- The JAMB's registrar, Ishaq Oloeye, declared that the board registration fee remains the same
- Oloeye said the JAMB will not yield to any suggestion to reduce the cost of selling its forms
- He, however, said it is only the board that is charging low for admission all over the world
The registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Ishaq Oloeye, has declared that it is only the federal government that can authorise the board to reduce the cost of selling admission forms.
The Nation reports that Oloyede made this known in Abuja after inspecting a new software installed by the board to conduct promotional examinations for its workers. He said the board will not reduce the cost of admission forms due to any pressure.
According to him, “Why are they not asking WAEC, NECO and NBTE to reduce the cost of their forms? Why JAMB? We charge the least and you are saying we should reduce. You must ask those people why they are asking that question.
“They are asking that question because we have been transparent with them; to say the money we are collecting we have this balance.
“If we want to reduce, we will reduce on our own terms because we are not under any pressure to reduce. Tell me any country in the world that is charging as low as we charge for admission. We are charging the least. Which means the issue is not about what we charge.
“The issue is because we now have a means of managing the resources properly that you have surplus and because we are open enough to return the surplus to the government. That is why they are calling for reduction. What will be the basis of crashing the cost?
“If the government feels we should adjust, it will tell us and we will adjust not as a result of unqualified, baseless request.”
The registrar said over 2,000 of its workers took the promotional examination. He said the new software, which was installed at N6 million, would be used to conduct professional examination for organisations or agencies, who needed the services of the board.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that not less than 414,696 candidates out of the 1,603,181, who sat for the 2018 UTME, scored above 200.
This was disclosed on Tuesday, June 26, by the registrar of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Ishaq Oloyede.
Oloyede, who said this during the policy meeting held at the newly inaugurated Bola Babalakin Auditorium in Gbogan, Osun state, said the figure translates to 25.09%.
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