With increasing number of candidates who write JAMB (Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board examination) yearly, it is only wise that the registration fee be kept at a minimal rate. On Wednesday, the Nigerian Senate pegged down JAMB application fee to N2,500, and also extended the examination validity period from one year to three years.
This resolution was as a result of a report on JAMB admission policies which was submitted by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND, Senator Binta Masi Garba.
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Registration scratch cards for the ongoing JAMB was sold at N5, 650, which approximately amounts to N64 Billion for the one hundred and thirteen thousand, six Hundred and seventy three (113,673) applicants who applied for 2016 UTME. The Senate recommended that JAMB fee should not exceed N2,500, while institution/course forms and all other incidental activities around the examination should be free.
Meanwhile, the examination which began on Monday, February 29 and will run through till March 14, holds simultaneously in 521 examination centres in Nigeria and eight foreign centers: Accra, Buea- Cameroun, Cotonou, London, Jeddah in Saudi-Arabia, Johannesburg, Addis Ababa in Ethiopia and Abidjan in Cote d’Ivoire.
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The new JAMB policy entails that a candidate will make a choice of one university, one polytechnic and one college of education and then sit for a computer based test (CBT) to gain admission into any tertiary institution in the country. Also, there will be no special centers for this years’s JAMB, and 343 prison inmates are expected to partake in the examination, as well as 201 visually impaired candidates who also registered for the examination.
Meanwhile in Sokoto state, JAMB forms were purchased for 8,000 students by the governor of the state, Amini Wazire Tambuwal, who explained that the less privileged education lovers needed to be given a fair chance to their right of education. At the current selling price, the registration fee amounted to N44 million and was handled solely by the government of the state.