Senate “extends JAMB result’s validity to 3 years”


The Senate on Thursday approved the extension of the validity of the results of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) being conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to three years.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the extension was contained in the new amendments made to the Act establishing the board.

The Bill approving the amendment of the Act was passed at plenary on Thursday., and the senate said that the extension was granted to reduce the financial burden of the examination on parents.

The passage of the Bill followed the report of the Committee on Tertiary Education and TETFund chaired by Jubrin Barau (APC Kano North).

In the report, the committee said the validity was extended in view of the financial hardship experienced by parents in sponsoring their wards for the examination.

On June 1, the Senate read JAMB Amendment Bill 2016 for the second time and referred same to the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFund for further considerations.

The purpose of the bill is to among other things, amend the JAMB Act to increase validity period of JAMB examinations from one academic year to three academic years.

The Bill was generated after a motion moved on the floor in November, 2015.

The motion entitled “JAMB’s New Admission Policy’’ was sponsored by Joshua Lidani (APC Gombe South).

The Senate had then ordered the board to immediately stop its policy of re-assigning candidates to schools they never applied to.

In another development, the Bill Seeking the Establishment of the Nigerian Peace Corps was deferred as members did not agree on certain terms in it.

They expressed concern over some insertions in the Bill and argued that further considerations should be stepped down for another day in order to allow the Committee on Interior to do a proper job.

The president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki , thereafter suspended the passage of the Bill till another legislative date . (NAN)


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  • TS

    This is totally uncalled for, naive and thoughtful.

    1. With JAMB as “…the SOLE examination required for admission and entry…” Where is SSCE/NECO in the equation.

    2. Why should a less than average student of preceding years be given a better opportunity than an above average student of today.

    3. How many years do they think it would take to clear the backlog of this year alone? Nothing less than 4 years.

    4. Even with the 3 years extension do you think a candidate with 261 this year will not re-attempt UTME again next year in hope of a better score.

    Their thinking is appalling to me to say the least and people who are not in the know of admission process realities of today will be so gullible to applaud this. Higher Education should be competitive and adventurous and for the best of the best not and ‘entitlement’

    • Fred

      I think your thinking is appalling on the contrary. Why? Because you are not considering the poor chap who struggled to pay for and write the exam, scored high but couldn’t get an admission for various possible reasons like sickness, death in the family or lack of funds to further his education that year.
      This new policy provides flexibility which is never a bad thing. If one’s score doesn’t lead to an admission in one year due to competition with students with higher scores, you can next year either apply again or voluntarily write it again only to improve your score and not because your score expired.

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