By Felix Khanoba
The Federal Government has warned universities and other tertiary education institutions in the country against charging more than N2, 000 for the conduct of the 2018 post- Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (post-UTME) screening exercise.
Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, stated this at the 2018 policy meeting on admission , which took place in Gbongan, Osun State.
He said: “At the 2017 Policy Meeting, I endorsed that any institution which was interested in conducting any form of Post-UTME screening could do so, but that the gross charge for the screening should not be more than two thousand naira (N2, 000).
“Once again, let me caution heads of tertiary institutions that it would not be tolerated for any institution to charge any fee beyond the approved two thousand naira (N2, 000). Firmer sanctions than those of last session shall be applied to cases of violation.”
The minister also disclosed that the Federal Government has directed all universities on temporary campuses to develop and move to their permanent sites, adding that the efforts of the government to revamp the sector has seen to many of the institutions regaining their glories and attracting international interest.
Adamu, however, frowned over the regular trend of illegal admission to tertiary institutions in the country, warning that such act must be stopped henceforth as only the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has power to conduct admission exercise.
“Pursuant to the spirit and letter of the enabling law of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, all applications for admissions to First Degree, National Diploma, National Innovative Diploma and the Nigeria Certificate in Education must be processed only through JAMB.
“These include Full Time, Distance Learning, Part Time, Outreach, Sandwich, etc.
“I have directed the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), National Universities Commission (NUC), National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) and National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE) to fully ensure compliance with this policy directive and to issue clear guidelines to all concerned,” the minister said.