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FG May Scrap Post UTME Over Admission Irregularities

UTME, education minister
Posted: Jun 3, 2016 at 6:01 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Innocent Oweh

Abuja – Strong indications emerged on Thursday that the Federal Government might direct universities to stop the conduct of Post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME).

Malam Adamu Adamu, Minister of Education, gave this hint when he declared open the 2016 combined policy meeting on admissions to Degree, Nigeria Certificate in Education, National Diploma and Higher National Diploma awarding institutions.

The Combined Policy Meeting is an annual forum where admission officers and stakeholders from universities, polytechnics and other tertiary institutions converge to debate on a common cut-off points for admissions.

Adamu who expressed confidence in the UTME conducted by JAMB, however, argued that it was unnecessary for individual institutions to conduct a separate examination to guarantee admissions.

“As far as I am concerned JAMB has built a level of confidence in terms of conducting the UTME, a situation where universities go and conduct other examinations is unnecessary.

“If the universities have any complain against JAMB, let them channel their complaints appropriately and we would address it.

“But 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,” Adamu said.

The policy meeting, however, agreed that 180 be adopted as general minimum cut-off points for admissions to universities, polytechnics, colleges of education and other diploma awarding institutions.

The meeting moderated by Professor Dibu Ojerinde, Registrar and Chief Executive of JAMB, also revealed that preferences for degree awarding institutions was still on the high side.

According to Ojerinde, first choice preference for degree awarding institutions stood at 97.78 per cent as against 1.1 per cent for National Certificate in Education and National Diploma courses.

Candidate’s statistics by faculties while putting in for the examination revealed that 105.198 per cent preferred science related courses while 66.97per cent were in favour of education courses.

Meanwhile, Adamu has ordered JAMB to stop extra charges on several categories of admission modifications, especially change of course, change of institutions and others issues.

While stakeholders debated the cut-off points, some students believed to have been shortchanged through the Post UTME protested at the National Universities Commission, venue for the meeting.

Though few in number, they suggested that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) initiate probes into the various university administrators, especially the utilisation of the Post UTME funds generated annually.