Amendment of the Act establishing the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has suspended to allow for adequate consultation with stakeholders, the Senate said yesterday.
The red chamber also approved the extension of the validity of the results of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) being conducted by JAMB to three years.
The decision, the Senate said, was made to reduce the financial burden of the examination on parents, students and JAMB.
Chairman, Senate Committee on Education (Basic and Secondary), Senator Aliyu Wamakko, confirmed the suspension to reporters during an oversight visit to JAMB headquarters in Abuja.
Wamakko, who was represented by Senator Ajayi Boroffice, stated that the Senate would not make any laws that would impede on the progress of any institution.
He said: “Your JAMB result is only valid for one year and we thought it will be better for it to be valid at least for three years. It will reduce the burden on the parents, on the students themselves andeven on the institution that is conducting the test. I think it is what is good for all of us and I don’t think the public will reject it.
“As I said, we don’t make laws for an individual or for the Senate. We make law for the country in the interest of all of us. A bill must not necessarily be at the convenience of a particular organisation.
“Having said that, since we don’t want to make a law that will impede the progress of any institution, we are bound to listen to what they are saying. We are bound to listen to them.”
The senator lauded the examination body for the progress it has recorded so far, urging the examination body to improve on its successes.
“I think JAMB has made so much progress over the years and all we can say is that they should continue to improve on their performance because the lives of millions of Nigerians will depend on them and I hope the confidence they will repose in them they will be able to justify it,” he added.
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