Is JAMB a money making venture or an examination body?

January 5, 2018


Is JAMB a money making venture or an examination body?

Prof Ishaq Oloyede, Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), has said no fewer than 200 million candidates are expected to register for this year’s Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME). Prof Oloyede declared that the examination body returned N7.8 billion to the Federal Government coffers from the proceeds of examination forms sold in 2017.

Prof. Ishaq Oloyede JAMB Registrar                                Source:

Similarly in 2017, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), says there is no guarantee that one million out of the 1.7 million candidates who sat for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) will get admission into universities for the 2017/2018 academic year. Eventually. Only about 500,000 were able to get admission last year.

Also we should not forget in a hurry that the examination body JAMB, reduced the cut-off mark to 120 last year all in a bid to have more people get admission beyond their SSCE.

However, it is obvious that the antecedents of these new induced score was all a gimmick owing to the fact that there is a fixed number of candidates who can get admission to schools. Also, last year, universities were able to fight their way to get Post-UTME back to scrutinize the candidates. 

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In all these, all I can see are money making ventures who are exploiting the poor and middle class. Why should millions of young Nigerians be exploited when the system can only take a handful. Should we continue to rob Peter to pay Paul? Yes, these monies are brought to the coffers of the government but should it be at the expense of families who can barely afford three square meals?

We should also remember that the whole exercise is not a fair playing field for candidates. Some of these candidates have never seen a computer before or have access to using them. Are we not shooting ourselves in the foot? Now we talk of high crime rates in the society, who are these people?

My point is that JAMB certificates should be used beyond a year like it was before in the past. These would give more candidates the opportunity to seek admission as many times as possible. We can also put a peg on the number of years as well. JAMB will be able to focus on new candidates and those who did not meet the cut-off marks. I am sure young candidates will be able to sit for the exams better, knowing that they can use it more than once to seek admission; Parents also can breathe a sigh of relief as well. Nigeria- JAMB should stop exploiting the masses.


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