JAMB UTME results should be valid for 3 years – Lawmaker

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Rep. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe has proposed a longer validity period for results of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB).

The lawmaker (APC – Oluyole) is the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora Matters.

The bill was sponsored on the floor of the House to amend the law establishing JAMB.

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Akande-Sadipe said the law should be amended to increase the validity of UTME to three years.

She said the current one-year validity was cumbersome, distorting and worrisome to the average Nigerian.

“Most examinations meant for entrance for academic programmes generally last more than a year.

“IELTS, SATS, GRE and other recognised examinations are either valid for three or four years, and they have remained among the best.”

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If passed, the law would guarantee candidates’ admission into tertiary institutions three years after sitting for UTME, the Rep member noted.

Akande-Sadipe added that the amendment would minimise the cost of running the examination, allow candidates to plan, project and decide their choices.

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