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MOVES TO STOP POST-UTME DIVIDE REPS

Motives by some lawmakers in the House of Representatives to stop the post- Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination screening for university, polytechnic and College of Education admission seekers failed at plenary.

The UTME conducts the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board while tertiary institutions, both public and private, conduct the post-UTME screening.

The lawmakers had a long debate over a motion moved by Ademorin Kuye titled, The Need to Stop Post JAMB/UTME Examination in Nigeria’s Higher Institutions.

Kuye requested of the House to urge all higher institutions  to henceforth stop the post-UTME/JAMB screening and to mandate the Committee on Tertiary Education and Services to call a joint meeting of the  Ministry of Education, JAMB and the National Universities Commission to resolve the issue.

Nevertheless, the lawmakers disagreed on the request and adopted the amendment made by the Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu that the House Committee on Tertiary Education and Services should meet with JAMB on the post-UTME issue.

Kuye urges that immediate action should be taken, why would a student scored 220, 230 or even 260 in JAMB’s UTME, yet his/her admission is not guaranteed here in Nigeria.

However the House in 2016 ordered the Ministry of Education and the National Universities Commission to ensure immediate abolition of post-UTME still the directive has no effect.

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