Universities that charge above N2,000 for Post UTME will refund students.

Oct 09, 2017    55

- JAMB has revealed that universities are not to charge students above N2,000 for Post UTME exams 

- Any institutions that charge above the prescribed rate will be ordered to return the excess to the candidates 

- JAMB will partner with the ministry of foreign affairs to conduct examinations for Nigerians outside the country. 

On Sunday, October 8, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) announced that it would partner with the ministry of foreign affairs to conduct public examinations for Nigerians outside the country through Computer Based Test (CBT).In an interview with NAN, JAMB’s head of public relations, Fabian Benjamin, also revealed that universities charging more than N2,000 from applicants for the post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) will be made to refund the excess payment. Benjamin also said that the collaboration was to enhance the conduct of the UTME for foreign candidates in 2018. He said the 2017 UTME was conducted for foreign candidates on September 30 in Gambia, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Benin Republic, Ethiopia, South Africa and Cameroon. Although the conduct of the examination was not justifiable, in terms of monetary value, according to him, there was a need for JAMB to collaborate, to promote growth in the education sector. He said: “We are already promoting CBT in line with international best practices; we have taken it to some countries in Africa, we need to do more to encourage the practice. “We have even gone ahead to see how we can put some countries on the global map by conducting our public examination there through CBT. “What we want to do is to partner with the ministry to be able to key into the global technology revolution as part of our foreign policy. “We must be able to maximise profit, especially from West African countries that we are offering assistance, through scholarship, to school in Nigeria. “We cannot achieve much by looking at things from naira and kobo, but through diplomatic relations there will be adequate room to gain through conduct of examination abroad.” He decried message on social media that the minister of education, Adamu Adamu, had directed the refund of post UTME fee, describing the information as false and could create confusion in the public domain. He reiterated that only those who charged above N2,000 would refund the excess.