The Federal Government had directed all tertiary high schools through the ministry of education instructing all tertiary institutions to disregard/stop the usual post-utme screening exercise. However, a number of schools have given deaf ears to this directive and continued the exercise using disguise names such as admission screening exercise etc.
The minister has also declared that post-utme examinations already taken are null and void; threatening that any institution caught still conducting the examination under any reason would be sanctioned.
These were made known in a press statement issued by Deputy Director Press and Public Relations, Ben Bem Goong. The strong-worded statement reiterated the ministry’s position that post-utme examinations have been cancelled with immediate effect and no institution should conduct such examinations.
The minister warned that once the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) have certified a candidate worthy of admission into any of the tertiary institutions, that candidate must be deemed fit by the institution.
According to the statement, students who have already been offered admission by JAMB may be screened by the institutions but this must not involve the conduct of any other entry examination. The candidates can be screened by verifying their certificates but not through the conduct of examinations.
Ben Bem Goong through the ministry of education stated that it is unnecessary to subject students to further examinations when they have been offered examinations by JAMB since they will still have to go through between eight or 12-semester examinations throughout their four to six years study in the institutions.
Therefore the minister directed the National Universities Commission (NUC) and appropriate departments in the ministry to communicate the directive to relevant agencies and institutions to ensure strict compliance.
The minister of education reiterated the Federal Government’s ban on post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, post-utme, conducted by tertiary institutions for admission into universities and other higher schools of learning in the country. Adamu told journalists in Abuja that any institution that violates the directive will be punished by the Federal Government. He said: “The ban is with immediate effect and under no circumstance should any institution violate the directive. Those who have already advertised for the conduct of the post-utme under any guise should stop the exercise immediately. “If any tertiary institution has already conducted post-utme, such an exercise stands annulled and money taken from candidates must be refunded immediately. ”He said the emphasis had become necessary to ensure that no stakeholder was left in doubt about government’s position on the matter. Furthermore, he said: “For the avoidance of doubt, any educational institution, after secondary education, is regarded as a tertiary institution. Therefore, all tertiary institutions, by whatever name it is called, after secondary education, must be subjected to admission through JAMB.”
There was no empirical evidence to show that since the inception of post-utme, universities had been having better students, adding that students were still being expelled annually for low performance, even as they gained admission through post-utme.
The minister directed the National Universities Commission, NUC, and the appropriate departments
in the ministry to communicate this directive to relevant agencies and institutions to ensure strict
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