It is no longer news that the Federal Government has scrapped Post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations also known as Post UTME for candidates seeking admission into higher institution.
This took place on Thursday and has been all over the media. The government explained that all tertiary institutions were at liberty to conduct screening for candidates seeking admission into any school.
Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, said this on Thursday in Abuja after declaring open the 2016 Combined Policy Meeting on Admissions to Universities, Polytechnics and other higher institutions in Nigeria.
Adamu, expressed confidence in the examination conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), adding that there was no need for other examination to be conducted by universities after JAMB.
The government and stakeholders in education sector also pegged 180 as benchmark for 2016 admission into universities, polytechnics and colleges of education to improve quality of education in Nigeria.
Why Post UTME Was Scrapped
The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, said that since the federal government and stakeholders had confidence in the examinations conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriulation Board, JAMB, there was no need for other examinations to be conducted by universities after JAMB exams.
According to the Minister, “Our universities shouldn’t be conducting another examination; if they have any complaint against JAMB, they should come to the Ministry of Education and we will look into it.
“If JAMB is qualified to conduct the computer-based test and they are conducting the test, then there should be no need for students to sit another examination to get admission
“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.”
The minister spoke in reaction to a protest by a group of students numbering about 20 at the venue of the meeting. The protesters who blocked the entrance of the NUC office called on the government, National Assembly and other major stakeholders to put an end to the conduct of Post UTME.
Adamu also ordered JAMB to stop extra charges for change of course, change of school, among others and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Dr. Folashade Yemi Esan, also reechoed Adamu’s position saying the decision to scrap Post UTME was unanimously agreed by stakeholders at the meeting.
What do you think about this development? Do you think it is necessary? Do you think this will help school leavers get admission easily?