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The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board said it has begun registration for the 2018 unified tertiary matriculation examinations (UTME).

The exam body said the registration would take place in over 700 computer based test (CBT) centres in 36 states, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

The organization’s Head of Media, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, made the announcement in a statement on Thursday in Abuja.

He said the exercise would end in February next year.


The statement reads, “We will also want to state clearly that the board does not post candidates to any examination town other than the one chosen by the candidate at the point of registration.

“Candidates are, however, advised to register on time before the available spaces in their town of choice are exhausted.

“The registration exercise started on Wednesday 6th December, 2017 and as at today so many candidates have text their names using their phone numbers to 55019 and got their profile registered. After which they equally proceeded to the CBT centres for registration.

“The exercise from our tour of centres today clearly showed that this is one of the best registration regime of the board in recent time. It is easy, smooth and hitch free. This system is simple and convenient, candidates are requested to do it themselves to avoid being defrauded by anybody.

“Candidates can purchase the e -pins using their ATM or through Interswitch, Remita and other online platforms at the comfort of their homes.

“The Board offices are available for any challenge encountered by candidate while trying to obtain the e -pin to register for the 2018 exercise.

“Candidates who desire to register for the optional mock are also urged to do so as the platform will be withdrawn by the 30th of December, 2017 and only those who registered and indicated their interest on or before that time will be enlisted to participate.


“The board again reiterated its avowed commitment to conduct a hitch free examination and advance the cause of any Nigerian child desirous of qualitative tertiary education in the country. This is the beginning of the 2018 process.”


Source: Dailypost


Students across the country were today in Lagos charged to focus more on their abilities and talents in order to take advantage of opportunities in their chosen career.

Speaking on Thursday in Lagos at this year’s edition of Beyond the School, an initiative of the Nigerian Breweries/Felix Ohiwerei Education Trust Fund, Emilia Asim-Ita, a Senior Consultant with Thistle Praxis Consulting, enjoined the participants on how to make a success of their career choices.


A Cross section of students Asim-Ita who spoke on Personal Development and Career Facts, maintained that career choice should be hinged on passion, adding that students should read wide, cultivate mentors and ignore distractions.


While encouraging the students to dream big, she urged them to develop their passions and interests to guarantee a bright future. She said: “The knowledge you now have will help you find disciplines that you are passionate about.” According to her, students need to develop the skills needed to succeed in their various disciplines.. Meanwhile, Mrs. Nimi Akinkugbe, Managing Director of Bestman Games during her presentation exposed the students to personal finance tips on saving, investing and spending.


She urged the students to be diligent, prudent and keep good company. On his part, Mr. Gbubemi Fregene aka Chef Fregz, inspired the students on his success story. He implored the students to get education so as to be on a higher pedestal in their career and passion paths.


He disclosed that as far as back as his days in secondary school, he developed interest in cooking. He said: “Life is about your passion, but education is important. The relationship is symbiotic because it is actually your education that will determine how far you go with your passion.


“Don’t be upset that you don’t have anything now, but focus on what you are going to do in your own circle,” Gbubemi said, while urging the students to write their own story. Earlier in his welcome address, Mr. Kufre Ekanem, Corporate Affairs Adviser, Nigerian Breweries Plc, explained that the initiative was introduced to complement other initiatives of the company targeted at the education sector.


According to him, “Beyond the School is designed for senior secondary school students in public schools to expose them to career options and factors they need to consider before making a career choice.” Ekanem equally called on the students to take advantage of the career guidance information provided to them, which is in line with best practices, to achieve their full potential.


This year’s edition drew students and teachers from Iponri Estate Senior High School; Stadium Senior High School; Onitolo Community Senior High School; Iganmu Senior Secondary High School and Adebola Baptist Senior High School, all in Lagos Education District Four. The event also saw students from the schools compete in a game of Monopoly where they won various prizes


Source: Punch


- JAMB said the sale of the 2018 examination form will be out before end of November 

- Professor Ishaq Oloyede also said pens and watches will be banned from exam centres
- He said some students were using them to perpetuate malpractice The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), organisers of the Unified Tertiary


Matriculation Examination (UTME,) has banned the use of wrist watches and pens during the conduct of its 2018 test.

NAN reports that the board’s registrar, Ishaq Oloyede disclosed this to journalists on the sideline of a one-day sensitisation workshop for Computer Based Test centre owners on Wednesday in Lagos. According to him, the essence of the workshop is to appraise the registration and conduct of the 2017 examination.


“What we are doing here today is to appraise the registration and conduct of our past examination and we have taken some lessons from our experience. “To this end therefore we have introduced some measures that will further add to the integrity of the registration process as well as the conduct of the examination proper.


“For instance, we discovered during the conduct of the last examination that some electronic devices such as pens, wristwatches and other devices were used to perpetrate examination malpractice. “So, for next year, we have banned the use of wristwatches and pens by candidates and other persons in the examination hall.


“We are also going to introduce some detection devices to ensure that those who plan to cheat in the examination hall are frustrated, as we will also jam (communication network) of the centres,” he said.


Oloyede noted that the sale of the registration document for the 2018 UTME would commence before the end of November. “We are planning to meet with all stakeholders on November 15 and the sale of the registration document will definitely commence before the end of this month.


“But before that, we expect candidates to go and download our app, go to our website and download the syllabus and brochure, so that they can now study the process. “This is in order to minimise the errors that usually occurs during the registration process,” he said.


The JAMB boss added that not less than 617 centres have been accredited nationwide for the exercise. “We are still considering about 60 more centres as we have their applications waiting for consideration. “However, a total of 72 centres nationwide have earlier been delisted owing to their involvement in some infractions and they remain delisted.”

Source: Guardian


The place of nutrition cannot be over emphasised or down played in the development and well-being of a child within his/her pre-school days. Little wonder, experts have continued to harp on the fact that it must start form conception.


With this in mind, achieving other factors in line with nurturing care will have a smooth sail. Kuni Tyessi writes

Experts have continued to reiterate that early childhood period of life encompasses several distinct phases which include from conception to birth. This includes pre-natal care, attended births, registration and post-natal care.


It is expected that from birth to three years of a child’s existence which includes the first 1,000 days, parent education, early stimulation and nutrition intervention, as well as home-based care and crèches are required.


It must be stated that after birth, starting to breastfeed within the first hour and breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months provides babies with the best nutrition possible. It also establishes a bond between mother and child at a critical moment and it is a time when the right nourishment in its appropriate measure is given to the child.


From three-five years or six as the case may be, parent education and pre-school are expected to take place while transition to primary school is expected to occur between the ages of six-eight.


Scientific discoveries in neuroscience have improved man’s understanding of how a baby’s brain develops. One of the most important discovery is that “the brain is built by genes, experience and environment, with a combination of nature and nurture.”


This invariably means that a child’s brain is built and not born, with the process starting well before birth and being influenced by a pregnant woman’s health, nutrition and environment. After birth, the baby’s brain continues to develop.


The above forms the background for the importance of nutrition in early child development whose genesis at conception seems to be stale news and yet several Nigerians do not seem to know or understand its importance in the overall growth and development of a child. This can be seen in the non disapperaence of stunting, wasting and malnutrition in the lives of many children, including children of the educated and rich parents who are expected to know about the vogue of nutrition in attaining early child development.


Therefore, development is an outcome and continuous process of acquiring skills and abilities during the aforementioned ages across the domains which include cognitive, language, physical, social and emotional development.


‎In the recently released results of the fifth Multiple Indicators Cluster Survey (MICS5), conducted in 2016 and 2017, which was done by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and other organisations, it was revealed that Nigeria made significant improvements in some areas while others, which include the case of inadequate nutrition remained unchanged or have worsened since 2011 by not keeping pace with population growth when the last survey was conducted.


The report said: “For example, according to the results, the infant mortality rate has dropped to 70 per 1,000 live births from 97 in 2011. Equally, deaths among children under age five have dropped to 120 per 1,000 live births from 158 in 2011.


“However, malnutrition among children under age five has worsened nationwide with the highest concerns in northern states. Child wasting (children who are too thin for their age) increased from 24.2 per cent to 31.5 per cent, while child stunting (children who are too short for their age) increased from 34.8 per cent to 43.6 per cent.”


Children who suffer from child wasting have a weakened immunity and are at increased risk of long-term developmental delays. For stunting, about 155 million children younger that five years are affected, says UNICEF. And it is associated with cognitive deficits that impact children’s ability to learn in school and earn income as adults.


Despite wide acceptance of various guidelines as a result of research, many children do not get the nutrition they need at the time they need it. Globally, only about 40 per cent of the world’s infants under six months old, or two out of five are breastfed exclusively and only half of the children aged six-23 months are fed frequently enough and about one third are fed a minimally diverse diet.


In a recent training which was organised for health and education journalists by UNICEF in Kano with the theme ‘For Every Nigerian Child, Early Years Matter’, UNICEF’s Nutrition Specialist, Dr. Bamidele Omotola, who spoke on the topic ‘Nutrition in Early Childhood Development’ emphasised the need to reduce malnutrition which he said is essential in Nigeria’s attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


He said the reduction of malnutrition will not only reduce poverty, which seems to be where the concentration of many lies, but will improve the issue of welfare, investment and improved nutrition.


“Investment in nutrition matters. In terms of schooling, early nutrition programmes can increase school completion by one year. In terms of earnings, early nutrition programmes can raise adult wages by five-50 per cent. For poverty, children who escape stunting are 33 per cent more likely to escape poverty as adults and for the economy, reductions in stunting can increase GDP by four-11 per cent in Asia and Africa.


“Window of opportunity is first 1,000 days. Nutrition is not just a welfare issue, human rights issue or is it primarily a food or a consumption issue alone. Nutrition is an investment issue and improved nutrition is one of the drivers for economic growth.”


He said in gestation and infancy, the brain is an energy hog which consumes between 50-75 per cent of all the energy absorbed by the body from food, including fats, protein, vitamins and minerals. With this, inadequate nutrition during that period affects the structure and functions of the brain in ways that are difficult to offset in latter years.


Also, high stress also affects the absorption capacity of other vital organs, potentially diminishing the effectiveness of nutritional supplements such as those used to treat children with malnutrition and stress reduction, simultaneously improving a child’s nutritional status and brain development.


Little wonder, UNICEF has continued to make unending and countless calls to nations, especially developing nations which include Nigeria on the need for investment in nutrition for early childhood development. In its recent publication titled ‘Early Moments Matter for Every Child’, the United Nations organisation states that “increasing the overall share of budgetary allocations for early childhood development programming is a critical step governments can and should make.”


UNICEF‎ stated that “the financial case for investing in a child’s early moments is strong and the rate of return can be about 13.7 per cent. The benefits are reaped in better health and education outcomes, lower crime and higher individual earnings.


The organisation encourages the Nigerian government to invest urgently in services that give young children, especially the most deprived the best start in life. This can be done with an overall increase in budgetary allocations for early childhood development programming. For example this can include allocating 10 per cent of all national education budgets to pre-primary education as this will greatly expand the number of children with access to early learning opportunities which can improve their educational attainment.


Innovative financing can also help the three tiers of government, especially the local governments to reach more children ‎with more effective programming. Approaches can include ear-marking taxes to pay for early childhood development services or instituting ‘payment by results’ frameworks that tie investment to outcomes.

The government can make family-friendly early childhood development polices a national priority and a private sector imperative. UNICEF says with this, policies and programmes as well as other supports that enable parents and care-givers to provide the best start in life for their children will pay off for a better equipped workforce.


The government, apart from collating data on essential indicators of early childhood development and the tracking of its progress can also provide dedicated leadership for early childhood development programmes and coordinate efforts more effectively across sectors, as well as drive demand for quality early childhood development services.


The words and thoughts of the Director-General, World Health Organisation, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus comes to mind. He said “healthy early childhood development is the right of every child. It starts with comprehensive support to mothers during pregnancy, childbirth and in the first months of a child’s life.


“Support at these early stages is essential not only to help children survive, but also to help them strive. As children grow, essential healthcare including immunisations, adequate nutrition and support for responsive caregiving with opportunities for early learning can build a solid foundation. It can protect them from illnesses.”



Source: Punch



As Abuja, Rivers shine in the finals Munachi Ernest-Eze has launched himself into the Hall of Fame of the Cowbellpedia Secondary Schools Mathematics Television Quiz Show by becoming the first winner of both Junior and Senior categories. Two years after he won the Junior category, Ernest-Eze, now 16 years old and an SS2 student of Loyola Jesuit College, Abuja, returned to claim the title in the Senior category as the curtain fell on the 2017 edition of the competition.


The day also belonged to Jesse Uche-Nwichi of Graceland International School, Rivers State, who beat all comers to win the Junior category of the competition sponsored by Cowbell, the flagship brand from the stable of Promasidor Nigeria Limited. Each of the champions got N1 million and an all-expense paid education excursion outside the country. In the Senior category, Ernest-Eze was trailed by Oluwanifise Onafowokan of The Ambassadors College, Ota, Ogun State and Evans Owamoyo of Greater Tomorrow International College, Arigidi Akoko, Ondo State who finished as first and second runners-up respectively. Michael Paul of Excel Grace Academy, Akaajime-Gboko, Benue State; Ikechukwu Ibeh of Federal Government College, Suleja, Niger State and Tomiwa Olatunbosun of Bibo Oluwa Academy, Ilesha, Osun State were the other finalists in the Senior category. Ernest-Eze, who fulfilled his promise to re-enact his 2015 feat when he won in the Junior category,could not hide his emotion after his history-making performance.


“I thank God for the end of the journey today. I am now confident to tell Nigerians that I was a Champion and I am a Champion again today. God has done it and it is marvellous in my eyes,” he told journalists outside the studio in Lagos last weekend. His father, Ikechukwu Ernest-Eze, beaming with smiles, expressed gratitude to God and Promasidor for the double honours. Earlier in a thrilling final encounter at the Junior category, 13-year-old Uche-Nwichi scored 115 points to confine Oluwafemi Adeyanju of Jesuit Memorial College, Port Harcourt, Rivers State and Ezekiel Ekanem of Advanced Breed Group of Schools, Sagamu, Ogun State to the second and third places respectively. The trio of Osasere Egharevba of Graceland International School, Port Harcourt, Rivers State; Joel Ndoh of Marist Brothers Juniorate, Okigwe, Imo State and Abdulwakil Olayinka of Nigerian Tulip International College, Kaduna, Kaduna State could not go beyond the first round. Uche-Nwichi dedicated his victory to God and his parents, while promising to maintain the momentum. His father, Chukwu Uche-Nwichi, who was ecstatic at the moment of fame, commended Cowbell and Promasidor for the huge investment in the competition and urged government and other corporate bodies to tread a similar path.


Olatunde Ayorinde, Uche-Nwichi’s teacher, commended the champion for the honour he brought to him as a person and to the school as a whole. “I thank God for today. My effort has not been in vain. Nothing can be better than this. I am grateful to God, Cowbell and Promasidor,” he said. The first and second runners-up for each category won N750,000 and N500,000 respectively. Each teacher of the 2017 champions in each categorywas rewarded with N400,000, while those of the first and second runners-up received N300,000 and N200,000 respectively. Also, the winning schools won Mathematics textbooks, desktop computers and printers. In a chat with journalists, the Managing Director of Promasidor Nigeria Limited, Anders Einarsson reiterated the commitment of the company towards education, saying it is the most important investment for the future of the children of Nigeria.


“The programme has absolutely met its objectives. We are committed to this initiative and by next year, we will celebrate 20 years of Mathematics and Cowbell,” he said. He congratulated the finalists for their excellent performance and assured that Promasidor would continue to support the academic development of Nigerian children. In his remarks, the Registrar of the National Examination Council (NECO), Professor Charles Uwakwe commendedPromasidor for the Cowbellpedia initiativeand statedthat education remained the best legacy parents and society could give to children. He pledgedNECO’s continued technical support for the project in appreciation of what he described as Promasidor’s great Corporate Social Responsibility to the Nigerian society. On his own part, the Commercial Director, Promasidor Nigeria Limited, Festus Tettey thanked NECO for its partnership and extolled the level and quality of the competition.



Source: Vanguard


- Twenty-six per cent of private candidates had five credits including Maths and English which signifies a sharp drop in results


- About 34,664 obtained a minimum of credits in five subjects and above, including English and General Mathematics


- Meanwhile 98,506 candidates obtained credits and above in three subjects while 83,256 obtained credits and above in four subjects


The West African Examinations Council (WAEC) says 26% of private candidates who wrote the 2017 Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) had five credits including Maths and English which represents a sharp drop in the results recorded in 2016. gathered that the Council’s Head of Nigeria National Office, Olu Adenipekun, announced the release of the November /December diet of the examination at a press conference in Katsina.


Adenipekun said about 1,738 candidates were yet to have their full results released because they had a few of their subjects still being processed due to errors traceable to them in the course of registration or writing the examination. He said out of all candidates who wrote the examination, 34,664 obtained a minimum of credits in five subjects and above, including English Language and General Mathematics, representing 26.01 per cent.


“One will discover that the results for 2015 and 2017 are comparatively the same. There can be a reason for the sharp drop this year in this category, which we have not proved scientifically.’’ Adenipekun said 65,483 other candidates obtained credits and above in five subjects while 46,824 obtained credits and above in six subjects. Similarly, 98,506 candidates obtained credits and above in three subjects while 83,256 candidates obtained credits and above in four subjects, and 11,763 others obtained credits and above in two subjects.


“The NNC is the highest policy making organ of WAEC at the national level. “The committee consists of experienced personalities, with many of them as serving officers in the education sector representing a wide range of interests in the affairs of the council’’, Adenipekun said.


Source: Naij


Nigerian students, Okeke Williams Okechukwu, Nwachukwu Mmesomachi, Akpabio Edikan Idongesit of Graceland International Schools, Port-Harcourt and Okoli Mitchell Chukwuebuka and Amaechi Ikechukwu Abuah of Trinity International College, Ofada, Ogun State, have won medals at the 2017 International Science Olympiad held in Morocco, Indonesia and Brazil at various categories.


The students who participated in Mathematics and Physics Olympiad were presented to the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, in Abuja by the Director General, National Mathematical Centre, Professor Stephen Onah.

Malam Adamu said the students made Nigeria proud at the events and offered them scholarships.


The students won medals both at the Pan-African and International levels.


Students of Graceland International Schools, Port Harcourt, won gold, silver and bronze in Mathematics while the students of Trinity International College, Ofada, Ogun State won bronze medal and honorary mention in Physics.


Source: Dailytrust


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