Nigeria’s Education Minister, Malam Adamu Adamu has reiterated that the
ban on Post Unified Tertiary matriculation Examination is with immediate
effect, and under no circumstance should any institution violate the
Unified Tertiary matriculation Examination, otherwise known as
Post-UTME is conducted by Tertiary Institutions for admission into
Universities and other higher institutions of learning in Nigeria.
giving the directive on Monday in Abuja, the Minister explained that
although he had made the issue known earlier, but emphasis has become
necessary in order to ensure that no stakeholder is left in doubt as to
government position on the Post UTME matter.
He said the
responsibility for admission into public tertiary institutions lies
solely with the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and
under no circumstance should any institution take over the
responsibility by proxy.
“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. At the end of probationary admission by JAMB, the candidates can
be cleared (screened) for final admission. For any institution with a
shortfall in admission, such institution can revert to JAMB for
supplementary admission. 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 admission,” the Minister explained.
Malam Adamu decried
the situation where final year students in Nigeria secondary schools
are subjected to too many examinations all in one year, describing it as
traumatic, exploitative and absolutely unnecessary.
Adamu, mere admission into the University does not guarantee any
student the award of a degree until such a student successfully goes
through a minimum of eight examinations (for 4-year courses) or ten and
twelve examinations (for 5 and 6 year courses), among other
The Minister expressed worry over reasons why any
university would not be satisfied with examining a student for eight,
ten or twelve times for the award of a degree, but would rather sort to
conducting entry examinations.
He said Universities are at
liberty to expel any student who fails to meet up with the requirements
of the award of any degree enrolled for.
The Minister also stated
that there has been no empirical evidence to show that since the
inception of Post-UTME, Universities have been having better quality
students, but that students are still being expelled on a yearly basis
for low performance even as they gained admission through Post-UTME.
Plight of parents/Guardians
Malam Adamu said he is deeply concerned about the plight of
parents/guardians who spend fortunes on transportation, hotel
accommodation, examination fees and sundry costs, just for their wards
to gain admission into Universities, that such practice negates the
Buhari Administration’s resolve to make education affordable for
The Minister said he is also mindful of reported cases
where some staff of tertiary institutions take undue advantage of the
girl-child in her quest to gain admission into the system.
acknowledged some cases where parents die in the process of travelling
to secure admission for their wards, and never live to see those
children through, a situation he described as painful and avoidable.
Minister has however directed the National Universities Commission
(NUC) and appropriate departments in the Ministry to communicate the
directive to relevant agencies and institutions to ensure strict
Malam Adamu warned higher institutions that have
already advertised for the conduct of the Post-UTME under any guise to
stop the exercise immediately as any university caught conducting
Post-UTMNE will face appropriate sanctions.
“if any tertiary
Institution has already conducted Post-UTME, such an exercise stands
annulled and money taken from such candidates must be refunded
immediately,” the Minister added.