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Lawmakers investigate JAMB exam charges

The House of Representatives has directed its tertiary education and basic education committees to investigate the multiple processing and administrative fees levied on candidates by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB).

This was in response to a motion moved in plenary by a member from Edo State, Sergius Ogun, who stated that, in addition to the registration fees for the examination, there was a service charge collected by Computer Based Test Centre.

Mr Ogun said students who cannot pay the fees would opt out of taking the exam.

He observed that the majority of candidates live in villages, many of which lack CBT accredited centres, and as a result, would have to travel long distances and incur additional transportation costs in order to register for the examination or perform a JAMB-related service that could only be performed in a CBT Centre.

The house adopted the motion and gave the committees 4 weeks to report back for further legislative action.

Reporting by Ibrahim Shehu; editing by Muzha Kucha and Saadatu Albashir