The Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Education has ordered all tertiary institutions across Nigeria to exempt blind and deaf people from the post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (post-UTME).
They were also instructed to exclude prison inmates as well as foreign candidates from the post-UTME.
Sonny Echono, Permanent Secretary, Minsitry of Education, who gave order, stated that such candidates were under the Special Needs category and should be considered for admission, provided they met the minimum benchmark requirements.
Echono made this known during the 2019 Policy meeting on admission cut-off marks organised by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) in Osun state.
He added that no tertiary institution should collect above the ministry’s approved fee of N2,000 for post-UTME screening.
“The board and the tertiary institutions should ensure that candidates under the Special Needs category are considered for admission provided they meet the minimum requirements. They are blind and deaf candidates, prison candidates, and foreign centre candidates.
“These candidates should be exempted from any other test apart from the routine scrutiny of their credentials,” Echono stated.
The PS added that heads of tertiary institutions had been asked to set up an Ombudsman system where all cases of unethical behaviours between lecturers and students could be reported.