JAMB 2016 – Senate Order JAMB To Stop Reasigning UTME Candidates

The Senate, yesterday, order the Joint
Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, to
immediately stop its policy of re-assigning
candidates to schools they never applied to,
saying such policy was contrary to the act
establishing the board..
The red chamber, which order came following a
motion entitled: ”JAMB’s New Admission Policy,
“ sponsored by Senator Joshua Lidani, APC,
Gombe South, which was debated during plenary,
also urged JAMB to consult widely with Parents
Teachers Association, ASUU and all other
stakeholders in the education sector with a view
to coming out with a friendlier holistic,
comprehensive and sustainable admissions
policy.
It also directed its Committee on Education to
enquire into circumstances surrounding the
JAMB policy, including all allegations of
favouritism and generally review the power of
JAMB vis-a-vis administration and submit
findings within one week.
Earlier, in his motion, Senator Lidani frowned at
the JAMB’s policy of posting candidates to
schools, including private universities whose
fees, he noted, were beyond the means of the
candidates’ parents or guardians, saying in some
cases, candidate were posted to universities
located far away from their places of abode thus
placing additional financial burden on their
parents.
Lidani expressed worry that although the Federal
Ministry of Education had since suspended the
implementation of this policy, JAMB was still
going ahead with its implementation, thus
creating more hardship for parents and
uncertainty in the education sector.
He said he was concerned given that the policy
runs contrary to the letters and spirit of Section
5(1)(C) iii of the JAMB Act, which according to
him, requires that JAMB should take into account
preferences of the candidates in their choices of
schools and the subsequent confusion
surrounding the directive that only candidates
whose names were forwarded to the university
by JAMB were eligible for post-UTME screening
and others would have to go back to JAMB
website to find out their new institutions.
Senator Lidani expressed concern that since the
policy was announced, the board was faced with
series of massive protests by parents and
candidates of and some organizations like the
Association of Tutorial School Operators of
Nigeria as well as other numerous stakeholders.
He said JAMB, at its 2015 Combined Policy
Meeting, held on July 14, 2015, in Abuja,
announced the adoption of a policy whereby
candidates of universities with surplus applicants
for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation
Examinations, UTME, were reassigned to other
universities with lower number of candidates
than their capacities.
While noting that JAMB was a board created by
an Act of the National Assembly in 1989 to
administer a centralized admission for
universities, polytechnics and colleges of
education in Nigeria.
He further noted that by Section 5(1) (C) iii of
the JAMB Act 2004, the function of the board,
among other things, was the general control of
the conduct of the matriculation examinations
for admission into all universities, polytechnics
and colleges of education and also include the
placement of suitable qualified candidates in the
tertiary institutions having taken into account,
the preferences expressed or otherwise indicated
by candidates for certain tertiary institutions and
courses.

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