Buhari Approves 30% Reduction in Cost of JAMB and NECO Forms


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Prospective candidates for Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations and similar examinations will pay 30% less in exam fees following an approval for cost reduction by President Buhari.

As announced by presidential aides on Wednesday evening, registration for Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB) will now cost N3,500 instead of N5000. Forms for the National Examination Council exams, previously sold at N11,350 will now be available N9,850. Also, the cost of Basic Education Certificate, also handled by NECO, goes down from N5,500 to N4,000.

The new prices will take effect from January 2019.

Premium Times reports that the meeting where the decision was taken was chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as the president is away in Borno state. The move is supposed to signify the government’s position that the examination bodies are not set-up to be profit-making ventures. It was reported some weeks ago that JAMB remitted only N50 million to the federation account between 2010 and 2016, which was sensational as the body announced  it remitted N7.8 billion from the conduct of the 2016 UTME alone.

This is the second announcement in two days by President Buhari on matters regarding prices and remuneration, coming just as the general elections are scheduled to commence in 80 days time. Over 1.4 million candidates registered for JAMB in 2018, representing a reduction in the number from the previous year. Being an annual examination, the Board has a stable source of revenue but the President’s new directive would see it receive less in the coming year.


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