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Scrap post-UTME, NANS urges FG

Written by Elvis Boniface

The National Association of Nigerian Students has called on the Federal Government and the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board to stop the post-Unified Tertiary Matriculations Examinations being conducted by universities.

According to the policy, which was adopted on July 14 at JAMB’s 2015 Combined Policy Meeting, candidates of universities with surplus applicants for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination would be reassigned to other universities with lower number of applicants than their capacities.

The Federal Government, on July 28, however, overruled the policy after protests were sparked off in parts of the country.

But the President of NANS, Tijani Usman, in an interview with SUNDAY PUNCH, said, “We have a larger number of students applying to institutions. JAMB has the prerequisite to say they are changing the institution of choice. Ordinarily, when one sits JAMB, the availability is first and second choice.

“Most institutions will take only those who apply to the school as their first choice without considering second-choice candidates. If JAMB is doing that, it means they are trying to help most of our people. The board has a statute that establishes it and once the body offers a candidate admission, every university has to comply.”

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