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2010-06-30:Presidency orders retention of post-JAMB exams

SUPPORTERS of the Post-University Matriculation Examinations (PUME) won on Monday as the Federal Government backed its continuation.
A new guideline approved by the Presidency asked the universities to continue with the test but that candidates should only pay the required N1,000 fee for all the universities of their choice.


The new condition, it was learnt, would prevent a situation where candidates were being forced to pay the fee in more than one university.
The Guardian learnt on Monday that the uncertainty surrounding the conduct of the post-UME test dominated discussion between the Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufai and Pro-Chancellors and Vice Chancellors of Nigerian universities shortly after the commissioning of the new secretariat of the Association of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (AVCNU) in Abuja.


At the meeting, the vice chancellors wanted to hear from the minister the latest development surrounding the recent resolution passed by the House of Representatives directing the Ministry of Education to order the discontinuation of the exercise.


The Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Julius Okojie, who confirmed the latest development to journalists on Monday, said the commission would ensure that the latest government’s stance would be made known to the vice chancellors.
He agreed with the government’s position that candidates should not be charged twice for the post-UME, saying that the commission believed that the Presidency had taken the interest of students into consideration. He said following the uncertainty that trailed the resolution of the House, the commission, through the Ministry of Education, wrote the Presidency to intervene because of the necessity of PUME as a clearing house for quality education.


Rufai, in her remarks, urged vice chancellors to continue to maintain peaceful industrial relations, noting that the nation had witnessed a lot of interruptions in its academic calendars caused by strikes.
She hoped that with the new secretariat, the vice chancellors would work in a conducive atmosphere to offer quality services to universities.

 

She congratulated the new Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, who was attending one of his last functions as a vice chancellor.

 

Source:The Guardian

 

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