The Academic Staff Union of Universities , ASUU, has kicked against the scrapping of Post -Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (Post -UTME ) by the Federal Government.
The Academic union noted that the policy undermines the autonomy and powers of University Senate as the highest policy making body on academic matters, particularly admission of students and award of university degrees.
President of the Union, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi who stated the stance of the Union at a press conference held in Abuja said that ASUU considered it appalling that no consultation with stakeholders especially with the Union and Vice Chancellors was held before such a far reaching policy like the scrapping of Post -UTME test was pronounced.
“The cancellation of Post -UTME, to us, portends serious danger for the quality of education in this country. We call on government to rescind its decision and convene a genuine stakeholders ‘ meeting on the issue before making any policy statement “, he said
Professor Ogunyemi said that JAMB should not be saddled with the responsibility of solely conducting entrance examinations into the nation’s tertiary institutions.
” We call the attention of the Honourable Minister of Education to the fact that Post-UTME is a child of necessity and rationality.
The University of Ibadan conducted a study on the correlation between JAMB scores and performance at the University, and reported a negative correlation between the two. The results of the were published in the Ibadan Journal of the Social Sciences. The introduction of Post -UTME was based on sound empirical evidence, “ the ASUU President said.
He argued that there has been considerable improvement in the quality of students admitted into the universities since the introduction of Post -UTME which according to him was evident in the declining drop -out rate.
Professor Ogunyemi said the screening was a quality assurance test which the federal government and all Nigerians who care about educational standards should applaud and not condemn.
“The Post -UTME has its problems which we believe can be addressed. To curtail exploitation of parents and candidates, government can improve funding to universities and other tertiary institutions ” he said