ASUU Opposes Scrapping Of Post-UTME


The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has opposed Federal Government’s directive to scrap Post-UTME for candidates into tertiary institutions.

The Union argues that the quality of tertiary education in the country could improve if the institutions are allowed to regulate their students’ admission process.

ASUU National President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Lagos that freedom to organise the Post-UTME exams by institutions would enhance quality of education.

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According to the ASUU boss, such directive encroached on the autonomy of the institutions. He is of the opinion that government should give these institutions the chance to regulate and decide for themselves the process they dim fit to admit their students.

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The Senate of universities for example, should decide on the process they want to use in selecting candidates. He says the union does not think it is right for government to decide the method of screening of the candidates, since we want to attain some level of sanity and quality in the system.

Recall that the Minister of Education had at a recent joint policy meeting to decide the cut off mark for students seeking admission into the universities, announced the scrapping of post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The Post UTME is the second stage of screening usually conducted by universities for the final selection of candidates qualified for admission for an academic session.

The minister, Adamu Adamu, had said in a statement that he would sanction any university or tertiary institution found conducting examinations under any guise to admit students.

He further directed tertiary institutions that had collected money from candidates for such purposes to immediately refund it or face appropriate sanctions.

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The minister said if any tertiary institution had already conducted any form of examination, such an exercise stood annulled.