– Education minister says the announcement
was important to re-echo it in the minds of
stakeholders
– Argues that only JAMB scores and certificates
should be requirements for admission
The federal government has reiterated its desire
to place a permanent ban on the Post Unified
Tertiary Matriculation Examination (Post-UTME).
This much was disclosed by Malam Adamu
Adamu, Nigeria’s minister of education, who
confirmed that the initial ban on the exercise,
stated categorically that it (the ban) takes
immediate effect.
According to a press statement obtained by
Leadership, Adamu said he had to emphasise the
ban so as to ensure that no stakeholder is left in
doubt on government’s position.
Ben Ben Goong, the deputy director, press and
public relations in the ministry of Education,
issued the released which read: “For the
avoidance of doubt, any educational institution
after secondary education is regarded as a
tertiary institution. Therefore all tertiary
institutions, polytechnics, Colleges of Education,
universities or by whatever name it is called after
secondary education must be subjected to
admission through the JAMB.
“Clearing in this case (screening) entails only the
verification of certificates of the candidates,
JAMB scores, and any other physical examination
to ensure that such candidates are not cultists.
After this, the candidates are qualified for
matriculation.
“Such screening should be at no cost to the
parents or students and should be done upon
resumption in order to avoid unnecessary travels
in search of admission.”
The minister added that a situation where final
year students in the nation’s secondary schools
are subjected to too many examinations in one
year could be best described as traumatic,
exploitative and absolutely unnecessary.
Recently, a report by Daily Sun detailed how
some universities have tactfully ignored the
directive of the federal government as regards the
recent cancellation of post-UTME fees.
According to the report, the universities have
devised other means to test applicants and
charge administrative fees in the process.
The universities were said to have invited
applicants for admission for the 2016/2017
academic session, ask them to pay certain
amount and also sit for a screening test before
being considered for admission.

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