FG Retains Post UTME; Pegs Price At N2,500

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu
Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu

The Federal Ministry of Education and other stakeholders in the tertiary education sub-sector have agreed to retain the post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, screening, but Universities must not charge beyond N2,500 as the fee for the exams.

This is contained in a statement issued by Michael Faborode, former vice chancellor of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, and the Secretary-General, Association of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities, AVCNU, on Wednesday in Abuja.

Faborode said the agreement was reached after a meeting that had in attendance of officials of the ministry of Education and representatives from federal universities, polytechnics and colleges of education.

The secretary-general said it was agreed that the post-UTME screening should be sustained following the scrapping of the Computer Based Test, CBT.

“From the statement made by the Permanent Secretary, Folashade Yemi-Esan at the meeting, there is no objection to screening by universities as long as it is not another CBT.

“She agreed that universities should advertise and the maximum fee that should be charged for the screening should be N2,500 – bank charges inclusive.’’

Faborode stated further that the association will formally convey its stance to the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu.






     

     

    The Federal Government had in June this year announced the scrapping of Post-UTME through a statement issued by the Deputy Director of Press and Public Relations in the Ministry of Education, Ben Goong, which quoted the Education minister as saying that the ban was with immediate effect.

    “Under no circumstance should any institution violate the directive. The responsibility for admission into public tertiary institutions lies solely with the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and, under no circumstance, whatsoever, should anybody or institution takeover that responsibility by proxy,” the statement had read.

    It added: “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 JAMB.’’

    The minister’s announcement of the ban raised a lot of controversy in the sector as many people argued that authorities of various institutions should be allowed to decide how to accept candidates.

     

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