he was delaying the commencement of their exam

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Police speak on SARS invasion of AAUA hostel, beating of students

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The police in Ondo State have confirmed the reported invasion of students’ hotel at the Adekunle Ajasin University, by men of the State Anti-Robbery Squad, SARS.
Some of the students were allegedly beaten to pulp during the incident, which happened at about 4 a.m immediately after a party they organised.
One of the students, who spoke on condition of anonymity told newsmen that the policemen invaded the hostel on the guise of searching for cult members.
“The incident happened around 4a.m after the students finished their hostel party. The operatives stormed the hostel as if they were going to war. They broke the doors, burglaries and ceilings to gain entrance. When they arrived, the students initially did not open the door for them, thinking they were armed robbers. That was how they started breaking the doors to enter.
“When they entered, they started beating everybody. Many students were mercilessly beaten. But some students who gave them bribe were released while those who couldn’t bribe them were whisked away by the officers,” he said.
Confirming the incident, Police Public Relations Officer of the command, Femi Joseph said the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Gbenga Adeyanju, had ordered the investigation into the matter.
“Three students that were arrested had been released and the CP has ordered a full investigation. After the investigation, if the policemen are found culpable, they will definitely pay for it, we don’t allow indiscipline in this command.
“I also want to use this medium to call on any student who was brutalised to come to my office with evidence and I promise we won’t spare any officer found culpable,” Joseph said.

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20 students to be trained in witchcraft, rituals in University

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Are you a Witch, you can upgrade your level with a University Degree
The University of Zambia has received US$340,000 to develop a Degree Programme to train students in witchcraft from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Named Intangible Cultural Heritage, the degree programme will be commencing lectures with a total of 20 students.
According to news reports, the Zambia National Commission for UNESCO revealed that the Intangible Heritage will include practices such as Witchcraft, Social Practices such as expression through music, Knowledge, skills as well as the instruments, objects, artefacts and rituals.
In November last year, Higher Education Minister Professor Nkandu Luo announced that Zambia should consider research and the study of witchcraft as a science that can be used productively for the benefit of the country.
Professor Luo said Zambian scientists can learn from the South African counterparts who have commenced studies in witchcraft in some universities.
“I could not help but think of witchcraft when I saw a mobile phone put into a box and it turned into a lady’s pant!” she said during the commemoration of the World Science Day for Peace and Development dubbed: ‘Recreating interest in science, technology and innovation’.
But then Government Spokesperson Kampamba Mulenga said Government was disappointed with media reports suggesting that it will consider research on witchcraft as a science that can be used productively for the benefit of the country.
Ms. Mulenga said the allegations are blatant falsehoods coming from people who have nothing good to offer to the nation.
She said government is aware that there is a group of people that is spreading malicious statements through various media platforms, bent on destroying government’s image.
She added that contrary to the allegations, President Lungu’s administration has and will always uphold Zambia’s status as a Christian nation as enshrined in the preamble of the constitution.
Ms. Mulenga said it is common knowledge that Christianity and witchcraft are poles apart and cannot co-exist.
But in December last year, the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage which falls under UNESCO approved two International Assistance requests at the intergovernmental Committee for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage held at the International Convention Centre (ICC), Jeju Province, Republic of Korea.
In a statement that was issued by the Zambian Embassy in Paris, France, Uganda was granted US$ 232, 000 and the Committee selected two projects in Bulgaria and Uzbekistan for the Register of Good Safeguarding Practices, which allows communities to share successful safeguarding programmes and activities.
Zambia’s project aims to strengthen the capacity for the safeguarding and management of intangible cultural heritage.
This project intended to develop and implement a degree programme in intangible cultural heritage at the University of Zambia.
Zambia was represented by the Country’s expert to the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, Mr. Munukayumbwa Munyima at the intergovernmental Committee for the ICHin Jeju Province.

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