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AFTER CHAOTIC CONTROVERSIAL 2016, UNIVERSITIES RETURN TO POST-UTME FOR 2017/2018

COMMENTARY 105

The 2016/2017 admissions wasn’t good cheers for Universities. The controversy over not conducting Post UTME lingered for a long time as the Universities battled with the Minister of Education Mallam Adamu Adamu last year over conducting a post-UTME or screening as insisted by the FG.

The post-UTME exams was good for the candidates as well as the institutions as it gave the schools the chance to admit the best candidates and the candidates with no connection at the top gained admission by virtue of their brains and hard work.

In the pre-Post UTME era, admissions into certain courses like Medicine was reserved for the rich and connected with just a small spot for the others but post-UTME erased that giving equal opportunities to all especially in Universities like UNILAG and UNIBEN.

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The cancellation of the post-UTME took away food from the mouth of exam study centres but thank God it is back. I passed through one some days before the non-academic staff unions’ strike and there was over a 500 candidates receiving last minute revision classes.

With the strike on and the suspension of the screening tests, candidates are back to the classroom especially those who had traveled long distances and unable to risk the highways or probably not sure if they could be asked to return so soon.

Ogaga Onokwakpor

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