is also a one
of Lagos, an
elder statesman and lawyer has condemned the
move by the Federal Government to scrap post-
UTME describing it as a “calamitous mistake.”
He expressed surprise over the fact that this
decision was taken without duly considering the
factors that necessitated the introduction of
He pointed out that in 2003, it was discovered
that most of the candidates admitted into
Nigerian universities through JAMB were
academically deficient and unable to justify the
high marks scored in JAMB examination.
According to him, the committee of pro-
chancellors of Nigerian Universities met to
address this ugly situation and advocated that
JAMB be scrapped since its integrity has been
called to question.
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However, the government at that time decided to
adopt a middle-ground by allowing JAMB to
remain in charge of admission process and
schools to conduct a screening exercise for
candidates now known as post-UTME.
He further mentioned that post-UTME from
inception has proved to be a veritable quality
control measure going by the huge drop in all
forms of malpractice and fraudulent activities in
the admission process prior to its introduction.
He emphasized that every university has the
right to screen candidates it wants to admit
whether through written or unwritten method and
sighted the case of Oxford university were every
student applying to study law must as a
requirement sit for the Law National Aptitude
Test (LNAT), student applying for Biomedical
Sciences must take Biomedical Admissions Test
(BMAT) and any student applying for Chemistry
must take Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA),
while any one applying for Classics must take
Classics Admission Test (CAT).
He however stated that universities should not
use the exercise as a money-making venture but
can charge Students for the cost of papers and
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