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House of Reps wants JAMB to extend validity of UTME results to three years

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The House of Representatives has called upon the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to extend the validity period of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) results to three years.

Additionally, the lower legislative chamber has urged JAMB to conduct the UTME at least twice annually. Presently, the results of the JAMB-conducted exam are only valid for a single year, requiring candidates who fail to secure admission within that time frame to retake the examination in subsequent years.

During Wednesday’s session, the lawmaker representing Ekiti North 1 federal constituency, Akin Rotimi proposed that JAMB “rethink” its current arrangement to align with global standards.

Rotimi emphasized that such a change would provide immediate relief to students and their parents or sponsors, who bear the financial burden of annual examination fees, while also offering candidates multiple opportunities to sit for the exam throughout the year.

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Rotimi further contended that the existing legislation governing JAMB does not preclude the board from promptly implementing the resolutions put forth by the House of Representatives on this matter.

In a statement, he revealed that the house also adopted a motion to establish an ad-hoc committee responsible for engaging in discussions with JAMB and other relevant authorities to facilitate the implementation of the house’s resolution.

“The honorable house not only passed my motion but also endorsed an additional prayer proposed by Olumide Osoba, mandating the establishment of an ad-hoc committee to collaborate with JAMB and the Ministry of Education to ensure the expeditious execution of the resolution,” Rotimi affirmed.

It is noteworthy that a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Oyo state, Tolulope Akande-Sadipe had previously introduced a similar bill during the 9th assembly.

However, the bill, which sought to extend the validity of UTME results to four years, failed to  progress beyond the second reading stage.

(omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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