Govt Makes U-Turn On Conduct Of Post-UTME
The Federal Government has lifted the ban on the conduct of examinations usually organised by universities for admission seekers after the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations.
With the lifting of the ban, universities, polytechnics and other institutions are now free to organise post-UTME screening as a pre-condition to gaining admission into their respective institutions.
The government had in June 2016 at a combined policy meeting on admissions to Universities, Polytechnics and other higher institutions in Nigeria, in Abuja banned the examination.
The government had cited exploitation by some schools as the reason for the ban.
But, the Minister of Education Adamu Adamu, who announced the lifting of the ban on Wednesday said the government is now wiser regarding the conduct of the examination.
He noted that the Federal Government scrapped the controversial examination in order to fully understand what was going on in the institutions.
He appealed to the institutions and its authorities to make the fees for the post-UTME screening affordable in order not to impose huge financial burdens on parents.
“The minister said: “We are going to allow universities to have some choice. Universities can now decide to organise post-UTME, if they want.
“We have asked them not to impose huge financial burden on the parents. The burden should not be more than what they can bear.”