Education Committees of the two chambers of the National Assembly have summoned the Registrar, Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, Professor ‘Dibu Ojerinde, to appear before it and explain why the result of the Board’s annual Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, should not remain valid for admission into tertiary institutions for three years.
Prof Ojerinde disclosed this to newsmen in his Abuja office yesterday during the official flag-off of the JAMB – Ugadan National Examination Board, UNEB, International Benchmarking on Item Banking.
He said the NASS, especially the Senate, of the Federal Republic, has expressed concern over the issue and has summoned him and his top management team to appear before it and explain why they cannot extend the validity of UTME result to at most three years.
Ojerinde, however, said that JAMB has no problem validating its UTME results for three years running, but expressed fears about what is likely to be its consequences.
“What that translates to is that a candidate whose score could not meet the cut-off mark for admission into the tertiary institution in a particular year should use the same result for the next three years and in a situation where such scores still fall short of the required cut-off mark, should continue to stay at home waiting for whenever his or her score can give him or her admission.
The Registrar pointed out that, part of the strategy by JAMB to achieve quality assurance in the exams by the kind of questions used, especially in the latest computer-based test regime, is the training of all key officials of the Board and other examination bodies on Item Banking to educate them on strategies adopted in planning the questions so that all questions carry the equal weight and level of difficulty for all candidates.
He further disclosed that the Ugandan National Examination Board was in Nigeria to understudy JAMB’s testing technology, especially the full-blown Computer-Based Testing recently adopted by the Board, which he said, has so far recorded huge success.

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