Post-UTME Remains Banned – Edu. Minister


Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, has emphasized that the ban on Post Unified Tertiary matriculation Examination (post-UTME)  is with immediate effect, and under no circumstance should any institution violate the directive.

Giving the directive on Monday in Abuja, the Minister explained that although he had made the issue known earlier, 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 added that 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.

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He further explained that 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, he says 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.

The federal government had earlier in the month scrapped the conduct of Post-UTME by an institution of higher learning in the country and also pegged admission cut-off mark at 180. The minister had expressed confidence in the examination conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), adding that there was no need for other examinations (Post UTME) to be conducted by universities after JAMB.

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Post 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.