Group to JAMB: Seizing results of under -18 candidates unconstitutional

A human rights group, Foundation for Civic Education, Human Rights and Development Advancement (FoCEHr aDA) Tuesday gave the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) seven days ultimatum to release withheld results of candidates of the last examination.

A statement signed by the Executive Director of FoCEHr aDA, Clifford Thomas and sighted by Blueprint correspondent in Uyo, stated that JAMB lacks constitutional powers to withhold results of students under 18 years.

The statement reads: “We condemn in very strong terms, the non-release of results of candidates in certain centers in Akwa Ibom, and in other states of the federation, by the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board (JAMB) in the recently released results for the 2024 JAMB examinations.

“JAMB has not shown good faith and professional competence in the conduct and management of entrance examinations into tertiary institutions in Nigeria. 

“We don’t understand why in an examination not conducted by, or any input made by the candidates, the examination body which screens candidates nominates and gives centers, dates, venues and timetables to candidates, would seize results of candidates, and claim that such results are “under investigation.

“There is no law in Nigeria which forbids candidates less than 18 years of age from writing JAMB’s entrance examinations. 

“It amounts to an illegality, unconstitutional and a violation of the social educational rights of candidates to also seize their results because they are less than 18 years. JAMB is calling for the kind of trouble that may eventually lead to its extinction.

“We give an ultimatum of seven days, commencing from Wednesday, 8th of May, 2024, to release the seized results.”

The group through the statement added that at the expiration of the seven days ultimatum and if there is no positive response from the board, the group  will mobilise and galvanise support from parents and guardians, to commence an advocacy for the scrapping of JAMB.