JAMB worries about Non-uniformity of varsities’ academic calendar
Despite efforts by the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board, JAMB, to wrap up candidates’ admission for 2012/2013, the non-uniformity of universities’ academic calendar has continued to prove a challenge to the Board, even as 100 tertiary institutions would soon receive letters from the admission board.
JAMB Registrar, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde who received members of the Senate Committee on Education led by the chairman, Senator Uche Chukwumerije at JAMB’s head office in Bwari, Abuja recently, said that the admission board had three major challenges including examination malpractice; non-uniformity of academic calendar and inability of the board to increase JAMB fees.
For exam malpractice, Prof. Ojerinde confessed that the board had been able to reduce examination malpractice to 0.45 per cent at present.
He said that because of the varied academic calendar of universities, the institutions kept going back and forth over admission of candidates.
It was at this juncture that he disclosed that JAMB had already prepared 100 letters to be sent to universities that were yet to comply with JAMB’s admission directives.
He also revealed that JAMB was going to carry out admission exercise in Abia and Makurdi to sensitise the institutions and candidates on admission processes.
“One of the challenges we face is non-uniformity of academic calendar by universities. They kept coming at odd times for admission approval. Right now, we have 100 letters that we want to dispatch to those universities that have not complied. If you want their names we can avail you.”
He, however, told the committee that N2.02 billion was appropriated in 2011 for personnel but N1.66 billion was released; N1.54 billion was appropriated and the same amount was released for overhead while N52.9 billion was appropriated for capital but 35.5 billion was released in the same year.
He further said that the board contracted the services of 91,560 officials who helped in the 2012/2013 UTME outside JAMB employees, adding that the board also established offices in six states including Delta, Ekiti, Jigawa, Niger and Kwara states.
However, the JAMB Registrar said that the board would test-run electronic testing known as e-testing, along with the hard copy testing for two years before adopting the former fully. “We will run the e-testing side by side with paper testing for two years before we move fully to e-testing. That will give candidates the chance to choose which one they prefer and also enable them get familiar with the e-testing in those two years and in the third year, we will take on the e-testing.”
He said, “with the implementation of the recommendation of e-testing, we will be able to release results on the same day of the examination while it will be possible to conduct JAMB exam on a Saturday as suggested by the Senate.”
Responding, Senate committee chairman, Chukwumerije said that the committee was interested in knowing the preparations JAMB had made in respect to the recommendation of e-testing and its suggestion on conducting JAMB exam on a Saturday. “We want to know how far you have prepared for the e-testing we talked about and Saturdays exams we put forward.
“We share a common concern with you, but nevertheless, we demand appropriate free-flow of information from you on how you have judiciously and efficiently used the funds given to the board and to also have feasible evidence of your goals.”