The House of Representatives has approved a bill that calls for the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) results to be valid for four years.
Rep. Tolulope Sadipe (APC-Oyo) sponsored the JAMB Act Amendment during Thursday’s plenary.
Leading the discussion, Sadipe claimed that despite taking the JAMB exam and scoring well, many students were ultimately denied admission despite having done nothing wrong.
She claimed that these children’ parents were forced to foot the bill for them to take the exam the following year.
She claimed that JAMB’s justification in this regard was that it was a way for them to generate revenue.
“It is clear that they are not at fault, so why should they be punished when you consider the number of students who apply for admission to universities each year and the number who ultimately succeed?
“There is no exam that is valid for a year anywhere in the globe; the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is valid forever.
Most colleges across the world value such tests for at least five years, but in Nigeria, JAMB is only good for one entry, and you have to retake it if you don’t pass the first time.
“I think this is completely unjust; there are many kids in our country whose parents are having a hard time paying for their education.
Rep. Nkem Abonta (PDP-Abia), who participated in the discussion, countered that prolonging the validity of JAMB results would undermine the purpose of the entrance tests.
He claimed that the JAMB Act attempted to govern the method of admission into Nigerian universities and claimed that extending the validity of the result to two to three years would lead to more issues.
Abonta advised the appropriate committee to carefully consider the proposed amendment in order to avoid making matters worse while trying to find a solution.
A terminal test differs from an entrance examination, according to Rep. Chinyere Igwe (PDP-Rivers).
“JAMB is an entrance examination,” he declared, “for the objective of getting admission into a university, polytechnic, or institutions of education, with a view to acquiring a terminal qualification.”
The lawmaker said that the international exams specified by the bill’s sponsor are exit exams rather than entrance exams like JAMB.
When a candidate took the admission exam but fell short of the required score, he claimed that the exam was reset.
The representative claimed that extending the validity of the results to two years will lower the nation’s educational standards.
Toby Okechukwu (PDP-Enugu) pleaded with the chamber not to “throw the baby out with the bathwater.”
He claimed that sponsors, parents, and students had not only been put in “double jeopardy, but several jeopardies.”
He claimed that some students had passed JAMB exams repeatedly despite being unable to attend class for more than five years, which frequently led to students quitting their studies.
Rep. Ahmed Wase, the deputy speaker, forwarded the bill to the appropriate house committees in his remarks for more legislative action.