This is the official blog of the Nigeria-based Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), a human rights organization which promotes, protects and projects the rights of Muslims. This group condemns terrorism and all acts of violence. Its motto is 'Dialogue, Not Violence'
Thursday, June 2, 2016
WE REJECT SCRAPPING OF POST-JAMB
3rd June, 2016,
WE REJECT SCRAPPING OF POST-JAMB
The Federal Government (FG) yesterday scrapped the conduct of
post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) for candidates seeking
admission into tertiary institutions.
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) rejects
the abolition of post-JAMB. It is reactionary, myopic and irritating. It is
JAMB itself that should have been abolished.
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.
It was the poor performance of JAMB
candidates who scored amazingly high marks but who could not justify their high
scores in tertiary institutions that attracted hue and cry. 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 an alarming situation. Many
undergraduates could not write a single correct sentence. The quality of education
in Nigeria was deteriorating. University graduates were performing woefully in
job interviews and prospective employers had problems getting genuinely
qualified graduates. The lion share of the blame for the fall in the quality of
education in Nigeria today should go to JAMB.
Post-JAMB examinations emerged as a
corollary of this ugly situation. The universities and polytechnics needed to
separate the wheat from the chaff.
MURIC is not quite comfortable with government’s
explanation that all tertiary institutions were at liberty to conduct screening
for candidates seeking admission into any school because ordinary screening
without written examinations cannot be effective enough. FG should also note
that any type of screening at all must cost the institutions some money.
We call on FG to grant tertiary
institutions some level of autonomy particularly in the area of admission
requirements. FG should also stop JAMB from exposing the lives of teenage
Nigerians to danger through its early morning examinations. It is most
irrational for JAMB to slate its papers for 6.30 am in a country where
insecurity is still a far cry.
Many JAMB candidates who went out to write
the 6.30 am during the last exercise had ugly experiences. Many were forced to
travel far distances and sleep overnight in strange and unsafe places. Two
allegedly lost their lives as they were attacked by ritualists and armed
robbers. One was allegedly raped by hoodlums. Another was kidnapped and the
parents were made to cough out a huge amount of money. JAMB must put on a human
In conclusion, we submit that post-JAMB
examination is part of the war against corruption. It is part of the change
mantra. It has come to save Nigerian youths from the monster called JAMB. It is
therefore JAMB that should be scrapped, not post-JAMB.
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)