…Mandates c’ttee to meet with stakeholders
By Henry Umoru
ABUJA— THE Senate had begun moves to scrap the post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME.
Consequently, it mandated its Committee on Tertiary Education, yesterday, to meet with relevant stakeholders, especially the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, and come up with recommendations on how to achieve the goal.
According to the Senate, the move became imperative because the introduction of the post-UTME has, to a large extent, failed to remedy the problems associated with JAMB.
It added that its continued existence had posed more challenges for the Nigeria’s educational system.
The Senate also called for the development of a strategy that would ensure efficiency and integrity in the conduct of JAMB examination.
The resolutions of the Senate, yesterday, followed a motion by Senator Umaru Kurfi *APC, Katsina Central), entitled: “The need to revisit the regulatory conflict between Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, universities in offering admission in Nigeria.”
He 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 his presentation of the motion, Senator Kurfi said: “The Senate notes that the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board, JAMB, was established in 1976 and saddled with the responsibility of streamlining and coordinating admission practice as well as determining who is admitted into universities and other tertiary educational institutions in Nigeria.
“It further notes that that the Nigerian Universities Commission, NUC, is the federal umbrella organization which oversees the administration of university education in Nigaria.
‘’Prior to 2005 , the criteria needed for candidates seeking admission into tertiary institutions was for such candidate to have minimum admission requirement and possess a certain score at his or her JAMB examination.