The Federal Government yesterday inaugurated visitation panels to its 21 Colleges of Education (COEs) and 20 polytechnics, nationwide to review their performance in the areas of governance, standard, quality assurance, management of finances, conditions of physical infrastructures, among others.
Also, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) would today announce the release of the 2012 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), written six days ago.

Consequently, the Registrar, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, was expected to give a breakdown of the candidates’ performance at briefing this morning after which candidates can access their results.

A total of 1,503,931 applicants had registered for the exams conducted in 375 towns in Nigeria and six other countries (Ghana, Cameroun, Benin, United Kingdom, Saudi Arabia and South Africa).

Meanwhile, Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufa’i, who inaugurated the panels in Abuja, said they “are expected to make recommendations to government, with a view to making the management of Federal Colleges of Education and Polytechnics more dynamic, transparent and accountable in the discharge of their mandate.”

The nine terms of reference of the visitation exercise include, determining the relationship between each institution and various statutory bodies it interacts with according to its law for the purposes of supervision, planning, finance, discipline, guidance, etc.

The teams would also investigate the application of funds, particularly the special grants and loans meant for specific projects in order to determine the status of such projects and their relevance for further funding.

They will examine all the academic programmes, policies and practices, as well as the total academic and physical development, performance and direction of the institutions;  The panels have 30 days from April 10 to complete their work.


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