Teddy Nwanunobi, Abuja
Senate on Wednesday resolved to amend the Act establishing the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to extend the validity of its Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) admission from one year to three years.
This followed the consideration of a report by the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND.
The UNION recalls that the Red Chamber, in 2015, had mandated the Committee to investigate the new JAMB admission policy, and the unification of all their tertiary institution examinations.
The Upper Legislative Chamber, thereafter, directed the Committee to include in its report: the amendment of the Act establishing JAMB so as to extend the validity period for the examination to three years.
It, however, adopted the recommendation that the UTME examination should have a validity period of three years to reduce the financial burden on parents.
The Senate also resolved that the examination fees be reviewed downwards to N2500, 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).
However, the Senate rejected a move to cut by 70 percent, the examination cost for National Examination Council (NECO) and the West African Examination Council (WAEC).
Speaking earlier, Chairperson of the Committee, Senator Binta Marsi Garba, said that most of the universities have low capacity to accommodate the number of students, who seek admissions on a yearly basis.
She, therefore, advocated the establishment of more institutions to accommodate the growing student population.