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Senate moves to stop JAMB from admitting under-18 candidates

The Senate Committee on Basic Education has said it would work towards amending the law establishing the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB to stop the board from admitting candidates below the age of 18 years.

This was disclosed by the Vice Chairman of the committee, Senator Akon Eyakenyi, during the committee’s oversight visit to JAMB.

According to the committee, age has a lot to do with learning ability, particularly in higher institutions.

Senator Akon Eyakenyi noted that education is very important in the development of the country stressing that the sector deserves to be given much attention.

The Senator described the JAMB as a bridge between the secondary and the university, stressing that the agency was a necessary vehicle for the delivery of quality and standard education in Nigeria.

She said, “If the products from the secondary schools are not properly catered for to be assessed before turning them into the university you will have a problem.”

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  1. While one may agree that maturity is important in the development of the person; it will also be important to state that age is not the only component of maturity.
    Secondly, the Senators should equally note that amending JAMB laws is just a part of the journey, as the current National Policy on Education supports that pupils leave primary school at age ten and secondary school at age sixteen. The question will be – what will the Senators do with millions of these young persons for two years before the universities can absorb them at eighteen?
    Until the Senators provide answer to this question, the proposal should remain as ‘pillow dream’.


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