The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Tuesday said it remitted N7.8 billion to federal government coffers from 2016 University and Tertiary Matriculation Examinations, UTME.
The board’s registrar, Is-haq Oloyede, made this known when a delegation from National Officers Council of Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union, COEASU, paid a visit to the board in Bwari, FCT.
Mr. Oloyede said “the board paid in N7.8 billion to Federal Government and not N5.2 billion.”
The JAMB spokesperson, Fabian Benjamin, had in July said the board remitted N5.2 billion.
He said the board would work to ensure that it met the needs of the sector and strive to sustain education standard in the country while calling for cooperation from stakeholders in the education sector to further raise standard, saying “let us work together and push government to do the needful so that education would be where it ought to be.
“When we identify obstacles, we could push government to amend some areas to enhance the sector.
“I do not see why we should have more than four credits before one can get into college of education, forgetting that it created an opportunity for people like us in the past.
“I assure you that UTME score does not determine the quality of one’s education; it is the environment that makes the difference obvious by segregating institutions.”
Mr. Oloyede challenged the officers on the need to officially make a case for the National Council of Education, which he said was made up of commissioners of education, to review the number of credits to be attained by intending candidates of colleges of education.