The Minister of education, Adamu Adamu has debunked the rumor aired that the Federal Government had scrapped the Post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination conducted by higher institutions for admission into their schools.
In a statement signed by Priscilla Ihuoma, director, press and public relations on Wednesday, Adamu clarified that he had never declared that universities should scrap their Post-UTME and therefore encouraged any interested institutions should proceed with the exercise.
According to the minister, the purported statement credited to Mr. Ben Goong, Deputy Director of Press is fake as the said person had even left working in the ministry since 2016.
“The Ministry would like to assert emphatically that the report is completely false and without foundation; Minister therefore urges Universities to go ahead with their Post-UTME arrangements as earlier planned.
“Mr. Goong, who purportedly issued the statement, ceased to be a staff of the Ministry since November 2016.
“The ministry also urges the media to always endeavour to crosscheck facts with the relevant officials of the ministry before publication, particularly when such sensitive matters of national importance are involved”, the statement partly reads.
However, Adamu also addressed the increased screening forms fees obtained by some universities and others.
He condemned the fees higher than N2,000 stating that such violations will attract sanctions for the culprits.
“The attention of the minister has also been drawn to some of the institutions who are charging more than the stipulated N2, 000,” the statement said.
Ihuoma said the minister viewed it as an act of insubordination and that every institution that violated the directive would be made to face disciplinary action.
She said the minister directed such institutions to refund to the students immediately.