The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has reacted to the Nigerian senate’s call for that the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) results be valid for 3 years.
Speaking in Abuja during the opening ceremony of JAMB-UNEB Benchmark on Item Banking, JAMB registrar, Mr. Dibu Ojerinde disclosed that such a policy would delay and obstruct the education progress of students across board.
“There are complexities in this thing, until we are able to clear it. When you say you will use JAMB results for three years, is it an achievement test or aptitude test? However, are we delaying his or her life? Are we postponing his or her life by telling them to stay at home? If by next year he doesn’t get the cut off points, what happens?”
“I have nothing against the idea, because we will tell the children, ‘those bluffing Polytechnics and College of Education, go there and waste their time’, if it is a waste of time,” Ojerinde stated.
Like many parents, the National Assembly believes that the validity of UTME results should be for more than one year.
Reason, is that, this will enable applicants try again in subsequent years without sitting for the examination.
Meanwhile, the board had concluded plans to stop cyber cafés across the country from registering candidates for tertiary education examinations.
“In the final analysis, cyber cafes are not allowed to register candidates for a number of reasons. Cyber cafés may have their address here today, tomorrow they are somewhere else,” he said.