National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, has expressed resentment over the manner agencies under the education ministry are being run particularly the Universal Basic Education Commission, UBEC, and Joint Admission and Matriculation Board Examination, JAMB, saying their operations are embedded in secrecy.
NANS also revealed that it is compiling some disturbing findings in the agencies which it shall soon forward to the anti graft agencies for proper investigation.
According to a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer of NANS, Comrade Ezekiel Nwankwo, NANS has made frantic efforts over the time to make inputs in the formulation of policies but was rebuffed.
The statement reads in part, “UBEC has consistently tried to blindfold unsuspecting Nigerians of failure of state governments to pay-up their counterpart fund to access the fund while its staff remain enmeshed with corruption allegations. We hereby demand more openness in the administration of UBEC as it is not a secret cult.
“Also, recently, NANS had cause to call on the management of JAMB to ensure that the E-testing which it brought was seamless to ensure that Nigerian students desiring higher education were not extorted or made to suffer unduly during the exercise.
“But regrettably, all the advice we offered were ignored and in place JAMB management clearly demonstrated that they were out to extort money from students and parents with all manners of charges rather than providing a credible platform for admitting students.
“It is unacceptable that JAMB sold the examination at N4, 000 and turned around to sell scratch cards for checking the examination results at N1,500. The cost of the form alone which is said to be subsidised ordinarily should cover all handling charges but the management in its disregard for the condition of the average Nigerian went ahead to charge additional fee for result checking against our advice”, NANS stated.

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