Breaking News: Senate extends JAMB’s validity period to 3 years, cancels post UTME.

The Senate today extended the validity period of
the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Unified Tertiary
Matriculation Examination (UTME) to three years against the present one year.
The
extension was sequel to the amendment of the Act establishing the JAMB and it
scaled through third reading today.
Also, the Senate has finally declared
the Post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (Post-UTME) by the
Universities, as illegal and unconstitutional, just as the upper chambers said
that with the decision, the question of who was in charge of admission has been
answered.
Deliberating on the report by the
Senator Barau Jibrin led Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND, of a
Bill for an Act to amend the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Act and
other matters connected thereof, 2016( SB.245), the senators amended subsection
(a) of section 5 to read as follows: ” 5(b) the Matriculations Examinations
conducted by the Board shall be the sole examinations required for admission
and entry into all Universities, ‘ Polytechnics (by whatever name called) and
Colleges of Education (by whateVer name called), to the exclusion of any other
institution or body.”
With the passage of the bill, it
would now require the president to assent to the bill where it would then
become a law and with the bill coming from the Executive, President Muhammadu
Buhari may not delay in the signing of the bill into law.
It would be recalled that on
Wednesday 1st June 2016, the Senate of Federal Republic at its sitting read
JAMB Amendment bill 2016 (SB.245) the second time and referred same to the
Committee on Tertiary Institutions and Tetfund.
The purpose of the bill was to
amend the JAMB Act to increase validity period of JAMB examination from one
academic year to three academic years. The Committee in considering the Bill,
made reference to Votes and Proceedings and Verbatim reports of Wednesday 2nd
March 2016, particularly to the contributions of Members regarding the
financial hardship experienced yearly by parents/guardians in Sponsoring the
candidates for JAMB examination.

On the three year validity of the
result, the report said, “Validity of Section 6: (i) Any examination conducted
by the Board pursuant to the powers conferred by this Act shall be valid for a
period of three academic years from the date of the examination.

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