Ministerial nominee flays JAMB influence on education

By Cynthia Ferdinand October 28, 2015 16:24

Ministerial nominee flays JAMB influence on education

A ministerial nominee and Vice Chancellor of Imo State University between 2000-2005, Anthony Anwuka has blamed the current Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, for the current challenges facing the education sector.

He accused the institution of converting the colleges of education into dumping grounds for students universities rejected and also blamed the recent merging of JAMB into the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME.

The nominee who was being screened as a possible Minister of Education, stated this while fielding questions from senators during the just concluded ministerial screening exercise.

He decried the combining of the Examinations, for the Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education stating that it has only succeeded in affecting the training of teachers in Colleges of Education.

    “There must be a total re-look at what is going on in the UTME examination to give a breather to teachers’ education, to assist the teacher education sector in choosing the best.

    “I have it on good record that about 85 to 90 per cent of our students indicate interests in going to the universities, and the rest shared between the polytechnics and the colleges of education.

    “Sadly what happens is that, when they take these examinations and the results are released, JAMB first takes the blueprint of the result to the universities and allow them about one month to choose.

    “Understandably, the universities take the very best, next they pass on what is left to the polytechnics to choose and they pick from whatever is left.

    “Finally, that list is passed on the Colleges of Education where they pick the dreads; those that the Universities didn’t want and the Polytechnics didn’t want is what is sent to the colleges of education.

He expressed optimism that the challenges that have bedeviled the education sector will be treated as a matter of urgency if he becomes the minister of education.

Anwuka emphasized the importance of synergy between the stakeholders, the learner, government and industry.

    “We must develop a marshal plan based on well articulated programmes as listed in the APC manifesto.

    “We must focus on those things so that we can get our bearings right, he said.

He also acknowledged the need for a total clean up of the sector especially in the area of infrastructure and ownership of education institutions.