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Post-UTME screening, NECO exams dates confuse parents, students

Enugu – The clash between the dates for post-UTME in some universities in Enugu State and NECO examinations has thrown confusion between parents and students wishing to sit the two.

Parents and students who spoke  over the matter expressed worry that secondary schools compounded the problem by refusing to allow the students to leave their school.

They said in Enugu on Wednesday that most universities in the state fixed the post-UTME screening the same day that NECO also slated some subjects for its examination.

In her reaction, Mrs Angela Emeruwa said her daughter was taking her NECO examination in Owerri and wondered how she could participate in the post-UTME examination on June 18, the same day she has mathematics in the NECO examination.

Emeruwaappealed to the universities to reschedule the screening till after the NECO examinations.

A student who preferred anonymity described the development as ‘unfair,’ pointing out that most of them who were still in school would miss university admission for the next academic session.

“The annoying thing is that our school has refused to give us permission to travel and take the screening,“ the student said.

Also reacting, the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Administration in the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Prof. Malachy Ugwueze, told NAN that the school was following the directive of the Joint Admission and Matriculations Board.

“We are following the directive from JAMB which directed all universities to conduct the post-UTME on or before June 27, 2012. So, it is not the university’s fault,“ he said.

On his part, the Chief Public Relations Officer of the Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Mr Osita Ugwuoti, said the screening was meant for students who were qualified and not for those awaiting result.

“Admission is meant for those with the requisite qualification. Anybody taking the examination must have the basic requirements,“ he said.

Ugwuotisaid it was left for students to decide whether to abandon the NECO for the post-UTME.

Most boarding schools in the state have refused to allow their students to leave the school for the screening, threatening to deal with them if they disobeyed. (NAN)


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