Acorrding to media reports, Prof. Peter Okebukola, a former Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), has criticised the recently announced method of admitting students into tertiary institutions, saying it amounted to admitting candidates blindly.
Prof. Peter Okebukola Okebukola made the assertion while speaking on the sidelines of the 2016 Speech Day and Prize Giving ceremony of Queen’s College, Yaba, Lagos, on Monday.
He said that the current criteria or guidelines put in place for admission of candidates into the country’s tertiary institutions would only allow unqualified candidate to be admitted. Okebukola, who was reacting to the recent cancellation of the Post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) by the Federal Government, said the criteria were still unclear to stakeholders.
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) had on July 10, clarified that the 2016 admissions would be conducted purely on the three existing admission pillars of merit, catchment area and educationally less developed states.
It added that candidates were to present their Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE)/Advanced Level (AL) results for verification and clearing purposes.
The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, had announced the cancellation at a recent meeting on the selection of candidates for admission into tertiary institutions. Adamu had also warned that any institution that went contrary to the directive would be sanctioned.
He added that institutions were, however, at liberty to conduct their screening by cross-checking the SSCE results of the candidates that must include five credits, including Mathematics and English Language at a sitting.
Okebukola said: “Actually, I must say that we do not know where we are heading to yet.
“The reason is that both the JAMB and the universities under the umbrella of Association of Vice-Chancellors of Nigeria Universities (AVCNU) are not even sure of the criteria.
“We have yet to have any clear view of where we are going yet, but I suspect that in another one week or two, we are likely to know where we are going. “As of now, the environment is still very cloudy on the post UTME thing,’’ he said.