JAMB in Trouble as ASUU Tells Exam Body to Hands-off Admissions

JAMB in Trouble as ASUU Tells Exam Body to Hands-off Admissions

  • In recent days, the Academic Staff Union of Universities has been in the news over certain issues concerning Nigerian higher institutions
  • The union, yesterday, began a one-month strike to protest the non-implementation of a 2009 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) reached with the FG
  • ASUU national president, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, also faulted the JAMB and its registrar for meddling in admissions, noting only the Senate of universities are legally empowered to do so

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said that the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) has no right to conduct higher institutions admission.

In a statement signed by the national president, ASUU, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, disclosed that JAMB’s action of handling higher institutions admission was an encroachment into the University's autonomy.

It explained that JAMB had no power to decide qualification for admission and had no power to give admission or delist programmes of universities, The Punch reports.

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JAMB in trouble as ASUU tells exam body to hands-off admissions, reduce fees
Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, faulted the JAMB and its registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, for meddling in admissions. Photo credit: KOKO TV
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“The autonomy of universities is under increasing threat by the meddlesome activities of JAMB in admission processes and regulation of academic activities in the Nigerian University System."

ASUU said JAMB was an examination body and clearinghouse for admission into tertiary institutions, calling on the exam body to maintain its own course and not overstep from its original mandate.

“We call upon JAMB to desist from overstepping its original mandate and allow Universities to decide on admission policies and processes.”

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Earlier, the professorship of Isa Ali Pantami, the minister of communications and digital economy, has been referred to as illegality.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Monday, February 14, rejected Pantami's promotion by FUTO.

ASUU also vowed to sanction the VC of the university and its members involved in the minister's promotion.

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JAMB registrar reveals plan to go after those with illegal admissions in universities

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board on Sunday, December 6, said it will begin steps to clear up all the backlogs of illegal admissions in different universities across Nigeria.

Vanguard reports that the disclosure was made by JAMB registrar, Ishaq Oloyede, over the weekend in Abuja.

Speaking while receiving an award of excellence presented to him by the Education Correspondents Association of Nigeria (ECAN), Oloyede said the board had earlier discovered 706,189 illegal admissions in Nigeria's tertiary institutions.

Source: Legit.ng

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