Following the recent spate of controversy that rocked the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and the protest of students and parents, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), has called on the federal government to scrap the Board as it is now regarded as unnecessary, unwanted, and unsuitable.
Its National President, Mr. Tijani Usman, made this known on Monday, August 2, in Abuja when he led a protest to the JAMB headquarters, asserting that the purpose for the establishment of JAMB had been bastardised.
He said, “the reason why we are here is to tell the general public and the government of the day that JAMB has outlived its usefulness. Nigerian students have seen most of the draconian policies of JAMB that it is exploitative
“You can’t imagine students from NCE, students with diploma having purchase a form for N5,000 that is expected to be a direct entry or pre-requisite for admission into the schools, JAMB will still connive with the management of institutions to collect what we called “de-regularisation fee”, what do they mean by that?
“Parents have been paying huge sums of money just for their children to get admission into various tertiary institutions, yet JAMB will not give them admission because the body cannot give admission,” he added.
Tijani stated that after writing JAMB, students would still write post-JAMB, which he said is exploitative, explaining that it was in view of this that NANS mobilised the students in order for those anti-student policies to be reversed.
“JAMB must retract those policies, their policies are anti-progressive, Nigerian students are against it, it is either Dibu must leave or JAMB be scrapped,” Tijani stated.