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ASUP calls for extension of JAMB score validity period

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has urged the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) to extend the validity period of its Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) score from one year to three years.

ASUP made this appeal in a statement issued by its National President, Mr. Anderson Ezeibe, on Tuesday in Abuja. The statement said that the extension would reduce the financial burden on candidates and parents, as well as ease the pressure on the admission process.

According to the statement, ASUP noted that the UTME score is a ranking and not an achievement test, and therefore should not be used to determine the academic ability of candidates over a long period of time. It said that the UTME score should only be used to rank candidates for admission in a given year, and not to deny them the opportunity to pursue their dreams in subsequent years.

The statement also said that the extension of the UTME score validity period would align with the global best practices, as most countries have a longer validity period for their entrance examinations. It cited the examples of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) in the United States, which have a validity period of five years and three years respectively.

The statement further said that the extension of the UTME score validity period would also reduce the workload on JAMB and the tertiary institutions, as well as curb the incidence of examination malpractice and fraud. It said that the current one-year validity period encourages candidates to register and sit for the UTME multiple times, thereby creating room for manipulation and exploitation.

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ASUP therefore urged JAMB to reconsider its position on the UTME score validity period and implement the proposed bill by the Senate to extend it to three years. It said that this would be in the best interest of the candidates, the parents, the tertiary institutions, and the nation at large.

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