The House of Representatives is seeking to amend the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Act by increasing the validity of students Jamb results from 1 year to 3 years. What this means is that a student who is successful at Jamb in a certain year but for diverse reasons is unable to secure admission in the same year does not have to write Jamb the next year. The student can use their Jamb result from the previous year to apply for admission again for the next two years.
The bill which has scaled the second reading at the House of Representatives aims to reduce the number of students who write Jamb every year as well as the cost implications of the exam on students. Students who wish to use their Jamb result from a previous year do not have to register for Jamb again in other to make use of their results and so can avoid paying the registration fee for Jamb.
The bill is being sponsored by Rep Ibrahim Ebbo (PDP, Niger) who said Nigerians mostly the poor have been the highest in sitting for the yearly examinations, despite the increasing cost of purchasing the forms. He believes Jamb can adopt practices similar to that of the West African Examination Council (WAEC), the National Examination Council (NECO) whose result validity extends into years.
Although members of the House of the Representatives unanimously voted in favour of the bill, no one knows yet whether the bill will eventually scale through as it has been referred to the education committee for further legislative duties.