The Federal Government yesterday scrapped the conduct
of post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations for
candidates seeking admission into tertiary institutions.
The Muslim Rights Concern rejects the abolition of post-
JAMB. It is reactionary, myopic and irritating. It is JAMB
itself that should have been abolished.
Our position is based on the bitter experiences of Nigerian
youths and their parents over the years. Post-JAMB
examination was introduced after the general public and
tertiary institutions lost faith in the national examination
body. There were allegations of bribery and corruption
being rampant among staffers of JAMB who swapped
candidates’ marks for the highest bidders.
There were also alleged cases of impersonation whereby
parents who could afford it merely bought high scores for
their children who never wrote any examination. Many
brilliant candidates allegedly got low marks. Excellence
was compromised on the altar of mediocrity. JAMB was
ruining the future of Nigerian youths.
It was the poor performance of JAMB candidates who
scored amazingly high marks but who could not justify
their high scores in tertiary institutions that attracted hue
and cry. They performed woefully after gaining entry into
institutions and it was natural for the schools to do
something about it since it was obvious that JAMB was
dumping dullards in the universities and polytechnics all
over the country.
It was an alarming situation. Many undergraduates could
not write a single correct sentence. The quality of
education in Nigeria was deteriorating. University
graduates were performing woefully in job interviews and
prospective employers had problems getting genuinely
qualified graduates. The lion share of the blame for the
fall in the quality of education in Nigeria today should go
Post-JAMB examinations emerged as a corollary of this
ugly situation. The universities and polytechnics needed
to separate the wheat from the chaff.
MURIC is not quite comfortable with government’s
explanation that all tertiary institutions were at liberty to
conduct screening for candidates seeking admission into
any school because ordinary screening without written
examinations cannot be effective enough. FG should also
note that any type of screening at all must cost the
institutions some money.
We call on FG to grant tertiary institutions some level of
autonomy particularly in the area of admission
requirements. FG should also stop JAMB from exposing
the lives of teenage Nigerians to danger through its early
morning examinations. It is most irrational for JAMB to
slate its papers for 6.30 am in a country where insecurity
is still a far cry.
Many JAMB candidates who went out to write the 6.30
am during the last exercise had ugly experiences. Many
were forced to travel far distances and sleep overnight in
strange and unsafe places. Two allegedly lost their lives
as they were attacked by ritualists and armed robbers.
One was allegedly raped by hoodlums. Another was
kidnapped and the parents were made to cough out a
huge amount of money. JAMB must put on a human
In conclusion, we submit that post-JAMB examination is
part of the war against corruption. It is part of the change
mantra. It has come to save Nigerian youths from the
monster called JAMB. It is therefore JAMB that should be
scrapped, not post-JAMB.
Being a statement by Prof. Ishaq Akintola, the Director
of Muslim Rights Concern.