Inadequate funding hindering conduct of UTME
The Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, has disclosed that inadequate funding is posing a challenge to the conduct of Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.
He made this known while receiving a delegation of the Senate committee on Tertiary Institution and Tertiary Education Trust fund in his office in Bwari, FCT, on Tuesday.
“The major challenge facing the board has to do with funding; we take N5,000 from each candidate; we do not even have the money to conduct the examination.
“Rather, we call on third party to do some of the things and they only give some commission to JAMB, because we do not have enough money to invest.
“Conduct of examination across the country requires intensive human participation; you will recruit invigilators and monitors and then it costs so much money to set exam questions.
“The capital allocation is N1bn; the release so far is N45.57m; the overhead cost is N50m allocated, but N24.9m is what we have received so far.
“The N24.9 million given is not sufficient to pay electricity bills because all the 36 states and zonal offices depend on what comes from headquarters for their funding.”
He equally appealed to the senate not to increase the validity of JAMB result as it will do more harm than good.