The Registrar of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, says the board may not review the fee for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination in 2018. Oloyede said on Thursday in Ilorin that the board had initially thought of reducing the fee for UTME in 2018 but however, decried the unwholesome activities of some parents during the 2017 UTME, and said the reduction in fee was no longer attractive. He said many people were arrested during the last UTME for allegedly collecting money from parents who were presumed to be poor.
He said the reduction in fee “is one of the options but what’s mitigating against it, why I’m not convinced and I don’t think the board too is convinced is that are the so-called poor people genuinely poor? Our findings reveal that what people spend on corruption in the society to solicit for what was not lost is alarming. What parents pay for seeking unholy support, and what parents are prepared to pay looking for how to cut corners, shows that if actually, they are poor, they will not be able to secure the resources they are wasting,” he said.
He promised that the board would be strengthened to make it self-sustaining as obtainable across the world. “I am not aware of any agency that is in the nature of JAMB in the world and is being funded by government. But in Nigeria, because we are used to something that is not proper, to get us out of what is improper will even be strange,” Oloyede said.