Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities, University of Ibadan chapter, Prof. Josiah Ajiboye, disclosed to local media that the recent obnoxious activities of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board have shown that the organization is no longer credible and should be scrapped.
His words; “My view on the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board’s decision to reallocate students to universities other than those they selected is a condemnable act. JAMB took a very wrong decision — and a criminal one for that matter — because it sets aside the right of Nigerians to freedom of choice. The criminal aspect is that a public institution like JAMB cannot be a promoter of private establishments.”
For the admission board to have reassigned candidates to private universities, using public fund, is criminal. The question is in whose interest did JAMB do that? Many Nigerians have speculated that there is more to the issue than meets the eye. Many are speculating private universities’ inducement (to get JAMB to act to their advantage); we need to confirm though. But going by the argument that in 2014, only two per cent of candidates, who sat the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, applied to private universities, subsequently, JAMB was trying to correct that imbalance through re-allocation. Obviously, something is fishy there.
JAMB lost it (credibility) long ago. The agency has destroyed the dream of many young Nigerians for university education through its actions and inactions. Many were frustrated to surrender their ambition for university education. Let Nigerians decide now. I call on the government to set up a review panel on admission crisis in Nigerian tertiary institutions. The continued existence of JAMB should be determined now. From past records of agreements between the Academic Staff Union of Universities and the Federal Government over the years, the restructuring of JAMB has always been part of the agreements. It’s only that successive governments have failed to implement that part of the agreements. University autonomy will not be complete until that omnibus body called JAMB is removed.
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