JAMB Seeks Financial Autonomy, Wants Exam Fee Increase

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board has urged the House of Representatives Finance Committee to grant it financial autonomy by removing it from the list of ministries, departments and agencies in the federal government’s annual budget.

This is exactly as JAMB called for a reversal of the recent cut in the examination fee from N5,000 to N3,500.

The Registrar, JAMB, Ishaq Oloyede, appealed in Abuja on Wednesday at the public hearing on the proposed medium-term spending framework for 2023-2025 and the Fiscal Strategy Paper organized by the committee.

However, Oloyede noted that there are conditions that must be met before JAMB can be removed from the annual budget.

According to him, one of the conditions is that the Board may revise the examination fees upwards.

The Registrar recalled that JAMB undertook a downward review in 2017 after transferring N7.5bn revenue.

He noted that the amount charged for registration was reduced from N5,000 to N3,500.

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Oloyede said: “Nowhere is the government funding this kind of research. They provide some support to the institution as students pay a token as an enrollment fee; and from there they take responsibility for salaries and offer some help.

“We like that we are taken off the budget, but there are conditions. One of the conditions, for example, when students registered in 2016, we collected N5,000 and that had been going on for five years before I joined (JAMB). When we came in, we transferred N7.5 billion. We thought it was too much and approached the federal government to lower the fees. We haven’t added a kobo since then.

“I believe we need to go back to the N5,000 we were charging.”

The commission’s vice-chair, Saidu Abdulahi, said lawmakers were concerned about the impact of Oloyede’s proposal on Nigerians’ disposable income.

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