Fresh Move By Senate To Scrap Post-UTME


THE Senate had 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 –
UME 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.
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.

“Aware that the laudable objectives of JAMB began
to suffer progressive denudation shortly after its
inception as some universities admitted students
outside the list sent by JAMB and rejecting
candidates with admission letters from JAMB on the
ground that they had to comply with their own
internal quota and catchment calculation, coupled
with the issue of malpractices that plagued JAMB
examinations.
“Further aware as scores of successful JAMB
candidates turned out ill equipped for university
education, the Federal Government, in 2005, under
the leadership of President Olusegun Obasanjo ,
introduced the policy of Post-UME screening by
Universities which made it compulsory for tertiary
institutions to screen candidates after JAMB results
and before offering admission;


“Worried that while this new development was
aimed at addressing the problem of student quality,
it reintroduced and entrenched many of the
problems it sought to eliminate through JAMB;
“Cognizance that while the executives introduced
the Post-UME policy as a remedy to the decay in
educational standard in higher institutions of
learning, there have been public outcry of extortion
from candidates despite the rigorous test they pass
through at JAMB;

“Disturbed that as the integrity of the post -UME
examination is open to question as the pecuniary
motive of the respective institutions comes so
visibly to the fore that there is little pretence about
maximizing the income flows through these internal
examinations;

“Regrets that the introduction of the post – UME
examination has to a large extent failed to remedy
the problems associated with the JAMB and as
such, its continued existence has posed more
challenges for the Nigeria educational system.” 



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