The Federal Government of Nigeria rendered the Post UTME invalid as a prerequisite for gaining admission into higher institutions in the country after scrapping it and also fixed 180 as JAMB’s cut off mark for 2016 admission.The Federal Government alongside major players in the education sector made the decisions at the 2016 Combined Policy Meeting on Admissions to Universities, Polytechnics and other Higher Institutions in Nigeria which is an annual meeting usually held to debate common cut off marks for University.
Mallam Adamu Adamu, the Minister of Education explained that there would be no need for students to write any other exam apart from JAMB before gaining admission into Tertiary institutions since the nation has confidence in the Board’s ability to conduct credible exams that can measure up to standards required to gain admission into any University. Mallam Adamu said,” As far as I am concerned, JAMB has built a level of confidence as regards conducting UTME and the Universities should not be holding other examinations”. He further stated that any Higher Institution that has complaints against JAMB should bring it forward so it can be addressed.
Whether or not the policy will be effected this year remains uncertain as most Institutions have started selling Post UTME forms.