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Educationist Urges Federal Govt. to Abolish UTME

The founder of Oduduwa University in Ipetumodu via Ile-ife in Osun state, and one of Nigeria’s foremost educationists, Dr (Chief) Rahmon Adegoke Adedoyin has called on the federal government to abolish the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination(UTME) being organised by JAMB as means of securing admission by students in Nigeria to tertiary institutions.

Adedoyin who is also Maye of Yoruba Kingdom speaking in an interview proposed that henceforth students should just upload their qualified data to JAMB which should post the students to the institution of their choice based on the available quota of the institution.

He also said that the standard of education in Nigeria is not bad saying that, “it looks better than the way it was.

The standard is good with the advent of the internet which we didn’t enjoy when I was in the university so the standard is now higher unlike in our days.

The educationist also called on the examination bodies such as WAEC and NECO to thoroughly sanitise their systems so that their certificates can be totally genuine in view of the proliferation of Special Centers where deficient candidates are helped to make excellent grades

Speaking on the UTME cancellation he said, “As far as I’m concerned there is no need for any UTME entrance examination again. I have not said that they should cancel JAMB, it has a good role to play but for the exams, there is no need. There are institutions, they know what to take, isn’t it?

The duty of JAMB as far as I’m concern is to transfer students to various institutions.”

The business mogul said his proposal is in tandem with the operating sound and high standard of education in Ghana and the United States of America (USA) among others where he also has institutions.

He said, “In Ghana, they don’t do what JAMB is doing in Nigeria I have a school there and their education is of a high standard, also in the United States of America to they don’t do the UTME examination they just post students to institutions.

I think what they have in the US is University Admissions Processing Center or something so all the students will just apply there and the centre will place students in various institutions.”

He however said that based on the peculiarity of Nigeria, the federal government can make the candidates pay a stipend to JAMB before uploading their data while individual universities should also conduct entrance examinations for candidates posted to it by JAMB without charging them.

Adedoyin posited that by cancelling the UTME examination the private universities and institutions which spend a huge amount of money on advertisement to source for students won’t need to do so again,” there will be no need for any institutions to put any advertisement in the newspaper again

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