nultimate week, the federal government ordered that the rather controversial examinations usually organised by universities in Nigeria for admission seekers after the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations should be scrapped.
But authorities of some universities have defied the federal government directive to stop post unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), rather they have devised another means of conducting the exams and charging administrative fees in the process.
Some universities have started procedures for examinations by inviting applicants for the 2016/17 academic session screening test and asking them to pay certain amount of money as part of the condition required to sit for the exams.
Universities that have released Uniben, lasu, Uniport, Delsu, Federal Poly Ilaro, AAu, OOU, Kwara State University Tai Solarin University of Education, Eksu, AAUA, Futo, Esut, amongst others.
According to one of the media aide to the Minister of Education Ben Goong, the proposed screening test is illegal and unacceptable as the government has stopped candidates from writing any form of examination to gain admission into tertiary institutions.
However, these universities are justifying the need for a screening test as they claim that they cannot admit students without passing through screening. The University of Benin Public Relations officer Michael Osasuyi said the university management is not violating any government directive as he urged parents and guardian to be patient for the school to conduct its screening before complaining insisting that the school is in order.
Students registering for these examinations are rather finding it difficult, Glory Onah a delsu applicant complained that it took her about two days to settle her online registration, “it was either they had a bad server or busy server and paying for my registration pin in the bank too because the transaction was not working, in almost three different banks I used,” Glory said. She added that institutions had rather released application forms earlier enough compared to other years.
Based on series of appeals made by intending candidates for the post utme screening in Delsu, due to irregularities in applying and the short notice of time, the institution adjusted the utme screening date to take place on 1st and 2nd July 2016, and online application closes 24th June. Also intending students of lasu lamented about problems in registration and the school portal which made the university management appeal to the students encountering frustration of not being able to complete their online registration.
Controversies surrounding the post unified tertiary matriculation examinations may not thaw very soon as the institutions are looking for ways to raise funds and not concerned about the performances of these students in the examinations