No Post UTME starting from 2016/2017 academic session
No Post UTME starting from 2016/2017 academic session as the Federal Government on Thursday 1st June, 2016 categorically stated that Post UTME which is written to select qualified candidates into the university level should be scrapped. FG went further to state that there is no need for the exam since the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board conducts its exam in a way that creates confidence.
The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu gave the order at the National Universities Commission (NUC) in Abuja, while declaring open the 2016 combined policy meeting on admissions to Universities, Polytechnics and other higher institutions of learning in Nigeria.
Mallam 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’s statement was in reaction to a protest by a group of 20 students at the venue of the meeting.
The protesters blocked the entrance of the NUC office and called on the government, National Assembly as well as other stakeholders to stop the conduct of Post-UTME.
Also on this, Adamu ordered JAMB to stop extra charges for change of course and institution.
The meeting, also accepted/adopted 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 emphasized 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.