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9 Oct 2017

Universities Charging Above N2,000 For Post-UTME Must Refund Excess To Students

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) yesterday said
universities that charged more than N2,000 from applicants for its
post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) examination
would be made to refund the excess payment.

JAMB's Head of Public Relations, Fabian Benjamin, made these known in
an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

He decried message on the social media that the Minister of Education,
Adamu Adamu, had directed the refund of post UTME fee, describing the
information as false and could create confusion in the public domain.

Benjamin urged the public to disregard the information, saying that
institutions that had charged more than N2,000 would be asked to make
refund of the excess.

He described as unfortunate a situation where some institutions could
not adhere to the minister' directive about the payment of post-UTME.

The examination board said it would partner the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs to conduct public examination through Computer Based Test,
CBT, for Nigerians abroad.

Benjamin said the collaboration was to enhance the conduct of UTME for
foreign candidates in 2018.

He said 2017 UTME was conducted for foreign candidates on September 30
in Gambia, Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Benin
Republic, Ethiopia, South Africa and Cameroun.

According to him, although the conduct of the examination was not
justifiable, in terms of monetary value, there is need for JAMB to
collaborate, to promote growth in the education sector.

"We are already promoting CBT in line with international best
practices; we have taken it to some countries in Africa, we need to do
more to encourage the practice.

"We have even gone ahead to see how we can put some countries on the
global map by conducting our public examination there through CBT.

"What we want to do is to partner with the ministry to be able to key
into the global technology revolution as part of our foreign policy.

"We must be able to maximise profit, especially from West African
countries that we are offering assistance, through scholarship, to
school in Nigeria.

"We cannot achieve much by looking at things from naira and kobo, but
through diplomatic relations there will be adequate room to gain
through conduct of examination abroad," he said.

The head of public relations explained that foreign candidates sat for
examination in one session based on local time of their various
countries, adding that the questions were deployed from the board's

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