BY OBUTE JAMES
The Vice Chairman, House Committee on Rules and Business, Hon. Ademorin Aliyu Kuye said in view of the Act establishing the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB as the sole body responsible for conducting matriculation examination for entry into tertiary institutions and the additional burdens brought on students and their parents due to Post UTME screening exercise, informed his decision to sponsor a motion mandating the Federal Government to stop the excercise.
In an interview with THE LEGISLATURE, Kuye who is the representative of Shomolu Federal Constituency of Lagos State said post UTME is no longer necessary due to certain reasons.
According to him, one of the reasons the post UTME is no longer necessary is that JAMB has the sole responsiblity of conducting entry examination to universities, polytechnic and colleges of education in Nigeria.
“By virtue of the Act establishing JAMB, the action of various tertiary institutions conducting post UTME is unconstitutional, illegal and not recognised by law.
“Secondly, the actions of the tertiary institutions in this regard is exploitative. The students paid for Senior School Certificate Examinations (WAEC and NECO) for either internal and external registration and also paid for JAMB UTME forms to enable them sit for the examinations in order to get admission into higher institutions.
“After meeting all the requirements for the admission and got the JAMB cut off mark, instead of being given the automatic admission letter such students are further subjected to another backdoor exercise.
“This post UTME gives room for those in the tertiary institutions to bring in their own candidates instead of those that performed well in the JAMB UTME.
“This exercise also brings additional burden on the students and their parent as they have to pay for the post UTME screening exercise.,” Kuye said.
Kuye had on Wednesday November 6 in his motion titled: Need to stop JAMB /UTME Examinations in Nigeria’s higher institutions.
The House of Representatives which adopted the motion urged all higher institutions in Nigeria to henceforth stop post UTME screening examinations.
The green chamber also mandated its Committee on Tertiary Education and Services to call for a joint meeting of the Federal Ministry of Education, JAMB and National Universities Commission to develop a template and acceptable standard of JAMB examinations in conformity with the requirement of academic institutions in Nigeria.