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Federal govt order 42 universities to refund post utme candidates

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The Federal Government has issued queries to 42 universities for allegedly charging more than the N2 ,000 instructed by the Federal Ministry of Education to conduct their 2017 post-Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations .
This was made known on Tuesday by the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board , Prof . Is – haq Oloyede , at a stakeholders ’ meeting on the 2018 UTME in Abuja .
The JAMB registrar said one of the vice – chancellors who could not trace the affected candidates , was instructed by the Minister of Education , Adamu Adamu , to give the excess to a non- religious orphanage as charity .
Oloyede said , “There are 42 institutions queried by the minister for charging more than N 2, 000 for the post- UTME. The affected universities are now refunding the excess to the candidates and the candidates are reporting back to us . In one case where the university could not trace the affected students , the minister directed that the money should be paid to a non -religious orphanage .
“The candidates in that case could not be traced for a refund . Hence , the minister has put his feet down that all excess charges should be refunded. Where the universities have the list , they are paying the candidates directly .
“The purpose of this stakeholders ’ meeting is to brief those officials who will be on the field for the 2018 UTME. We also reviewed the incidents of 2017 and welcomed recommendations from the stakeholders . The UTME Mock Examination will hold in the first week of February 2018 and the concerned Computer – Based Test centres have been accredited . As we have earlier announced , the UTME will hold from March 9 to 17 , 2018 .”
Oloyede added that the board had implemented some “new prohibitions ” for the 2018 UTME in order to check examination malpractices .
He added “We have prohibited some additional materials during the 2018 UTME in the examination hall. These include wristwatches , biros , calculators , pencils except the HB Pencil , and any other device that can store data , transmit or receive signal no matter the form . These prohibitions are not only applicable to the candidates but also to all examination officials . ”
When our correspondent contacted the Federal Ministry of Education , authoritative sources confirmed the queries issued to the 42 universities , but declined to give their identities .
It was learnt that the vice -chancellors of the affected universities had been responding to the queries and refunding the excesses.

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