The registrar of Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, has said that the examination body cannot fund the conduct of Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) any longer due to shortage of funds.
Mr. Ishaq Oloyede made this known in his Abuja office on Wednesday, November 9th, while he received a delegation of the senate committee on tertiary institutions and Tertiary Education Trust fund (TETFund).
“The major challenge facing the board has to do with funding; we take N5,000 from each candidate; we do not even have the money to conduct the examination. Rather, we call on third party to do some of the things and they only give some commission to JAMB, because we do not have enough money to invest.
Conduct of examination across the country requires intensive human participation; you will recruit invigilators and monitors and then it costs so much money to set exam questions.
“The capital allocation is N1 billion; the release so far is N45. 57million; the overhead cost is N50 million allocated, but N24.9 million is what we have received so far. The N24.9 million given is not sufficient to pay electricity bills because all the 36 states and zonal offices depend on what comes from headquarters for their funding,”
Meanwhile, the validity period of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) result has been extended to three years as against the current one year validity. The extension was done by the Nigerian Senate after the amendment of the Act establishing the examination body, Joint Admission and Matriculation Examination, JAMB scaled through third reading on October 13.
Also, for the 2017 UTME exams, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has announced plans to adopt the ‘pin vending’ process for prospective candidates, in the spirit of ‘change’.