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FG scraps Post UTME, pegs cut-off points at 180

The Federal Government on Thursday
ordered that the controversial
examinations usually organised by
universities in Nigeria for admission
seekers after the Unified Tertiary
Matriculation Examinations should be
scrapped.

The government argued that if there was
absolute confidence in the Joint
Admissions and Matriculation Board,
there should be no need for Universities to
conduct internal examinations to
determine the fate of candidates seeking
admissions.

The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu
Adamu, gave the order at the National
Universities Commission in Abuja, while
declaring open the 2016 combined policy
meeting on admissions to Universities,
Polytechnics and other higher institutions
in Nigeria.

T he combined policy meeting is an annual
forum where admission officers and
stakeholders from universities,
polytechnics and other tertiary institutions
converge to debate on common cut-off
points for admissions.

Adamu said, “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.

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.

The meeting, however, agreed that 180 be
adopted as general minimum cut-off
points for admissions to Universities,
Polytechnics, Colleges of Education and
other Diploma awarding institutions
respectively.

The meeting which was moderated by the
Registrar/Chief Executive of JAMB, Prof.
‘Dibu Ojerinde, also emphasised that
preferences for degree-awarding
institutions was still on the high side.

According to him, first choice preference
for degree-awarding institutions stood at
97.78 per cent as against 1.1 per cent for
National Certificate in Education and
National Diploma courses.