The President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari has announced the reduction in the cost of forms for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and the Senior Secondary School Examination (SSSE).
The UTME is organized by the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) while the SSSE is conducted by the National Examination Council and Basic Education Certificate Examination.
The Minister of Education Adamu Adamu announced the development on behalf of the President, after the Federal Executive Council meeting in the State House, Abuja.
The Head of Digital Communications for President Muhammadu Buhari, Tolu Ogunlesi tweeted it on Wednesday using @toluogunlesi.
The reduction will take effect from January 2019.
He tweeted, “President Buhari has approved the reduction in the cost of Forms for JAMB UTME, NECO SSCE and the Basic Education Certificate Examination. With effect from January 2019, the cost of JAMB UTME Form will drop from N5,000 to N3,500. NECO will drop from N11,350 to N9,850.
“Minister of Education Adamu Adamu announced this just now at today’s
#FECBrief. He said President Buhari directed the Ministry to look into the reduction following the significant improvement in revenues being remitted to the Treasury by the Education Agencies.
“The Exam Agencies are not meant to be revenue generating bodies, they’re only supposed to cover costs/operating expenses. The sharp increase in remittances by JAMB(from less than N60m in 2010–2016 to >N15 BILLION in 2017/18) have shown that the fees being charged could be reduced.”