Get important facts about Abu Zaria Remedial and the entire School of Basic and Remedial Studies (SBRS), FUNTUA.
BRIEF HISTORY OF SBRS/ABU, FUNTUA
When the Ahmadu Bello University was established in 1962, it was mandated to, among other things, to 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 prerequisite laboratory, classroom and other facilities for serious study. Unfortunately, the SBS was closed down in 1987 as a result of change in government policy. However, in 1988, the university set up the School of General and Remedial Studies (SGRS) in compliance with the government’s new educational policy. And the directive of the Nigerian University Commission (NUC) to that effect. The SGRS was later marred by various problems, and 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 Matriculation Board (JAMB) indicate that there is a continuous decline in the number and the 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 science.
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’s area. The current stance 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 the 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 with 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 its 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, Kastina state, about 70 km from the main campus of the Ahmadu Bello University.
|REMEDIAL PROGRAMME PROSPECTUS|
Over the years, statistics shows that most of the states in the northern part of the Country hardly filled their quota in our Universities in general and Ahmadu Bello University in particular. The standard of students produced in most of these states has always seen also as being very low. These are largely attributed to the caliber of teachers teaching in our secondary schools and the massive failure of students in their final year Senior Secondary School Examinations.
In an attempt to tackle this unfortunate situation, the School of Basic and Remedial Studies (SBRS) Funtua was established in 2003. It among others, undertake pre-degree programme-
THE REMEDIAL PROGRAMME.
The remedial section of the school also organizes
classes for all students and SPECIAL classes for students with deficiencies in their O-Levels.
The School being established by the Northern State Governments is open to all interested applicants from the 19 Northern States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
Candidates aspiring to gain admission in Ahmadu Bello University Zaria via SBRS’s Remedial programme must:
GROUPS & SUBJECT COMBINATIONS
All successfully admitted and registered students are placed into one of the four (4) academic groups:- RS1, RS2, RS3 or RS4. Each student is given a group by considering his/her intended feature carrier and the O-Level credits obtained. Courses in each group are:
English Language and General Mathematics are compulsory for all students apart from the subject combinations they are expected to offer in their various groups.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS INTO THE UNIVERSITY
Admission in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria is automatic provided a student successfully completes the remedial programme as follows:Obtained a minimum of 2.0 CGPA from 3 subjects undertook at the school.
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