The House of Representatives is seeking that the the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) should make the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) results to be valid for three years.
Why JAMB Should Be Valid for 3 Years – Akin Rotimi
According to the lawmaker representing Ekiti North 1 Federal Constituency, Akin Rotimi, the proposal is to ensure the examination body meet global standards so JAMB should rethink the arrangement.
While making the request on Wednesday when the lawmakers converged at the green chambers, Rotimi also proposed that JAMB should conduct the UTME at least twice a year instead of the once for which it is currently done.
At the moment, the UTME is valid for one year once a candidate has written the examination and if such fails to secure admission for the year, they are meant to rewrite it again in their quest for tertiary education.
In his words, Rotimi said the move “would bring immediate relief to students and their parents/sponsors, who bear the burden of paying every year for the exam, as well as give candidates multiple windows to sit for the exam in a year”.
He argued that there is nothing in the extant act establishing JAMB that stops it from immediately carrying out the resolutions of the house on the subject.
How The Former Bill Moved in the 9th Assembly Was Stalled
In a statement, the lawmaker said the house also adopted a motion seeking to establish an ad-hoc committee to discuss the resolution of the house with JAMB and other and relevant authorities.
“In addition to passing my motion, the honourable house also passed a motion for an additional prayer moved by Hon. Olumide Osoba, establishing an ad-hoc committee of the house to liaise with the authorities of JAMB and the ministry of education to ensure the resolution is expeditiously carried out,” he said.
In case you missed it, during the 9th Assembly, Tolulope Akande-Sadipe, a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Oyo state, moved a similar bill.
The former proposal was stalked after the second reading and it then sought the extension of UTME’s validity to four years instead of the current one year.