Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board is fraud, should be scrapped, says educationist

A renowned educationist, Dr. Adebayo Oluwatosin has  declared that scrapping of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) remain better solution to solve hiccups associated with  admission processes in tertiary institutions in Nigeria.

Penpushing reports that, Adebayo made the declaration while speaking with journalists at the 2021 education stakeholders forum, which was, sponsored by Scholarship Aid Initiative, held Friday in Abeokuta,   Ogun State Capital.

The educationist in an interview at the event with the theme, ‘Higher institutions admission crisis in Nigeria: Influencing policies and way forward’ further posited that, all tertiary institutions in the country should be allowed to use it’s in-house standards to determine admission requirements for prospective students.

“We have been saying this about JAMB; my position is that it should be scrapped completely out of our system. There is no country in the world that uses unified examination to secure admission; I see JAMB system as a way of defrauding the masses’.

“I am saying this authoritatively because merely looking at it, the people who brought education to us did not use unified examination, every universities has their owns standard requirements that they use to secure admission, why are we still using unified examination, so why JAMB”, he queried

Penpushing further reports that, Oluwatosin encouraged parents and guardians to use the windows of alternative admission processes, which includes direct entries, professional courses, amongst others in seeking admission for their wards.

“My advice to parents is because the government is still using the JAMB system, there is nothing we can do, the parents should always encourage their children, if you fail JAMB this year, there are so many alternative way to tertiary institutions, not by JAMB alone’, he emphasised.

“Some use professional courses, some do direct entry, is not compulsory that you write JAMB but the only problem we are facing is that even the JAMB  itself also have introduced JAMB regularisation system, so there is a way that the child can secure admission, maybe later they would regularize the admissions in the JAMB portal’, he added.

Penpushing also reports that, a lecturer at the University of Ibadan, Dr Adekunle Odedokun in his contributions said there was need to allow institutions to conduct entrance examination, and conduct the admission process.

The university don pointed out that, recently about two million candidates applied for Joint Admission Matriculation Board(JAMB), and about 1.9million sat for the examination, stressing that the nations universities cannot afford to accommodate the population.

‘Recently, you will not be surprised that we are having almost two million applicants in JAMB. Especially this last JAMB that we had, 1.9 million candidates sat for the exam and all the universities in Nigeria, we cannot even take one million. Then, allow each of the Universities to do their admission, I think that will be very fare and I think it will also increase the quality of students being admitted”, he added

Penpushing reports that, at highpoint of the forum was the award of scholarships to about 2, 800 students into various universities and other tertiary institutions by the organisation.

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