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A Non governmental organization (NGO), Scholarship Aid Initiative (SAI) has called for the scrapping of the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB), describing it as a system meant to defraud the masses.
The African Regional President of the NGO, Dr Oluwatosin Adebayo said this while speaking at the 2021 stakeholders forum of the NGO Themed ” Higher Institution Admission in Nigeria: Influencing Policies and Way Forward”.
He insisted that there is no need for JAMB since the people that brought education into the country did not use unified examination.
Quoting the Jamb Registrar, Prof Ishaq Oloyede who while speaking at NTA’s programme tagged “weekend profile said that “JAMB is a ranking test rather than an achievement one”, Adebayo noted that the exam should be scrapped if it is only meant to examine students.
The Regional President advised that Universities should be allowed to use their own methods or system to admit students into their institutions.
In his words, “We have been saying this about JAMB, my position about JAMB in this country is that it should be scrapped completely out of our system, there is no country in the world that uses unified examination to secure admission.
“I see JAMB system as a way of defrauding the masses, I am saying this authoritatively because merely looking at it the people who brought education to us did not use unified examination.
“Coupled with what the Registrar of JAMB recently is it not your score that will determine your gaining admission, so what is the essence of job, it is better JAMB should be completely scrapped and let the Universities use their own way and their own system to secure, recruit or to admit students into their institutions.
“Every University has it owns standard requirements that they use to secure admission, why are we still using unified examination, so why JAMB”.
Adebayo however advised parents to encourage their children to look for alternative ways of getting admissions if they fail JAMB.
He further said, “My advice to parents is because the government is still using the system, there is nothing we can do, the parents should always encourage their child, if you fail JAMB this year, there are so man alternative way to tertiary institutions, not by JAMB alone, some use professional courses, some do direct entry, is not compulsory that you write Jamb but the only problem we are facing is that even the JAMB itself also have introduced JAMB regularisation system,so there is a way that child can secure admission, maybe later they would regularise the ward in the Jamb portal”
A Lecturer from the University of Ibadan, Dr Adekunle Odedokun while supporting Adebayo’s position said that for now, Universities should be allowed to conduct entrance exam and to also conduct the admission process.
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