Abuja – A cross section of parents in the FCT have applauded the proposed legislation to extend JAMB results’ validity for a period of three years.
The parents said on Wednesday in Abuja that the amendment would not only ease the financial burden on parents but also enable universities to upgrade their standard.
According to them, the legislation, if passed, will benefit both parents and candidates.
One of the respondents, Dr Samson Olori, a Paediatric Surgeon, said the amendment would help to reduce the number of students that writing JAMB every session as well as the cost of conducting the examination.
He noted that such amendment would also enable some universities to upgrade their standard and create a better environment for effective learning.
“ I do not think the Act will prevent students from writing JAMB examination, if the cut off mark of the previous result will not help them to secure admission into the desired courses.
“Such category of candidates are still at liberty to re-write JAMB examination.
“But those that had reasonable scores will not be subjected to another JAMB examination, because the result will enable them to sick for admission for the next three years.
“I also think that what the Senate is trying to do is to prevent multiple sitting for JAMB examination.
“But for those that will go into the highly competitive courses, but scored below the required cut off marks, they may want to write another JAMB examination.’’
Nevertheless, Olori outlined the benefits of such amendment to include relieving the candidates the stress of sitting for JAMB examination over and over again.
He, however, suggested that the policy should be properly examined before arriving at a conclusion.
Mr Godwin Pius, an educator, who also expressed support for the proposed amendment, saying that it would bring relief to both parents, students as well as the government.
He said that the proposal if passed, would reduce the risk of loss of lives in the process of writing the examination.
“It will also reduce the anxiety, cost of paying for extra mural lesson every year and cost of the examination itself.”
According to Mr Joseph Akah, a trader, suggested that the bill if passed, should make provision for candidates with previous JAMB results to be considered first for admission every academic session.
Akah also advised that candidates who applied for highly competitive courses to consider changing their courses if they scored low marks instead of writing another examination.