A rights group, Stand Up Nigeria has said the directive of the federal government to scrap the Post- UTME (Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations) is a welcome development and a boost to the anti-corruption fight in the education sector as it will end the generation of revenue that does not get to the government coffers.
The group said most institutions have turned the exercise to a corrupt means of impoverishing innocent Nigerians.
Stand Up Nigeria in a statement by its secretary general, Sunday Attah described the Post UTME as an exploitative practice to “extort admission seekers under the guise of screening them for competence.”
He said the examination was also a loophole for corruption that allows tertiary institution staff to admit preferred candidates by technically voiding the UTME scores.
He said, “We therefore see the scrapping of this controversial examination as a boost to the anti-corruption fight in the education sector as it will end the generation of revenue that does not get to the government coffers.”
Attah also commended the Registrar of JAMB, Prof Dibu Ojerinde and his team for bringing about the change that restored the credibility of the examination body.
According to him, “We all know the state JAMB was in before Prof Ojerinde stepped in to revamp and repositioned the place. Today, the confidence of the government is such that it was able to argue that there should be no need for universities to conduct internal examinations to determine the fate of candidates seeking admissions because of the absolute confidence in JAMB. The minister of Education also confirmed that JAMB has built a level of confidence in terms of conducting the UTME.