The Registrar of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, Professor Is-iaq Oloyede on Monday said the board is saving around 5N billion annually through the introduction of technology.
Oloyede said this while presenting a paper titled, ‘baseline and assessment: Improving. Access, quality and equity in tertiary education in Ogun State’, at the 1st Ogun State education summit 2017 held at June 12 cultural center, Abeokuta.
Speaking on the UTME, Prof Oloyede said, “The experience of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board with the deployment of appropriate technology for registration and examination by a group of young Nigerians is very instructive cut cost by at least five billion naira (N5bn) annually”.
The JAMB Registrar who chides the civil servants on corruption and economy opined that the economy cannot sustain the weight of government workforce adding that If the fight against corruption is sustained, government job would become unattractive, “as it is not the one hundred thousand naira (N100,000) per month salary for Permanent Secretary in some states that is keeping people in public service but the associated corrupt tendencies”.
“Iron benders, builders, electricians who are well trained, can make more money than some Permanent Secretaries in some states, if they are very hard-working”.
He advised further “Skill acquisition should be considered as co-curriculum rather than extra curriculum at the secondary and tertiary institutions.
This will pave way for the much talked diversification of the Nation’s economy”.
For quality education, Prof Oloyede recommended “In pursuit of excellence, the need for qualitative education for all must continue to be encouraged”.
“In the desire for peace, equity, fairness and justice, education must be made affordable and qualitative by all means possible”.
“TETFUND allocation must be directed at projects that would add value to education at the tertiary level.
The gap between allocation and disbursement must be bridged by conscientious efforts at meeting all due processes of TETFUND.
There is a need for Ogun State to set up its own Education Trust Fund that would focus on assisting indigent students to fund their education and make their education affordable.
Establishment of Tertiary Admission Monitoring Committee to monitor the Applications and Admissions of State indigenes to tertiary institutions, particularly those which have Ogun State as their Catchment Area.
Set up of Examination Ethics Group to monitor Computer Based Test centres and other examination venues in the state to ensure that all forms of sharp” practices, irregularities and examination malpractices are eliminated.