Sbrs Funtua; basic things you must know before you apply

Below are the key things you must know before you apply for remedial courses in Sbrs

Background to the Establishment of the School

When the Ahmadu Bello University was established in 1962, it was mandated to, among other things, secure the diffusion of knowledge in the Northern Nigeria in particular and the Country in general. Thus, in 1970, the University established the School of Basic Studies (SBS) in order to increase the pool of qualified students from its catchment area. This was necessitated by the poor performance of otherwise good students in the Higher School Certificate (HSC) Examination. This strategy was highly successful because it concentrated well-qualified teachers in one school with concomitant provision of requisite laboratory, classroom and other facilities for serious study. Unfortunately, the SBS was closed down in 1987 as a result of change in government’s policy. However, in 1988, the university set up the School of General and Remedial Studies (SGRS) in compliance with the government’s new education policy and the directive of the Nigerian University Commission (NUC) to that effect. The SGRS was later marred by various problems, and was closed down in 1996. Despite the failure of the SGRS, the need to address the continuing decline in education in the Northern States remains pressing and immediate. The current statistics from the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) indicates that there is a continuous decline in the number and quality of students from the Northern States who sit for the UME examination. Similarly, available data from the Federal Tertiary Institutions indicates that the Northern states are unable, to a large extent, to fill their quotas in students’ enrolment. Worse still, there is a high failure and, correspondingly high dropout rate among those few who are admitted in the basic and applied sciences due mainly to their poor background in the basic sciences. These disturbing trends call for concerted efforts at addressing the problems. The Ahmadu Bello University is committed to finding solutions to these problems and it will work with all the Governments of the Northern States in this regard. In addition to assisting the States to reactivate their schools, however, the University will use the SBS-model to augment whatever number of qualified candidates may emerge from the Secondary School System in its catchment area. This is natural because the University is expected to and should play a leading role in arresting the current decline in education and prepare its catchment area, the Country and Africa to occupy a place of pride in a 21st century-world where Knowledge, Science and Technology reign. Given its leadership position, the Ahmadu Bello University will take all necessary steps to ensure that its catchment area produces adequate number of well-trained personnel in Engineering, Medicine, Pharmacy, Agriculture, Architecture, Computer-Science, the Basic Sciences, Philosophy, the Humanities and Education


Nature, Scope and Location of SBRS

The current stances of the University on the SBRS is sequel to the decision of the Federal Executive Council of 9th March, 2000, to the effect that Remedial Studies could be established in Tertiary Institutions, especially in educationally less developed states in the Federation. In compliance with directive FMEPS/213/C.1/1/190 from the Federal Ministry of Education, the Governing Council of the Ahmadu Bello University approved the reintroduction of a self-funding School of Basic and Remedial Studies (SBRS) The School will serve as a Model Higher Pre-Degree Training Institution with high quality teaching staff and up-to-date facilities. As a Pre-degree Training Institution, the SBRS will be governed by Regulations which limit the activities of students to the primary functions for which the School is established. Students and staff are expected to comply with this principle and they are advised to come into the School only on this condition. Students are expected to reside within the School’s premises and take care of their feeding and other sundry needs. On its part, the School will permit certified Private Caterers and Operators of Kiosks, Shops and Saloons to operate within its premises so that the needs of the students are provided for. The SBRS is located in Funtua, Katsina State, about 70km from the Main Campus of the Ahmadu Bello University, in the former premises of The College of Administration. In order to participate in and accelerate the take-off of the School, the Katsina State Government has graciously rehabilitated and expanded facilities in the College so that the SBRS becomes immediately operational. A lot more is needed to put SBRS in good standing.


The School’s Admission Policy

The current stances of the University on the SBRS is sequel to the decision of the Federal Executive Council of 9th March, 2000, to the effect that Remedial Studies could be established in Tertiary Institutions, especially in educationally less developed states in the Federation. In compliance with directive FMEPS/213/C.1/1/190 from the Federal Ministry of Education, the Governing Council of the Ahmadu Bello University approved the reintroduction of a self-funding School of Basic and Remedial Studies (SBRS) The School will serve as a Model Higher Pre-Degree Training Institution with high quality teaching staff and up-to-date facilities. As a Pre-degree Training Institution, the SBRS will be governed by Regulations which limit the activities of students to the primary functions for which the School is established. Students and staff are expected to comply with this principle and they are advised to come into the School only on this condition. Students are expected to reside within the School’s premises and take care of their feeding and other sundry needs. On its part, the School will permit certified Private Caterers and Operators of Kiosks, Shops and Saloons to operate within its premises so that the needs of the students are provided for. The SBRS is located in Funtua, Katsina State, about 70km from the Main Campus of the Ahmadu Bello University, in the former premises of The College of Administration. In order to participate in and accelerate the take-off of the School, the Katsina State Government has graciously rehabilitated and expanded facilities in the College so that the SBRS becomes immediately operational. A lot more is needed to put SBRS in good standing.
  • Students who could not gain admission into ABU through JAMB mainly due to low UME score, but have the required minimum of 5 ordinary level (O/level) credits needed for registration into any of the University’s degree programmes
  • Students who gain admission into any university but could not register into any of its degree programmes because of deficiencies in their ordinary level (O/level) entry requirements.
  • Any candidate who posses the pre-requisite qualifications can directly apply fro admission into the School’s programme
The pre-requisite qualifications are three (3) credits and two (2) passes in the relevant ‘O’ level subjects listed on the application form.


Method of Application

All prospective students should apply to the SBRS by filling the School&apso;s Admission Form ABU/SBRS/001 which will be advertised and sold through selected banks in each States at the appropriate time. Admission into the school will be in the remedial studies programme.


Remedial Studies

The remedial studies programme is for those candidates who cannot register into the degree programmes of any Nigerian university due to deficiencies in the minimum entry requirements of 5 O/level credits and have low UME score. Such candidates will undergo a one year intensive remedial programme which is intended to remedy their deficiencies. Successful candidates will be absorbed into the relevant undergraduate programmes at the 100 level after passing the prescribed examinations The duration of the programme is nine (9) months i.e one (1) academic session of intensive teaching.


Subject Combination

These are carefully worked out subject-combinations which comply with the entry requirements for the various degree programmes of the University. Each combination consists of five subjects from the list of subjects on the application form.


Curriculum

The school curriculum is based on a carefully designed curriculum to bridge the gap between the gap between the O/level and the 100 level syllabi to prepare the candidates for admission into the University’s degree programmes at the 100 level.


Examination and Placement

The performance of the students in the School periodic tests will determine the students suitability to sit for the School final examinations All students are ensure attendance as follows to enable them qualify for the examinations:
1. Lectures 75%
2. Practicals 75%
3. Tests 75%
Lectures 75% Practicals 75% and Tests 75% Any Student that fails to attend e minimum percentage as indicated above will not be qualified to sit for the school examinations. Students that sat for the examinations and obtain good Grade Point Average (GPA) will be considered for placement into the 100 level degree programmes of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria

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