The Federal Government on Thursday, discarded the conduct of Post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME), for applicants seeking to gain admission in higher institutions, explaining that all higher institutions had the freedom to conduct screening for applicants seeking admissions into any school.
The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, revealed this information on Thursday, in Abuja, following his opening of the 2016 Combine Policy Meeting on Admissions to Universities, Polytechnics and other higher institutions in the country.
The Minister all expressed his confidence in the examination which is annually conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, noting that there was no need for other examinations to be conducted by universities after the one state above.
“As far as I am concerned the nation has confidence in what JAMB i s doing. The universities should not be holding another examination and if the universities have any complain against JAMB let them bring it and then we address it.
“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,” Adamu Adamu said.
In his speech, he also pleaded with JAMB to resist from charging extra on several categories of changes on admission such as the change of course, school and others.
The cut off mark has also been pegged for 2016 by JAMB at 180, which applied to all universities and higher institutions in the country, including polytechnics, colleges of education and so on.
According to the Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of JAMB, Prof Dibu Ojerinde, “180 is given, no institution will go below 180 this year, and some universities can go above it, I know University of Ife will not go below 200 and University of Lagos will not go below 200 and also UI. All these ones stand but 180 as bench mark for others.
“This year we have more than enough candidates, we have over 15 million candidates so we will get enough candidates to take in all the schools if they are serious. Re-distribution is already ongoing, because it is embedded in the registration procedure,” he said.