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Scrap JAMB for it’s useless or…, ASUU Protests.

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities,
ASUU, and a civic group have disagreed on the
need for the UTME examination and the
performance of Ishaq Oloyede, a professor, as
Registrar of the Joint Admission and
Matriculation Board, JAMB.
In an interview with PREMIUM TIMES, Deji
Omole, the University of Ibadan Chapter
chairman of ASUU argued that JAMB has
outlived its usefulness.
“JAMB has outlived its usefulness, it is time
that we scrapped it,” the professor said. “The
body is a problem to the Nigerian educational
sector and also a problem to the university
system”
Mr. Omole then attacked Mr. Oloyede on the
non-conduct of the mock examination initially
scheduled to be held before this year’s UTME
examination.
“Basically, it is wrong for a man who says he
has high integrity to collect money from people
to hold mock examination but not hold it,” he
said. “Will he return the money, he won’t and
that is how he has been enriching himself so
far.”
The university don then argued that the new
policy by JAMB for candidates on selection of
higher institutions was improper.
“No student can really say the process he will
go through next session for admission. The
JAMB Registrar has found a way to introduce a
process that enables you to pick one public
university only so that he can enrich the
private universities.
“If he did not have the opportunity of attending
public schools would he have been educated.
He came from a humble background, his
actions are only done to embezzle money, he is
corrupt and is showing it here.”
Mr. Omole restated his stance that the JAMB
Registrar should resign or be sacked, but said
his call was not personally against Mr. Oloyede,
but the institution he heads.
“Why will one individual be the one to dictate
tune of our education,” he argued. “The
universities should be allowed to conduct their
own examination and determine who to admit,
the Post UTME should be reintroduced.”
JAMB had earlier provided reasons for its
actions including the decision to allow
candidates choose only one public university
unlike in the past when there was a second
choice of public universities.
According to the spokesperson of the agency,
Fabian Benjamin, if candidates select a public
university as their degree awarding choice,
they are allowed to select a private university
as a second choice.
Mr. Benjamin said the restrictions do not
involve polytechnics or colleges of education.
He said JAMB discovered it was of no use
choosing a public university as a second
choice.
The spokesperson also indicated that
candidates who paid the N700 for the cancelled
mock examination will have their money
refunded, although the agency, on its website,
appears to be making plans to conduct the
mock examination.
In its reaction to the stance of ASUU, a group,
the Joint Action Coalition of Civil Society​
Organisations, accused the lecturers of
benefitting from the decayed educational
system.
The group accused ASUU of working against
the reforms of both JAMB and the Minister of
Education, Adamu.
“We further pass a vote of confidence on the
leadership of Professor Oloyede whilst calling
on stakeholders to support and embrace ICT as
the strategic tool to deal with corruption in the
educational sector.
“We also warn ASUU to stay within its area of
remit and not frustrate Nigerian youths. ASUU
should rather be apologizing for its various
acts that have crippled the Nigerian
educational sector. We urge Nigerians to resist
and reject the attempt by ASUU to extend its
war against the educational sector,” the group
said.

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