The House of Representatives has called on the Ministry of Education to reduce the cost of purchasing the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) form.
The Cable reports that this was a sequel to a motion introduced during plenary on Thursday, May 24, by James Faleke, a lawmaker from Lagos.
The form is being sold for N7,500.
Faleke noted that the University Tertiary Matriculation Examination has become a “revenue generating agency” after N7.8 billion was remitted to the federal government from proceeds of form sales.
Faleke said JAMB was not set up to make money accusing it of causing hardship.
He said: “The proliferation of universities to 120, 83 Polytechnics, 82 Colleges of Education and other tertiary institutions under JAMB purview is portraying it as a profit-making venture.”
Hassan Saleh, a lawmaker from Benue state, also noted that he spends a huge sum annually to purchase form for his constituents.
Zakari Mohammed, however, cautioned his colleagues against fixing a price for JAMB considering the cost of organising the computer-based examination.
The House urged the federal ministry of education to review downwards the N7,500 fee for the forms.
Meanwhile, a Computer Based Test (CBT) by the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) is scheduled to be conducted by JAMB on Friday May 25, in all designated centres across the country.
NAIJ.com gathered that all successful candidates in the last physical/credentials screening stage in the on-going recruitment exercise into the force held between Monday, May 7 to Saturday, May 12, will participate in the test.
The candidates have since been notified through text messages, while those who did not receive the message are required can check for their exam centres through the under-listed websites.
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