The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN) has advised the Joint Admission Board (JAMB) to review its new policy on awaiting results.
MSSN gave the advice in a statement made available to journalists by its Amir (President) of the MSSN, Lagos State Area Unit, Saheed Ashafa.
The society pointed out that though the JAMB policy was a welcome development, but, there is no doubt in the fact that it requires proper review, saying the new policy may cause unnecessary delay for school leavers.
MSSN emphasized that with the new policy, “it could be inferred that UTME was meant to be taken by school leavers who have spent about one year at home”.
“No doubt, the new policy is a good and developmental one. In addition to the fact that it will reduce the financial burden on the parents, it will also help to ensure that sound candidates get admitted. This is one bold step that the management of JAMB should be commended for. However, many fears abound and if they are not tackled the policy will only serve as punishment for candidates and ruin the career of many”he said.
The MSSN Amir added that “a holistic view at the Nigeria education system shows that the new policy may not be better enjoyed at this period that it is introduced. This is because many challenges remain unsettled”.
“Before the implementation of the new policy, there is an important need to take the reason why many candidates apply for UTME while awaiting their results; part of which is the incessant closure/unstable calendar of universities and the delay in the release of O’level results by West Africa Examination Council and National Examination Council. Thus, a review to accommodate unforeseen circumstances caused by bodies under the control of the Federal Government like WAEC or NECO need to be done for successful implementation of the policy.”
MSSN stressed further that there is the urgent need for JAMB “to ensure that forms were only made available after release of Senior Secondary Council Examination (SSCE) results.
“For this to be fully beneficial, the management of JAMB should liaise with other examination bodies to ensure that results are released on time. Also, JAMB forms should be sold after the release of WAEC and NECO results so that candidates who won’t be able to apply are those that didn’t pass their needed papers”.