MURIC rejects decision to scrap examination

"Post-JAMB has come to save Nigerian youths from the monster called JAMB. It is therefore JAMB that should be scrapped, not post-JAMB."

JAMB candidates

On Wednesday, June 1, 2016, the federal government announced the cancellation of the post UTME tests conducted in tertiary institution all over the country.

The MURIC, has however rejected this abolition, calling it "reactionary, myopic and irritating' and adding that it us JAMB itself that should have been abolished.

In a statement, the organisation said, "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.

Prof. Ishaq Akintola, the Director of Muslim Rights Concern, in the statement also added that the fact that JAMB candidates who scored amazingly high marks but could not justify the results once they gain admission into tertiary institution was what prompted the government to find a solution.

He said, "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 due to this that the Post-JAMB examinations emerged as a way to curb the issue. The universities and polytechnics had to re-screen candidates to be sure that they were admitting the right people.

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The statement then called on the federal government to "grant tertiary institutions some level of autonomy particularly in the area of admission requirements."

Akintola concluded by saying the post -UTME was part if the war against corruption.

"It has come to save Nigerian youths from the monster called JAMB. It is therefore JAMB that should be scrapped, not post-JAMB,"  he said.

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