National President, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, said the quality of tertiary education in Nigeria could improve if the universities are allowed to regulate their students’ admission process.
Prof. Ogunyemi made the statement while speaking with reporters in Lagos today, stressing that if done, the quality of education would improve drastically in Nigeria.
Prof. Oguyemi also diadgreed with the Federal Government’s decision to come up with a uniform guideline for admission of candidates for the 2016/2017 academic session.
The Minster of Education, Adamu Adamu, had at a recent joint policy meeting to decide the cut off mark for students seeking admission into the universities, announced the scrapping of post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
The Post UTME is the second stage of screening usually conducted by universities for the final selection of candidates into the institutions.
Adamu had said in a statement that he would sanction any university or tertiary institution found conducting examinations under any guise to admit students.
He further directed tertiary institutions that had collected money from candidates for such purposes to immediately refund it or face appropriate sanctions.
The minister said if any tertiary institution had already conducted any form of examination, such an exercise stood annulled.
The ASUU chief told reporters that such directive encroached on the autonomy of the institutions.
“I think government should give these institutions the chance to regulate themselves.They should decide for themselves, the process they dim fit to admit their students. The Senate of universities for example, should decide on the process they want to use in selecting candidates, he submitted.
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