“The economic situation in the country is also biting hard on the less-privileged people in the society, which is why most parents do appreciate the scrapping of the examination.”
Parents of admission-seeking candidates are reportedly relieved that the Federal Government has chosen to scrap the university screening exercise.
Leadership spoke with a few parents who shared their feelings of relief. One said she felt better after the news as he had been thinking of how she would transport her two girls to Ibadan, Oyo State to write the examination.
“Now, there is nothing like that again. I will have rest of mind now that my girls will be admitted into higher institutions of their choice without much hassle. Take a look at it, candidates suffer a lot because of the risk attached to the exam. Many of the candidates travel from Lagos to Benin and other parts of the country, while parents sponsor both the feeding and transportation.
“The economic situation in the country is also biting hard on the less-privileged people in the society, which is why most parents do appreciate the scrapping of the examination,” she said.
Another parent and chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Education, Hon. Lanre Ogunyemi explained that students who worked hard to pass the UTME do not need the added stress of another test.
“If we all believe in JAMB as an organization that is capable of organising examinations into tertiary institutions in the country, why should we now set up another set of examinations in the universities?” he asked.
Ogunyemi accused some of the tertiary institutions of using post-UTME as money making venture, saying the best they could have done was to screen the credentials of the candidates and also confirm their WASSCE and NECO results.
“Once that is done, I think the child should just be offered admission without any other examinations,” he added.
The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, on June 1, announced the cancellation of post-UTME when he briefed newsmen after the 2016 combined policy meeting on admissions to universities, polytechnics and other higher institutions in Nigeria.