Prof. Olurotimi Ajayi, the
University, Igbesa, Ogun, on
Tuesday called on the
Federal Government to
review its cancellation of
the Post-Unified Tertiary
Ajayi told the News Agency of
Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the
cancellation of the Post-UTME and
its subsequent replacement with
screening might not help the
The Federal Government had on June 1, scrapped the
Post-UTME for candidates seeking admission into higher
The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, said
that there was no need for another examination to be
conducted by universities after the Joint Admissions
and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examinations.
“The whole idea of the Post-UTME examinations is not
about money generation but about standards.
“Over time, the examinations have shown that intending
students that claimed JAMB marks cannot defend those
marks, which is not the fault of JAMB.
“Some of the students that had high JAMB scores
cannot even pass a simple test conducted by the
“The test is for the students to prove their ability, to
repeat their feat at the JAMB examinations,’’ Ajayi
He said it was in the interest of institutions, students
as well as the nation for the Federal Government to
reverse its stance on the post-UTME.
The vice-chancellor added that the Post-UTME should be
seen as a type of quality assurance on the part of
Ajayi said the decision of the Federal Government to fix
a price ceiling for the Post-UTME screening on behalf
of all universities was high-handed.
According to him, the government’s price ceiling will
have a ripple effect on private universities.
The vice-chancellor said that only universities funded by
the government could sustain that ceiling.
“The government coming out to fix the price of our
Post-UTME at just N2,500 seems high-handed because
private universities are not receiving subventions from
“Some of the parents sending their children to the
private universities already know they will have to pay
more than what is obtainable in the public universities.
“It is unseemly for universities to be controlled by the
government, they are supposed to be governed and
regulated by their councils.
“Although we will comply with the directive, but we are
not very satisfied with it as it seems like a burden.’’
Ajayi said that the Committee of Vice-Chancellors were
already looking at various ways to help the government
realise the implications of its decisions on the nation’s
He said the committee would soon make its stand on
the plight of universities’ public.