The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) handling higher institutions’ admission is an encroachment into the university’s autonomy, noting that the board has no right to conduct admissions, decide qualification, give admission, or delist programmes of universities in the country.
This was contained in a statement by the union’s national president, Emmanuel Osodeke.
He said, “The autonomy of universities is under increasing threat by the meddlesome activities of JAMB in admission processes and regulation of academic activities in the Nigerian university system.
“JAMB was created by an Act of the National Assembly in 1978.
“[It is] responsible for the conduct of matriculation examinations for admission into a tertiary institution in Nigeria, appointment of examiners, and dissemination of information on all matters relating to entrance exams.
“It is the prerogative and responsibility of each university senate to superintend over all academic matters in the university.
“These include setting the admission requirements and approval of university undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
“Giving admission to candidates is the duty of senate, while regulation or accreditation of programmers is the prerogative of National Universities Commission.
“However, it is a matter of regret that JAMB is operating outside its jurisdiction of collecting and disseminating information on matters relating to admissions from respective institutions based on senate recommendations.
“We call upon JAMB to desist from overstepping its original mandate and allow universities to decide on admission policies and processes.”
On Monday, ASUU declared a one-month strike over the federal government’s failure to meet its demands.