Is JAMB Really Serving It’s Purpose In Nigeria?


Is JAMB Really Serving It’s Purpose In Nigeria? Photo Credit: School Annexbox
Is JAMB Really Serving It’s Purpose In Nigeria?
Photo Credit: School Annexbox

For over two decades now, lots of young Nigerians have not been able to gain admission into public tertiary institutions in the country because they could not “successfully” pass the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).

While this process of gaining admission  has been the norm for a very long time now, Nigeria as a country has lost so much money in her attempt to plan and execute the examination every year. Of course, the government is not alone in this as thousands of young Nigerians are hopeless and are home waiting to try writing JAMB over and over again.


Again, JAMB is one of the reasons why countless Nigerians have started engaging in all sorts of social vices while others have completely forgone school for other endevours.

This again brings to mind the stand of the government towards educating the Nigerian child. Then one may want to ask, is JAMB really a true measure of one’s intelligence in order to further their education?

The question at hand becomes very pertinent given the fact that amidst it all, there are  lots of Nigerians who attend public schools without sitting for this examination at all, as there are others who would fail woefully and still get admitted into one of the country’s best schools in the country.

Should talk about how these exams get leaked before they are being taken? How has JAMB actually shaped Nigeria’s education system?

Just a few weeks ago, The Cable reported that JAMB official portal was under attack by internet fraudsters, a situation which has brought about lots of issues currently on ground.
Due to this hit on JAMB portal, the board is handling the issue of scores reduction, missing results, mixed up names among other problems. Again, a huge sum is expected to go down in order to resolve this issues.

It is in this light that minister of communications, Adebayo Shittu, has come up to urge all private sectors especially the banking sector to take extra steps towards ensuring that this does not befall them.

He said;
“It is a thing of joy that the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), under this ministry rose to the occasion during the JAMB attack,” he said.

“Such attacks will come against banks and other financial institutions, airlines, hospitals and what have you. It behooves on all agencies, companies, establishments to prepare ahead.
“The banking sector for instance, must also take precautions by employing experts in cyber Defence to protect their data.’’
“Part of the intervention of the federal government is the fact that a Cyber Security Act has been passed by the national assembly and the office of the national security adviser is championing the fight against cyber crimes,” he added.

“These are initiatives that we have on ground to assure you that the Nigerian government has not been sleeping in regard to possible cyber criminality in Nigeria, The Cable reported.”

Looking at the already existing problems in Nigeria, is JAMB worth the stress? With the millions of naira going into this examination yearly, is it really worth it? How has JAMB really helped the Nigerian child improved educationally?

What measures has the federal government put in place to ensure that this exam is cheat-free?


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