Annually, the fates of students in their academic pursuits for higher degrees are determined by a set score line in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). UTME (also popularly called JAMB) is a general examination used as a screening tool and a measure of academic competence for students seeking access to higher institutions. In recent times, there has been an increase in the number of students whose chances of furthering into higher institutions has shrunk due to low UTME scores.
In a bid to help students get better grades and in her quest to improve the access to quality education for all children, the Yattiyr Scholarship Initiative (YSI) organized a free one-month tutorial for secondary school students within Ilorin metropolis, preparing for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME). The YSI Free UTME Coaching program launched in the first week of February. On the 7th of February 2020, classes began earnestly to cover all three stipulated departments: Science, Art and Commercial. Starting with 20 participating students, the number of students taught during the entire program increased to 81 students; with 30 students in the Art department, 36 students in Science and about 15 students in Commercial department. The program held on Fridays from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm and on Saturdays, from 9:00 am to 12 noon.
Mathematics, English Language, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Accounts, Economics, History and Literature-In-English are the subjects that were intensively covered during the course of the tutorial. Nine (9) Tutors volunteered and successfully participated in the program. The tutors proved to be very determined to make impacts with the organization. A brief profile of the tutors that successfully participated in the program and the subjects they taught correspondingly, is seen below:
• Mis Adeyemi Lateefah – Chemistry
• Miss Shaibu Theresa – Literature-In-English
• Mr Adegboye Davies – Physics
• Miss Yiliji Dorothy – Biology
• Mr Mumeen Muiz – Accounts and Economics
• Mr Patrick Ashinze – History and English
• Miss Mobalanle Alimi – English
• Mr Sodiq Farhan – Mathematics
• Mr John Fatoye – English
Aside academic trainings, the students were properly groomed and aided on correct UTME subject combinations with respect to their proposed course of study. They were also always motivated on the need to perform excellently well in the forthcoming exam. We were also able to help introduce the students to the CBT environment and let them realize what to expect and how to go about it. Several help regarding the use of internet: access of mails, checking of online documents, making necessary searches, were made available as well.
On the 29th of February 2020, the program came to end. Necessary revisions were made and questions in all spheres were answered to students.
We ultimately do appreciate the tutors for their unyielding will to make impact and make a difference throughout the program. We hope also that we have been able to help them give back in the way they could. With projects like these, the journey to make quality education available for all, will not be too far. Updates on the impact of this project will be made available soon.