The Federal Government Thursday scrapped the conduct of
post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) for
candidates seeking admission into higher institution.
The government explained that all tertiary institutions were
at liberty to conduct screening for candidates seeking
admission into any school.
Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, said this on
Thursday in Abuja after declaring open the 2016 Combined
Policy Meeting on Admissions to Universities, Polytechnics
and other higher institutions in Nigeria.
Adamu, expressed confidence in the examination
conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board
(JAMB), adding that there was no need for other
examination to be conducted by universities after JAMB.
He said: “As far as I am concerned the nation has
confidence in what JAMB is doing. The universities should
not be holding another examination and if the universities
have any complain against JAMB let them bring it and then
we address it.
“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.” i
The Minister also asked the JAMB to stop extra charges on
several categories of changes on admissions such as the
change of course, change of school and others.
Meanwhile, the JAMB has pegged the cut – off mark for
admission for 2016 at 180.
The 180 benchmark, applies to all universities and higher
institutions in the country, including polytechnics, colleges
of education, and others.
JAMB’s Registrar and Chief Executive Officer, Prof. Dibu
Ojerinde, after a long debate with delegates from various
institutions, told journalists that no institution would go
below the 180 cut-off set by the board.
He said: “180 is given, no institution will go below