The move by some lawmakers in the House of Representatives to put an end to post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination screening for university, polytechnic and College of Education admission seekers has divided the house members.
The post-UTME screening is conducted by tertiary institutions after the UTME is conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board.
Ademorin Kuye raised a motion titled, ‘Need to Stop Post JAMB/UTME Examination in Nigeria’s Higher Institutions.’
Kuye while speaking in the house prayed the House to “urge all higher institutions to henceforth stop the post-UTME/JAMB screening” and to mandate the Committee on Tertiary Education and Services to call a joint meeting of the Ministry of Education, JAMB and the National Universities Commission to resolve the issue.
The motion, however, caused heated reactions between lawmakers, but at the end adopted the amendment made by the Minority Leader, Ndudi Elumelu, that the House Committee on Tertiary Education and Services should meet with JAMB on the post-UTME issue.
Kuye had said, “We should desist from being insensitive and lawless, someone who scored 220, 230 or even 260 in JAMB’s UTME is not guaranteed admission in Nigeria.”
“The House in 2016 ordered the Ministry of Education and the NUC to ensure immediate abolition of post-UTME. The order was hailed by parents. This directive has yet to be allowed.”