Ed­u­ca­tion min­istry, stake­hold­ers agree on N2,500 post-UTME screen­ing fee

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The Fed­eral Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and other stake­hold­ers in the ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion sub-sec­tor have agreed on N2,500 as the fee for post-Uni­fied Ter­tiary Ma­tric­u­la­tion Ex­am­i­na­tion (UTME) screen­ing.

This is con­tained in a state­ment is­sued by Prof. Michael Faborode, the Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral, As­so­ci­a­tion of ViceChan­cel­lors of Nige­rian Uni­ver­si­ties (AVCNU) in Abuja yes­ter­day.

But the Deputy Di­rec­tor, Press and Public Re­la­tions at the min­istry, Mr. Ben Goong, said the gov­ern­ment hadn’t re­versed the ban on post-UTME and did not is­sue any of­fi­cial state­ment on CBT.

He said he con­tacted the Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary, Dr. Dr Fo­lashade Yemi-Esan whether a state­ment was is­sued on postUTME and she replied in a text mes­sage: “That is not true, I am on hol­i­day and have not said any­thing to the press.”

Faborode said the agree­ment was reached af­ter a de­lib­er­a­tion of of­fi­cials of the min­istry, fed­eral uni­ver­si­ties, poly­tech­nics and col­leges of ed­u­ca­tion.

He said while it was agreed that the post-UTME screen­ing should be sus­tained fol­low­ing the scrap­ping of the Com­puter Based Test (CBT).

“From the state­ment made by the Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary, Dr Fo­lashade Yemi-Esan at the meet­ing, there is no ob­jec­tion to screen­ing by uni­ver­si­ties as long as it is not an­other CBT.

“She agreed that uni­ver­si­ties should ad­ver­tise and the max­i­mum fee that should be charged for the screen­ing should be N2,500 - bank charges in­clu­sive.’’ Ac­cord­ing to the state­ment, the as­so­ci­a­tion will for­mally con­vey its stance to the Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion, Malam Adamu Adamu, whose re­cent an­nounce­ment of the ban on postUTME had raised a lot anx­i­ety among stake­hold­ers. (NAN)

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