By Innocent Anaba
ABUJA—A civil society organisation, Legal Defence and Assistance Project, LEDAP, has asked a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to declare that the post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME tests conducted by Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges before admitting students are illegal and should be abolished.
Defendants in the suit are Joint Admissions Matriculation Board, JAMB, National Universities Commission, NUC and Federal Ministry of Education.
LEDAP is contending that there is no law authorizing the Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges to subject candidates to a second screening or test after the UTME examination by JAMB.
According to the plaintiff, the Post-UTME tests have become a source of boldface corruption in the universities, polytechnics and Colleges, as lecturers and admission officials charge candidates huge sums of money using the Post-UTME as smoke screen.
Counsel to LEDAP, Mr Chino Obiagwu, is consequently asking the court to declare that only JAMB, has the statutory powers to conduct matriculation examinations for admission into all Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education in Nigeria.