Despite debate by the Federal Government to scrap Post-Unified Tertiary Examination (Post-UTME), the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, RSUST, has proceeded to set criteria for students to participate in their screening exercise.
This is perceived to mean a complete disregard to the directive of the federal government who endorsed Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, and deemed Post-UTME as ‘unnecessary’.
During the 2016 Combined Policy Meeting on Admissions to Universities, Polytechnics and other higher institutions in Nigeria, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu said:
“As far as I am concerned, the nation has confidence in what JAMB is doing. The universities should not be holding another examination (Post-UTME) and if the universities have any complain against JAMB, let them bring it and then we address it.”
The decision was corroborated by the Director-General of the Joint Admission and Matriculations Board, JAMB, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde.
Meanwhile, despite the scrapping of the exercise, the Rivers state-owned University in an announcement signed by the Registrar, D. C. Odimabo has released a schedule for conducting the examination.
The announcement reads in part:
“All candidates who chose the Rivers State University of Science and Technology during the 2016 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) and have received notification to that effect from JAMB are hereby requested to take note of the following:
- “The screening exercise for admission of candidates will be administered only on candidates who chose RSUST and have received notification to that effect from JAMB.
- “Only candidates who scored 180 and above in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) are qualified for the screening exercise in all the Faculties of the University.
- “Candidates must possess the basic five (5) O’ level credit passes in accordance with the University’s Entry Requirements (Faculty/ Departmental) before applying
for the screening exercise. It is mandatory that Candidates should upload their O ‘Level results and a scanned copy of their passport photograph. However, candidates who are awaiting their O’level results may apply but should so
- “Candidates are expected to register for the screening exercise On-line by logging onto www.ust.edu.ng and making e-payment of Seven Thousand Naira (N7, 000.00) only, using Interswitch Verve enabled cards or using the Pay Direct Bank Branch option, comprising
One Thousand (N1, 000.00) Naira Application fee, Four Thousand, five Hundred (N4, 500.00) Naira Test
Fee, One Thousand, five Hundred (N1, 500.00) Naira for Computer Demonstration Exercise.
- “The registration for the screening exercise will start from Monday 13th June, 2016 and end on Friday 1st
The Daily Post said that effort to get a reaction from the RSUST PRO proved abortive. While some students who spoke on the condition of anonymity, described the post JAMB screening fees as unimaginable.