Senate on wednesday fixed Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) to N2, 500 from N5,650 that was paid this year by students recommending for the extension of the validity period of the UTME to three academic year.
Senate decision was sequel to the adoption of the Senate Committee on Tertiary institution and Tertiary report on inquiry into the new JAMB policy on admision.
The lawmakers also agreed to amend the Act establishing JAMB to reflect the extension of the validity period which is at the moment a year.
The Senate also adopted the recommendation of the Committee chaired by Senator Binta Masi Garba (APC, Adamawa North) that the change of institution, course form and other incidental activities around the exam should be free.
Contributing to the debate, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso (APC, Kano Central) said stressed the need for government to look into the revenue being generated by JAMB.
In another development, the Upper Chamber condemned the non- payment of allowances of Nigerian students studying abroad who are beneficiaries of the Bilateral Education Agreement (BEA) and other scholarships of the federal government.
The condemnation was sequel to a motion sponsored by Senator David Umaru (APC, Niger East) and seven others.
The senate also implored the Federal government to take immediate steps to ensure prompt payment of all outstanding allowances of students who under its scholarship scheme abroad.
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