President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reduction in the cost of forms for the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), National Examinations Council (NECO), Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE) and the Basic Education Certificate Examination.
This reduction, first announced by President Muhammadu Buhari’s aide on new media, Bashir Ahmad, was decided at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo presided over the meeting in the absence of Mr Buhari who travelled on official assignment to Borno State.
The cost of Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) forms was reduced from N5,000 to N3,500 while the cost of National Examination Council (NECO) forms was reduced from N11,350 to N9,850.
The cost of Basic Education Certificate, also handled by NECO, was also reduced from N5,500 to N4,000.
The change will take effect from January 2019.
JAMB has been making hundreds of millions of naira profit since its new leadership headed by Ishaq Oloyede assumed office; leading many Nigerians to demand a reduction in the cost of forms.
The House of Representatives had in May urged the Federal Ministry of Education to slash the cost of JAMB application forms.
The call had followed JAMB’s announcement that it remitted N7.8 billion to the federal government as proceeds from sale of Unified Tertiary Examinations (UTME) application forms in 2017.
The lawmakers had accused JAMB of becoming a “revenue generating agency.”