The Failing Success of JAMB

Admission into the Nigerian tertiary institutions is said to be the survival of the fittest. It’s a tough battle of intellect, giving no place for the feeble minded in the struggling process. Of course, no student would want to spend long, hectic and appalling one year at home – if they fail.

JAMB has been an official body responsible for the entrance of students into Nigerian Universities and other tertiary institutions (Polytechnics, Monotechnics and Colleges of Education) since its conception, made by a decree of the federal government during the tenure of General Olusegun Obasanjo in 1979. Though there are other means of gaining admission such as; the A-level examination, pre-degree and other direct entries; JAMB seems to be the most sought-after and a necessary evil too, perhaps because of the cost implication attached to the other means above-mentioned. The whole struggle, for some students, is just like a camel trying to pass through the eye of a needle i.e. it is arduous, while for some others, it’s just like a note entering a pigeon hole.

The number of students that apply for this annual examination is massively increasing to an alarming rate of over one million. Amazing, isn’t it? This year, JAMB witnessed over 1 million students who sat for the UTME from all over the country; and based on preceding results, less than 50% of this population may not be able to gain admission into the university of their choice for there seem to be a wide gap between the number of higher institutions available and this large number of students struggling to gain admission. This body that has been a gateway to many students’ admission has not fully been able to ameliorate the rampant level of exam malpractices, which also extends to the post-UTME level. And because of this, some indignant student are of the view that the entrance examination does not test one’s ability and proficiency intellectually because corruption has found its way through the country’s educational system.

As a result of this inability to curb malpractices, the level of incompetent and languid student gaining admission into the tertiary institution has increased, reducing the number of dexterous students in the school; and this culminates also in the high rate of inept and desperate graduates gushing out of the tertiary institutions yearly into the awkward labour market of the country, hoping to secure jobs in vast paucity, thereby aggravating the unemployment rate, resulting in the increase of various crimes and corruption, hence weakening most sectors of the society.

So far though, the present executive of the body headed by Prof. ‘Dibu Ojerinde has been taking reductive measures and steps in abating these corrupt practices by introducing the Computer-Based Test and holding enlightening programs like the National Vitae Curriculum (NVC) to teach students the ethics of education; and these have effected a degree of change in the level of corruption in the educational sector, concerning admission processing. Also the CBT method has been a means of alleviating the problems of insufficient scripts and giving of wrong subject combination but the issue now is the massive alarming rate of students struggling to gain admission yearly; and this is caused by the failure of preceding students who have finished their secondary education, who then join the successive ones freshly graduating in writing examination, thereby increasing g the number of candidates.

How would JAMB as a body tackle this? The fascinating thing is that some Nigerian students have lost the hope of ever studying in the tertiary institution, consequently wasting much time at home serving as encumbrance to their families and society; while some go into vocational jobs.

What exactly is the cause of this? Is it that the large number of student who fail repeatedly languid and intellectually dumb? Should the prices of A-level examination and that of pre-degree program be reduced? Should the educational sector create more means of gaining admission, or are there no enough tertiary institutions in the country? Does UTME really test the students’ aptitude? This state of bedlam keeps breeding questions in the heart of many admission-seeking students – and their parents.

Though ironical, but a truth, I still see some ingenious and proficient students roam about the street for years seeking admission, while those who lack intellectual capacity dominate admission list of our tertiary institutions. The education sector of a country is the bedrock on which a country’s development occurs at every sector. If JAMB and other educational bodies can’t mend these reparations in the system, the country’s economy and administration would aggravate unrepentantly.

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David Ezeani

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One Response to “The Failing Success of JAMB

  • very interesting,insightful and captivating article that can radically change and refurnish our educational sector.it is a light in the dark.good work bro

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