By Ismaila suleiman U13mm2032
The scrapping of the unified tertiary matriculation examination (UTME) has continued to spark reactions from stakeholders in the Nigerian education sector. They described the policy by the federal government as one which will not be in the interest of the Nigerian students.
It would be recalled that the minister of education, malam Adamu Adamu earlier this month at a combined policy meeting on admission into Universities, polytechnics and other higher institutions of learning in Nigeria, disclosed the move by the federal government to scrap the unified tertiary matriculation examination (UTME). According to the minister, the general feelings of the federal government was that the joint admission and matriculation board (JAMB) exams is enough to determine eligibility of students and that there is no need for another examination to determine students eligibility to enter into any Nigerian higher institution.
”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”.He said.
The founder and vice Chancellor of Afe Babalola University Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), Aare Afe Babalola, however frowned at the move by the federal government to scrap the post UTME in various Nigerian institutions, stressing that the action was not necessary. He said the concept of post UTME which was initiated in 2003, came into being, when it was discovered that many of the students in the Nigeria Universities were not only academically deficient, but couldn’t justify the high marks they scored at jamb examinations.
However, statistics from reactions on the policy revealed that more than 60% of the stakeholders are against the policy, describing it as a wrong move by the federal government. They added that every university has the right to screen the candidates it wants to admit and to embark on other exercises, whether written or unwritten, to make it and its products stand out.