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JAMB conducts UTME in eight countries

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JAMB boss speaks on UTME scores, cut-off marks, admission

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) says it has recorded a huge success in the conduct of Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) in eight countries.
The countries include UK, Cameroon, Benin Republic, Côte d’Ivoire and South Africa.
The board’s Head of Media and Information Department, Fabian Benjamin, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lagos.
According to him, not less than 297 foreign candidates participated in the 2018 UTME in the countries conducted on Saturday, April 14, under the supervision of some foreign nationals, who came to understudy the process.
Mr Benjamin said the foreigners were elated by what they saw that an African country could achieve and sustain such a feat.
“The examination was conducted yesterday in not less than eight foreign countries under the watch of some foreign nationals.
“As usual, it was well attended and very successful. All resources to ensure the smooth conduct of the examination were readily deployed by the board.
“We are indeed happy to have achieved yet another feat especially as we had people who came around to observe and understudy the process.
“They were happy as well as impressed with what they saw on ground. We know it can only be better because we have the capacity and all it takes to move this country to the next level,” he said.
“Again, we are not just conducting the examination in these countries because of the number of candidates that indicate interest but because we also want to showcase Nigeria’s giant strides in technological advancement on the global scene.”
Meanwhile, JAMB has distanced itself from a purported cutoff mark being circulated in some sections of the media, saying it did not emanate from the board.
Mr Benjamin said no such cutoff mark, whether for programmes or institutions had been released by JAMB as was being speculated.
“We want to seize this medium to debunk such rumours as they are malicious and wicked as they are designed to defraud innocent Nigerians, especially parents and guardians as well as other stakeholders.
“No cutoff marks will ever be decided upon without the usual policy meeting which has been scheduled to hold sometime in June and which is to be chaired by the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu.
“Until that is done, every other thing that is being paraded as cutoff mark is fictitious and therefore, the public is hereby warned not to fall prey to these fraudsters.
“In the same vein, any institution that has commenced any form of admission without the official cutoff mark as would be decided upon at the June policy meeting is doing so illegally,” Mr Benjamin warned.
He said as a board, the management would continue to uphold standards and due process to protect the integrity of its examinations and process.

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How to graduate with a first class in a Nigerian university

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Graduating with first class from any university all over the world requires some degrees of brilliance and outstanding efforts but in Nigerian Universities » , you need much more to finish with distinctions.

Generally, it is believed that an average student in a Nigerian higher educational institution can emerge as the best student in foreign universities.

To a large extent, this is very true as many Nigerian students have reportedly been celebrated for their outstanding academic performances in foreign universities.

Although it might seem very difficult to have a first class degree in many Nigerian universities, making it is not impossible.

According to some of the best graduating students in Nigerian Universities, here are three tips you’ll need to become a distinction student.

1. Never skip lectures

You cannot afford to be pursuing first-class goals and at the same time be missing lectures. You know some Nigerian lecturers like it word for word, giving it back the same way they gave you.

Missing such lecturers’ class is like running away from your own goals.

Missing classes can truncate your academic desires in more than one ways. Apart from affecting your continuous assessments, it also reduces your lecturer’s estimation of you if class attendance matters in your school.

2. Prepare for tests and exams early

While you attend classes regularly, you must also revise everything you learn on time. Never delay it. This will help you prepare for unexpected tests and prepare you for exams.

3. Set the first-class goal from your first day on campus

The decision to graduate with first class is not something you make in your second year in the university. Your preparation to have excellent grades in all papers start from your first day on campus.

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Here’s why you should start greeting your students at the door

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Recently, there was a viral video of a female Nigerian teacher greeting her students at the door. Different greeting for each student.

It was an interesting thing to see in a Nigerian school but some people accused the teacher of stealing the idea. They said someone had done it before in the United States of America.

Yes, in 2016, there was a viral video of Barry White Jr , a 5th-grade teacher in America, welcoming his students with different handshakes into the classroom.

The whole world commended White for his inspiring effort, and it didn’t take long to see viral videos of some other teachers in other parts of the world greeting their students the same way White did.

So, let’s not crucify our dear Nigerian teacher for borrowing the same idea for her students.

Anyway, a research published in the journal of positive behaviour intervention has shown that greeting students and welcoming them with a smile bring benefit to the students and the teacher.

The study says greeting students at the door sets a positive tone and can increase engagement and reduce disruptive behaviour.

It further states that spending a few moments welcoming students promotes a sense of belonging, giving them social and emotional support that helps them feel invested in their learning.

This sounds interesting, right? Yea, and that’s not all.

Welcoming students at the door according to the study can also increase students’ academic engagement in the classroom. And also help teachers and students to build a positive classroom culture together.

Greeting students at the door is an aspect of educational psychology which is largely non-existent in many Nigerian public schools.

A very bright student could become the dumbest if the teachers are not applying educational psychology in their teachings. Students’ academic brilliance thrives better in an environment where the tutor is not only a teacher but a friend to all students.

Barry White Jr understands that greeting his students with different handshakes for each student does not only create a friendly academic environment for the students but also acknowledges the fact that each time he greets them that way, the students are always happy.

He said, ”I am all about bringing joy to people’ lives and inspiring others to do so. Hopefully, everybody can start doing it in their classrooms, make it a big thing, worldwide thing. I feel every student needs a bit of joy in their lives, it doesn’t matter what it is”.

So, a Nigerian teacher has started this and we hope to see more teachers greeting their students at the door before class begins, mention the students’ names, make eye contact and always give a few words of encouragement

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5 problems affecting state polytechnics standard according to NBTE

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The National Board for Technical Education, NBTE has identified five problems affecting the standard of education in Nigerian Polytechnics » , especially those established by state governments.

The board’s Executive Secretary, Masa’udu Kazaure stated the problems while speaking at a meeting in Kaduna with Chairmen and Rectors of state polytechnics on Wednesday, September 19, 2018.

Speaking about the issues affecting standard in Nigerian polytechnics, Kazaure said some of the institutions were running unaccredited courses; enrolling more than their capacity and a serious funding gap.

The NBTE boss also added that the polytechnics have no proper statistics on their activities adding that the schools have unqualified staff.

Kazaure further said that records from the board’s Quality Assurance Department indicates a worrisome level of continued existence of expired programmes in.

He said, “this is a serious problem that if left unaddressed would greatly affect our standard.

“This problem is further compounded by the menace of over enrolment, driven solely by the desire to generate revenue.

“While there is the need to complement government subvention, education remains a social investment that is quality conscious.

“The board also observe with dismay, the trending practice of recruitment and promotion of unqualified staff especially in the academics in clear violation of prescribed rules.”

FG to scrap HND certificate

However, The Federal Government recently announced that the Higher National Diploma, HND certificates by Polytechnics would be scrapped.

The decision to scrap the degree was reached on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at the Federal Executive Council, FEC meeting.

The award of HND will, therefore, be limited to only the students that are currently admitted for the programmes in Polytechnics across the country.

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