42 Tertiary Institutions Ordered To Refund Excess Post-UTME Charges

42 Tertiary Institutions Ordered To Refund Excess Post-UTME Charges
Chris Steven, Abuja
Forty two found to have charged more than N2000 stipulated as fee for Post-UTME have been sanctioned by Adamu Adamu, Minister of Education.

The affected institutions had been directed by the Minister to refund all the excess charges.

This was disclosed by Ish’aq Oloyede, Registrar of Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), at the Strategic planning meeting on supervision and evaluation of the conduct of the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) held in Abuja.

Oloyede did not mention the affected universities and the amount they were to refund.

The Strategic Planning on supervision and evaluation meeting was organized for stakeholders from the education sector, Civil Society Group, high power Opinion leaders and others on the 2018 UTME.

Jamb registrar took time to explain why it was necessary for Universities to be allowed to carry out a Post UTME and why extending UTME validity is not possible.

He said that the Board cannot extend the validity of results of Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), as it is ‘ a one chance examination’.

Oloyede said the validity of the examination cannot be extended as against calls by candidates and their parents for its extension noting that the examination is just a screening examination which is different from a certification examination.

 “It is a screening examination and not a certification examination. Adis Ababa Convention which Nigeria is a signatory stipulates qualifications for admission which are O’ level; UTME is not part of them.

“It is a screening examination – a one chance examination. Whereas achievement examination is not a one chance examination, universities do not have enough space, they have to be screened and that is why we have JAMB.

“All over the world, such examinations cannot be extended; it cannot be used for any other purpose.” He said

The JAMB Registrar stressed that extension of validity of the examination would only complicate issuesn for the candidates.