JAMB needs an urgent reform: 3-year validity applicable to multiple schools

JAMB needs an urgent reform: 3-year validity applicable to multiple schools

4 July 2022
Petition to
Mallam Adamu Adamu (Minister of Education) and 1 other
Signatures: 4,928Next Goal: 5,000
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Why this petition matters

Started by Amamchukwu Okafor

Dear Nigerians,

Please sign this petition to reform JAMB on two main points:

i. To extend the validity period of JAMB results from one (1) year to three (3) years.

ii. To remove the limitation on the schools of choice (typically only three (3) schools).

By signing this petition and gaining victory, applicants will be allowed to use their JAMB results to apply to as many universities as they wish over a 3-year validity period. 

Every year, the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) administers the university matriculation examination which is valid for only one year. It also limits your university choices to ONLY 3 schools. In essence, an applicant's JAMB score is useful only in a given year for only 3 universities. But in reality, if you missed the first choice university, you may not be considered in the other schools and might have to retake JAMB another year (if you wish to get a Uni education). Sadly, there's no clearly defined JAMB score that guarantees admission, because university admission still depends on universities' assessment tests (Post-UME), the JAMB cut-off point for the course/school of choice (in the given year), and senior secondary school certificates. Like IELTS Official and TOEFL®, even worse, JAMB results have a validity of one year and limited choices for schools.

JAMB effectively obscures the university entrance process such that it is nearly impossible for foreign students to enroll in public universities in Nigeria. Meanwhile, universities in Ghana, South Africa, Kenya, and the Benin Republic enroll students from Nigeria and other African countries. This implies a loss of revenue (direct and indirect) and an absence of diversity and pan-African representation in universities across Nigeria.

Interestingly, JAMB registrars have always been university professors; yet they fail to radically change the system, only boastful about how much revenue JAMB rakes in. But JAMB isn't a revenue spinner. Every year JAMB declares profit that it extorts from applicants who take the exam multiple times.

There are so many ills that JAMB is doing and so much good it isn't doing.

JAMB is the standard University entrance examination in Nigeria. The legal instrument establishing the Board was promulgated by the Act (No. 2 of 1978) of the Federal Military Government on 13th February 1978. It was amended and codified into Decree No. 33 of 1989, which took effect on 7th December 1989. That's a long time ago. We can agree that the Act needs revisiting.

JAMB has been an obstacle both to Nigerian students seeking university education and to university autonomy.

Sign the petition and let's create a better future today!


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Signatures: 4,928Next Goal: 5,000
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  • Mallam Adamu AdamuMinister of Education
  • Ishaq OloyedeRegisterar of Jamb