The Senate is considering modifying the JAMB Act to limit the age at which candidates can write the UTME.
The Senate Committee on Basic Education has announced that it will seek to alter the statute creating the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, or JAMB, to allow it to limit the age of candidates taking the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, or UTME, to 16 years and above.
Senator Akon Eyakenyi, the committee’s Vice Chairman, provided the hint during the committee’s monitoring visit to JAMB.
According to him, the committee had highlighted two significant areas in the proposed amendment that needed to be rectified in order for the exam body to work more effectively.
“Our own function is that of developing laws, to legislate; we have identified two significant areas where we need to change the act establishing JAMB,” Eyakenyi stated. That is the area in which we shall provide assistance.
“Aside from that, we plan to relay what we’ve witnessed today to the right MDAs, such as the Federal Ministry of Education, to ensure that JAMB receives the support it requires.”
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