ASUU Blasts Education Minister – The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has condemned the ban placed on post UTMEs by the federal government of Nigeria.
According to a statement issued by its chairman, Dr. Deji Omole, the decision adds no gain to the Nigerian educational system and is ill-timed as FG currently owes public universities about N1bn intervention fund.
He said the pronouncements by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu had eroded the autonomy of university in admission of students.
The, “autocratic pronouncement” was a non issue when compared with fundamental issue of funding universities and meeting ASUU-FGN 2009 agreements, he said.
ASUU Blasts Education Minister
Omole also flayed Education Minister Adamu Adamu. He said it was obvious the Minister was oblivious of extant university autonomy granted the Senate of Nigerian Universities to determine the procedures for the conduct of admission and regulate admission of its students.
“A Nigerian Minister of Education must make pronouncement based on sound academic research not on road-side talk which queries his very essence of being appointed as a Minister,” the union leader said.
He reiterated that JAMB be decentralized since it lacked the ability to conduct credible and dependable examination upon which credible universities like University of Ibadan can rely.
Making reference to a research conducted by Professor Afolabi Bamgboye in the University of Ibadan, he stressed that the findings revealed that higher JAMB scores have negative relationship with the performances of students at 100 university degree examinations.
According to Omole, JAMB has outlived its credibility as indicated in last examination exercise it conducted where candidates who did not finish examinations or had issues with their Computer Based Test were awarded extra 40 marks arbitrarily without justifications.
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