The Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Ibadan (UI) chapter, Dr. Deji Omole, restated the need for decentralisation of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), saying the body cannot conduct credible and dependable examination upon which credible universities can rely.
Omole, who spoke against the backdrop of the recent ban on post- Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) by the Education Minister, Adamu Adamu, said a research conducted at the university to ascertain students performance in relation to JAMB scores indicated that “higher JAMB scores has negative relationship with the performances of students at 100 level examinations.”
The ASUU boss maintained that the examination body has outlived it’s credibility, citing the last examination conducted by the body where candidates who did not finish examinations or had issues with their Computer Based Test were awarded extra 40 marks arbitrarily without justification.
Omole stated that the research conducted on students affirmed the inability of JAMB to conduct credible examination that can be trusted solely for admission of candidates into Nigerian universities.
“This study conducted across faculties at the University of Ibadan has shown that UME score has either a negative or weak correlation with performance at university level, indicating that the higher the scores at UME the lower is the performance at 100 level as shown by the Cumulative Grade Point Averages (CGPA) at university degree examination.
“The results of the research however established that the performance at SSCE or NECO is statistically significantly correlated with CGPA. This shows that the performance at SSCE may be a good determinant of student’s academic ability to cope with university education because of their high performance at 100 level.
How are we to admit based on a Board that awards arbitrary marks to students? As it stands, University of Ibadan can only admit 10 percent of those who apply to it.”