The House of Representatives has urged the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, to extend the validity of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, results to three years.
The green chamber also asked the board to conduct the UTME at least twice a year.
Going by what is currently obtainable, result of the exam conducted by JAMB is valid for just a year.
Candidates unable to secure admission for that year are expected to take the exam the next year to achieve their goal for tertiary education.
But in his motion on Wednesday, Akin Rotimi, the lawmaker representing Ekiti north 1 federal constituency, asked JAMB to “rethink” the status quo to meet global standard.
Rotimi said the move “would bring immediate relief to students and their parents/sponsors, who bear the burden of paying every year for the exam, as well as give candidates multiple windows to sit for the exam in a year”.
According to him, there is no provision in the extant act establishing JAMB that stops it from immediately carrying out the resolutions of the house on the subject.
The lawmaker in a statement, said the house also adopted a motion seeking to establish an ad-hoc committee to discuss the resolution of the house with JAMB and other and relevant authorities.
Rotimi said, “In addition to passing my motion, the honourable house also passed a motion for an additional prayer moved by Hon. Olumide Osoba, establishing an ad-hoc committee of the house to liaise with the authorities of JAMB and the ministry of education to ensure the resolution is expeditiously carried out.”
Tolulope Akande-Sadipe, a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Oyo state, moved a similar bill during the 9th assembly.
However, the bill — which sought extension of UTME’s validity to four years — was stalled after the second reading.
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