Members Of Parliament Propose Extension Of JAMB Result Validity
The House of Representatives made a move on Wednesday to extend the validity of Joint Admission and Matriculation Board Examination (JAMB) results for a period of three years.
Consequently, the House called upon JAMB to reconsider its current policy and allow the results to remain valid for a minimum of three years, as well as conduct the entrance exams at least twice a year.
This action followed the acceptance of a motion presented by Hon. Akintunde Rotimi from Ekiti during the plenary session on Wednesday.
In his presentation, Rotimi highlighted that JAMB conducts annual examinations for prospective undergraduates, with fees paid by parents or the candidates themselves.
“Moreover, it is noteworthy that the results of the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and the National Examination Council (NECO), which serve as precursors to the JAMB tests, have indefinite validity,” Rotimi stated.
He expressed concern that the validity of JAMB examination results is limited to just one year. If candidates fail to secure admission into their preferred tertiary institutions within the academic year the exam was taken, their results, regardless of their quality, become worthless.
Rotimi also raised the issue of JAMB administering its examination during periods of persistent strikes by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), without considering the ongoing industrial action.
“With the growing backlog of candidates awaiting admission into the limited vacancies in Nigeria’s tertiary institutions, the education system and parents are burdened,” Rotimi added.
The House, upon adopting the motion, called upon the Federal Ministry of Education to establish effective mechanisms to ensure the implementation of this resolution.