An umbrella body of journalists across media organisations covering the education sector in Nigeria- Education Writers’ Association of Nigeria (EWAN), has applauded the return of the post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination tests (Post-UTME), saying it is a confirmation of the outcome of its summit on the issue last year.
In a statement issued and signed by its Chairman and Secretary, Tunbosun Ogundare and Mojeed Alabi respectively, the group also commended the Minister’s position on the maximum N2,000 fees to be charged by the institutions, and warned the authorities of the individual schools against flouting it.
It would be recalled that the Minister of Education, Mr. Adamu Adamu had in June last year stopped the conduct of post-UTME by tertiary institutions, accusing them of extorting the innocent candidates.
EWAN had immediately after the ban was announced last year gathered together stakeholders including former education minister, former NUC executive secretary, vice-chancellors and leadership of workers’ unions across universities, polytechnics and colleges of education, to appraise the situation and offer unbiased positions on the matter.
According to the group, the view of stakeholders as expressed in a communiqué issued at the end of the summit, which held last year August at the University of Lagos, Akoka, had insisted that there was yet no alternative to post-UTME, saying the adoption of SSCE results for the purpose of admission alone would lead to the proliferation of ‘miracle centres’ for SSCE
At the summit had both the Minister of Education who introduced the exam in 2004 and the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, NUC, at the period, Professors Chinwe Obaji and Peter Okebukola respectively and many other academics and stakeholders.
Meanwhile, the association has also called on stakeholders to critically analyse the decision of the Joint Admission Policy Committee to peg this year’s cut off marks for universities and polytechnics/colleges of education at 120 and 100 respectively out of the possible 400 marks, saying as experts, their opinions would be needed at this period.
“Hope the higher institutions will not hide under this to further milk the innocent candidates by inviting all of them for post-UTME even when they know that their quota may have been filled,” the statement said.
The association, therefore, cautioned schools not to explore the development at the detriment of the innocent candidates and their already impoverished parents.
Education – Independent Newspapers