Universities can now conduct Post-UTME – Adamu
The Federal Government has lifted the ban on the conduct of post-UTME examinations by universities for admission seekers after the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
This was revealed in Abuja by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, saying that Universities, Polytechnics and other institutions were free to organise post-UTME screening as a pre-condition to gaining admission into public institutions.
Recall that Adamu, at a combined policy meeting on admissions to Universities, Polytechnics and other higher institutions in Nigeria, held in Abuja, June last year, banned the examination.
Announcing the change, Adamu explained that the Federal Government scrapped the examination in order to fully understand what was going on in the institutions but added that the government was now wiser regarding the conduct of the examination.
He urged the institutions and its authorities to make the fees for the post-UTME screening affordable in order not to impose huge financial burdens on parents.
“We are going to allow universities to have some choice. Universities can now decide to organise post-UTME, if they want,” Adamu stated.
“We have asked them not to impose huge financial burden on the parents. The burden should not be more than what they can bear.”
He expressed confidence in the examination conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and hailed the management of JAMB for remitting N5 billion to the Federal Government, saying the money was the highest so far in the last 40 years of JAMB’s existence.