The Federal Ministry of Education has ordered universities and other tertiary institutions in the country to exempt blind and deaf people from the post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination. They were also instructed to exclude prisoners as well as foreign centre candidates from the exam.
The ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Sonny Echono, who gave the order, said such individuals are under the Special Needs category and should be considered for admission, provided they met the minimum requirements.
Echono said this on Tuesday during the 2019 Policy meeting on admission organized by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board in Gbongan, Osun State. He also said no tertiary institution should collect above the ministry’s approved fee of two thousand naira for any post-UTME screening.
In order to halt the substitution of candidates with impersonators, the ministry directed JAMB to make available to all tertiary institutions the facial and finger images of the candidates of each institution for screening. Echono said it is therefore not permitted for any tertiary institution to retake fresh photographs or fingerprints.
Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, who also spoke at the event, called for a crisis-free admission process to ensure that only qualified candidates were admitted.