Chris Steven, Abuja
The Federal Government has explained the rationale behind its recent abolition of Post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (Post-UTME) saying that it supports the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB).
Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu who made the clarification on Tuesday in Abuja further explained that the government abolished Post – UTME to enable the JAMB concentrate on the quality admission examination for entry in the institutions of higher learning.
The Federal Government had recently announced that the Post – UTME was no longer necessary as JAMB has been able to check examination malpractices with the computer based examination it introduced.
The Minister who spoke through the Director of Tertiary Education at the Federal Ministry of Education, Hajia Hindatu Abdullahi during opening of Partnership for Skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET) benchmarking capacity building workshop also said that the federal government I ensuring that institutions of higher learning do not admit beyond their carrying capacity in order not compromise quality of education.
His words :” The government continues to support the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and other forms of Technology Assisted Learning in the delivery of quality education in Nigeria.
We have a case where the government supports the ICT revolution at the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB). The Ministry of Education continues to strategize to improve on the quality of higher education in Nigeria.
Most recently, the government abolished the Post – UTME to enable JAMB concentrate on the quality admission examinations for entry in the institutions of higher learning “
He added that the federal government is also working towards the enhancement of skills and entrepreneurial studies in all institutions of learning in the country in order to overcome the challenges of joblessness after graduation.
” In the era of technology, you can agree with me that we are in an era where our lives are, to a great extent, defined by the innovations in the world of technology ” he said
Malam Adamu stressed that the federal government is committed to ensuring that education sector becomes the real cornerstone of Nigeria’s national development noting that the government allocated a large share of the 2016 budget to education with the hope that the challenges faced in the sector would be transformed into opportunities through increased investment in the sector.