UNIBEN Suspends ‘Screening Test’

The management of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), has announced the suspension of its ‘sceening test’, which was started Monday.
In announcing the suspension, the university’s Public Relations Officer, Michael Osasuyi, said on Tuesday, that it will take effect immediately.
“We are suspending this exercise now, in compliance with the Federal Government directive. We are suspending forthwith,” Osasuyi said.
The Street Journal had reported June 26 that the authorities of the university was flouting the directive the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu that no school should conduct any test outside the one conducted by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) as requirement to gain admission into Nigerian universities.
Osasuyi had told The Street Journal it was a ‘screening test and not exam’, saying there was no way the university’s management would not screen new intakes.
He said the N3,500 charged each student was for administrative purposes.
He had added the school was not flouting the Ministry’s directive.
Also, Monday the Ministry reiterated its earlier order. instructing the nation’s tertiary institutions to stop the conduct of the exercise.
“If any tertiary institution has conducted the post-UTME, such an exercise stands annulled and money taken from candidates must be returned immediately,” Adamu had said in a statement through the Deputy Director, Press and Public Relations, in the Ministry of Education, Mr. Ben Mem Goong.
In earlier order the Minister had 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.”
However, Osasuyi said the exercise was been suspended with immediate effect.
“We are suspending this exercise now, in compliance with the Federal Government directive. We are suspending forthwith,” he said.
The screening was scheduled begin on June 27 and last for two weeks.
It was also learnt that some candidate took the tests on Mnday but those scheduled for Tuesday showed up for the exercise before they were informed of the suspension.
The university’s spokesman called for calm, adding that the institution would communicate further information on the suspension to its prospective students.
“They (candidates) should just be calm and rest assured that the University ‎of Benin will not in any way flout the Federal Government’s directive and will not in any way undermine their choice for the university,” he said.

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