Parents can afford to pay more – JAMB asks for exam fee hike, demands financial autonomy

The Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has disclosed that parents and guardians can pay more for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) examination, as the body seeks financial autonomy.

The board’s registrar, Ishaq Oloyede stated this while appearing before the House of Representatives Committee on Finance on Wednesday, September 14, 2022.

The body asked to be given permission to increase UTME fees to N5,000 from N3,500.

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The registrar disclosed that the fees were reduced in 2017 because the body is not a revenue-generating agency, however, inflation and other economic realities now call for drastic measures.

When confronted by lawmakers on the impact of the proposed increment on parents, Oloyede responded that some parents pay extra for miracle centres.

He stated that the proposed increment is insignificant but will allow the body to be fully independent.

“We cancelled some centres because we heard that some parents paid N200,000 per child. There was a time we opened a platform for upgrades, a lot of people paid

“I believe we should revert to the N5000 we were charging. Given the inflation, if we charge N10,000– I am just giving it as an example, nobody will ask the federal government for one kobo. I am not aware of anywhere in the world, except maybe Finland— that charges as low as JAMB is charging. In Finland, we know that everything is free,” he said.

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However, Oloyede maintained that the body is comfortable with the existing arrangement. He noted that the arrangement is offered as an alternative in the face of the budget deficit facing the federal government.

The committee’s Deputy Chairman, Saidu Abdulahi, said the lawmakers were concerned about the impact of Oloyede’s proposal on the disposable income of Nigerians.

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