Senate Wants To Scrap Post UTME

The Nigerian Senate has begun moves to scrap the post Unified Matriculation Examination, UME as it yesterday mandated its committee on Tertiary Education to meet with relevant stakeholders, especially the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and come up with recommendations on how to achieve the set goal.

According to the Senate, the move has become imperative because the introduction of the Post–UTME examination has to a large extent failed to remedy the problems associated with the JAMB, adding that its continued existence has posed more challenges for the Nigeria educational system.

Members of the Senate have condemned the conduct of tests for applicants by universities after the candidates had passed the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board.

The Senate has also called for the development of a strategy that would ensure the efficiency and integrity in the conduct of JAMB examination.

The resolutions of the Senate Tuesday followed a motion by Senator Umaru l. Kurfi, APC, Katsina Central and entitled, “The Need to revisit the regulatory conflict between Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) Universities in offering admission in Nigeria.”

In his presentation of the motion, Senator Umaru l. Kurfi said that “The Senate: Notes that the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) was established in 1976 and saddled with the responsibility of streamlining and co- ordinating admission practice as well as determining who is admitted into universities and other tertiary educational institutions in Nigeria;

“Further notes that that the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC) is the Federal umbrella organization which oversees the administration of University education in Nigaria, and prior to 2005 , the truly criteria needed for candidates seeking admission into tertiary institutions was for such candidate to have minimum admission requirement and possess a certain score at his or her JAMB examination.

Remember that the Senate re-approved Post-UTME earlier this year. Post UTME has served as a way for the Nigerian Institutions of learning to sieve out candidates that are perceived as unqualified from gaining admission into Nigerian institutions of learning.

What is your take on this? Do you scraping the Post UTME will enhance Nigerian Education system?

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