The Federal government of Nigeria yesterday yesterday announced that Post UTME exams would no longer be held in Nigerian Universities.
Nigerian universities adopted the Post Unified Teritary Matriculation Examination after several of them claimed that the UTME exams were a poor metric for admitting students based on the widespread malpractice associated with the exam.
The announcement was made by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu at the 2016 combined policy meeting on admissions to Universities, Polytechnics and other higher institutions in Nigeria.
The Federal Government has argued that Post UTME exercises reflect a lack of confidence in the exam body JAMB and also disclosed that 180 has been agreed on as the cut off mark for university admission.
Mallam Adamu Adamu said, “Our universities shouldn’t be conducting another examination; if they have any complaint against JAMB, they should come to the Ministry of Education and we will look into it.
“If JAMB is qualified to conduct the computer-based test and they are conducting the test, then there should be no need for students to sit another examination to get admission
“As far as I am concerned JAMB has built a level of confidence in terms of conducting the UTME. A situation where universities go and conduct other examinations is unnecessary.”