Speaking in Ibadan, Chairman of the state union, Dr. Deji Omole, stressed that the board has outlived its usefulness and is reducing the standard of offering admission to students, therefore, it must be immediately scrapped to allow universities set a new standard for admission.
Outlining the problems JAMB candidates encounter while trying to register for the examination, Omole said the nation could no longer trust the future of the younger generation to a body that failed to conduct a mock examination.
For failing to conduct a mock exam, Omole said he had expected the JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede to resign after disappointing the whole nation. Hear his argument;
“Since Prof Oloyede did not consider it appropriate to resign after failing the whole nation, I think the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, should not hesitate to sack him.
“Why will anybody make life difficult for candidates whose parents are struggling to live under the terrible condition the government has made them to live in?
“Why would somebody introduce changes that are only known by members of the board? We have made case for the scrapping of this body because in the present instance the introduction of different registration procedures has turned candidates to victims of fraud while different centres now make business by arranging with private schools who bring all their students in group to come and register while children of the masses look on.
“This is a failed approach to change and the Registrar admitted this with the cancellation of the mock examination. How can we ensure that the candidates prepare well for the exams when they spend weeks waiting for Personal Identification Number and are at the mercy of registration officers who force them to go to cyber cafe where they have arrangements to first create their profile before they can have their PIN.
“This is where people are duping Nigerian children. This is a total failure. Students must have at least three months for registration, its procedure must be open and their options to public universities must not be limited to serve the agenda of the proprietors of private universities.”
On April 8, 2017, JAMB Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede announced a shift in the closing of the registration for the 2017 Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examination (UTME), four days after the House of Representatives, in response to the outcry of Nigerians, asked the JAMB to consider the postponement of its registration exercise.
In that announcement, the Board extended the deadline for sale of forms and registration for the exams from April 19 to May 5 and also postponed the 2017 UTME from May 13 to May 20. The statement also indefinitely postponed the mock examination scheduled for Saturday, April 8, 2017.
While apologising to candidates for the sudden changes, the Registrar attributed the cancellation of the mock test to failure from its technical partners but added that “the appropriate rehearsal and test –running of the new system has been substantially achieved.
So far, this year’s registration process for JAMB has turned out to be one of the most stressful and strenuous exercises ever witnessed. In a bid to get themselves registered, many would-be candidates have reportedly waited from sunrise to sunset, while some have actually slept for days at registration centres without success.
According to reports, the lucky ones have spent between two and three days to get done with the entire process which begins with the purchase of the electronically generated Personal Identification Number (PIN) from the bank to the registration of particulars and obtaining a print-out from the registration centre.