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House of Reps Moves To Scrap JAMB/Post UTME

UTME candidates, Guardian Nigeria Photo
UTME candidates, Guardian Nigeria Photo

The Nigeria House of Representatives on Wednesday made the move to stop the conduct of examinations of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and Post Unified Tertairy Matriculation Examination (P-UTME) in the country’s higher instituions.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that in a motion moved by Hon. Ademorin Kuye (APC Lagos), during the plenary session, the lawmakers debated for and against the requirements of the motion.

Hon. Kuye, in the motion, had asked the house to urge all higer institutions acrosss the country to put an end to post UTME/JAMB screening examinations.

He also sought the house to mandate the Committee on Tertiary Education and Services to call for a joint meeting of the Ministry of Education, JAMB and the National Universities Commission (NUC).

According to the lawmaker, the mandate was to develop an acceptable standard of JAMB examinations in conformity with the requirements of academic institutions in the country.

He made it known that the payment of fees for the screening exercise conducted by the higher institutions was “not backed by any law and the procceds therefore are not accounted. This leaves room for manipulation and exploitation and lack of acceptability of the fund generated.”

Supporting the motion, Hon. Benjamin Chinedu Obidigwe (APGA-Anambra), stated that the post UTME screenings conducted by universities was just to “exploit our children. Our education in the country has resolved to some form of extortion.”

The house, however, resolved that the Committee on Tertiary Education and Services interface with JAMB on the conduct of the post UTME/JAMB by higher institutions and report back within four weeks.

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