The Nigerian Senate has suspended the proposal to amend the Act establishing the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, creating more opportunities for consultation with experts.
The Chairman, Senate Committee on Basic and Secondary Education, Aliyu Wamakko made the announcement on the suspension of the amendment during an oversight visit to the headquarters of JAMB in Abuja.
The Committee explained that the suspension was to avoid impediment on the progress made by JAMB in the conduct of examinations in Nigeria.
“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, even 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.
“We don’t make law 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,” Wamakko explained.
The Chairman added that “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. We are happy with our visit, we are happy with the registrar, we are happy with the management and I think we are happy with ourselves too.”
Suspension of Amended Act
The Registrar of the Joint Admission Matriculation Board, Professor Is-haq Oloyede said he was happy the senate considered his appeal.
Professor Oloyede enjoined the members of the House of Representatives and the Executive to tow the line of the Senate by suspending the amended Act.
“I believe that they must have considered so many things before coming to that conclusion at that time but my appeal is to the other legs, the House of Representatives and to the President that it will do more harm to the students than good… One thing is that when there is a problem, rather than studying the problem and look for strategy to solving it, we will jump into conclusion which is more dangerous than the original problem,” he stated.
“When you look at the issue of three years, somebody mentioned that it is what is done in Britain and US. There is a basic difference. They are conducting aptitude test and aptitude test will last longer. We are conducting achievement test and you can’t compare the two. If you want to go in that direction why not, but there will be change of infrastructure, everything will be in place. You don’t midway into a system,’’ Professor Oloyede added.