- The federal government issued queries to 42 universities for allegedly extorting candidates of post-UTME
- Professor Is-haq Oloyede, the registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), revealed this
- Oloyede said one of the vice chancellors was ordered to donate the money to a charity organisation
The federal government is said to have issued queries to 42 universities allegedly discovered charging more than the N2,000 instructed by the education ministry to conduct the 2017 post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations.
The Punch reports that the revelation was made by the registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Professor Is-haq Oloyede, at a stakeholders’ meeting on the 2018 UTME in Abuja.
According to Oloyede, the education minister, Adamu Adamu, ordered one of the vice-chancellors who could not trace the affected candidates to give the excess to a non-religious orphanage as charity.
“There are 42 institutions queried by the minister for charging more than N2,000 for the post-UTME. The affected universities are now refunding the excess to the candidates and the candidates are reporting back to us.
“In one case where the university could not trace the affected students, the minister directed that the money should be paid to a non-religious orphanage.
“The candidates in that case could not be traced for a refund. Hence, the minister has put his feet down that all excess charges should be refunded.
“Where the universities have the list, they are paying the candidates directly.
“The purpose of this stakeholders’ meeting is to brief those officials who will be on the field for the 2018 UTME. We also reviewed the incidents of 2017 and welcomed recommendations from the stakeholders.
“The UTME mock examination will hold in the first week of February 2018 and the concerned computer-based test centres have been accredited. As we have earlier announced, the UTME will hold from March 9 to 17, 2018.
“We have prohibited some additional materials during the 2018 UTME in the examination hall. These include wristwatches, biros, calculators, pencils except the HB pencil, and any other device that can store data, transmit or receive signal no matter the form.
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“These prohibitions are not only applicable to the candidates but also to all examination officials," he said.
The report said though the list of the 42 universities were not released, sources in the ministry confirmed that the vice chancellors of the indicted universities are currently responding to the queries.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the National Examinations Council (NECO) released the results of the 2017 November/December Senior School Certificate Examination (SSCE) as 32,917 candidates out of 42,429 candidates who sat for the examinations scored 5 credits and above.
The report said the registrar/chief executive officer of NECO, Prof Charles Uwakwe, who spoke at the council’s headquarters in Minna, said the release of the results is coming barely 38 days after the examinations were conducted.
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