Varsities Must Trust JUPEB Products, V-C Charges Registrar By Otikor Samuel

The Vice Chancellor, Professor Ndowa Lale, has charged the leadership of the Joint Universities Preliminary Examination Board (JUPEB) to strive hard to earn the trust of its partnership universities through running credible programmes.  He warned that if the operators of the programme do not run an open and transparent system, then universities and sundry stakeholders would begin to lose confidence in candidates who pass through JUPEB. 
The Vice Chancellor gave the charge while declaring open a seven-day workshop on the moderation of test items by officials of JUPEB which kicked off at the Ashgrove Academy, University of Port Harcourt on Monday, January 7, 2019.
“There is this widely-held belief that the quality of education has deteriorated over the years. In our days, the Higher School programme played a critical role in separating genuine academic products from intellectual pretenders, who were promptly diverted to the vocational or other artisanal training programmes. The A/Level was a form of filtration process that helped candidates to mature academically before they are admitted into the University. The transition from secondary school into the University is one of the major problems militating against quality education today. The students are not mature enough by the time they enter the University and the result is what we are witnessing in the country today,” the Vice Chancellor lamented.
Professor Lale disclosed that the Ashgrove Academy started with 39 candidates two academic sessions ago, pointing out that admission request to the Academy has been over-subscribed to about 300 candidates per session today. He added that the leadership of the school had continued to maintain high standards in preparing students for JUPEB examinations.
In his remarks, Registrar of JUPEB, Professor Duro Ajeyalemi, expressed gratitude to the Vice Chancellor for the warm reception accorded the delegation and for personally declaring the workshop open. 
Speaking earlier when the JUBEP entourage paid a courtesy visit on the Vice Chancellor, Professor Ajeyalemi commended the state of infrastructure and instructional resources made available for students of the Ashgrove Academy by the University Management. 
“It is our pleasure to be hosted by the University of Port Harcourt with the kind approval of the Vice Chancellor. We are here to participate in a workshop for the moderation of test items. JUPEB is a national examination body approved by the Federal Government and charged with the responsibility of conducting examinations for candidates preparing for direct entry admission into Nigerian universities. Successful candidates secure admission into the second year in our affiliate universities and other tertiary institutions. The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board is our partner institution,” the Registrar disclosed.
The Registrar listed 10 partnership universities to include: Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife and Federal Universities of Technology Akure and Owerri. Others are Universities of Benin, Ilorin, Lagos, Nigeria, Port Harcourt and Uyo.


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