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FG to sanction tertiary institutions over post-UTME fee

FG to sanction tertiary institutions over post-UTME fee - tertiary institutions, post-UTME, NABTEB

By Gabriel Alonta

The Federal Govern­ment has warned that it would sanc­tion any tertiary institution which charges more than N2,000 for .

The Minister of Educa­tion, Alhaji Adamu Adamu, gave the warning at the Joint Admission and Matric­ulation Board (JAMB) Pol­icy Meeting on Admissions into in Gbongan, Osun state.

According to the minister, “At the 2017 policy meet­ing, I endorsed that any institution which was in­terested in conducting any form of screen­ing could do so, but that the gross charge for the screen­ing should not be more than 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 N2,000.

“Firmer sanctions than those of last session shall be applied to cases of violation”.

Adamu, however, said that the policy meeting would continue to be the forum where the agenda, guidelines, modalities, and timelines would be set for the purpose of admissions to universities, polytechnics, monotechnics and colleges of education in Nigeria.

He said that no admission to any would be announced before the policy meeting.

“It is appreciated that the meeting is being held early enough for the commence­ment of the new session. The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board should ensure that the policy meeting is now held not lat­er than June every year”, Adamu said.

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In a remark, JAMB Reg­istrar, Prof. Is’haq Oloyede, said that UTME scores were not the cut off marks to gain admission into universities.

Oloyede said the marks were just minimum scores, adding that there were oth­er assessments for consid­eration before a candidate could gain admission into tertiary institutions.

He said that the number of candidates that were in­volved in examination mal­practices in UTME had re­duced drastically.

President Buhari dis­solves board

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the dissolution of the Govern­ing Board of National Busi­ness and Technical Exam­ination Board ().

A statement in Abuja by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Mr. Sonny Echono, said the ap­proval was with immediate effect.

 

Echono said the president had also directed the Min­ister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu to take im­mediate measures to repo­sition and refocus NABTEB for greater efficiency and to render its performance more responsive to the ex­pectations of the present administration.

He said the purported suspension of the Regis­trar, Prof. Ifeoma Abanihe and four other directors of NABTEB had been nulli­fied as it did not conform to due process, especially in the case of the registrar.

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He said the board went beyond its powers and in contravention of Section 5 and Section 6 of NABTEB Act.

It was gathered that a special investigative panel was constituted to probe activities of the Registrar of the National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB), Prof. If­eoma Isuigo-Abanihe and four others.

The panel allegedly un­covered irregularities in contract awards and abuse of office by the embattled registrar.

The registrar and four di­rectors were suspended by the 9th Governing Board of NABTEB at its first regular board meeting held on 19th June at NABTEB head­quarters, Benin City, Edo State, following allegations of N49.7 million fraud.

The four affected staff are: Mr. Nnasia Ndarake Asanga, director, finance & accounts, Dr. Obinna Opa­ra, director, examination administration, Alhaji Ji­moh Adewola Kasali, direc­tor, examinations develop­ment and the Procurement Officer, Engr. Edwin Osamo.

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