Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board,
JAMB, Dibu Ojerinde has declared as ‘unconstitutional’
and ‘illegal’ the Post-UTME examination conducted by
tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
The JAMB boss added that the examination body was not
responsible for scrapping the exercise adding that it was
cancelled by the Minister of Education after due
He said these while featuring on Sunrise Daily, an early
morning programme on Channels TV.
Noting that there is a difference between screening and
test, he said that the initial agreement with institutions
was to conduct screening exercise to determine their
His words: “Nobody say you should not screen
candidates. The screening involves checking of their
certificates, subject combination, Jamb scores and other
prerequisites to ensure that they meet up with the
requirement. It is screening, not test.
“What government asked them to do right from the
beginning is screening and not test. Former President
Obasanjo said this when he was in power; ‘I did not ask
you to conduct another exam, all I say is screen the
candidates before they come in’ and that exactly is what
the minister is talking about.”
Quoting some sections of the constitution, Ojerinde
stressed further that the exercise is unconstitutional and
has no legal basis.
“According to section 5, sub-section 1A of the constitution,
the general control for the conduct of matriculation
examination for admission into all the universities,
polytechnics and Colleges of Education or whatever name
called is vested in JAMB.
“Section 5, sub-section 2 also states; the board shall be
responsible for determining matriculation requirements
and conducting examination leading to undergraduate
admission and also for admission into National Dipoma
and National Certificate in Education, NCE.”
Ojerinde said that a uniform screening process will soon