Written by Godfrey AKON

FG exempts disabled, foreign candidates from post-UTME

The Federal Government has directed the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, and all tertiary institutions to exempt candidates with special needs from any other test apart from routine scrutiny of their credentials.

Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Arc. Sonny Echono, who gave the directive further instructed all institutions to ensure that blind and deaf candidates as well as prison and foreign candidates are considered for admission provided they meet the minimum requirements.

Echono spoke at the 2019 policy meeting on admissions into tertiary institutions in Nigeria held at the Bola Babalakin auditorium, Gbongan, Osun State, where he clarified that the instruction was part of the approved guidelines by the ministry of education for 2019 admission in addition.

According to the guidelines, “no Institution should charge above the Ministerial approved fee of Not More Than N2,000 for any form of Post-UTME screening exercise,” while “the duration of Full-Time and Part-Time or by whatever name called programmes must be strictly adhere to, as provided by the Regulatory Bodies.

While stating that the examination industry in Nigeria requires a surgical process in order to sanitise the system, he urged all public examination bodies and educational institutions to undertake forensic audits of their registration procedure.

“The current system which provides avenues for candidates to, through registration and examination processes, circumvent the due process is inimical to the Nation’s educational system.

“I therefore, urge all educational assessment practitioners to continually re-strategise, re-tool and re-invent your systems of registration of candidates, development and administration of your examination and post examination processes and activities,” he said.

Meanwhile, the 2019 policy meeting has approved 160 and above as the national minimum benchmark for admission into public universities while 140 was approved as cut-off mark for admission into private universities.

The meeting also approved 120 cut-off mark for admission into public polytechnics and 110 scores for admission into private polytechnics, while   100 UTME scores were approved for all colleges of education.

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