An umbrella body of journalists across media organisations covering education sector in Nigeria- Education Writers’ Association of Nigeria (EWAN), has applauded the return of the post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination tests, saying it is a confirmation of the outcome of its summit on the issue last year. In a statement issued and signed by its Chairman and Secretary, Tunbosun Ogundare and Mojeed Alabi respectively, the group also commended the Minister’s position on the maximum N2,000 fees to be charged by the institutions, and warned the authorities of the individual schools against flouting it.
It will be recalled that the Minister of Education, Mr. Adamu Adamu had in June last year stopped the conduct of post- UTME by tertiary institutions, accusing them of extorting the innocent candidates. EWAN had immediately after the ban was announced last year gathered together stakeholders including former education minister, former NUC executive secretary, vice-chancellors and leadership of workers’ unions across universities, polytechnics and colleges of education, to appraise the situation and offer unbiased positions on the matter.
According to the group, the view of stakeholders as expressed in a communiqué issued at the end of the summit which held last year August at the University of Lagos, Akoka, had insisted that there was yet no alternative to post-UTME, saying the adoption of SSCE results for the purpose of admission alone would lead to the proliferation of ‘miracle centres’ for SSCE At the summit were both the Minister of Education who introduced the exam in 2004 and the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, NUC, at the period, Professors Chinwe Obaji and Peter Okebukola respectively and many other academics and stakeholders