Chidimma Uchegbu, Abuja
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) have taken the President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke to the cleaners over his claims about the role of the examination board in university admissions.
Speaking in a statement signed by its Head, Public Affairs and Protocol, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, JAMB said the ASUU President lacked proper information on the functions of JAMB.
According to the board, it is involved in university admissions only to the extent of managing the processes and not in direct admission of students as claimed by the ASUU President.
The statement reads: “The attention of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has been drawn to the ill-informed statement made by the rattled President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke. He betrayed his acute ignorance of the admission process into tertiary institutions in the country when he appeared on a programme on one of the radio stations in Abuja on Saturday, 11th June 2022.
“The ASUU President had made this unfortunate blunder in his laborious effort to curry favour with the public when he unimaginatively said, “…Admissions are being done by JAMB and sent to you … Vice-Chancellors don’t know how the admissions are done.”
“It is highly reprehensible for an academic, albeit a researcher of such high standing, not to have the slightest idea of how candidates are admitted or to be ill-prepared for such a public forum. It is thus obvious that the problem bedeviling the educational sector is actually deeper than we had imagined.
“We challenge the Professor to present one Vice-Chancellor of University, Rector of Polytechnic or Provost of any college of education with even one candidate that has not been recommended by the institution but admitted in the last five years.
“The Board promises the Professor one million naira if he can substantiate his falsehood with even one proof.”