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Senate Extends JAMB Exam Validity to Three Years & Reduces Fee



JAMB-LogoThe Senate Upper Chamber on Wednesday 2nd March 2016  extended the  Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Unified Tertiary Matriculation Entrance Examination (UTME) validity period to three years from one year.

This means students who write the entrance exam in a particular year and fail to secure admission in that year can use the same result in the subsequent years up until its expiration three years after.

The senate also reduced the fee payable to JAMB from N5,650 per form to 2,500 Naira.

On JAMB’s  Resolution Amendment in Nov 2015

The resolutions followed the submission and consideration of the report on JAMB admission policies submitted by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND, Senator Binta Masi Garba.

The Senate on November 17, 2015 adopted a resolution and directed its committee on tertiary institutions and TETFund to inquire into circumstances surrounding the new JAMB policy including allegations of favouritism as well as review of JAMB admission.

The upper chamber also said that its relevant committees should work to ensure the amendment of JAMB Act to reflect resolutions.

The new JAMB policy entails that a candidate will make a choice of one university, one polytechnic and one college of education and then sit for a computer based test (CBT) to gain admission into any tertiary institution in the country.


  1. SimplyAmazing

    March 3, 2016 at 11:05 am

    For once our Senate does something reasonable

  2. oluwaseun funmi kelly

    March 3, 2016 at 11:06 am

    that is good news.nice one.bellanaija pls post this.

  3. Adaisy

    March 3, 2016 at 11:12 am

    This is good news!! Lucky students.

  4. prince

    March 3, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Nice one by the Senate

  5. Favy

    March 3, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Loving the senate. WOW!

  6. cd

    March 3, 2016 at 11:26 am

    Good news

  7. Tiwo

    March 3, 2016 at 11:27 am

    It was about time! This is good news for the students

  8. ElessarisElendil

    March 3, 2016 at 11:33 am

    They should have extended this only if they added theory, in its current form its too easy. This will simply create a logjam of students seeking admission. Once again the senate goes the populist route without thinking the consequences through.

    *Dodges tomatoes* You guys know I’m right, its bitter, but I’m right.

    • CommonSenseLaw

      March 3, 2016 at 3:15 pm

      This ruling shouldn’t create a log Jam/Queue as the students that fail to get an admission in a particular year will normally come back the next year.

      You might have a point though but we cannot substantiate that yet as it will require a lot of statistics to back it up, which we don’t have right now. What we know right now is that this is purely a cost saving measure for applicants during this tough economic period.

      Considering the importance of going to University in Nigeria and how much money it will save those who need it, I think we should commend the Senate for making this common sense law. 🙂

  9. aya tomiwa

    March 3, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    @ElessarisEkendil, does IJMB not valid for 3-5yrs self and what consequence does it bring with it. Do you know how well ds parents struggle to pay for dere children’s form or how hard people work for them to get the form.
    I support ds 100%

  10. oluwaseun funmi kelly

    March 3, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    @Elessaris is like u re not a parent so you dont have a clue of what they go through in the payment of jamb form every year.

    • ElessarisElendil

      March 3, 2016 at 3:17 pm

      If I were a parent and my child kept failing JAMB every year, I would send them to learn a trade.

      This idea that everybody must have a University degree is one of those stupid short-sighted things Africans do, that’ll come back to bite us in the ass so we can blame colonialism.

      @Tomiwa, the problem it brings with it, is this stupid ruling, and yes it is stupid. It does not magically increase the number of universities. All it does is increase drown out qualified candidates.

      Yr 1= 1m write, 500,000 gain admission.

      Yr2= 1m write, 500,000 gain admission, 1 m pending.

      Yr3= 1m write, 500,000 gain admission, 1.5m pending.

      Surely I do not need to spell out why that’s scary, it won’t be long before somebody has the brilliant idea to scrap JAMB altogether, let it first come first serve. The 500,000 that pass yearly, do they have three heads.

      Stop encouraging mediocrity, the world is not waiting.

    • Chu

      March 3, 2016 at 4:39 pm

      While you made some valid points in that we are treating the symptoms and not the root, I beg to differ, if a student writes jamb this year and doesn’t enter, they will still write next year so its still the same number of people applying each year either way. Unless you are saying JAMB has a maximum number of students that are allowed to write per year which rations the number of students that can enter the higher institution.
      Why I particularly love is that asides from the fact that they save on money that is used to buy JAMB form yearly there is the issue of making JAMB in a year but due to inability to enter school they write in another year and the score is lower in the subsequent year.
      We all know JAMB is not a true test of intelligence (unless it has changed now). So it can be heartbreaking for a child to get 250 in a course but unable to enter maybe due to finances, incomplete WAEC or just general naija wahala to not be able to use that score and when they write it the next year the score is poorer than the former one.
      SO while the nation should make long term plans that are beneficial for all, I’m happy the students have some sort of breather.

    • That African Boy

      November 18, 2016 at 4:59 pm

      Boy shut your ass up and stop being a bitch alright before i come and whoop your sorry ass real bad you fucked up stupid cunt….Nigeria does something good for once and your being negative about it.Now more students can get there asses into school earlier and get educated and maybe turn out to help this sorry excuse for a country for the better and after i’m sure you will be saying nigeria this nigeria that, this is a good chance to avoid bad necessities for your children and you blab about shit. Boy get the hell out of here

  11. ElessarisElendil

    March 3, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    “Unless you are saying JAMB has a maximum number of students that are allowed to write per year which rations the number of students that can enter the higher institution.”

    No, what I’m saying is there is a fixed number of students who will get into universities yearly. Let’s say 500,000.

    Still with me so far?

    The problems this new law creates are:

    1. The spillover candidates will compete with the newer ones, albeit with a lesser qualification. Because JAMB isn’t theory but objective(I know, I know I’m being arrogant), it means its serves as less determinant of knowledge than theory, so these people who barely passed the last time will be competing with people who barely passed this time. It will simply overload the already overloaded admissions process. As you mentioned, JAMB as structured is not a true test of intelligence or hell knowledge, why I mentioned it should be changed to include theory. This law will simply encouraging mediocrity.

    2. It will continue to encourage this ‘by fire by force, university or nothing’ mentality we have. A better law would have involved, improving our polytechnics and COEs so those who can’t make it to university go there. This law encourages people to wait three years trying to enter university and this being Nigeria, more people will choose to wait for University admission. This continues our problem in this country, we will be subsidising COEs and Polytechnics, as their quality dwindles.

    ????I’m sorry, I’m a bit mentally exhausted right now, struggling to adequately explain, the gist of my stance however is, university entrance should be made harder not easier. The easier it is, the more it erodes the general scholarship.

    • Truth Sayer

      March 5, 2016 at 12:18 pm

      Mr man or woman there is always spill over that’s what actually increases population of candidates
      Please stop confusing yourself if you don’t have university degree go get one

    • Eze

      April 17, 2017 at 12:18 am

      Go and hid ur head in the want theory..why haven’t u scored 400,smchew!

  12. Francis Andrew

    March 3, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    Nice one from our senate. Now students will feel you. atleast it will be of help to the students

  13. Francis Andrew

    March 3, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    nice one. Senate.

  14. Uber bella

    March 3, 2016 at 9:45 pm

    Awesome. Great news

  15. utibeima

    March 4, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Na wen I don’ enter school abi

  16. utibeima

    March 4, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Na wen I don enter school abi

  17. dyel daniel

    March 4, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    the senates try but what of IJMB result?

  18. Nero

    March 4, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    Little wander why Lord lugard in his book ascerts dat Africans in general, and most Nigerians in specific, lacks Foresight!
    It bewilds my imagination dat even at this contemprary wrld, sum set of pipo stil cn nt define the necessity of Education!
    I believe cox i knw dat any1 whu knws d relivance of enlightenmnt wud advice it 2b free so as to actualiz education’s goal of creatin a society of iluminated minds.
    An educational analyst wil confirm it to u dat d Nigerian case is Instructional deficiency and nt d means of attainin d nxt level…..
    Or wat wud u say in France case wher sum elementary levels dnt write transitional exam?? U jst move frm 1 class tu d nxt at d end of academic year 4 dat klass!
    My pipo, lets nt irrational be rational judgin frm myopic evaluation an perception…….
    Wait a minute, adding theory to jamb? Do u no y its objective in d 1st place?? Av u asked urself why had it nt been both or jst theory frm inception??
    Infact, dis is d major problem of dis country! Likend Case of a geologist made Minister for Education, wen Education Professionals are dere! Ur condemin their policy?? What do u knw abt policy making??

    Let me nt continue!

  19. Success

    March 9, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    Cn we use 2015 result 4 2016 result since t valid 4 3yrs

  20. Bilyaminu isa

    March 15, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    nice one Senate

  21. Aliyous

    March 15, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    Very great and favourable amendment by the senate may god help all muslim and direct them to the right path.

  22. Sir sam c

    September 6, 2016 at 2:33 pm

    Nigeria,is becoming beta.


    September 20, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    Wow this is a great news, how wonderful it is for one to use his/her jamb result for good three yrs infact i like it by CHIMEZIE NWANKWO C FROM ABLE CHILD MODEL SCHOOL OBEHIE ASA ABIA STATE.

  24. noble king

    October 17, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    Wow dat was a plaudible one by d Senate and as 4 those contradicting pls find somewhere else where ur derailed grammar is most welcomed.

  25. mezie

    October 19, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    Hello Bella pls does the extension of the jambs result’s validity for 3 years Start with those that wrote the exams this year (2016)

  26. Yarima hayatu

    November 19, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    Can someone use his 2016 jamb to secure admission in 2017

  27. Yahya Babagana

    January 5, 2017 at 4:19 am

    Can we use 2016/17 result?

  28. ada

    January 6, 2017 at 8:55 am

    sm1 pls answer,can i still use my last year jamb dx year

  29. philip dayo

    January 6, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    pls we need answers to know if we can use 2016 jamb result to secure in 2017

  30. jabir Usman Ismail

    January 17, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    From which year the Senate extend of jamb to three-year will start

  31. Ibaniwari alibo

    January 24, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Please can use my 2016 jamb result to secure admission in 2017? Please reply

  32. #Stephanie

    February 19, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    Nigeria on a smooth path to hell…. Lord lemme get admitted before 2018 coz there’s an ugly Traffic ahead …. If you don’t wanna write twice read twice as hard! *crying* RIP logic, RIP

  33. Ngozi

    February 21, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    Pls, this implementation of jamb result lasting up to 3years, is it from the 2016/2017 jamb session?
    We urgently need a reply to this question. Help a fellow.
    Would be glad if an answer is provided as soon as possible.
    Thanks in anticipation.

  34. Nwafor Emeka

    March 9, 2017 at 10:44 am

    This is lovely .

  35. Aro

    May 16, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Can we use 2016 result for 2017

  36. Onah Anthony Ozoemena

    May 28, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    Can somebody answer this question for me? Does it mean that someone who failed JAMB examination this year will have to wait for three years before retaking it?

  37. john

    May 28, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    @ElessarisElendil ur comment is a typical comment excpected from a single woman with no kids who who lives in a delusion of being sophiscated even though everyone around knows she is dumb as a rock..ure asking for theory ,what is WAEC and NECO for ?
    u just like complaining for the sake of it.. u will send them to trade ..abeg, come back when u have children of ur , I beginning to understand why most married women are advised advised to keep away from single women .. the Senate did well in this case for once and they should be comemded for it

  38. NDIDI

    August 5, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    Nice one but we still an answer here

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