JAMB Registrar Willing to Pay Appropriate Salary to Staffs.
Professor Ishaq Oloyede – Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB Registrar Calls on Appropriate Authorities to Allow them Start Paying of Salaries to their Staffs as Done to UBEC, TETFund and Others.
The Registrar, Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, has called on the Salaries and Wages Commission to allow the Board’s pay its salary as done to UBEC, TETFUND and others.
He said this would enable the Board pay salary that is commensurate to staff efforts and also sanction erring staff appropriately.
The Registrar who reiterated the four-decade-old body’s determination in delivering on its mandate declared that the Board has the capacity to pay its staff appropriate salary and support the government through remittances to the Federal Treasury.
He pointed out that no government fund agencies like JAMB anywhere in the world or receive subventions from government for their day-to-day operations. Rather these assessment agencies support the government after meeting their mandates, all the equivalent of JAMB globally are self funded.
The Registrar made this known at a presentation made at the 2019 One-Day Seminar of the Nigerian Academy of Education in Abuja on Friday, 3rd April, 2019. Prof. Oloyede in a 100-page presentation on the topic “Admission into Tertiary Educational Institution in Nigeria, submitted that JAMB for more than forty years had been committed to the placement of suitably- qualified candidates in appropriate tertiary institutions.
The Registrar said, “The Board conducts the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and makes the results available to institutions to use in ranking candidates for admission.
The Board is not an examination body but a ranking body for the purpose of selecting out of the many aspiring candidates for admission.” He added that the institutions are empowered by law through their various senates to set admission criteria which is now placed on the newly- introduced Central Admissions Processing System (CAPS), while admission officers download candidates’ data, coordinate internal admission processes and upload aggregate results.
He disclosed that the Board would continue to churn out innovations that would enhance the credibility of the UTME and ensure that the outputs from the institutions are acceptable in the society. The JAMB Registrar, while enlightening the participants, also said the various heads of institutions were to approve and forward their recommended lists to JAMB while the Board approves the list as provisional admissions in line with extant guidelines on admission.
According to him, the process was dynamic and was fashioned to give equal opportunity and credibility to the admission process as candidates could accept or decline admission through the Central Admission Processing System (CAPS).
Prof. Oloyede told the gathering that the innovations he brought to bear on the Board had strengthened the operations of the Board and had produced world-class services to the nation particularly to candidates desirous of tertiary education.
Some of these innovations are, the elimination of the scratch card and its replacement with virtual PINs, expansion of payment options, automation of registration services, online standardization of CBT centres, introduction of CCTV cameras, inclusion of active participation of other stakeholders including Vice-Chancellors, Rectors, Provosts, with over 10 standing committees, among others. Earlier, the President of the Nigerian Academy of Education (NAE), Prof. Elizabeth Eke, FNAE in her remarks, said, “The Nigerian Academy of Education has a long-standing relationship with JAMB.
At NAE, we are Africans first before anything else. As such, respect for age and achievements are among our core values and the combination of these two are sometimes too obvious to ignore so we commend the wealth of experience the Board has garnered over the years in the field of assessment.”
She lauded the various innovations put in place by the Board to boost public confidence in its operations. In her concluding remarks, Prof. Elizabeth Eke, FNAE canvassed enhanced synergy between NAE and the Board for improved service delivery.