Senate moves to peg JAMB’s admission age at 18

Senate moves to peg JAMB’s admission age at 18

The Senate Committee on Basic Education has disclosed that it would ensure the amendment of the law establishing the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB to stop the board from admitting candidates below the age of 18 years.

This was disclosed on Monday, July 12, by the Vice Chairman of the committee; Senator Akon Eyakenyi, during the Senate committee’s oversight visit to JAMB.

According to the committee, age has a lot to do with learning ability, particularly in higher institutions.

Senator Eyakenyi noted that education is very important in the development of the country; stressing that the sector deserves to be given much attention. The Senator described the JAMB as a bridge between the secondary and the university; even as he noted that the agency was a necessary vehicle for the delivery of quality and standard education in Nigeria.

“If the products from the secondary schools are not properly catered for to be assessed before turning them into the university, definitely you will have a problem,” she disclosed to the Senate.

Meanwhile, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, on Monday, July 12, said he would not be a party to any bill that sought to gag media practitioners.

Gbajabiamila made the assertion at an award ceremony tagged; “Recognising Good Governance and Legislative Excellence in the Face of Adversity,” in Abuja.

The speaker was reacting to calls by some stakeholders to expunge the Press Council Bill which sought to regulate the activities of media practitioners.

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“I will not be part of any bill that will seek to gag the press. No bill will come to the floor of the House that seeks to gag the press; because the press is supposed to be the voice of the people.

“However, there is press freedom and there is freedom of expression. It is important for Nigerians to listen to one another and understand each other; so that we can make progress as a nation.

“That is made abundantly clear in the Constitution itself. If you go to section 45, it states the freedom of expression you have is limited for sake of security; it is written in black and white.”

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