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5 THINGS UTME APPLICANTS SHOULD CONSIDER BEFORE CHOOSING AN INSTITUTION

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A lot of prospective UTME candidates usually register for the JAMB exam with no idea of the right school to choose.  If you are reading this post, then you must be preparing for the 2024 JAMB exam and this post is to guide you in choosing the right institution for your study.

Candidates are advised to join the Eniola Educational Consultant JAMB Whatsapp group where JAMB 2024 candidates or prospective students of a particular school can ask questions, share their concerns and get instant answers. CLICK HERE to join.

Choosing just any school can either lower your chances of securing admission or affect your studies even if you eventually gain admission.

5 things UTME candidates should consider before choosing an institution
Below are things prospective candidates should consider before picking an institution;

1. Make sure the school and your course of study are accredited

This is the most important part when choosing a school/university. There are some universities/schools that run courses that are yet to be accredited by NUC or other relevant authorities. So make sure you make your findings, and choose schools/universities that have been accredited by NUC.  Else,  it will just look as if you are just wasting your time and resources.

Candidates are advised to join the Eniola Educational Consultant JAMB Whatsapp group where JAMB 2024 candidates or prospective students of a particular school can ask questions, share their concerns and get instant answers. CLICK HERE to join.

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2. Catchment Area of The school:

Yeah, the catchment area is also important.  Being part of a school/university catchment can favour you during the admission process. For example,  UNILAG catchment areas are Lagos,  Osun Oyo, Ekiti and Ogun.  The cut-off marks for these catchment areas are always lesser than the merit cut-off mark.  This doesn’t mean that you cannot apply for admission into a university if you are not from the catchment areas.  Catchment areas only give the candidates of those states an edge during the admission process.

3.  Strike History Of The School/University:

Apart from the usual ASUU and ASUP strikes, there are schools that are prone to internal strikes which can interrupt academic activities and elongate your stay in the school. So do your findings to know if the school you intend to choose is prone to internal strikes.

Candidates are advised to join the Eniola Educational Consultant JAMB Whatsapp group where JAMB 2024 candidates or prospective students of a particular school can ask questions, share their concerns and get instant answers. CLICK HERE to join.

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4. The Admission Requirements Of the School:

 Schools in Nigeria have different admission requirements, so before applying for one,  make sure you meet up those requirements.  For example, in some schools JAMB cut-off is 200 while in some, it is less than 200. Make sure you are aware of how the admission process was done the previous year to avoid any form of problem.

5. Be aware of how to calculate the screening point of the University:

Most schools use O’level grading to screen candidates while some schools conduct aptitude tests as their own screening method. This means that if you have a very good O’level result, you will likely do well if your school of choice screens candidates using just JAMB scores and O’level results

Candidates are advised to join the Eniola Educational Consultant JAMB Whatsapp group where JAMB 2024 candidates or prospective students of a particular school can ask questions, share their concerns and get instant answers. CLICK HERE to join.

Having explained all these, I hope you are now better informed to make the right choice.

Wish you the best.

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ASUU STRIKE: FAILURE BY THE CONCERNED AUTHORITIES TO ADDRESS OUR DEMANDS WOULD ATTRACT SEVERE CONSEQUENCES – ASUU NEC WARNS

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has condemned the mass establishment of universities in the country, describing the development as ‘reckless and excessive’.

The National President, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, made the union’s position known at Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, on Wednesday, while briefing the press on the outcome of ASUU’s recent NEC meeting.

This is even as the Union has advised the Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Technology, (FUTO), Owerri, Professor Nnenna Oti, to withdraw the Professorship the institution conferred on Isah Patami, the immediate past Minister of Communications and Digital Economy.

He lamented that university education was suffering due to total neglect by the government.

Osodeke noted that the federal and state governments are establishing more universities without making adequate provision for their funding, adding that many of the new institutions were only established for political reasons.

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The ASUU President regretted that the ugly trend has put much stress on the intervention funds of Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFund, alleging that some of the new universities are being established with money diverted from TETFund.

ASUU called for the stripping of former Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isah Patami, of the status of full-time Professor, saying that the Vice Chancellor and management of FUTO were wrong to award a serving minister as a professor.

The union also accused the VC of FUTO, Professor Nnenna Oti of allegedly victimizing members of ASUU in the Owerri-based federal university.

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Osodeke raised the alarm that the Federal Government is planning to re-introduce the controversial Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System, IPPIS, saying that the January 2024 salaries paid to the ASUU members indicated “new IPPS”.

The union demanded the payment of withheld seven and half months salaries of its members, payment of earned academic allowances and equally condemned the Federal Government for dissolving Governing Councils of Universities.

The ASUU leader expressed concern that public universities are being underfunded by the federal and state governments, leaving the student population and Nigerian education sector to suffer.

ASUU warned that failure by the concerned authorities to address its demands would attract severe consequences.

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UNUBIKO FOUNDATION TERTIARY EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

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Unubiko Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to enhancing the quality of life in underprivileged communities through education, healthcare, and community development initiatives, is pleased to announce the commencement of its 2023/2024 scholarship scheme.

Objective:

Unubiko Foundation Tertiary Education Scholarship Awards

The scholarship aims to support deserving students from Abia State enrolled in state and federal tertiary institutions across Nigeria, as well as non-Abian students studying in state and federal tertiary institutions within Abia State.

This scholarship scheme underscores the foundation’s dedication to fostering educational progression, with a particular focus on supporting the girl-child.

Categories and Eligibility:

The scholarship is divided into three categories:

1. University

2. Polytechnic

3. College of Education

Eligible Programs:

Students pursuing full-time degrees, diplomas, or certifications in the following fields are invited to apply:

– Accountancy

– Agricultural Science

– Architecture

– Business Administration/Economics

– Computer Science

– Education Technology

– Environmental Studies/Surveying

– Geology/Geophysics/Geo Informatics

– Law

– Mass Communication/Journalism

– Engineering

– Dentistry

– Pharmacy

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– Medicine/Surgery

Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

– Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.0 in a 5.0 grade system or equivalent for the University category.

– Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 3.5 in a 4.0 grade system or equivalent for the Polytechnic category.

– Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 4.0 in a 5.0 grade system or equivalent for the College of Education category.

– Minimum of six O-level credits, including English language and Mathematics, obtained in one sitting.

 

Application Process:

Interested applicants should follow these steps:

1. Click on the “Apply” tab on the scholarship portal.

2. Complete the application form before the deadline on the 28th of February, 2024.

Important Notes:

– Only applications submitted through the UNUBIKO FOUNDATION portal will be considered.

– Applicants must undergo a screening test.

– Accuracy and completeness of information are paramount.

– There are no fees associated with the application process; it is entirely free.

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– Falsification of documents will result in disqualification at any stage of the process.

– Scholarship offers are non-transferable to other universities or courses of study.

– Submitting multiple applications will result in automatic disqualification.

Required Documents:

Before starting the application, ensure you have clear scanned copies of the following documents:

1. Passport photograph (not more than 6 months old, 450px by 450px, not exceeding 200kb)

2. School ID card

3. Admission Letter

4. Birth Certificate or attestation

5. O’ Level Result (WAEC, NECO, NABTEB)

6. JAMB Result

7. Local Government Area Letter of Identification

8. Signed School Verification Form

Naming Convention:

Ensure that all documents are named accurately to facilitate clarity during the upload process.

Apply Now:

Visit the Unubiko Foundation Scholarship portal to begin your application journey.

For further details, please carefully review the Requirement/Eligibility and How to Apply pages on the portal.

Application Deadline:

28th February, 2024.

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ALEX OTTI FOUNDATION (AOF) 2024 SCHOLARSHIP AWARD FOR NIGERIANS

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The Alex Otti Foundation Scholarship program is dedicated to providing financial assistance to disadvantaged students with ties to Abia State, Nigeria. This scholarship covers tuition and living expenses, aiming to empower recipients to pursue their educational aspirations.

Requirements:

Alex Otti Foundation (AOF) Scholarship Award For Nigerians 2024

To be eligible for the Alex Otti Foundation Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

1. Academic Standing:

  – Current 2nd-year students (200 Level) in government-owned tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

   – Minimum CGPA of 3.5 in the first academic session (First Year).

   – Direct entry students entering the 2nd year by April 2024.

2. Exclusions:

   – Siblings of current scholars are ineligible until their sibling’s scholarship term concludes.

3. Additional Considerations:

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   – Residency in Abia State is a requirement, regardless of ancestral ties.

   – Preference is given to indigent students who genuinely lack financial resources for tertiary education.

Selection Process:

– Only candidates who pass the initial screening will be contacted due to the high volume of applications.

Available Programs:

– The scholarship is open to students pursuing accredited courses in recognized Nigerian institutions.

Participating Universities:

– Students from universities, polytechnics, and colleges of education are eligible if they meet the criteria.

Required Documents:

Applicants must submit the following documents:

– Statement of Result for the first academic session.

– Letter of recognition from their community/religious group leader or electricity bill to prove residency.

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– 1200-word essay divided into three parts.

– Valid means of identification.

Selection Criteria:

Recipients are selected based on:

– Strong academic background.

– Leadership potential.

– Desire for societal contribution.

Maintaining the Scholarship:

Recipients must maintain a CGPA of at least 3.5 each academic session to retain the scholarship until graduation.

Application Procedure:

See the application details on the official portal.

Deadline: Midnight, Sunday, March 24, 2024.

The Alex Otti Foundation Scholarship is a prestigious opportunity for deserving students in Abia State to pursue higher education. Through this program, the foundation aims to foster academic excellence and contribute to the development of Nigerian society. Apply now to secure your future education.

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