The Joint Action Coalition of Civil Society Organization for Transparency in Governance has endorsed the ongoing reforms and innovations introduced by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board to ease admission into the nation’s tertiary institutions.
It also passed a vote of confidence on the leadership of the Board, led by its Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede.
The groups said the innovations will deal with corruption in the educational sector and eradicate the problem of admission racketeering.
Addressing a press conference on Sunday in Abuja, Executive Director/Convener of the coalition, Sabo Odeh, condemned the recent attack on JAMB by the Academic Staff Union of Universities.
Odeh accused ASUU of being allergic to reforms and innovations being introduced by JAMB under Oloyede.
Odeh, who was reacting to a recent call by ASUU calling for the scrapping of JAMB, said the coalition has become aware of the recent ploy by ASUU to hijack the tertiary education sector by ruse.
According to him, the latest trick is via the instrumentality of calling for the scrapping of JAMB.
He said the reforms introduced by JAMB into admission process in Nigeria appears to have taken many members of ASUU engaged in admission racketeering out of business and they are not happy.
He said: “If ASUU is allowed to dictate how JAMB does its work, it is a matter of time before the lecturers set their sight on WAEC, secondary and even primary schools.
“The clamour by ASUU that each university should be allowed to handle its own admission processes is an open call to empower these admission syndicates operated by no other persons but ASUU members.
“Heeding ASUU’s ill-conceived call would send us back to the problems that JAMB was set up to solve.
“In the years that preceded JAMB, it was common to see some candidates secure admission into as many as five universities, which implies that four slots would we wasted as the student can only resume in one school, while several other candidates are made to wait another year at home because these slots have been wasted.”
Odeh blamed ASSU for the decay in the education sector that the country is today grappling to remedy, saying the union has lost its moral compass and does not have the capacity to challenge the reforms being introduced by JAMB under Oloyede.
He accused the union of frustrating interventions that would re-establish Nigerian universities as centres of excellence where youths can pass through and favourably compete with their contemporaries from any other top flight institutions on earth.
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