Post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME), will no longer be required as a pre-condition to gaining admission into Nigerian universities.
This was the decision of the Federal Government and stakeholders in education sector, Thursday.
Also, cut off marks for the 2016 admission into universities, polytechnics, colleges of education, was pegged at 180.
These decisions were reached at the 2016 Combined Policy Meeting on Admissions to Universities, Polytechnics and other higher institutions in Nigeria, which held in Abuja on Thursday.
The Minister of Education , Malam Adamu Adamu, while declaring open the meeting, argued that if there was absolute confidence in the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, there should be no need for universities to conduct internal examinations to determine the fate of candidates seeking admissions.
He said: “As far as I am concerned, the nation has confidence in what JAMB is doing, the universities should not be holding another examinations and if the universities have any complain against JAMB, let them bring it and then we address it.
“But if JAMB is qualified enough to conduct tests and they have conducted test, then there will be no need to conduct another test for students to gain admission.”
According to Adamu, “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 spoke in reaction to a protest by a group of students numbering about 20 at the venue of the meeting.
The protesters who blocked the entrance of the NUC office called on the government, National Assembly and other major stakeholders to put an end to the conduct of Post-UTME.
Adamu also ordered JAMB to stop extra charges for change of course, change of school, among others.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Dr. Folashade Yemi Esan, also reechoed Adamu’s position saying the decision to scrap Post-UTME was unanimously agreed by stakeholders at the meeting.