Private Universities that go against the Federal Government’s proscription of the controversial written post-UTME and covertly conduct the exercise, risk sanctions, says the Federal Government.
Deputy Director, Press at the Federal Ministry of Education, Bem Goong, who noted this while speaking with newsmen said that the warning has become necessary as some institutions were still bent on going ahead with the written test, which the government has since abolished.
According to him, they could have their operational licences revoked by the Federal Government. Adding that the federal government would sanction any of the institutions that conduct written post-UTME, and sack their vice chancellors of such schools.
Goong alleged that Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD) was stopped from carrying out a post-JAMB examination over the weekend in the Garki area of the Federal Capital Territory.
His words: “One of the parents alerted me about what they were trying to do, and I in turn contacted the permanent secretary outright, who mandated me to convey the development to the National Universities Commission (NUC), and the executive secretary of the commission was duly briefed.
“On learning of this development, we promptly reacted and the exercise was stopped at that centre. By the time we got there, they had actually gone in and had even started the examination. So, we had to stop them and also informed them that if they choose to go ahead, they would face serious sanctions from the NUC. We, however, do not know whether they went ahead in other centres around the country, where the exercise was meant to take place.”
The director of press warned institutions against operating at variance with Federal Government’s directive, as that would not be tolerated.
He stressed that for federal universities, there are also sanctions, because the vice chancellors are public servants, and it could be worse for them because they would be seriously dealt with, and could even be sacked. So, it is very important that they comply with government’s directives as it concerns scrapping of written post-UTME.
Spokesperson of ABUAD, Tunde Olofintila, however, stated that the school did not organise post-UTME examination. He said it was just a screening exercise for intending students at Government Secondary School, Garki, Abuja.