By Inalegwu Shaibu
ABUJA – THE Senate may ban universities from conducting post University Matriculation Examinations (post-UME) for prospective admission seekers who have successfully passed the approved Universities Matriculation Examinations conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
The move to ban the post-UME screening was sequel to a motion sponsored by Senator Heineken Lokpobiri and five others which has been slated for debate upon the resumption of the Senate from recess.
Lokpobiri in the motion observed that the post-UME screening was illegal and a means to shortchange Nigerians being that the law only empowers universities to award degrees and diplomas and not to conduct entry examinations.
He further observed that JAMB being the statutory body with the responsibility to conduct entry examinations into tertiary institutions in the country has not failed in its duties, thereby making the post-UME unnecessary and irrelevant.
Part of the motion reads: â€œThe Senate observes that JAMB is amongst others empowered to conduct matriculation examinations for entry into all universities, polytechnics and colleges of education in Nigeria.
â€œPlace suitably qualified candidates in the tertiary institutions after having taking into account the vacancies available in each tertiary institutions.