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FG Bows To Senate On Post-UTME, Scraps CBT

Posted: Jul 6, 2016 at 6:35 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Isuma Mark

Abuja – The Federal Government has cowered to the Nigerian Senate after it revised its position on post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) by accepting the senate’s N2, 500 proposal for students that would undergo post-UTME.

The government also scrapped the Computer-Based Test (CB).

Rising from a meeting attended by the Ministry of Education and other stakeholders in the tertiary education sub-sector, in Abuja on Wednesday, Prof. Michael Faborode the Secretary-General, Association of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (AVCNU), announced the resolutions reached during the deliberation.

The meeting was attended by officials of the ministry, federal universities, polytechnics and colleges of education as announced in a statement issued by Prof. Faborode.

“From the statement made by the Permanent Secretary, Dr Folashade Yemi-Esan at the meeting, there is no objection to screening by universities as long as it is not another CBT,” Prof Faborode said.

“She agreed that universities should advertise and the maximum fee that should be charged for the screening should be N2,500 – bank charges inclusive,’’ he announced.

He added a formal letter would be conveyed to the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu.

The Minister of Education had toed a different line of action from the Senate announcing and insisting on the scrapping of post-UTME amid protests from tertiary institutions, most of who went ahead to conduct the exercise in repudiation of the minister’s unilateral action. The minister issued threats of punishing erring schools afterwards.

However, the Senate took a critical look and passed a resolution reducing the cost of pos-UTME to N2, 500 from N5,650 that it stood at.

The resolution followed the adoption of the report of the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFund on the inquiry into the

new admission policy of the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB).

But according to Mr Adamu, there was no need for post-UTME. He had said, “As far as I am concerned , the nation has confidence in what JAMB is doing. The universities should not be holding another examination and if the universities have any complained against JAMB let them bring it and then we address it.

“If JAMB is qualified enough to conduct tests and they have conducted test then there will be no need to conduct another test for students to gain admission,” he stressed.

The mood that emerged from the stakeholders’ resolution was a firm belief that the controversy has been put to rest.