Members of the House of Representatives have requested the extension of the validity period of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) organised by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to three years.
The reps also want the examination to be conducted two times a year.
This comes after a motion by Akintunde Rotimi was adopted at plenary on Wednesday.
Rotimi maintained with the one-year validity “the result is wasted no matter how good it is.” if a candidate is unable to secure admission into any tertiary institution of their choice in the academic year the examination was taken.
He added that despite the incessant industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) which may lead to the loss of an academic year, JAMB still conducts UTME annually without considering the effects of the strikes on academic calendars.
The Rep described as worrisome the number of candidates awaiting admission into the limited spots in Nigerian tertiary institutions and the pressure it puts on the education system and parents.
He also noted that parents are experiencing “double jeopardy” over the development as they are compelled to enrol their wards for the exam yearly.
Following the adoption of the motion, the House called on the Federal Government to put in measures to ensure the execution o the resolutions.