Representatives oppose unfair imposition of JAMB annual exam on candidates

On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed a second reading bill that seeks to end the imposition of the Unified Graduate Diploma Examination (UTME) on candidates denied admission to the higher education institutions on an annual basis.

Private Member, Hon. Tolulope Sadipe, is seeking to amend the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board Act and related matters, by reviewing the existing law, in particular the validity of scores, the tenure of the registrar and the composition of the council.

Sections 5(1a) and 5(2) of the Principal Act are amended. Section 5(1a) is “Also amended to add subsections (i) and (ii) under (a) as follows to insert examination mark validity:

5(1a)(I) general control over the conduct of entrance examinations and admissions to courses leading to the award of First Degrees. Higher National Diploma, National Diploma and Nigerian Certificate in Education from Universities (whatever name), Monotechnics/Polytechnics (whatever name) and Colleges of Education (whatever name) in Nigeria, valid for four years:

5(Ia)(ii) the conduct of entrance examinations and admission to all First Degree, Higher National Diploma, National Diploma and Nigerian Certificate in Education by Universities (whatever name), Monotechnics/ polytechnics (whatever called) and colleges of education (however called) in Nigeria valid for four years:

5(2) for the avoidance of doubt; the Council is only responsible for determining the requirements for matriculation and the conduct of examinations and admissions to tertiary institutions in Nigeria offering first degree degree programs. Higher National Diploma, National Diploma, Nigerian Certificate in Education and any other degree.


In his main debate, Hon. Sadipe who disapproved of the excessive financial burden placed on parents and their children who are subjected to untold hardship despite passing the exam.

She said: “When you look at the number of students who apply to universities each year and the number who enter, it is certainly not their fault. So why should they be penalized?

“All over the world, there is no such exam that is valid or one year,” she noted.

Hon Sadipe observed that the GMAT is valid for a period of 5 years. While noting that many parents find it difficult to send their children and that wards in schools are charged by JAMB to pay for exams from year to year, adding that most of the students who have passed the JAMB exams are also forced to write the same exam without any justification.

While calling for a paradigm shift, she said: “We must not continue like this, equating ourselves as a society with a ritualist, who sacrifices human beings for money. Why should our young people, our children be sacrificed on the altar of income generation by JAMB? »

In his intervention, the Deputy Minority Leader, Hon. Toby Okechukwu, who sought relief, claimed that the parents and their wards suffered from a double jeopardy.

“The sponsor discussed the economics of this one. What she is saying is that our children and the parents who fund their education have not only suffered double jeopardy, but have suffered multiple perils.

“What is impossible is the caution behind this amendment. I think the bill should go to committee so that the wrongdoing she wants to fix does not lead to a situation where we create another wrongdoing. We should try to address this issue that she raised,” he noted.

However, Hon. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta, who asked for further clarification, said, “The picture is even clearer to me, the author of this bill, says other reviews outside of this climate last five years as part of its eligibility. For example, if you take it, they can use it to rate you over the past three years.

“Is she asking for a session to be used for five years to gain admission? If the answer is yes, then we are creating more problems than we are trying to solve. A session should also be used for five years to be admitted? if the answer is no, then I don’t see the purpose of the amendment.

Also during the plenum, the House ordered the JAMB authorities to immediately conduct mop-up examinations for the affected candidates.

The resolution was passed after the adoption of a motion on the “need for civil servants/statutory bodies to be mindful of their responsibilities in the performance of their statutory duties”, sponsored by the Honorable Solomon Bob, who disapproved of the undue treatment meted out to candidates. who were unable to participate in the exam due to technical problems with the JAMB facilities.

He said, “The Chamber notes that the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) is solely charged with the responsibility of, among other things, conducting entrance examinations to tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

“The Chamber further notes that the Council held the Unified Higher Matriculation Examination for the 2022/2023 academic session between May 5 and May 14 across the country amid several complaints regarding technical issues such as faulty system or system failure in multiple CBT centers.

“The Chamber is aware that the Board (JAMB) is under an obligation to conduct a resit examination for candidates who were unable to sit the examinations on the dates assigned to them due to failure or a system malfunction.

“The Chamber is further aware that the Council has not so far set a date for the conduct of the mop-up reviews.

“The Chamber is concerned that several private higher education institutions have started the post-JAMB aptitude test with a view to proceeding with admissions for the 2022/2023 academic session.

“The House is further concerned that the failure to conduct mop-up examinations on time for candidates who have been affected by the negligence of JAMB (numbering over 3,000 across the federation) will have a negative impact on these candidates as they are lucky enough to miss the current admissions exercise,” said Hon. Bob.

To this end, the Chamber has instructed its Higher Education Committee to invite JAMB officials with a view to resolving the current issue and all other related issues related to the technical issues experienced by applicants during the application process. review and report to the House within 7 days for further legislation.

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