The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has fixed June 5 for the commencement of the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.
According to JAMB in a statement, on Wednesday, by its Head, Public Affairs and Protocols, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, said 2021 UTME examination will end Saturday, June 19, 2021.
Jamb also said it has started the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination and Direct Entry registration.
It added that all potential candidates must provide their National Identity Number at point of registration.
The statement reads in part, “This is mandatory for participation in the 2021 registration exercise.
“Registration will take place in 700 centres across the country; the list is available in all the state offices of JAMB and on its website at www.jamb.gov.ng.
“The approved schedule for registration and examination are that registration exercise will start on Thursday, April 8 and end on Saturday, May 15, 2021.
“Candidates are also to note that the registration for Direct Entry applicants will run concurrently with that of UTME candidates.
“There will be no extension of time for the sale of the UTME or DE application documents.
“Mock examination will be held on Friday, April 30 for those who indicate interest and are registered before April 24.
“UTME will hold from Saturday, June 5 to Saturday, June 19, 2021.”
Jamb noted that the registration fee for the 2021 application documents remained N3, 500 and N500 for recommended Reading Text.
Hijab Controversy: 10 Kwara Schools Resume Monday
Recall that some schools in Kwara and Lagos State, where embroiled in a Hijab Controversy, the Kwara State government has directed 10 secondary schools that were embroiled in the hijab controversy to resume on Monday.
This is contained in a contained in a communique signed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun for the commencement of the third term of the 2020/2021 academic session.
The intent of the resumption, is to enable the students and teachers to cover the lost grounds as other schools in the state will resume for the third term academic session on April 26, 2021.
The Communique reads, “This is to inform parents/guardians and teachers that the 2020/2021 Third Term Academic Session for the 10 schools affected in the recent hijaab debate starts on Monday, 12th April 2021.
“This is part of the government’s efforts to bring the students in these schools up to speed in whatever they may have missed when their schools were shut. This is especially necessary for students preparing for external examinations.
“The resumption date for other schools not affected by the brief closure of schools is Monday 26th, 2021, as had earlier been communicated.
“All the teachers and staff of the affected schools should resume duty and commence classes immediately.
“The Monitoring and Inspection team of the Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development will be going round to ascertain compliance.”
Ondo Varsity Lecturers Begin Strike Over Unpaid Salaries
Adding up with the strike actions going on in the nation, the Labour union at the Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology (OAUSTECH), Okitipupa, Ondo State have begun an indefinite strike over unpaid salaries and other issues.
This was signed in a statement Mr. Temidayo Temola, the chairman of the Joint Action Congress (JAC) in Okitipupa.
The affected unions are the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU), and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT).
“The JAC of OAUSTECH arising from an all-important congress on April 6 resolved to commence a total, comprehensive and indefinite strike.
“This is a result of the inability of the management of the university to meet the demands of the unions on the payment of salaries from November 2020 till date.
“Also, non-remittance of over 22 months pension deductions coupled with non-implementation of minimum wage as well as non-payment of earned allowances.
“The unions will not relent on the indefinite strike until our demands are met,” the statement read.
Reacting to the development, the Registrar of the Institution, Mr Ganiyu Saliu, said that the management is aware of the strike, attributing the inability of the government to meet the union’s demand to the shortfall in the government’s subvention which could no longer be managed to meet its obligations.
He blamed the COVID-19 pandemic as being responsible for management’s inability to meet its obligations.
“Government is aware of all these issues but all these were due to the dwindling fortunes; the management is working with the unions to resolve all the issues soon,” Saliu said.
I want answers to how Richard Okorogheye died, says mother
The mother of a Nigerian student, Richard Okorogheye, whose body was found in a lake in Epping Forest in UK, says her heart “feels as if it has been ripped apart”.
According to Sky News, Evidence Joel said she is “completely hollow and devastated and empty” after police confirmed yesterday that the body found in Essex on Monday was the 19-year-old’s.
“At this moment of time I just want answers as how my son lost his life. I want answers. I desperately need closure,” she said.
She said she will continue to support the police in order to find out what happened to her son.
Okorogheye went missing after leaving his family home in the Ladbroke Grove area of west London on the evening of 22 March.
On Monday, the Metropolitan Police said they were informed by Essex Police that the body of a man was found in a lake in Epping Forest.
The mother of the student said she had been to the site where her son’s body was found to lay flowers.
She said, “It was a very uncomfortable place to be. I wouldn’t want to be there.
“My son that I know cannot walk into that darkness – no torch, no light. An hour and 30 minutes from where he was last seen. He must have guts to do that. He’s only 19.
“What could push him to go that far if he wasn’t meeting somebody?”
Okorogheye was a student at Oxford Brookes University but had been shielding during the pandemic because he had sickle cell disease.
Joel said he only left the house for hospital appointments.
The teenager’s death is being treated as unexplained and police do not believe at this stage that there was any third-party involvement.
Investigators are still looking at his computer and searching the forest for his shoes, phone and bag which were not with his body when it was found.
Joel said she was “surprised” to hear that police believe no one else was involved.
“Something happened there. It’s too far for Richard to walk into that darkness alone. You can’t, it’s tedious, it’s darkness.
“So how did he get there? What happened? We don’t know. I feel something happened there.”
The cause of Okorogheye’s death is pending while further investigations are carried out, however police found no evidence of physical trauma or assault, detectives said.
Joel described her son as the “perfect child” and said she was “lucky” to be his mother.
“He will always be my baby and I will always be his mother and no one can take that away from me,” she said.
Joel also told Sky News that a number of fake GoFundMe pages have been set up in her son’s name.
She said the family has not created one yet but will do so soon.
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