The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has slashed the fee of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) forms from N5,000 to N3,500 effective January next year.
It also reduced the cost of procuring the Senior Secondary Certificate supervised by the National Examinations Council (NECO) from N11,350 to N9,850 as well as that of the Basic Education Certificate from N5,500 to N4,000.
The House of Representatives had in May this year urged the Ministry of Education to cut the cost of obtaining the JAMB application forms.
The appeal followed the announcement by the organisation that it remitted N7.8 billion to the Federal Government as proceeds from sales of the Unified Tertiary Examinations (UTME) application forms in 2017.
The lawmakers had accused JAMB of becoming a “revenue-generating agency.”
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, who briefed State House Correspondents at the end of the meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo yesterday, stated that he presented a memo in that respect following pleas from parents.
On the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the minister said government was resuming negotiations with the lecturers tomorrow, expressing optimism that all contentious issues would be resolved.