Thursday, September 21, 2017

Senate Extends JAMB Validity Period to Three Years, Scraps UTME

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The validity of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) has been increased to three years against the present one year, by the Nigerian Senate.

The extension was as a result of the amendment of the Act establishing the JAMB and it scaled through third reading on Thursday.

The motion entitled “JAMB’s New Admission Policy’’ was sponsored by Joshua Lidani (APC Gombe South).

Read the statement from the Senate below:

“The Nigerian Senate just passed the amendment to the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board’s Act #JAMBBill SB. 245 into law. In the amendment passed, the Senate strengthened the Board to allow the results of students in the annual examination be valid beyond that year.

Chairman of the Senate Committee on Tertiary Education and TETFund, Senator Jibrin Barau while presenting the report of his committee on the #JAMBBill explained that the amendments will further strengthen the Admissions Board in its responsibilities.

Senate President Bukola Saraki, in appreciating his distinguished colleagues for their work towards the passage of the bill commented that the new amendments will indeed bring financial relief to students as well as parents and reduce bottlenecks and corruption in the admission process.”

More so, with this bill established, admission seekers can now use the same result to seek admission into any university of their chosen for three years, without retaking the examination. The admission board was also asked to stop the act of assigning students to schools they did not picked in their application.

This has also put the fears of scrapping the UTME at rest.

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