Senate extends JAMB’s validity period to 3 years

Senate extends JAMB’s validity period to 3 years


The Nigerian Senate on Thursday, October 13, 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.

Some candidates writing JAMB

The extension was sequel to the amendment of the Act establishing the JAMB and it scaled through third reading today.

To this end, results obtained from the board by candidates seeking admission into universities are expected to last for three years.

The Senate adopted the recommendation that the UTME examination should have a validity period of three years to reduce the financial burden on parents.

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Read the statement below:

“The Nigerian Senate just passed the amendment to the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board’s Act #JAMBBill SB. 245 into law. In the amendment passed, the Senate strengthened the Board to allow the results of students in the annual examination be valid beyond that year.

Chairman of the Senate Committee on Tertiary Education and TETFund, Senator Jibrin Barau while presenting the report of his committee on the #JAMBBill explained that the amendments will further strengthen the Admissions Board in its responsibilities.

Senate President Bukola Saraki, in appreciating his distinguished colleagues for their work towards the passage of the bill commented that the new amendments will indeed bring financial relief to students as well as parents and reduce bottlenecks and corruption in the admission process.”

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Similarly, the upper chamber also resolved that the examination fees be reviewed downwards to N2,500 while change of course and institutions as well as any other changes surrounding the examination be free.

The Senate further resolved that computer laboratories should be built in all higher institutions of learning to aid Computer Based Test (CBT).

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