The Vice Chancellor of Obong University, Obong Ntak in Etim Ekpo local government area of Akwa Ibom, Prof Udoudo Ekanemesang, has called on the Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) to embark on quarterly conduct of its examination to give student seeking admission in the Nigerian universities more opportunity.
Ekanemesang stated this while speaking to journalists during the ground breaking and foundation laying ceremony of Late David Anako building for biblical studies and ministry under the auspices of Church of Christ Ohio United state of America.
He described post UTME examination as a loophole for corruption that allows tertiary institution staff to admit preferred candidates by technically voiding the UTME scores.
Most institutions he noted have turned the exercise to a corrupt means of impoverishing innocent Nigerians; while also describing it as an exploitative practice to “extort admission seekers under the guise of screening them for competence.
He said the post -UTME exam is a quality control measure put in place by the universities to select students that meet their standard and was as a result of JAMB inability to conduct a reliable transparent and credible examination.
‘’Something is wrong with our educational system, and the way we conduct exams, here we give a child a single exams and his life depends on it and this make them to be desperate and involve in all manner of malpractices.
”We need to change this system and give students seeking admission multiple chances by conducting examinations quarterly like in United State of America
University education need not be elitist opportunity should be given to students as it is done in other countries he stated.
On his part Akwa Ibom state commissioner for Education Elder Aniekan Akpan commended the resolute commitment demonstrated by the management of Obong University, in shaping the character and moral development needs of students in addition to qualitative secular knowledge the institution was providing.
Represented by Dr Glory Ema Ekpo Assistant Director in department of Secondary and Higher Education, the commissioner described Obong University as a major Educational stakeholder in the state that has contributed significantly to the growth of higher education in the country.
Elder Akpan assured that the state government will to continue to support private education institutions in their quest to impact knowledge to the citizen of the nation.