The validity period of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) result has been stretched to three years as against the current one year validity. The extension was done by the Nigerian Senate after to the amendment of the Act establishing the examination body, Joint Admission and Matriculation Examination, JAMB scaled through third reading today, October 13.
The Senate adopted the recommendation that the UTME result should have a validity period of three years in order to cut down the financial burden on parents.
Consequent upon the recent change, results obtained from the board by candidates seeking admission into Nigerian institutions of higher learning are expected to remain valid for admission for three years.
The statement announcing the recent development reads:
“SENATE PASSES JOINT ADMISSIONS AND MATRICULATION BILL AMENDMENT
“The Nigerian Senate just passed the amendment to the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board’s Act SB. 245 into law. In the amendment passed, the Senate strengthened the Board to allow the results of students in the annual examination be valid beyond that year.
“Chairman of the Senate Committee on Tertiary Education and TETFund, Senator Jibrin Barau while presenting the report of his committee on the #JAMBBill explained that the amendments will further strengthen the Admissions Board in its responsibilities.
“Senate President Bukola Saraki, in appreciating his distinguished colleagues for their work towards the passage of the bill commented that the new amendments will indeed bring financial relief to students as well as parents and reduce bottlenecks and corruption in the admission process.”
Still on the issue of admission into tertiary institutions, the Senate also reached a resolution that the examination fees be reviewed downwards to N2,500 while the change of course and institutions as well as any other changes surrounding the examination be free.
The Senate also resolved that computer laboratories should be built in all tertiary institutions for a hitch-free Computer Based Test (CBT).