Controversy continues to trail the recent policy of reassignment of candidates against their choices being adopted by JAMB. Latest report has it that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Ibadan chapter, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari, to call the Registrar of the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Dibu Ojerinde, to order.
This call was promulgated by the ASUU chairman, University of Ibadan, Professor Segun Ajiboye.
Ajiboye said JAMB had made the admission process chaotic and exposed candidates to fraudsters, thus urging President Buhari to stop the rot before it got out of hand.
“In the absence of a substantive Minister of Education, President Muhammadu Buhari should call the JAMB Registrar, Professor Dibu Ojerinde to order, so as not to make the children of the masses who populate public schools suffer,” he said.
He also called on Nigerians to join in calling for the total scrapping of JAMB, saying it had outlived its usefulness.
Ajiboye added that JAMB must respect candidates’ preferences and choices for tertiary institutions and consider security of lives of candidates, cost, proximity, quality and rights of the Nigerian child in arriving at any policy.
In addition, the ASUU boss queried the revenue that would be generated from the sales of scratch cards by the examination body.
“President Buhari should also probe the over N1billion that will be generated from the purchase of scratch cards of what he called ‘unpopular policy,” as Ajiboye berated the racket on the sale of scratch cards which have been mopped up at JAMB offices by agents who now sell it for N1,500 to candidates.
According to Ajiboye, the University of Ibadan for instance, provides a level playing ground for students who scored 200 and above in JAMB examination to compete for the available spaces in the university.
“Candidates choose universities considering quality, cost, proximity, courses of choice, among others. Will Ojerinde pay for the fees so charged by the institutions (including exorbitant fees in private and state universities), where the candidates have been reassigned? If a candidate is reassigned from Lagos to Ondo State, Will Professor Ojerinde foot the bill and expenses incurred and in case of any accident. Who is JAMB protecting, the candidates or their cronies in other institutions?
“ An institution that asked candidates to make their choices of universities, polytechnics and monotechnics has now turned back to impose tertiary institutions on candidates and is demanding another N1000 to access information. JAMB has outlived its usefulness,” he said.
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