The National Universities Commission (NUC), has again stressed that tertiary admission candidates should not buy Post-UTME forms from schools, in line with the federal government’s order of scrapping the Post-UTME.
The Nigerian Universities Commission, Public Relations officer, Ibrahim Yakasai, during an interview with NTA, however stated that despite the new directive scrapping the Post-UTME, universities are free to screen students sent to them for admission by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB.
Implicitly, this directive means that universities should no longer conduct the same type of test as JAMB, but should be free to further subject candidates to screening to meet their local peculiarities.
Some public tertiary institutions despite the federal government’s order have still gone ahead to advertise and call on candidates to purchase their school’s Post-UTME forms.
On Thursday, the federal government ordered that the examinations usually organised by universities in Nigeria for admission seekers after the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations be scrapped.
Government based its argument on the grounds that it has absolute confidence in the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, and therefore should have no need for Universities to conduct internal examinations to determine the fate of candidates seeking admissions.
This new official policy since its announcement has unsurprisingly been met with different reactions from people. Some have labelled the “scrapping” as a mistake, if not “out rightly a reversal” of an otherwise “valid” procedure (i.e. the Post UTME exercises).
Reacting to this development, former Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, NUC, Professor Peter Okebukola, expressed joy in the scrapping of post-UTME, adding that it now took the universities system back to the original model of post-UME which NUC initiated in 2004 while he served as Executive Secretary.
According to Okebukola, Nigerian universities deviated from the initial agreement NUC had with Vice-Chancellors in 2004 when it introduced post-UTME to screen candidates on oral interview and written essay.