– Education minister says the announcement
was important to re-echo it in the minds of
– 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
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.