The Registrar of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Is-haq Oloyede has bagged an award as best advocate of equal opportunity in higher education in Africa.
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"Professor Is-haq Oloyede was rated high above others in Africa at a meeting recently held at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris, where African countries were compared in the opportunities afforded people living with disabilities to access higher education in Nigeria. Chairman of the JAMB Equal Opportunity Group (JEOG), Prof Emeritus Peter Okebukola, made this known in a statement he personally signed and made available to newsmen in Abuja. Okebukola, a former Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission who recently returned from UNESCO headquarters in Paris, said he was excited by the rating which was adjudged by the presentation made by JEOG at the meeting.
The Group which was set up by Professor Is-haq Oloyede, in 2017, has been able to process over 2000 candidates with disabilities especially the blind, albinos with sight challenges, and candidates with autism and Down syndrome through the administration of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). The Group is made up of 43 senior academics including former Executive Secretaries of Parastatals of the Federal Ministry of Education, former Vice-Chancellors, a former minister and experts in special education and other relevant stakeholders such as the President of the Nigeria Association of the Blind, National President, Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities, President, The Albino Foundation and President, Nigeria National Association of Deaf. The Anglo-Nigeria Welfare Association for the Blind plays an active role in the exercise.
“JEOG is already implementing a strategic plan of gradually increasing the ICT component of the administration of the UTME to match the improvement in ICT usage for the education of the blind in the universities, polytechnics and colleges of education.
“JAMB takes full responsibility for hotel accommodation and feeding of the candidates in the 11 centres and pays generous transport supplementation while providing them with a conducive environment to write the examination.”