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• ‘Issue, Interior most Faculties At Liberty To Reopen Basically based On COVID-19 Pointers’
• Education Minister Threatens To Shut Establishments That Disobey Security Protocols
• UTME Impersonation Drops From 74,000 To 4,900
• Recent Fraud Measures Lead To Arrest Of Police Officer

The Federal Authorities the day old to this current the corpulent reopening of schools nationwide, alongside with the 104 Solidarity Faculties, effective October 12.

Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, who made the announcement whereas addressing journalists in Abuja, acknowledged the decision change into reached after deliberations with the Presidential Taskforce on Coronavirus (COVID-19) and other connected stakeholders.

In one more style, the Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, published that effective tests had been mounted by the Federal Authorities against incidences of identity theft within the admission project into the nation’s tertiary establishments.

Oloyede, who disclosed this at a media briefing in Abuja, acknowledged the federal government, by the Minister of Education, Adamu, issued a directive, mandating JAMB to transfer candidates’ biometric info to their establishments of desire, thus quashing the need for unique shooting of biometrics and photos of candidates for submit-UTME tests.

Oloyede acknowledged the minister’s directive has already uncovered 657 cases of candidates whose photos couldn’t match these recorded in JAMB’s database and were at the moment angling to alternate the photos.

The board has referred these that requested for alternate of photos to come reduction down to its headquarters, with the plan of bringing perpetrators of fraud to e book. And one among such culprits is a police officer who had employed a schoolteacher as mercenary

The federal government had ordered a nationwide closure of schools in March to check the unfold of COVID-19. It also refused to assent to calls to reopen faculties till the curve of an infection rate is flattened and sufficient preparations build in attach.

Jubilant that the reveal of affairs change into now staunch sufficient to allow the faculties to reopen, Adamu acknowledged modalities for resumption had been sent to government-owned establishments.

He added that reveal and private faculties were at liberty to reopen based on pointers developed for the staunch reopening of schools. He instructed faculties to abide by the COVID-19 protocol developed to curtail the unfold of the virus and threatened to shut down establishments that fail to obey the protocols.

Adamu disclosed that following earlier reopening of schools for exit courses to grab their National Examinations in all 104 Solidarity Faculties, there had no longer been a single case of COVlD-l9 an infection up to now, adding that isolated cases in other faculties were minimal.

He acknowledged: “It’s horny to present that on the total, there has no longer been a single fatality amongst the exiting college students. You presumably can additionally bear seen that the an infection curve nationwide has flattened considerably.

“In July 2020 when I said that we can no longer reopen faculties till the an infection curve flattens, the country change into recording a median of 400 infections on a typical basis. By the close of July and August, the an infection rate peaked at a median of 700 cases on a typical basis. For the explanation that origin of September 2020, now we bear witnessed a appreciable decline within the rate of infections, with a median of 200 cases recorded on a typical basis.

“Consequently, with the stage of preparations build to check and the flattening of the an infection curve, now we bear come to the conclusion that now we bear to search out out about our earlier decision, in particular against the realization that COVlD-l9 has come to build and that now we bear to live with it.”

The minister acknowledged that after due consultation with the Presidential Committee on COVID19, the federal government resolved that every 104 Solidarity Faculties be reopened on October 12, 2020. He instructed states and private college householders to determine modalities for the opening of schools beneath their purview.

Speaking on the benefits of presidency’s transfer against incidences of identity theft within the admission project into tertiary establishments, the JAMB Registrar, Prof. Oloyede acknowledged the implementation of the Education Minister’s directive has ended in the arrest of a police constable with the Akwa Ibom Issue Mumble, one Etim Israel, who change into paraded sooner than newsmen on allegation of examination malpractice.

Etim had employed a schoolteacher, Emmanuel, paying him N30, 000 to write down the 2020 UTME for him whereas he change into away on reliable tasks. Impartial correct fortune, on the opposite hand, ran out on him when his listing did no longer tally with Emmanuel’s, and change into compelled to consult with the JAMB headquarters in Abuja for rectification.

In accordance with him, he scored over 240 and wanted to glance Fishery on the Akwa Ibom Issue College, Ikot Akpaden Mpat Enin, but the new measures averted him.

Oloyede acknowledged incidences of impersonation and different forms of identity theft right by UTME dropped from 74,000 in 2019 to 4,900 in 2020. Admitting that this amount change into composed high and questionable, he acknowledged the reduction change into caused by a project introduced by the board, which now lets in officers to grab a snapshot of any candidate who claims he couldn’t be biometrically verified and overview with the listing in JAMB’s database.

Prof. Oloyede, who acknowledged Israel would be prosecuted based on the guidelines, expressed order over the antics of some candidates that try to avoid watertight measures build in attach to close impersonation.

He cited an instance the put a lady’s title appeared on the registration listing and a man tried to take a seat on her behalf.

Prof. Oloyede, on the opposite hand, acknowledged the Board couldn’t bear the capability to make obvious the strong prosecution of all these angry by impersonation right by the UTME but would salvage some from across the country to face the wrath of the guidelines.

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