FG set to scrap NECO, cancels UTME……Punch

Federal Government has concluded arrangements to scrap the National Examination Council.

Plans have also been concluded to cancel the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination being conducted by the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board for applicants into the nation’s tertiary institutions.

JAMB will however not be scrapped.

The government’s decisions, which would be made public soon via a White Paper, are based on the recommendations of the Stephen Oronsaye-led Presidential Committee on the Rationalisation and Restructuring of Federal Government Parastatals, Commissions and Agencies.

A government source told our correspondent that the decisions were part of the recommendations made by a White Paper Committee set up by the government on the Oronsaye report.

The source added that upon receipt of the latest report, President Goodluck Jonathan has been meeting with Vice-President Namadi Sambo and a few top government officials to take final decisions on it.

It was in one of such meetings held on Tuesday that the final decision was taken.

Under the new arrangement, the source said in place of UTME, authorities of all tertiary institutions would now be at liberty to conduct their entrance examinations as they had been doing for post-UTME.

JAMB will however serve as a clearing house.

JD:At last perhaps some sanity will now come into university admissions now they will be allowed to conduct their own exams.One wonders what role JAMB will continue to play in this dispensation because i am wondering if the NUC cannot be given the responsibility and jamb scrapped totally.What perhaps most people don’t know is that JAMB had always been a cash cow,regularly milked by those in the corridors and bedroom of power.Not any more.The government should be commended for this initiative and the sooner this is done to other sectors the better.As for NECO,it had a credibility problem from the onset as its standards were said to be far below WAEC’s and fraught with all sorts of irregularities.Lets go back to the good old “school cert” and GCE



  1. why has it been changes in our education sectors all this while . I will suggest the govts have a deep thought towards their decisions , so as not to put our tomorrow’s leaders into state of total confusion.

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