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Heads of tertiary institutions brainstorm at Gbongan, urge integrity in education sector


Pro-Chancellor UNILAG, Wale Babalakin (left); Ghana’s Minister of Education, Matthew Opoku Prempeh; Nigeria’s Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu and Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, at a Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB)’s summit in Gbongan

Heads of tertiary institutions in the country held a brainstorming session on policy at the newly opened Bola Babalakin auditorium in Gbongan, Osun State, urging operators of the nation’s education sector to imbibe integrity at all times.

In a statement yesterday, participants said the meeting focused on reviewing education policies that would enhance the nation’s educational growth and development.
Pro-Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Dr. Wale Babalakin, in his welcome address, stated that the auditorium was a direct result of the need to provide conducive environments for serious intellectual work.

He said Nigeria would only achieve its full potential when the aggregate of its intellectual capacity was developed and harnessed appropriately, adding that other serious institutions would take advantage of the facility, which many described as one of the most elaborate.

Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (Jamb), Professor Ishaq Oloyede in his presentation, reviewed the improvement on policies and processes aimed at ensuring successful admissions for the 2018 academic session.He noted that with advancement in technology, which had given rise to e-selling, mobile money operators, online payments, Point of Sale systems (POS) and Automated Teller Machines (ATM), JAMB was now empowered to synchronise examinations to ensure that they begin and end simultaneously across the country.

He added that to minimise incidents of examination malpractices, examination centres would, for the first time, be monitored in real time from the JAMB headquarters.

Besides, blind candidates and foreign students were not left out of the equation, as he noted that measures have been put in place to ensure they were not deprived. One of such measures was a reduction in fees for foreign students from $120 to $20.

Security measures to ensure a smooth examination and admission include watermarks, barcodes and reference numbers, which would be used to detect fake results and admission letters.He further launched a mobile app called JAMBMOBILE, which could be easily downloaded to a phone and used to check applications and matriculation status, as well as accept or reject admissions.

Speaking, Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu charged leaders of educational institutions to be transparent, honest, sincere, loyal and be men and women of equity and integrity. He stated that heads of educational institutions should imbibe good qualities and commitment to nation building, as cardinal principles in their various organisations.

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