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UNIBEN Conducts Pre Admission Test for New Intakes in Contrary to Minister’s Directive


Authorities of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Edo State, are set to conduct test as prerequisite for admission into the various courses available in the school.
The ‘pre admission screening’ , as it is now called, it was learnt, is expected to begin from June 27 and end on Friday, July 1.
The exercise will attracts N3,500 fee per student.
This is in disregard to the ban on any form of test outside one conducted by the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) for admission into universities in the country.
Recall, on June 2 this year, Education Minister, Malam Adam Adamu, had barred universities, federal polytechnics and colleges of education, across the country from conducting any form of test as requirement for admission henceforth.
He had said Post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME), will no longer be required as a pre-condition to gaining admission into Nigerian universities.
He said it was the decision of the Federal Government and stakeholders in education sector.
Also, cut off marks for the 2016 admission into universities, polytechnics, colleges of education, was pegged at 180.
He had said the 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 June 2, 2016.
While declaring open ‎the meeting, he 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 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.
The Public Relations Officer, UNIBEN, Michael Osasuyi, who spoke with The Street Journal, said it was a ‘sceening exercise’ and not test as such.
“We are starting our screening tomorrow (Monday). The Minister did not say screening was bound. The peculiarity of university system gives room for a university to conduct further evaluation of new intakes. Imagine where you have over 80,000 thousand students vying for limited space, it is only fair that you screen to determine those who are eligible for admission. We are not flouting any rule”, he said.
He also said the money charged (N3,500) was for ‘administrative purposes’ and not levy, saying it was all well for the system.

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