Nigerians are reacting to the resent slash down of registration fees for JAMB by the current administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Recall that The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) last Wednesday approved the reduction of the examination enrollment charges from N5,000 to N3,500 effective from January 2019.
This was also confirmed by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu, after the meeting.
“The president over time has express worries over the outrageous fees of JAMB, and it came at a time when elections campaigns are on-going.”
Benjamin said it was praiseworthy that President Muhammadu Buhari administration reduced the fee which shows his enthusiasm and passion to see that average Nigerian students gain access to tertiary education.
Some concerned Nigerians are of the notion that the reduction is an indirect election campaign strategy of the present administration.
In another related development, The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) last Thursday also declared that enrollment for 2019/2020 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) will start by December.
The Media Head, Dr Fabian Benjamin, had declared this while speaking to newsmen during a promotional exercise for the Nigerian Customs Service (NCS), carried out at the board’s Computer Based Test (CBT) Center in Abuja, according to NAN.
Benjamin further explained that, no explicit date has been settled for the commencement of the registration yet.
He went on to say that, plans were in place to do so at the earliest opportunity as the board was waiting to hear from the Presidency on the proposed reduction of JAMB fees, which was formally announced last Wednesday.