The leadership of Nigerian Baptist Convention (NBC) has questioned the action of Registrar of Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, over the alleged N8,000 collected by the Baptist Girls Academy for JAMB registration.
NBC said Oloyede should have investigated the issue, stressing: “This put some questions on the social image of the teacher, and on the public image of Baptist Mission Schools in Nigeria. The question of the alleged #8,000.00 collected by Baptist Girls Academy ought to have been properly investigated by the JAMB Registrar before subjecting the school and the teacher, who took the girls out for registration to emotional trial and public opprobrium.”
According to a statement issued yesterday by the NBC Chairman, Education Management Board, Prof. Oyesoji Aremu, Baptist Girls Academy did not charge #8000,00 for JAMB Registration as alleged by Prof. Oloyede.
Aremu said: “Baptist denomination, here and in other climes, is a pride to Christendom. This pride is rooted in legacies of training and values which every Baptist is taken through. And by extension, the virtues and values which go with sound academic traditions are given to students in our schools nationally. Given this, Baptist Mission Schools abhor illicit and sharp practices; and same are disallowed in their engagements within and outside.
“On the above premise, it was disheartening and disturbing watching a video clip that went viral since Wednesday, April 28, 2021 following the unscheduled tour of duty of the hardworking JAMB Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede. In the video clip, Prof. Oloyede assumed the role of a ‘prosecutor and judge’ against the defenceless teacher, Mr. Kayode Oloyede, who was also on a scheduled assignment. Here, one of Mr. Oloyede’s students was the witness. In the video clip, the JAMB Registrar, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede publicly put on ‘trial’ Mr. Oloyede, a teacher at Baptist Girls Academy.
“The school, Baptist Girls Academy did not charge #8000,00 for JAMB Registration as alleged by Prof. Oloyede. The breakdown of the charges that amounted to the alleged monetary infraction is as follows: JAMB Registration: 3,500, Novel (recommended and provided by JAMB): 500, CBT Charges: 700, Test Driller Software + installation (CBT Practice Kit): 2000 and Transportation and feeding: 1,300.
“While the girl was ‘correct’ to have said the school collected #8,000.00, Aremu said: ‘the undeniable fact was that the whole money was not meant for registration. Here, Prof. Oloyede did not allow the teacher to explain the breakdown. Rather, he was publicly muscled and emotionally debased. One is even tempted to ask: Is the teacher the spokesperson of the school? This is not in the interest of the teacher’s psychology and the school’s public image as Prof. Oloyede took delight in disparaging Baptist Girls Academy.”