UTME report: 2000 JAMB staff to lose jobs

BY JOHNBOSCO AGBAKWURU

ABUJA—AT least 2000 staff of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, will lose their jamb if the recommendations to scrap the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UMTE, by the Steve Orosanye-led Committee on the restructuring of the Federal Government Agencies and Parastatals are implemented.

But JAMB chapters of Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions, NASU and Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, ASCSN, have threatened to challenge the report of the committee in court should the federal government implement it.
Addressing journalists Monday at the JAMB office in Abuja, the affiliate unions of the institution alleged that scrapping UMTE, as recommended by the committee, would touch on the foundation of JAMB and also send over 2000 of their members to labour market.

In the text of the address signed by Comrades Samuel Azaba and Isaiah Adeigbe, the branch Chairmen of NASU and ASCSN respectively as well as Stephen Ignatius, NASU secretary and his counterpart from ASCSN Adederin Adegoke, the unions said  instead of scrapping the existing institutions, government should establish more to accommodate the teeming population of students numbering about 1.7 million students seeking admission in about 400 institutions in the country.

According to the text, implementing the report of the committee, which also called for the scrapping of the National Examination Council, NECO, would set the entire education sector in turmoil.

The text said JAMB’s  “noble objective was to ameliorate the chaotic situation that characterised access to the few universities then by the candidates. Especially, where incidents of multiple applications and multiple admissions denied several candidates admissions into those universities where the offers were declined.

“Scrapping the UTME will also forment the grounds for mediocrity, nepotism, ethnic and religious jingoism in the tertiary institutions since their individual examinations and their attendant admission processes will expectedly be fraught with questionable and discriminatory practices.”

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