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Senate Calls For JAMB UTME Results To Be Made Valid For 3 Years

The Senate, during plenary last week, urged the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to increase the validity of the results of its Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) to 36 months, as against the present 12 months validity.

In a motion moved by Sen Joshua Lidani, representing Gombe South, he called for the probing of the new JAMB admission policy that generated widespread controversy in the country.

He argued that though the admissions body explained that the policy was aimed at ensuring that there is an even spread of candidates to universities and that candidates do not have to wait till the next year to get a shot at a university, affected parents and other stakeholders have objected to the policy.

The Senate in its resolution directed its Committee on Education to inquire into the circumstances surrounding the JAMB policy, allegations of favouritism and generally review the power of JAMB on admissions.

The National Assembly members also asked JAMB to consult widely with Parents Teachers Associations, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and other stakeholders in the education sector with a view to coming out with a friendly, holistic, comprehensive and sustainable admissions policy.


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