Education Minister Summons VCs To A Meeting Over Post-UTME

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The Federal Ministry of Education has called for a meeting with Vice-Chancellors, admission officers, and other stakeholders to discuss processes for the post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan, made this known while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja, saying the meeting would hold next week.

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Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, recently raised concern over the post-UTME test being conducted by various universities, stating that if the nation has confidence in what JAMB is doing, the universities should not be holding another examination.

“As far as I am concerned, if the nation has confidence in what JAMB is doing, the universities should not be holding another examination. If the universities have any complain against JAMB, let them bring it and then we address it. But 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.”

Yemi-Esan however, stressed in her speech that the Minister had made a pronouncement which should be complied with and that the responsibility of the ministry is now to give them guidelines and modalities on how to go about what the Honourable Minister had already said.

“The responsibility is now on us to give them guidelines and modalities on how to go about what the Honourable Minister has said. There is no written directive but all the stakeholders were at that meeting where the Minster said it openly.

“There is going to be a meeting of the all the vice-chancellors and admission officers sometime next week to work our modalities.’’ 

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However, an academic, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told NAN that scrapping post-UTME could not be done by mere comment at an event. He said that he expected the Minister to issue a circular on the issue to the universities through the National Universities Commission (NUC).

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