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The post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) for candidates seeking admission into higher institution has been scrapped by the federal government.

The federal government explained that all tertiary institutions were at liberty to conduct screening for candidates seeking admission into any school.

According to The Nation, Mallam Adamu Adamu, the minister of education, disclosed this on Thursday, June 2, in Abuja after declaring open the 2016 Combined Policy Meeting on Admissions to Universities, Polytechnics and other higher institutions in Nigeria.

Adamu, expressed confidence in the examination conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), adding that there was no need for other examination to be conducted by universities after JAMB.

He said: “As far as I am concerned the nation has confidence in what JAMB is doing. The universities should not be holding another examination and if the universities have any complain against JAMB let them bring it and then we address it.

“If JAMB is qualified enough to conduct tests and they have conducted test then there will be no need to conduct another test for students to gain admission.”

The minister of education has also asked JAMB to stop extra charges on several categories of changes on admissions such as the change of course, change of school and others.

Meanwhile, JAMB has pegged the cut off mark for admission for 2016 at 180.

The 180 cut off mark, applies to all universities and higher institutions in the country, including polytechnics, colleges of education, and others.

Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, JAMB’s Registrar and Chief Executive Officer, after a long debate with delegates from various institutions, said that no institution would go below the 180 cut-off set by the board.

About 9 months ago JAMB registrar had predicted that the post-UTME screening exercise would stop following the introduction of the Computer-Based Test (CBT).

Ojerinde said the reason for this is that the Computer Based mode of UTME had helped to completely eradicate examination malpractice.

Post-JAMB tests for applicants was introduced my many universities and polytechnic before they are offered admission, irrespective of whether they passed the JAMB examination, which has attracted its fair share of criticism as it was described as a means of extorting money from applicants.
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