In a significant move, the Nigerian House of Representatives has taken steps to extend the validity period of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board Examination (JAMB) results from one year to three years. This development comes as a response to concerns raised by students and parents regarding the limitations imposed by the current one-year validity period.
The motion, presented by Hon. Akintunde Rotimi from Ekiti, called upon JAMB to reconsider its policies and allow the results of the examination to remain valid for at least three years. Additionally, the motion suggested conducting the JAMB entry exams twice a year to accommodate the growing number of candidates seeking admission into tertiary institutions.
One of the key arguments supporting this proposal is the disparity between the validity periods of JAMB results and those of other national examinations such as the West African Examination Council (WAEC) and the National Examination Council (NECO). While WAEC and NECO results remain valid indefinitely, the current one-year validity period for JAMB results puts candidates at a disadvantage if they are unable to secure admission in the same academic year they took the exam.
Hon. Rotimi also expressed concern over the impact of prolonged strikes by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on the academic calendar. Despite disruptions caused by these strikes, JAMB has consistently conducted its examination without considering the prevailing industrial action by ASUU. This has further exacerbated the backlog of candidates awaiting admission into Nigeria’s limited tertiary institution vacancies, placing undue pressure on the education system and parents.
By adopting the motion, the House of Representatives has called upon the Federal Ministry of Education to establish mechanisms that will ensure the implementation of this resolution. The proposed extension of JAMB result validity and the increased frequency of examinations would provide more flexibility and opportunities for students seeking admission into higher institutions.
This development has been met with widespread support from students, parents, and education stakeholders across the country. If implemented, the three-year validity period for JAMB results would alleviate the anxiety and uncertainty faced by many aspiring undergraduates and streamline the admission process in Nigeria.
As this proposal moves forward, it remains to be seen how JAMB, in coordination with the Ministry of Education, will address the logistical challenges and develop a comprehensive plan for the successful implementation of the extended result validity and increased examination frequency.
Source: Leadership News
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