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Stakeholders discuss relevance, continuity of post-UTME

Stakeholders discuss relevance, continuity of post-UTME
The needs to ensure that competent and qualified candidates are admitted into Nigerian universities and cross-validate the scores

The need to ensure that competent and qualified candidates are admitted into Nigerian universities and cross-validate the scores of candidates in the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) are some of the reasons given by public tertiary institutions to justify the introduction of post –UTME.The Federal Government in 2005, during the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, introduced the policy of post-UTME screening by universities, which made it compulsory for tertiary institutions to test candidates after JAMB results before offering admission.” Prof Chika Izuchukwu, of Benue State University, Makurdi, said JAMB may have had issues with the acceptability of its examination in the past, but the body has taken measures over the years to correct observable lapses and strengthen the reliability of tests for admission into tertiary institutions.The ideal thing should be, let admissions into tertiary institutions be through concessional entrance examination.

He added that students secure admission into tertiary institutions with only the basic requirements of five credits in the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), and other relevant examinations in Ghana.Students stay in their rooms with computer sets, make requests for admission forms, and within 24 hours they are offered entry into tertiary institutions,” Adams said.

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