The latest report reaching us is that the federal government are planning to scrap JAMB UTME, NECO, NAPEP Examination. The full story is published below for all the benefit of our prospective students. Yeah, I know a lot of people dislike UTME!!
The best news any candidate is waiting for will be- There will be no UTME Screening Exercise in 2013, well only time will tell…
/disclaimer/ The article below is culled from vanguard nigeria website.
The Federal Government is scrapping the National Examinations Council, NECO, and the National Poverty Eradication Programme, NAPEPamong other government agencies. It is also divesting the JointAdmissions and Matriculations Board of powers to conduct examinations into tertiary institutions in the country.
The government istaking the decisionin order to streamline agenciesof government and reduce the cost ofgovernance.
The decision, Vanguard gathered is part of the recommendations of the Steve Oronsaye Panel Report on the reform of government agencies and ministries.
The Oronsaye Committee Recommendations
Mr Oronsaye who was the former Head of the Civil Service of the Federation recommended the abolition of 38 agencies, merger of 52 and reversalof 14 to departments in ministries.
According to the white paper, whichwas drafted by a committee headedby the Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke,the Joint Admission and Matriculations Board would be divested of the powers to conductmatriculation examinations into tertiary institutions while universities would be allowed to conduct their entrance examinations to students.
Although the JAMBwould not be scrapped, it wouldbe a mere administrative structure that would set standard for minimum requirements on how the various universities would conduct entrance examinations
JAMB to be re-modelled
JAMB will be modelled along same line with thebody in the UnitedStates of America which sets standards for admissions into institutions of higher learning.
Other decisions taken by government on the Oronsaye committee include the scrapping of the National Examinations Council, NECO, theNational Poverty Eradication Programme, NAPEP, and the National Complaints commission.
The report seen by Vanguard , recommended thatthe functions of NECO would be assumed by the West African Examinations Council, WAEC, which will also take over the structures of NECOnationwide.
In order to make up for the deluge of students who sit for the external examinations of Neco, WAEC would be expected to conduct two external examinations, one in January and another in November for external students while still running its internal examination programmes for secondary school students.
Under the proposal, the National Poverty Eradication Programme would be replaced by an agency called National Agency for Job Creation and Empowerment(NAJCE) while the National Complaints Commission will be merged with the National Human Rights Commission.
The Government rejected the recommendation urgung the scrapping of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission and the Ministry of Police Affairs, saying it would be counter productive.
A member of the committee told Vanguard that thedecision was preparatory to government’s plans to overhaul major sectors in the country.
“JAMB will be divested of the admission provision. It will nolonger conduct examinations but will be a clearing house. Every school will admit its students.
“Neco will be scrapped and its infrastructure will be merged with that of the West African Examination Council (waec).
“Universities will be allowed to set their standards but jamb will set the minimum standard for admission into all tertiary institutions” the source said.
Several efforts toreach the Special Adviser to the President on Mediaand Publicity failed as he did not pick his phones as at the time of thisreport.
It will be recalled that the Oronsayereport stated that the average cost of governance in Nigeria is believed to rank among the highest inthe world.
Oronsaye said in his report that “there are 541 Government Parastatals, Commissions and Agencies (statutory and non-statutory).
“Going by the recommendations of the Committee, the figure of statutory agencies is being proposed for reduction to 161 from the current figure of 263.
“The Committee believes that if the cost of governance must be brought down, then both the Legislature and Judiciary must make spirited efforts at reducing their running costs”
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