The Federal Government of Nigeria under Muhammadu Buhari has approved a reduction in the cost of forms for final year secondary school and post-secondary school examinations. The reduction was first announced by President Muhammadu Buhari’s media aide, Bashir Ahmad.
The decision was reached at the Federal Executive Council FEC meeting on Wednesday, November 29. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo presided over the meeting in the absence of Mr President. The President who was on official visit to Borno State.
The cost of Joint Admission and Matriculation Board JAMB forms was reduced from five thousand naira (N5,000) to three thousand five hundred naira (N3,500). Similarly, the cost of National Examination Council NECO forms was reduced from eleven thousand three hundred and fifty naira (N11,350) to nine thousand eight hundred and fifty naira (N9,850).
The cost of Basic Education Certificate, also handled by NECO, was also slashed from five thousand five hundred naira (N5,500) to four thousand naira (N4,000).
The reduction will be effective from January 2019.
Meanwhile, JAMB has been making hundreds of millions of naira excess gain since it’s new leadership headed by Ishaq Oloyede. This prompted many Nigerians to demand a reduction in the cost of forms.
In May, the House of Representatives urged the Federal Ministry of Education to reduce the cost of JAMB registration forms.
The call was triggered, following JAMB’s announcement that it remitted N7.8 billion to the federal government as returns from the sale of Unified Tertiary Examinations UTME registration forms in 2017.
Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, who briefed newsmen on Wednesday at the end of the three hours FEC meeting, said he passed a memo to call for the slash in fees. He said the slash followed the pleas from parents and guidance.
According to him, corruption in the agency has been eradicated, since the Buhari led administration set-up prudent management in JAMB.
“Considering the yearnings my parents, Mr President directed that we should look into the possibility of slashing the charges fees,” he said.
As said, from January 2019, the JAMB registration fee will be N3,500. Senior Secondary Certificate charged by National Examination Council NECO will be N9,850 and Basic Education Certificate handled by NECO will be N4,000.