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Senate Proposes 18 As Minimum Age For UTME Candidates

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The Senate has announced plans to amend the law establishing the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, (JAMB), so as to limit the age of a candidate sitting for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
The lawmakers suggested in the new amendment that 18 years should be set as the age for any candidate that will like to participate in UTME henceforth, as against the practice of candidates participating in the exercise as early as 14 years. Vice-Chairman, Senate Committee on Basic Education, Senator Akon Eyakenyi, disclosed the information on Monday when she led other Committee members on an oversight visit to JAMB headquarters in Abuja.

“We have the responsibilities of making laws and legislate. We have identified two major areas that we need to go into the process of amending the act establishing JAMB. That’s the area of support we will give,” she said. The Committee insisted that candidates should neither sit nor be admitted into the university below the age of 18, as age has a lot to do with learning ability.
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