ASUU calls for caution on amendment of JAMB Acts

Temitope Mustapha and Yakubu Abubakar ,Abuja

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU has called for caution in the amendment of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board Act, describing the process as erroneous and capable of hindering the development of universities in Nigeria.

The union also described the application of the Treasury Single Account on the universities as inimical to the wellbeing of the institutions.

“Furthermore if senate carries on with the amendment of the JAMB Act without scientific knowledge of problems and adequate policy, relevant knowledge in what actually constitute the problems surrounding universities admission process and the critical questions of access,the whole initiative will amount to throwing away the baby with the birth water”

“ASUU therefore call on the parliament to study the situation carefully and involve all relevant institutions and scholars whounderstands what it takes to address the problem of JAMB admission and the vexed problems of limited access into Nigerian universities”

The union approved the decision of the National University Commission (NUC) to scrap pre-degree and diploma courses from Nigerian universities.

The Nigerian Senate had on October 13, recommended the extension of the validity of JAMB examination results for three years from the date of the examination.

Federal lawmakers took this decision to amend the JAMB Act after the Chairman of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and Tetfund, Senator Jibrin Barua, read the report of the committee which was mandated to work on the act.

The Registrar of JAMB, Professor Ishak Oloyede, has also called on the Nigerian Senate to suspend the amendment of  the JAMB Act, explaining that the bill was a product of acrimony and if passed would be counter-productive.

Meanwhile, the National Universities Commission, NUC has scrapped sub-degree diploma programmes in Nigerian University System , with a call on universities to begin the process of winding down the
programmes.

A Comprehensive review of the entire university curricula, the Benchmark Minimum Academic Standards and ranking of Nigerian Universities have also been scheduled for 2017, while two of the cardinal activities of the Commission, Accreditation of Programmes and Resource Verification, will now take place only twice and thrice a year.

These were some of the decisions taken at the interactions of the Executive Secretary, NUC, Professor Abubakar Adamu Rasheed, with Vice Chancellors of federal, state and private universities during a three-day meeting, which ran from Monday, 10th to Wednesday, 12th October, 2016.

Other decisions taken include the revamping of Institutional Accreditation, commencement of accreditation of part-time programmes and resumption of the Nigerian University System Annual Review Meeting

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