UTME Screening: Varsities, Others To Make N3.3bn From Candidates

Universities, Polytechnics, Colleges of Education and Innovative and Entrepreneurship Institutions, IEIs, in the country are set to make N3,336,388,000 from admission seekers through the post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, Post-UTME, to be conducted by the institutions for the candidates.

The money will come from the N2,000 mandatory fee approved by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB, to be paid by the admission seekers for the test or screening.

This year, of the 1,761,262 candidates that wrote the UTME, 1,668,194 candidates scored over 100 marks.

Recall that at the meeting of stakeholders recently in Abuja, the meeting pegged the minimum cut-off mark for admission into Nigerian universities at 140, while polytechnics, Colleges of Education and IEIs were mandated not to admit any candidate that scored less than 100 marks.

After the UTME, some schools still conduct further tests of candidates, while others simply go through the credentials submitted. However, the fee to be charged is still the approved N2,000.

Going by statistics from the board, the 10 top universities that may benefit more than others from the exercise are the University of Ilorin with 97,351applicants. The university since 2019 had been the most sought-after.

The University of Lagos with 75,967 applicants is second, and Nnamdi Azikiwe University with 58,956 applicants is third.

Others are Bayero University, Kano, with 57,150 applicants, the University of Benin with 55,455 applicants, Federal University, Oye Ekiti with 53,367 applicants, and Obafemi Awolowo University with 51,437 applicants.

The rest are the University of Nigeria, with 51,402 applicants, Ahmadu Bello University with 50,196 applicants and the University of Ibadan with 44,476 applicants.

For the Polytechnics, the top three are Kaduna Polytechnic with 6,591, Kwara State Polytechnic with 5,762 and the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro with 4,636 applicants.

The three top Colleges of Education are the Federal College of Education, Zaria 4,378, Federal College of Education, Kano 2,059 and Federal College of Education, Technical, Gombe with 1,542 applicants.

Meanwhile, facts have emerged why JAMB secured the permission of the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, to stop accepting the Advanced Level results issued by the National Business and Technical Education Board, NABTEB, for admission into 200 levels in Nigerian universities as from next year.

According to the document from the board’s meeting with stakeholders, the rate of passes falls completely out of range, even when many of the A/Level candidates had no Ordinary Level at the time of taking the A/Level exam.


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