The Nigerian Senate has called on the federal government to make the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) conducted by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) the only avenue for people to get admission into university.
Punch reports that the lawmakers during plenary on Wednesday, October 4, called for the scrapping of the post UTME otherwise known as post-JAMB.
The lawmakers argued that the post-JAMB tests had failed to remedy the problems associated with JAMB.
The debate was initiated following a motion by Senator Umaru Kurfi - entitled: The need to revisit the regulatory conflict between Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, universities in offering admission in Nigeria.
Kurfi said: “The Senate is aware that the laudable objectives of JAMB began to suffer progressive denudation shortly after its inception, as some universities admitted students outside the list sent by JAMB, rejecting candidates with admission letters from JAMB on the ground that they had to comply with their own internal quota and catchment calculation, coupled with the issue of malpractices that plagued JAMB examinations.”
In seconding the motion, Senator Sehu Sani noted that securing admission into tertiary institutions had become difficult at a time when Nigeria was struggling to protect its economy.
He stated that there was need to simplify the process of getting admission into higher institutions of learning.
Sani said “JAMB has been literally ‘jamming’ the future of our young people in the sense that there have been a lot of impediments that have seriously affected their ability to get into university.
“Our concern is the fact that after JAMB (examination) is post-UTME. That becomes a series of hardships and sufferings on the way to university. The problem we are facing is peculiar to us. It is easier for a Nigerian to secure admission (into tertiary institutions) outside this country than it is here. Why should it be so?
“This is one opportunity through which this parliament can make a clear and categorical statement on the need for us to urge the Federal Government to intervene and do all that need to be done to make JAMB the only sensible, credible and efficient avenue for people to get admission into the university. This is the best option for us."
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Contributing to the debate, the chairman of the Senate committee on tertiary institutions and TETFUND, Senator Barau Jibrin, said JAMB was performing better under the current administration.
Speaking on the downward review of cut-off marks for entry into tertiary institutions in the country, he said that there was no conflict between JAMB and universities the on review.
Meanwhile, the several tertiary institutions in Nigeria have released dates for the purchase of their post UTME forms for the 2017/2018 academic year. Check out the dates here.
In a related news, JAMB has issued a strong warning to candidates over the new cut-off mark.
The examination body said the new cut-off mark does not guarantee an automatic admission into tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
The board also said admission process for the 2017/2018 session will commence on September 15.
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