The Federal Government has on Monday issued a statement officially cancelling post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) conducted by universities as entry requirement for undergraduate degree programmes.
Reiterating the ban by the Nigerian government, the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, while speaking to pressmen in Abuja threatened that any institution that violates the directive will be punished severely.
He said: “The ban is with immediate effect and under no circumstance should any institution violate the directive. Those who have already advertised for the conduct of the Post-UTME under any guise should stop the exercise immediately.
“If any tertiary institution has already conducted Post-UTME, such an exercise stands annulled and money taken from candidates must be refunded immediately.”
He said the emphasis had become necessary to ensure that no stakeholder was left in doubt about government’s position on the matter.
The minister added: “For the avoidance of doubt, any educational institution, after secondary education, is regarded as a tertiary institution. Therefore, all tertiary institutions, by whatever name it is called, after secondary education, must be subjected to admission through JAMB.”
JAMB charges N5, 000 per candidate for computer-based UTME, while universities collect between N2, 000 and N60, 000 from admission seekers as post-UTME fees.