Education Minister Calls for the Scrapping of Post-UTME.
The Nigerian Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, has raised concerns over the post-UTME tests organized by higher institutions for candidates seeking admission after the JAMB UTME exam.
Adamu was speaking at the 2016 Combined Policy Meeting on Admissions to Degree, Nigerian Certificate of Education (NCE) and National Diploma (ND) which he chaired.
In his opening remark, Mr. Adamu said if there was confidence in JAMB’s conduct of the University Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME), there should be no need for post-UTME.
In his words: “If the universities have problem with what JAMB is doing, they should come forward with it and we will address it.
“JAMB is one of the most active parastatals in the ministry; I expect that policies that would be beneficial to Nigerian students should be discussed at this meeting. I believe there should be no ground to lower the quality; Nov. 30 remains the closing date for 2016 admission.
“No institution should exceed its quota in admission; we will start issuing penalties to defaulting institutions”, he added.
However, the Vice-Chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK), Awka, Prof. Joe Ahaneku, argued that post-UTME was vital for quality assurance and maintenance of standard.
He said that his institution arrested 183 impersonators during its 2015 post-UTME, who were able to evade JAMB’s UTME.