The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has called on the National Assembly to restrict the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to the conduct of examination.
It said the power granted JAMB to determine who gets admission into university was at variance with university’s autonomy.
The union urged the National Assembly to revisit the proposal sent to it for the review of the Act setting up JAMB.
ASUU’s National President Dr. Nasir Isa Fagge, who spoke to The Nation, frowned at the series of irregularities that characterised the Universal Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
Fagge said the law of every university empowers its Senate to determine whom to admit, and not JAMB.
The outgoing ASUU president lamented that but for some interest, the proposal would have sailed through.
He said: “The union in the 2006-2009 ASUU-FGN Agreement observed that there is anomaly in JAMB. ASUU maintains that JAMB does not have the right to dictate to universities, who should be offered admission.
“Our position is that JAMB should conduct the examination and results should be passed to universities, which determine which candidate is ideal for admission. ASUU insisted it is the responsibility of the university senate as enshrined in their laws to decide who is qualified to be a student in that university.
“JAMB is violating universities’ autonomy by insisting it would determine who goes into which university. On the basis of that, ASUU was able to agree with the government on the need to review the Act setting up JAMB. With all sense of modesty, we are able to draft a proposal for the review of JAMB and another proposal for the Bill on NUC (National Universities Commission) Act, and a bill for the National Minimum Standard Act.
“These have been in the National Assembly and ASUU has been pursuing this to happen, but it has not probably because there are interests. However, we are saying we shall not give up on this.”
Fagge described JAMB’s new multiple choice system, in which candidates are given an option of two universities, polytechnics and colleges of education, as against the dictates of the National Policy on Education.
“To start with,” Fagge said, “that examination is not in tune with the National Policy on Education. We are talking of different levels of manpower- low, medium, high and then you bring all, irrespective of their interest and expected professionalism associated with what they are going to undertake, to sit for the examination. There may be somebody who though is very good, but prefers other institution than universities, maybe a college of education because he wants to be a teacher.
“Now, you are forcing him to go to a university. Forget about this right to choose between universities, polytechnics and colleges as reviewed by JAMB. The fact remains that it is expected that whoever performs very high should automatically go to universities whether he is interested in universities or not.
“We faulted UTME during a presentation by ASUU which I led as the president. At present, UTME is becoming problematic and universities are finding some who are not interested in coming to university system.
“To add more salt into the injury, some candidates have high marks in UTME but when you subject them to the nitty-gritty of classroom work, at the end, many of them fall into probation because they could not score a CGPA of 1.”
Source : The Nation
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