The Federal Government Thursday scrapped the conduct of post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) for hopefuls looking for admission into higher institutions.
The administration clarified that every single tertiary organization were at freedom to direct screening for candidates seeking admission into any school.
Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu, said this on Thursday in Abuja in the wake of proclaiming open the 2016 Combined Policy Meeting on Admissions to Universities, Polytechnics and other higher organizations in Nigeria.
Adamu, communicated trust in the examination led by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), including that there was no requirement for other examination to be directed by tertiary institutions after JAMB.
He said: “As far as I am concerned the nation has confidence in what JAMB is doing. The universities should not be holding another examination and if the universities have any complain against JAMB let them bring it and then we address it.
“If JAMB is qualified enough to conduct tests and they have conducted test then there will be no need to conduct another test for students to gain admission.”
The Minister additionally requested that the JAMB stop additional charges on other services rendered by the board like the change of course and change of institutions.
In the interim, the JAMB has pegged the cut off mark for 2016 at 180.
The 180 benchmark, applies to all tertiary institutions in the country, including polytechnics, college of educations and others.
The Registrar and Chief Executive Officer, Prof. Dibu Ojerinde, after a long open deliberation with representatives from different establishments, told newsmen that no institution would go below the 180 cut-off set by the board.