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Senate Suspends Move To Amend JAMB Act For More Consultation

By Ganiyu Nasirudeen

ABUJA, NIGERIA (AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Senate has suspended its move to amend the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Act.

Senate Committee Chairman on Basic and Secondary Education, Wednesday, Aliyu Wamakko, confirmed the suspension of the amendment during an interview with journalists in Abuja, while he visited the JAMB headquarters.

Although, the Upper Legislative Chamber has commenced the process of amendment, Wamako who was represented by Senator Ajayi Borrofice indicated that decision to suspend the exercise was to pave the way for wider consultation among the stakeholders.

The amendment of JAMB Act, is majorly meant to seek the extension of validity period of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination result, which is conducted by JAMB from one to three years.

The Lawmaker from Ondo State, South West Nigeria, noted that the JAMB result presently valid for one year, reiterating that the Legislators have deemed it fit that it would be proper if the result is made to be valid for three years.

Senator Borrofice added that if achieved, the amendment would bring relieve to the students, the parents and remove burden of conducting the examination from the body.

The Senate’s suspension of its plan, happened barely two weeks after it made public, the decision to commence the process of amendment to the Act.

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