By Dayo Adesulu & Daud Olatunji
Stakeholders in the education sector have thrown their weight behind the continued existence of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, just as they also lauded the appointment of former Vice-Chancellor, University of Ilorin, Professor Ishaq Oloyede as its Registrar.
They, however, urged the new leadership to respect the university autonomy and also build on the Computer-Based Testing of his immediate predecessor, Professor Dibu Ojerinde by reintroducing the scrapped post-UTME.
Chairman, UNILAG-ASUU, Dr Laja Odukoya said universities are not against the existence of JAMB, but rather against its intrusion in university autonomy.
Odukoya, who spoke with Vanguard yesterday said: ‘’It is time to interrogate the continued existence of JAMB against the university autonomy Act, principle of federalism and the fact that constitutionally, education is on the concurrent legislative list thus, a federal agency lording it over state universities is an unconscionable and criminal breach of constitution.’’
Also speaking, the Deputy Director, Distance Learning Centre, University of Ibadan, UI, Professor Oyesoji Aremu said the sacking of the former Registrar would bring a new lease of life to JAMB, adding that the new helmsman will surely re-appraise the whole admission policy with a view to coming out with a consistent and result-oriented policy.
He said: ‘’University autonomy has nothing to do with the scrapping of JAMB,” adding: “the only thing is that JAMB should not usurp the responsibilities of the universities’ Senates, which is admission.”
Aremu, who expressed his confidence in the capability of the present JAMB boss, Professor Ishaq Oloyede said, he is optimistic that the former Unilorin Vice Chancellor will deliver given his pedigree.
On his part, former Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, NUC, Professor Peter Okebukola said that rather than shut the door on Post-UTME, we should stop whatever the universities are not doing right and not throw the baby out with the bath water. ‘’Post-UTME, as originally conceived in 2004, not in its present adulterated form, is still a must if we are to get quality students for our higher education system,’’ he added.
He, however said that with the appointment of Professor Ishaq Oloyede as the new Registrar, JAMB is in for a revolutionary time in terms of delivering more effectively on its mandate.
Okojie defends scrapping of post UTME
Meantime, the immediate-past Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Prof. Julius Okojie, yesterday, said the commission supported the scrapping of post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, to protect the students from being swindled.
Okojie, however, said despite the scrapping of the post UTME, the Senate of each institution has the autonomy and authority to determine who to admit and when to admit.
The former NUC boss stated this at a welcome reception organised for him by the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, FUNAAB, on his return to the institution after 10 years at the NUC.
Okojie who was also a former Vice Chancellor of the University had left the institution 15 years ago and became Vice Chancellor, Bells University of Technology, Ota before he was appointed by Federal Government as Executive Secretary of NUC.