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Senate asks JAMB to extend validity of results to 3 years

The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday directed the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, to extend the validity of its results for three years.
The directive also ordered the examination body to immediately stop its policy of re-assigning candidates to schools they never applied to, saying such policy was contrary to the Act establishing the Board.
The order came following a motion entitled:”JAMB’s New Admission Policy, “sponsored by Senator Joshua Lidani, APC, Gombe South, which was debated during plenary session.
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The upper chamber also urged JAMB to consult widely with Parents Teachers Association, ASUU and all other stakeholders in the education sector to achieve a friendlier, comprehensive and sustainable admission policy.
It also directed its Committee on Education to enquire into circumstances surrounding the JAMB policy, including all allegations of favouritism and generally review the power of JAMB vis-a-vis administration and submit findings within one week.
Earlier, in his motion, Senator Lidani frowned at the JAMB’s policy of posting candidates to schools, including private universities whose fees, he noted, were beyond the means of the candidates’ parents  or guardians, saying in some cases, candidate were posted to universities located far away from their places of abode thus placing additional financial burden on their parents.
Lidani expressed worry that although the Federal Ministry of Education had since suspended the implementation of this policy; JAMB was still going ahead with its implementation, thus creating more hardship for parents and uncertainty in the education sector.
He said he was concerned given that the  policy runs contrary to the letters and spirit of Section  5(1)(C) iii of the JAMB Act, which according to him, requires that JAMB should take into account preferences of the candidates in their choices of schools and the subsequent confusion surrounding the directive that only candidates whose names were forwarded to the university by JAMB were eligible for post-UTME screening and others would have to go back to JAMB website to find out their new institutions.
Senator Lidani expressed concern that since the policy was announced, the board was faced with series of massive protests by parents and candidates and some organizations like the Association of Tutorial School Operators of Nigeria as well as other numerous stakeholders.

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