In a recent development, the House of Representatives has made a formal request to the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), urging they conduct the exam twice a year and also extend the validity period of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) results to three years.
The lower legislative chamber called upon the board to hold the UTME twice annually.
Under the existing system, the results of the JAMB exam are only valid for one year.
Candidates who are unable to secure admission during that year are required to sit for the exam again the following year in order to pursue their aspirations for higher education.
Akin Rotimi, the representative for Ekiti North 1 federal constituency, has urged JAMB to reconsider its current arrangement in order to align with global standards.
Rotimi emphasized that such a change would provide immediate relief to students and their parents or sponsors, who are burdened with the annual examination fees. Additionally, it would offer candidates multiple opportunities throughout the year to take the exam.