JAMB Cancels Registrations of 817 UTME Candidates Over False Biometric Fingerprints
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced the cancellation of 817 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) registrations in 2023.
Investors King gathered that the cancelled UTME registrations were as a result of false biometric fingerprints detected in the candidates’ registrations.
The JAMB Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede however, stated that the 817 persons whose registrations were invalidated would be given another opportunity to re-register for the examination while the centres will bear the new cost of registrations.
Prof. Oloyede, who spoke after separate meetings with stakeholders said, it was observed that some registration officers in about 178 Computer Based Test (CBT) centres used their fingerprints to complete the registration process instead of the candidates’ fingerprints which led to the registration cancellation.
While the JAMB boss explained that some UTME candidates were naive due to the device used hence the officers using their fingerprints, he also posited that some did that intentionally for malpractice and impersonation but such cases were difficult to decipher.
His words, “For the students who allowed other people to add their fingers to their registration procedure. We found that some of them were only naive, because you will hear them saying my finger was hot, and the man added his own. And you allowed him to add his own?
“Some of them did it deliberately for impersonation but we can’t identify those who are genuine from those who are not genuine. We will cancel all the registrations and we will ask them to re-register.
“The centres involved, we have just met with them, and they all confessed. Nobody is disputing it, even students that were telling lies, they know we have the technology that won’t allow any lie to be accommodated. On their own, the CBT owners suggested the solution. We will cancel the registrations of those people concerned and we will send a message to them to go back to the very centres where they were registered and the CBT centres will pay to the board the cost of registration of the candidates.”
The JAMB Registrar warned candidates against allowing the capture of another person’s fingerprints during their registration process, noting that the device will detect any strange fingerprint added.
Giving an update on the recent suspension of five CBT centres who were caught selling UTME registration pins above JAMB fixed price, Prof. Oloyede said the suspension has been lifted from four of the five centers after explanations and apologies were tendered.
He added that the erred CBT centres will refund the excess amount to the board who will forward it to the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) to decide on what the money will be used for, as candidates had been warned severally not to pay above the approved pin price.
Nigerian Students Studying in UK Reaches New High: What’s Driving This Trend?
According to official data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), the number of Nigerian students studying in the United Kingdom (UK) rose to a record high of 44,195 in the 2021/2022 academic year. This represents an increase of 107.4% from the previous year.
With Nigeria ranking third behind China and India in the top ten international students list, experts attribute this growing trend to the UK’s intellectual capacity and its need for affordable labor to grow its economy.
Jennifer Oyelade, director at Transquisite Consulting, noted that UK universities get funding based on the performance of their students, which means that the more Nigerian students come and excel, the more money the universities receive.
Meanwhile, Adewale Adetona, co-founder at Menopays, argued that the UK sees attracting global talent as a significant way to further develop its economy.
The UK has become a global talent magnet by being a top study choice for Nigerian students. When compared to other countries, an analysis of Nigerian student enrollment data shows that the UK has a higher number of Nigerian students than the US, Canada, and Australia combined.
The UK’s withdrawal from the European Union in 2020 created a lot of job vacancies at the middle and low levels of the economy, leading the country to focus its attention on other countries with large youth demographics, including India, Brazil, and Nigeria.
To attract these countries, the UK updated its International Education Strategy in 2021, which aims to increase the value of its education exports to £35 billion ($48 billion) and host at least 600,000 international students annually by 2030.
The strategy includes the Graduate route, which allows eligible students to stay in the UK to work or look for work for up to two years (three years if studying at the PhD level) after completing a degree in the UK. Other strategies include high potential individual visas, global talent visas, and scale-up visas.
Despite the slow growth in international student numbers in the past due to migration restrictive policies, the British government’s updated education strategy has resulted in achieving the minimum 600,000 target in 2021, as the total number of international students reached 605,130 and 679,970 in 2021 and 2022, respectively.
WAEC Launches Statistics Platform to Provide Student-Level Data on Academic Performance
West African Examinations Council (WAEC) has launched an educational statistics platform known as “EDUSTAT” to provide student-level data on performance.
EDUSTAT is reported to be borne out of the desire to provide stakeholders such as funding agencies, government institutions, researchers, administrators, and parents with a user-friendly reliable platform that provides educational insights.
The platform will provide researchers with a comprehensive and intuitive way to analyze and keep track of students’ performance which will be accessible to educators at all levels from teachers to school administrators, and policymakers.
Head of National Office (HNO), Patrick Areghan disclosed that the platform is designed for the public to leverage WAEC’s comprehensive and reliable database of over 50 million candidates who have been tested over the years. He added that the educational insights were collected from multiple sources and delivered in simplified graphs, summaries, and dashboards that would assist in enhancing decision-making.
While speaking at the unveiling of the platform in Lagos, Nigeria, he said, “The core benefit of the EDUSTAT by WAEC platform is to provide access to a comprehensive Interactive Web Report. Also, the platform offers detailed and smart statistical insights into the education and assessment dynamics, using historical and current data to provide detailed intelligence for stakeholders across the globe in a smart and easily accessible manner.
“One of the key features of this platform is its ability to analyze data in real-time. This means that educators can get immediate feedback on how their students are performing, enabling them to adjust their teaching strategies as needed. Additionally, the platform is designed to be user-friendly and customizable, allowing educators to tailor it to their specific needs and preferences.”
He further disclosed that EDUSTAT would be beneficial to institutions such as Universities, Polytechnics, and colleges of Education by accessing data on enrollment and academic performance of their students, as it would be helpful to spot areas where resources are needed to support students thereby improving their academic performance.
Investors King understands that this recent rollout of the educational statistics platform by WAEC will enable educators’ ease of work and access to student data by taking the edge off the manual access to data which will enhance quick decision-making and quality service delivery. Also, with analysis of real-time data, it will save time and cost, enabling educators to get immediate feedback on certain information needed.
Users of WAEC EDUSTAT can log on to the website to sign up, select parameters, select their preferred method of report generation (Summaries, Charts, Maps, Trends), make payments, download, and use the content for personal/official purposes.
WAEC is no doubt moving ahead with technological trends following its recent advancements in its operations as it seeks to deploy technology in all facets of its operations. Recall that last year October, as part of its efforts to meet the demands of the fast-changing world, the West African Examinations Council launched a digital certificate platform.
The platform involves mobile and web-based applications, designed, specifically, for candidates, individuals, institutions, and organizations, which be used to recover candidates’ forgotten/lost examination numbers. The rollout of the platform has also solved the problem of delay, doubt, and faking, as candidates can access and share their results at any time, and to any location around the globe.
Nigerians to Enjoy France Scholarship Grants For Masters Degree Without Proficiency in French
The Embassy of France in Nigeria has announced the launch of a new scholarship programme to bag a Masters degree in Computer science and related fields.
The scholarship opportunity is meant for Nigerians willing to study in a university in France for its 2023/2024 academic session, Investors King reports.
Proficiency in French language is not required to qualify for the scholarship grants.
According to the French Embassy’s public notice, the five grants will be awarded to qualified graduates to further their studies in courses related to Computer science.
The application is currently open and the deadline for the submission of application is April 16th, 2023.
The approved fields of study as specified on the application portal are: Computer Science, Data Science, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Interaction and Optics, Image, Vision & Multimedia.
The French Embassy gave the eligibility requirements as follows:
- Have Nigerian nationality and reside in Nigeria
- Be up to 35 years old
- Hold a Bachelor’s degree or Higher National Diploma in science/engineering/technology
- Have completed National Service
- Be fully committed to take up a course of study in France for the academic year from September/October 2023/2024
- French proficiency is not a requirement for application
The following are the required documents:
- Copy of your international passport data page (valid for a minimum of two (2) years)
- Detailed CV
- Personal statement
- Bachelor’s diploma or equivalent
- Undergraduate transcript
- Recommendation letter from your university (not mandatory but strongly recommended)
The scholarship programme is funded by the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, in partnership with the French Ministry for Higher Education and Research, while the implementation is carried out by the French Embassy and Campus France Nigeria.
Here is the link to Campus France Nigeria’s website for the application process–
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