The House of Representatives has requested the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to extend the validity of its Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) results to a minimum of three years. Additionally, they have urged JAMB to conduct entry exams at least twice a year. The motion, put forward by Akintunde Rotimi during the plenary session on Wednesday, expressed concerns about the current one-year validity period for JAMB results.
The lawmaker highlighted that if candidates are unable to secure admission into their desired tertiary institutions within the academic year they retook the exam, their results become worthless regardless of their performance.
The motion also noted that despite frequent strikes by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) causing disruptions to academic calendars, JAMB continues to administer its exams annually without considering the impact of these strikes on the academic schedule. This situation has resulted in a backlog of candidates awaiting admission to limited vacancies in Nigerian tertiary institutions, thereby creating significant pressure on the education system and parents. The motion emphasized the burden placed on parents who are compelled to enroll their children in the JAMB examination each year.
The House, in adopting the motion, has called upon the Federal Minister of Education to implement measures to ensure the execution of these resolutions.